Victoria LeBlanc doesn’t speak Italian but with the help of Google Translate she’s ready to dive into her character for the upcoming production of ‘Enchanted April’.
LeBlanc, a Mid County resident and local teacher, is a member of Beaumont Community Players. BCP will perform the play April 1-16 at 4155 Laurel Ave., Beaumont.
LeBlanc plays Costanza, a housekeeper who speaks only Italian. The stage veteran has done her homework to portray the woman who brings some comic relief to the play based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1920s book. Mathew Barber adapted the play, which was nominated for a Tony Award, said director Robert Fong.
The play is about a woman from England who is in a kind of depression after the First World War. A lot of people died in the war and the wife decides the best thing to do is go to Italy and rent a villa. She hires three other women to accompany her, and all of them are different.
“The cool thing is their husbands want to go to Italy but aren’t invited,” Fong said. “So the four women travel to Italy and experience the spiritual transformation they seek. It really is a sweet comedy. And after, the two husbands show up later.
LeBlanc has read the book and, for her, the room is deceptively layered.
“On the surface it’s light and frivolous, but it’s about real people who don’t know how to solve problems until they get out of their usual way,” LeBlanc said, adding that while they were gone , women see themselves in a new way and all thrive in the environment.
Fong compared it to women after World War I becoming more independent and assertive.
But above all, it’s a comedy, he says.
LeBlanc explained that her character resembled some of Shakespeare’s comic characters, such as the gravedigger in Hamlet. His role is small but will give a comical view of what is happening.
Fong thinks audiences will be thrilled.
“Without reservations, if the public comes to see this, they will see some of the best performances from a local community theater that I have ever seen,” he said. “I think they’ll be amazed at how good the game is overall. I’m excited about that.
Tickets are $26 for adults and tickets for seniors and students are $24. There is a ticketing fee of $2.50 per ticket and when using your credit card there will be a processing fee of 3.75%.
Tickets can be purchased online at beaumontstages.com
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