The Merlin Players Theatre opens their 25th season tomorrow with a hilarious comedy.  Details will be given during today's KDHL AM Minnesota program.  Merlin Players Professional Theatre was started a quarter century ago.  Since then they have made us laugh, cry, clap our hands with enthusiasm.

"Leading Ladies" written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Artistic Director Julianna Skluzacek.  Production runs October 25, 26, November 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m. with 2:00 p.m. performances on Sundays October 27 and November 3 at the Paradise Center for the Arts.

The Merlin Players press release for the production states, "This laugh-till-your-face-hurts comedy is the story of Leo and Jack, two down on their luck Shakespearean actors on the Moose Lodge Circuit in 1954 Pennsylvania.  They read in the newspaper about a York, Pa. woman who is looking for her long-lost nephews so she can leave her fortune to them.  The guys decide to pose as the nephews and travel to York.  There they discover that it's not nephews but nieces for whom she is looking.  Chaos ensues in a "Some Like It Hot" love story."

Owatonna residents Amber Chesney and Mark Place play Meg and Duncan.  Faribault residents Faith Jameson and Pam Buschow play Audrey and Florence.  Carter Martin of Red Wing is Leo and Patrick Braucher of Webster is his compatriot Jack.  Chuck Larsen of Morristown and Dylan Vilt of New Prague play Doc and Butch.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 507-332-7372 during box office hours.  Noon to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  Open until 8:00 p.m. Thursday evenings.  Box office opens one hour before each performance.

There will be an opening night reception after the show Friday, October 25.

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