Peru, IN – Don’t be surprised if you hear people humming or singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” over the next couple of weeks in Peru. The Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre is presenting “Bleacher Bums” beginning Thursday night with a dinner theatre performance of the Play written by a host of people including Dennis Franz (who would later star on television as "NYPD Detective Andy Sipowicz" in the ABC series NYPD Blue), Filmmaker Stuart Gordon who co-created “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” for Disney and also co-wrote “Body Snatchers”) and Joe Montegna who has played “David Rossi” on the CBS television series “Criminal Minds” since 2007.) among several others.
The play takes place in the bleachers of Chicago’s Wrigley Field with the characters are all Chicago Cubs fans watching a game on a summer afternoon. Most have been gathering in the same spot for some time and know, even if they might not like, each other. Over the course of the afternoon, beer is consumed and friendly wagers start to take on increasing importance.
The play is directed by first time Ole Director John Kirk. John has been in several Ole productions and has been an assistant director before. According to Kirk the cast is great and very hard working.
“Bryan Bertoline plays Decker, he’s kind of the lead but not really, it’s an ensemble cast, but he’s kind of the one that everyone gravitates to in the bleachers,” according to Kirk. “Dan Brown plays Marvin, who is kind of the villain, a kind of sinister person who’s making bets and rooting against the Cubs.”
Keith Martin plays Zig. An older and grumpier longtime Cubs fan. “On this day his wife happens to show up, her name is Rose and she is played by Kelly Mathias-Williams,” said Kirk. “Then we have Greg who is played by Doug Working who is a blind and very charismatic character who listens to the game on a transistor radio but he can’t see.”
Melody is a character at the game that is just there to “get a tan”. She is played by Diana Blair. Kevin Martin plays Richie who is a nerdy character along with Clint Jones who plays Cheerleader.
“Cheerleader is kind of a Cub fanatic fan who is on and off trying to get the crowd fired up. He gives cheers and has signs and a bunch of gimmicks to try to get the team going.”
The cast also includes The Kid played by Kaylene Kirk, Guard played by Tait Dehl Wagner and the Announcer played by Alan Myers.
“This is a show that both baseball fans and theater fans will enjoy.” According to Kirk.
So, grab your “Peanuts and Cracker Jacks” and head out to the old ball game on the Ole Stage. The dinner theatre production is Thursday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. Regular performances are Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29th at 2:00 p.m. The play continued on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5th at 7:30 p.m. with a final performance on Sunday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the regular performances are $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for children.
You can reserve your tickets by calling the Ole Olsen Box Office at 765-472-3680.