By Michael Moran
Cultural Park Theatre Company continues with its salute to its 58th season with Gore Vidal’s quirky and humorous sci-fi satire, Visit to a Small Planet.
Directors Christi Wengerter and Joy Ursillo bring to the stage a story of a flying-saucer spaceman with psychic powers who discovers love, pain and war on Earth. Kreton, an alien who lands on Earth hoping to catch a glimpse of the American Civil War, finds that something went wrong with the machine and has landed in Virginia outside the Spelding family home. Upon learning that it is not 1861, Kreton nevertheless decides to stay and observe human behavior. “You are my hobby,” he tells the Speldings, “and I’m going native.”
Visit to a Small Planet was originally set to open Nov. 23, 1963, as the theater company’s (known then as The Cape Coral Community Players) first production. The show’s opening night was canceled back then as many will remember that was the date President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Out of respect to the president, the show canceled and opened the following weekend launching our then fledgling company to a prestigious 58 years of operation.
Performances are March 25 through April 4 with Thursday and Friday evening performances and Saturday and Sunday matinees. Times are Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. with weekend matinees at 3 p.m.
For additional information and tickets, call our box office at 239-772-5862 and visit our website at www.Culturalparktheater.com.
Robert Gonnelli March 5 – 7
Also before we take off on our Alien adventure be sure not to miss Robert Gonnelli in concert with A Moment In Time, Robert is one of Southwest Florida’s best vocalists and he will take you back in time with his vast catalog of hits from all genres from the 1940s to 2020. Robert is a musician, vocal entertainer and overall music lover. Robert has been entertaining at different hotels, dinner clubs, gated communities for years. Robert has entertained people in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, cruise ships and sang with some great artists in different states. This concert will be on stage March 5 through March 7 with performances Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. All tickets are $21. Call the box office at 239-772-5862 for more information.
Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral.
Michael Moran is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.