A presentation of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" this weekend at the Lawrence Welk Opera House at Prairie Village reminds us of so many great performances there over the years.
The Ghostlight Players of Freeman will be presenting the show on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. It's the same troupe that brought "Greater Tuna" to the Opera House at this time last year.
Summers used to be filled with plays at the Opera House when Prairie Repertory Theater held part of its season there. The rustic charm of Prairie Village was replaced by air-conditioned comfort when Prairie Rep moved to the Dakota Prairie Playhouse in 1991.
But the rustic charm was part of the appeal of plays at Prairie Village. The small wooden stage is close to the audience. Natural light came in the windows. Concessions were outside in the grass. Actors applied makeup outside on picnic tables.
The Ghostlight Players are essentially a spinoff of actors from the annual Schmeckfest festival in Freeman each spring. Each of the eight actors in the Odd Couple has Schmeckfest experience, not only in acting parts but also in directing, set design and other backstage duties.
We urge local residents to attend one of the performances this weekend. We promise it will be worthwhile.