Bill Phelps, Archbold, has been cast as the lead character of “Leaving Iowa,” a comedy about a man’s memories of his family road trips.
Archbold Community Theatre presents “Leaving Iowa” at Giffey Hall in Ridgeville Corners on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 15-16, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 17, at 2:30 pm.
Phelps plays Don Browning, who decides to finally carry his father’s ashes to their final resting place at grandma’s old farm.
Along the way, he relives all of the quirky family road trips on which his father dragged the family each summer.
The father is played by Randy Rohrs, Ridgeville Corners.
Browning’s mother, played by Jan Delaney, Archbold, and sister, played by Marcia Rozevink, Wauseon, add their opinions of the road trip plans, but dad’s vote carries more weight.
Randy Stuckey, West Unity, and Randi Ross, Napoleon, play a host of characters from Don’s past and present.
The combination provides the makings for a toast to, and roast of, Dad’s undying dedication to the classic family road trip.
The director, Michelle Johnson, Wauseon, said, “I wanted an opportunity to direct this show the first time I saw an excerpt performed at the Northwest Ohio Community Theatre Association festival a few years ago.
“My father was the king of the weekend road trip, so Don’s opportunity to relive his time with his father, even if only through a memorial drive, struck a chord inside me.”
Assisting Johnson is Ed Mooney, Continental. Tracy Ziegler, Archbold, is the producer.