If It’s Monday, This Must Be Murder!

Pictured is the cast and crew of the Port Lavaca Main Street Theatre’s 25th anniversary production “If It’s Monday, This Must Be Murder!” a murder mystery/comedy by Pat Cook. Cast members include Andy Spears, Paula Donnelly, Steven Spears, Ronny Best, Johnny Krause, Ana Cavazos, Steve Bales, Betty Birdwell, Sheryl Cuellar, Amber Jackson and Jody Weaver. (Contributed photo)

PLMST to host gala, 25th anniversary production

Port Lavaca Main Street Theatre will celebrate 25 years of theatre this week with a special gala and anniversary production.

A special performance and celebratory Gala will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Nautical Landings Marina. The performance will follow at 8 p.m. at PLMST. The cost to enter is $10 per person for each event.

“Johnny Krause will provide acoustic entertainment. Guests will enjoy finger foods, fellowship and reminiscing of all the fun that has taken place at PLMST during the past 25 years,” said Jody Weaver, vice-president/secretary of Port Lavaca MainStreet, Inc. “When I think back on my favorite memories at PLMST, they are times like when fellow actor Ronnie Best and I were backstage waiting to go on in ‘Harvey,’ and something got us laughing so hard we were both having a hard time breathing trying to keep from laughing out loud. There was a time during ‘The Odd Couple’ when the special effect of a burning piece of steak went a bit haywire and a flare of fire shot 10 feet in the air.”

Everyone is invited to the gala, but reservations are required for the opening night show only, which follows at 8 p.m.

“Reservations are only needed for the opening night show to assure seats will be available,” said Weaver. “Admission is $10 for the gala and each production. The gala is not a fundraiser, but just a celebration of 25 years of theatre at PLMST. The ticket price will offset the cost of the food and venue rental. Donations of course are always welcome.”

Veteran actress and director Betty Birdwell is excited to be able to celebrate PLMST’s 25th anniversary.

“We hope that everyone can attend our Gala this coming Thursday and also attend the show during one of our five shows this weekend,” said Birdwell. “We have both long-time actors and newcomers to Main Street in this production. We have worked long and hard on making this a fun whodunit event.”

Birdwell has directed eight plays and acted in 14 productions.

The celebratory production is called, “If It’s Monday, This Must Be Murder!” a murder mystery/comedy by Pat Cook. Cast members include Andy Spears, Paula Donnelly, Steven Spears, Ronny Best, Johnny Krause, Ana Cavazos, Steve Bales, Betty Birdwell, Sheryl Cuellar, Amber Jackson and Weaver, who is also directing the production. The scene is set in the lobby of the Shady Meadows Country Club in the 1940s.

Seating for the performance is first come, first serve and tickets are available at the door for any performance. Reservations can be made until the show opens Thursday night. Out of town patrons, or those with groups of 10 or more, should call 361-649-6116 to reserve seating.

Other production performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28; at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 pm.

Weaver is no newcomer to PLMST. She has directed 29 productions and performed in 19. She relished the times when the audience is in full applause and the end of the show and the cast look at each other and know they “nailed it.” Twenty-five years ago, Sept. 29, 1994 was the opening night show of “Night of January 16th”.

“What makes being involved in community theatre so special is not what happens on stage, but the deep and lasting friendships that develop during the many hours of rehearsals, set building and painting and working and having fun backstage,” said Weaver. “There is something about a group of people working hard together toward a common goal that creates a strong and lasting bond.”

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 361-649-6116. Visit PLMST’s website at www.plmainstreet.org or Facebook page for links to purchase tickets online.