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Friday Night Live III raised the roof
RUMFORD- The cast and crew of Friday Night Live III once again delivered the laughs during four sold out nights of performances at 49 Franklin. With county sheriff Wayne Gallant as special guest host, and the local cast , the show was non-stop laughs and received a standing ovation at the end of each of the four nights.
No sooner were the doors unlocked on opening night, did people start pouring in, and within 30 minutes seats were scarce. As those looking for a good laugh were getting their drinks and munchies, the cast and crew were busying themselves behind the scenes to begin their first night of performances.
When it was time for the show to begin, the house lights went down and the spotlight lit up a bickering elderly couple in the back. As they made their way to a front table with talk of never denying a good ripper and being too old to smell a good fart, the house went up in laughs and the show got started.
Special guest host of the show, Sheriff Wayne Gallant, got things started from stage by trying to explain how excited he was about his role. When words just couldn’t express it, he was accompanied by fellow castmates for a performance that took place in Brian’s Bistro (his office).
With a little persuasion from Grassette, a box of energy rings and flowers, Gallant conceded and agreed to do the show.
Gallant followed the skit by claiming to the audience, “We all know that laughter is the best medicine and our hope is that you’ll all be heavily medicated by the time you leave here tonight.”
Over the next three hours, laughter filled the Mystic Theater with several hilarious skits, but especially while the audience watched Dr. Mike (Brennick) give advice to ailing callers, Zach “Teen Jesus” Calden as he argued with God, played by Gallant, and a delivery room scene featuring Amanda Hamner and Dawson Walton as they were awaiting the arrival of their little bundle of joy.
For those members of the audience that were there for the first time, the laughs were non-stop and at times a bit shocking to them, but for those returning after seeing the first shows, they were getting exactly what they came for.
After hearing musical performances from guest musician, Dennis Moro, the audience was introduced to Hilary Hightower (Jen Foster) and Maggie Muddlebottom (Tammy Schmersal) as they Facebook battled a scene playing out on their street.
Audience members were rolling by the end of the night, with sore faces and bellies from laughing, they stood for a round of applause and hoots for the cast and crew.
From the time the house lights began to dim and the spotlight was focused on the back door with the elderly couple entering, to the final skit, the cast and crew of Friday Night Live III rocked the house and left the audience with a thirst for more.
Friday Night Live is comprised of all local talent who work up to six months prior to each show writing, practicing and preparing for the next show. Their hope is to put on two shows each year under the direction of Keith A. Grassette.
For more information on 49 Franklin and their events, please visit www.49franklin.com or call 369-0129.