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Burks makes directorial debut

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By The Staff

"Over the River and Into the Woods," which opens at the Shelby County Community Theatre on Friday, is the directorial debut of Shelby County native Mark Burks.

The play is about a young man, Nickey, who is adored by his grandparents. When Nickey gets a promotion, the prospect of his moving ignites a series of hilarious events.

Michael Catapano, a teen new to the Shelby County Theatre, plays the part of Nickey. He is from New York and has a "great Italian-New York accent," Burks said.

Other stars are Pat Wheterton, Cook Farmer, Bob Zielinski and Betty Zielinski. The "love interest" is played by another face familiar the local stage, Erin Block.

"When I got out of college in 1979, I got involved with the community theater," Burks said. "I enjoyed always working with educators and learning what they had to say."

After years of doing acting and piece competitions, Burks hopes to share the best of his experiences with casts and audiences.

"It's been a real fun experience," he said.

The play will run for two weekends, Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23. Show times are 7:30 p.m. nightly (a new starting time). The Sunday matinee is at 2:30 p.m.

The theater seats about 130 people per performance. For tickets, call 633-0242.

The play is sponsored by Rudy and Sharon Lewis and Reggie Van Stockum.