ACTORS AT THE Fort Findlay Playhouse rehearse a scene from their upcoming production of A Ministers Wife. The musical will be presented at the playhouse Oct. 6-8 and 14-16. (Photo provided)
ACTORS AT THE Fort Findlay Playhouse rehearse a scene from their upcoming production of A Ministers Wife. The musical will be presented at the playhouse Oct. 6-8 and 14-16. (Photo provided)

“A Minister’s Wife” was created at the Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois, in 2009.
In 2016, the musical will make its Ohio premiere at the Fort Findlay Playhouse, running Oct. 6-8 and 14-16. Performances start at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play, “Candida,” the book written by Austin Pendleton stays true to the original language of the play. This show, however, is performed in one act with a run time of 95 minutes. Having pared down the cast to five main characters, the writers have created a very intimate and introspective show that is reflected through Joshua Schmidt’s orchestration using a small chamber pit. Jan Levy Tranen’s lyrics add to the show’s emotional intensity.
Set in 1890s London, the story follows a day in the life of Rev. James Morrell (Seth Carey) and his wife, Candida (Samantha Henry).
Life is happy for the couple until they welcome a young poet, Eugene (Eric Hertenstein), into their home. Eugene’s passion for life and Candida manages to turn their world upside down just in a few short hours.
Rounding out the cast is Prossy (Elizabeth Orley), James’ secretary and Lexy (Dan Stanowick), James’ curate. These two add a touch of humor to the show and simultaneously find themselves challenged and changed by the poet’s presence.
Aeryn Williams, the show’s director, is “thrilled to be offering a show that is simultaneously unlike any other musical theater recently performed in Findlay and containing all the things we have come to love in theater: passion, romance, soaring voices, and a moment to see the world through someone else’s eyes.”
Williams is also grateful for the advice and direction she received through communication with Michael Halberstam, who conceived and originally directed the show. Williams is joined in production efforts by her producer, Casey Rebal.
Tickets cost $15 may be purchased at the theater, 300 W. Sandusky St., from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. They can also be purchased online at tickets.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 567-575-3636, as well as half an hour before showtimes.
The performance is being done in association with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatrics.

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