Get Ready To Laugh Out Loud This Weekend

Warm Springs, Va – Get ready to Laugh Out Loud this weekend. Bath County’s Mountain Valley Players are presenting their spring show, “LOL – Laugh Out Loud” on Saturday and Sunday. This show has five cast members doing fifty characters. Graham Kershner and Rachel Camacho are two of those cast members.

“About this time every single show, we are always kind of pulling our hair out thinking, you know, we have a show on Saturday; and somehow it always, always comes together and it’s just fantastic; it’s so much fun for us” says Camacho.

“Right, and we just want the people to laugh” says Kershner. “It’s going to be a really relaxed show; we just want you to come and have a good time and be relaxed and laugh out loud.”

The show is made up of three one act plays. One is called “The Marriage Proposal” about a nervous country boy’s proposal. And “Check Please” about a series of blind dates that you don’t think can get any worse, but they do. And “Action News”, a mock evening news cast that shows you everything the news doesn’t normally show you.

“We have realized that this show takes more organization, and more props, and more wigs than any other show we have ever done” says Camacho. “Some of the time, we have maybe a minute to change. It’s hard, but we have a really excellent crew right now. Debbie Young, she’s helped us a lot, she’s really gotten it all there for us.”

“One of the things that’s going to make this show really funny is that’s it’s really fast” says Kershner. “So you’re offstage one minute, then you’re right back on in a totally different costume; new wig, new clothes, everything, totally different character. So, it’s a lot of focus to be able to change personalities that fast.”

Other performers in “Laugh Out Loud” are Parke Kershner, Amanda Ferguson and Andrew Vinson. All of the cast members are teenagers. Kershner and Camacho say this show is unique because of the amount of memorization involved for each actor and also for the number of wigs that are needed for all the costumes. There are about 30 wigs to keep up with among other things.

“An actor’s life is not always glamorous, because we are the actors, we are half the stage crew, catering service “says Camacho.

“Lights, sound, anything that needs to be done, we do it all” says Kershner. “I think that’s one really good thing about this community theater, you don’t just learn to get up on stage and perform in front of people and get all the glory and stuff, you also get to see what happens back stage. You get to work, you get to move sets, figure out what goes into the process of making a community theater.”

“And it’s fun!” says Camacho.

“LOL – Laugh Out Loud” is Saturday evening at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Bath County High School Auditorium. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and $20 maximum per family.

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