Glen Bjornson is Willie Clark

Paul Benedict is Al Lewis

The Virgin Valley Theatre Group is excited to announce that the second show of the Virgin Valley Theatre Group’s 2018-19 Season has been cast and Teri Nehrenz is directing it.

The Sunshine Boys written by Neil Simon is poignant comedy about two former Vaudeville stars, Willie Clark (Glen Bjornson) and Al Lewis (Paul Benedict) who worked together as the top billed Vaudeville comedians, Lewis and Clark, “The Sunshine Boys” for 43 years. One day, out of the blue, Al retires which retires the act and Willie along with them; but Willie isn’t ready to retire.

Willie harbors his anger for 11 years; he hasn’t spoken to his old friend in 12 and can bring witnesses who saw him never talking to Al. Now CBS wants to do a comedy special and they want to feature the Sunshine Boys.

Willie’s nephew Ben (Travis Diagle ) is a talent agent who is trying to pull this all together and reunite the act for the CBS special but Willie gives him a hard time and chest pains.

The primary players are all very familiar with each other and their personalities fit the characters pretty closely; the actors definitely have great chemistry.

Since 2013 Bjornson has been the primary director for VVTG productions and Nehrenz, one of his actors; this time the roles are reversed.

Nehrenz knows what Bjornson can do to bring a character out of his actors, she’s confident that he will bring nothing but the best out in his character. With the roles reversed things may be a bit intimidating at first, but Nehrenz is sure she’ll get over it. She said, “Bjornson’s interest in auditioning is what prompted mine in directing. Between Bjornson and Ed McKenzie, the VVTG founder, I’ve had 11 wonderful seasons of learning from some of the best.”

Nehrenz is equally excited about the supporting cast. Mike Brenner will be playing the part of Willie’s nurse in act two; Christopher Finnegan is playing some back stage voices of a TV announcer and Director; Nannette Greener will be the CBS Director’s Assistant, Peter Pelliccio the patient in Willie and Al’s skit and last but surly not least, Nancy Hewett is playing the part of the “Skit Nurse” and just wait until you see that performance. Hewett is by far one of the best character actresses Nehrenz knows she’s thrilled that she’s accepted the part.

There is also a new set designer, Richard Sisneros, who is ready to give Mesquite a taste of what he’s done professionally and on Broadway for many years. Pam Sadler will organize the crew and everything else; Patty Amore is tasked with gathering props, Marnie Bartolini will create costumes

Rehearsals officially began on Nov. 12; the show opens on Jan. 18, 2019 7 p.m. at the Mesquite Community Theatre; they have 6 more weeks to perfect the show and with this cast; they’re off to a great start already.

Additional show times scheduled are: Jan 19, 25, 26, Feb. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.

You won’t want to miss this one with lots of “one liners” and laughs that are bound to go with them.

You’ve got six more weeks to get ready to laugh out loud and please do; the actors love it.

Tickets are available at Mesquite Fine Arts Center, Danielle’s Chocolates and the Mesquite Community Theatre Box Office. For box office hours visit the website at www.vvtgnv.com.