‘Moon Over Buffalo’ opens September 8 at Bemidji Community Theater – Bemidji Pioneer
BEMIDJI – Steven Mayer falls in love with Anna, his real wife, again in Bemidji Community Theater’s upcoming play, ‘Moon Over Buffalo.’
The last time Steven performed in comedy, he was a last-minute stand-in. He played the role of Richard, a lovesick lawyer who falls in love with the leading lady, Charlotte. Anna Mayer played the role of Roz, the daughter of the leading lady. That was five years ago when the play was performed at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard.
The Mayers will be back on stage as two of eight cast members when “Moon Over Buffalo” opens an eight-day run next week at Bemidji Community Theater’s Performing Arts Center, 316 Beltrami Ave. NW.
But this time, Steven takes on the larger role of Paul, who falls in love with Anna’s character, Roz. Steven and Anna live in Bagley with their 2 year old daughter.
“Steven went from being a lawyer who falls in love with the main character to being a stagehand who falls in love with the girl,” said Vicki Stenerson, who is directing the play for the third time. BCT first performed “Moon Over Buffalo” in 2009.
“This time the chemistry is pretty natural,” Steven said. “Anna was thrilled to do it again. When we re-read the script, she couldn’t stop laughing, because she remembered all the stage directions and all the moments started to come back. It’s like muscle memory.
Speaking of muscle memory, that’s what frontman Derrick Houle needs as he reprises his role as traveling actor George.
“He falls a lot,” Stenerson said. “It’s a very physical role. He understood everything.
“Moon Over Buffalo” leans heavily on situation comedy and slapstick. George engages in a mock fencing match with his wife Charlotte, a wrestling match, and a stunt falls into the orchestra pit.
“It’s one of the funniest plays,” said Steven Mayer. “It’s witty, it’s fast, just go-go-go. There are lots of doors, lots of entrances, exits, conflicts, but it all comes together at the end. is hilarious.”
Julie Kaiser plays Charlotte, the main actress. She was also in this role at the Long Lake Theatre. The cast also includes Michael Maixner, Kristine Cannon, LaDon Howes and Katie Carpenter.
“Julie and Derrick convinced me to do it again,” Stenerson said. “They asked me to do it for about four years. It’s a crowd favorite. A lot of people asked us to do it again. So here we are.”
Performances will be at 7 p.m. on September 8-10 and 15-16; at 2 p.m. on September 11 and 18; and at 6 p.m. on September 17. Tickets for all shows are on sale at Iverson’s Corner Drug and Ken K. Thompson Jewelers and at the door. The cost is $6 for children, $12 for seniors and $15 for adults.
What: “Moon Over Buffalo”
Who: Bemidji Community Theater
Where: BCT Performing Arts Center, 316 Beltrami Ave. NW
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 8-10 and 15-16; 2:11 p.m. and Sept. 18; and 6 p.m. on September 17
Tickets: $6 for children, $12 for seniors and $15 for adults, available at Iverson’s Corner Drug, Ken K. Thompson Jewelers and at the door.