‘Painting Churches’

Naomi Alhadeff, left, Gene Carbaugh and Candace Andrews prepare for rehearsals of “Painting Churches,” the Valley Theater Company’s spring production at Prosser’s Princess Theatre. The show, directed by Rick James, opens April 28.

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Naomi Alhadeff, left, Gene Carbaugh and Candace Andrews prepare for rehearsals of “Painting Churches,” the Valley Theater Company’s spring production at Prosser’s Princess Theatre. The show, directed by Rick James, opens April 28.



— Director Rick James has selected his three-character cast for “Painting Churches,” Valley Theater Company’s spring production at the Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave..

They are Naomi Alhadeff, Gene Carbaugh and Candace Andrews.

“I am thrilled to be working with such a talented trio for this show,” James said. “This play will have audiences laughing and crying... in the same sentence.”

“Painting Churches” depicts the story of the Church family: Gardner, a distinguished retired poet on the cusp of senility; Fanny, his bitter, funny, devoted wife, and their daughter, Mags.

The characters are played by Carbaugh, Andrews, and Alhadeff, respectively.

The couple is preparing to move from Boston into a beach home on Cape Cod, and Mags, who is a New York artist, arrives to help them pack and to paint their portrait.

James said his actors all have strong backgrounds on the community theater stage.

Carbaugh previously performed with VTC in “Man of La Mancha” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

He also has an extensive theater resume with Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre and the Richland Players. Among his favorite roles are Pseudolus in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and E.K. Hornbeck in “Inherit the Wind.”

Andrews received VTC’s Best Actress Awards for her 2015 portrayal of Dr. Katherine Brandt in “33 Variations” and her 2002 portrayal of Ghost of Christmas Past in “A Christmas Carol.” She also played the title role in the Richland Players’ 2009 production of “Sylvia.”

Alhadeff received VTC’s Best Actress Award for her 2016 portrayal of Nancy in “Oliver.” She played Lily St. Regis in VTC’s 2014 “Annie” and most recently as Melody in VTC’s recent production of “Lone Star Love Potion.”

For his part, James clearly has well-developed directing chops.

He received VTC’s Best Show Award the past three years for his direction of “Lend Me A Tenor,” “33 Variations” and “See How They Run.”

“Painting Churches” is a play in two acts, by Tine Howe.

Performances will be presented April 28, 29 and May 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m.

A 2:30 p.m. matinee is planned April 30.

Tickets will go on sale later this month.



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