Love, excitement and the feeling of a new beginning will be in the air at the Community Players Theatre. Led by director Opal Virtue, “Barefoot in the Park,” will begin its showing at 7:30 p.m on Friday.

After its first-ever showing back in 1963, “Barefoot in the Park” continues to be a much-loved, family friendly play, even now.

The play follows the life of a newlywed couple moving into their first apartment together and experiencing the good and the bad alongside each other. The story is relatable and cannot help but bring joy in watching two people openly express themselves to one another.

The character Paul Bratter, played by Dakota McDaniels, is an uptight lawyer who is just beginning his career. While his wife Corie Bratter, played by Kayla Blue, is the free-spirited and loving wife who is optimistic about making the best of a bad situation in their tiny apartment. They both try to find the silver lining in their small one-bedroom apartment that lacks a tub, has a leaky closet and a hole in the skylight.

Along with living her everyday life, Corie also tries to set up her mother Ethel Banks (Judy Stroh) with their neighbor Victor Velasco (Rich Tinaglia) for a double-date dinner. This adds more stress to the young couple, but we can only wait and see how they will handle everything. It will either break them apart of make their bond stronger as time goes on.

All in all, this play is appropriate for an evening with the family or escaping everyday life through watching these interesting characters on stage. The theater provides snacks and seats for audiences to enjoy this popular romantic comedy.

Visit the Community Players Theatre website for more information and dates on future showings. Along with getting to know the cast of “Barefoot in the Park,” the website also provides ways for community members to get involved with the theater.

RAFAEL MENCHACA is a News Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at rmencha@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at @kuma_topics_

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