Thursday night audiences are notorious for needing a little help getting "warmed up". It’s not yet the weekend, it’s February, it’s cold – whatever the reason – you usually find that the Thursday audiences are a bit more reserved.
But NOT last night!
The audience who filed into the Joan Kuyper Farver auditorium in the Pella Community Center to watch the opening night of Neil Simon’s "The Odd Couple" ended up warming the cast up with the laughter and energy. The audience laughed, and laughed and laughed some more which energized the cast to a spectacular performance.
The crowd also enjoyed the cheesecake and coffee, which USP served on a free-will donation basis during intermission. The conversation was lively and people were laughing and enjoying themselves so much that they had to be urged to get back to their seats for the second act.
The cast received a warm ovation and, while many audience members handed their programs back to be "recycled" there were plenty who wanted to take them so they could tell family, friends, and co-workers to come see the show!
Get your tickets now and tell your friends to hurry. There are only three performances left. Friday night is selling fast and both Saturday and Sunday tend to have big walk up audiences.
Photo: (L-R) Sheryl Vander Linden, Wendy Vander Well, Jana De Zwarte, Cyndi Atkins, and Lana Pol