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Barefoot in the Park opens next week in Tipp City

Barefoot in the Park presented by the Tipp City Players Community Theater
Barefoot in the Park presented by the Tipp City Players Community Theater
Photograph taken by Danielle Coots

Tipp City Players Community Theater is proud to present a three-act comedy story ‘Barefoot in the Park’ beginning Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 2 at the Zion Lutheran Church for a night of fun and laughter.

Amy Minnich and Joe Risner playing parts as Corie and Paul Bratter
Photograph taken by Danielle Coots

New energy and new talent is brought to the stage with this Neil Simon production of ‘Barefoot in the Park’. Produced by Julie Pottenger and directed by Jim Hopper, this funny and witty play will leave the audience in stitches. The energy between Corie and Paul is both energetic and heartwarming.

Amy Minnich plays the part of Corie Bratter
Joe Risner plays the part of Paul Bratter
Logan Rogers plays the part of the crazy neighbor, Victor Velasco
Jeanette McDaniel plays the part of Corie’s mother, Ethel Banks
Dave Pettenger plays the part of the telephone repairman

“I have been married for six days and this is my first day in the apartment. We just got back from an amazing honeymoon. I am very charismatic, irrational and spontaneous,” said Minnich. “And this guy [Paul Bratter] is a stuffed shirt and we are complete opposites.”

“It makes for an interesting relationship. It starts out very stringent and conservative but as the play goes on, the marriage turns out to be something different but it ends on a good note. I think that is true in any relationship- it has its ups and downs and it does in the show,” said Risner.

The story focuses on a newlywed couple, Corie and Paul as they begin their life together in a small sixth floor walk-up apartment in Greenwich Village in New Jersey. Corie, who is a fly-by-the-moment girl, rents the apartment on her own accord without really paying much attention to the problems of the apartment but tries her best to make it the perfect home for her husband. She seeks total attention from her husband, who seems to be distracted by his new job as an attorney. While Corie is determined to create a romantic environment in their one room apartment, with no heat, a hole in the skylight and snow forecasted to fall, Corie’s mother, Ethel Banks swings by occasionally to check on the new couple. With her personality more like Paul’s, Ethel does not always see eye to eye with her daughter and causing tension throughout the play. The neighbor, Victor Velasco is an eccentric neighbor that is brought into the drama and a telephone repairman who tries to offer some marital advice in his own way.

Minnich is new to the Tipp City Players Community Theater. She participated in a murder mystery dinner show with the Pottengers previously and when the spot came open for Corie’s character, the Pottengers knew she was the one they wanted. “The energy she [Amy] brings to the part is pretty outstanding,” Dave Pottenger said.

Joe Risner, playing the part of Paul Bratter, is also new to the Tipp City Players Community Theater. This play will also be his first with the production. This 19 year-olds’ performance brings a fresh depth to the show. He previously worked with the director, Hooper during a production at the Vandalia Butler High School. “This is my dream and what I want to do for a career,” Risner said. “So when asked to do this part, there was no way I wanted to turn it down.”

Jeanette McDaniel, plays the part of Corie’s mother Ethel Banks. “She is very proper and she seems to get along better with Paul because they are more a lot. I give Corie some good advice in the end and she actually takes it.”

‘Barefoot in the Park’ is McDaniel’s third show with the Tipp City Community Theater, but she is far from a newbie to the stage. She is also involved with the West Milton Theater. Her motherly approach to the couple outshines and her acting abilities bring comfort and understanding to the scenes.

The energy between the characters and the passion of the performance will leave the audience remembering their struggles of young love. ‘Barefoot in the Park’ is a story to be remembered and cherished when faced with struggles throughout life.

The presentation will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church located at 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 beginning at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by contacting the theater at (937) 667-7469.

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