Four Flags Players tell ghost storyPublished 9:48pm Thursday, September 1, 2011
David Visser is a pretty busy guy.
The Edwardsburg resident is a veterinarian in South Bend; hosts a Saturday morning segment on WNDU called “Pet Vet;” is a violinist in the South Bend Symphony Orchestra; and plays in the local praise band More Than Sunday.
Thespian can now be added to his list of titles.
Visser, a first-time actor, plays Floyd in Four Flags Players’ production of “Ghost of a Chance,” a weighty comedy written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus.
The two-act play revolves around Chance, played by Bill Svelmoe (South Bend), who died three years ago in a hunting accident. Chance’s widow Bethany, played by Niles High School senior Taylor Morris, is bright, beautiful and independent but with little self-esteem.
She has brought her fiance, Floyd, and his mother Verna (Marty Smith) up to the woods where Chance died. There she finds his ghost still there. What follows are a series of odd situations and the development of well-developed three-dimensional characters.
Visser says his first acting experience has been positive and the cast is a “great group to work with.”
Co-director Martha Branson-Banks says Visser has “jumped at the opportunity.”
“He’s been fantastic in his first role,” she said.
The cast also includes David Stefancic, playing Adam Lucas and Sandy Larkin-Hall as Crystal. Production staff includes assistant director Daniel Santos, stage manager Sharon Hanbeck and producer Dale Banks.
The production runs Sept. 9-11 and 16-17 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Niles. The Sunday matinee Sept. 10 is at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and active military.
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