Supporting cast makes the show shine

John Pitman of Wicomico Church, a veteran performer on the community theater stage, shines brightly in a supporting role in “Barefoot in the Park,” the current offering by The Westmoreland Players, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao.

The Neil Simon comedy will open with a gala performance November 4. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Gala tickets will be $30 for adults and $15 for students.

The show will continue at 3 p.m. November 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19, and 7:30 p.m. November 10, 16 and 17. Regular show tickets will be $25 for adults and $10 for students. For reservations, visit westmorelandplayers.org, or call 529-9345.

As Victor Velasco, the eccentric bohemian neighbor, Pitman takes on a European accent and a charismatic nature. He manages to sweep the bride’s unsuspecting mother off her feet and charm everyone in the bargain, reported artistic director Glenn Evans.

Like most kids Pitman managed to bump into opportunities to play at performing. At Wicomico Elementary he found himself acting the part of Franz Gruber, the 19th century composer of “Silent Night.” As a sixth grader he sported a bicycle built for two singing “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do.” Northumberland Junior High drama club gave him a go-round with a darker role in a dramatization of Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart,” said Evans.

The trials of high school, life’s adventures, marriage, children and work, all lead him in other directions far from the theater, he said.

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