WHAT: Encore Theater of Independence presents “Morning's at Seven,” a three-act comedy by Paul Osborn (1939), directed by Ernest Williams and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

WHERE: Powerhouse Theatre at Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., Independence.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 10-11; 2 p.m. May 12.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $4 for children ages 12-under. For reservations call 816-325-7367, ext. 2.

WHAT'S THE SHOW ABOUT: In a small-town Midwest in the early 20th century, Cora and her sister Ida, along with husbands Thor and Carl, have lived next door to each other their entire married lives, old-maid sister Arry lives with Cora and Thor and another sister, Esther, lives nearby with husband David.

All of the Gibbs sisters are an open book to each other – husbands not included. Into the fray comes Myrtle Brown, perpetually engaged to Ida's son Homer, who has grown a little comfortable with his present lifestyle and doesn't seem willing to marry, even though his father has built a now-empty house for him. Carl could also lease a vacant house to Cora and (unknowingly) Thor, leaving Arry with a house to herself. Taking matters into her own hands, Myrtle finally gets a proposal by compelling Homer to fly the nest – sort of. The perennially charming portrait of small-town America was revived on Broadway in 1980 and in 2002. (from samuelfrench.com and bard.org)


Character: Actor

Theodore “Thor” Swanson: Michael Daniels

Cora Swanson: Pat Bounds

Arronetta “Arry” Gibbs: Melissa Nisly

Ida Bolton: Marcia Strode

Carl Bolton: Kraig Kensinger

Homer Bolton: Robert M. Scoles

Myrtle Brown: Nadine Civitello

Esther Crampton: Patti Shockley

David Crampton: Paul Hough

– Compiled by Mike Genet