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Audiences have first chance at The Last Romance

SAT debuts first show of 2013 Friday, Feb. 8


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Jim Bumgardner, seated, portrays Ralph Bellini, and  Ryan Fenster, standing, portrays the young Ralph Bellini, in the Sandy Actors Theatre production of €sˇÃ„úThe Last Romance a heart-warming comedy about an older man unexpected second chance at love.The Sandy Actors Theatre will kick off 2013 with the year’s first play beginning Feb. 8, called “The Last Romance” by Joe DiPietro and directed by Dalene Young.

The romantic comedy will continue through March 3 and will include a special Valentine’s Day performance.

Life mimics opera in this golden years romance set between lonely hearts Ralph and Carol. The desire to love and be loved motivates all characters, but “life always gets in the way.”

Beautiful music is an intimate part of this story and, as Ralph says of opera, is the underlying music of love.

Each character comes complete with his or her own personal mystery. As for the hot romance, Ralph’s protective and somewhat jealous sister, Rose, lends some friendly words to Carol.

“He’s 80, he moves fast and he’s quite the catch,” she says, adding, “He can still drive at night.”

Jim Bumgardner plays Ralph; Lexy Dillon is his love interest, Carol; and Berta Limbaugh plays sister Rose.

The SAT veteran performers will be joined by Ryan Fenster, who portrays Ralph as a young man. Peaches, the dog love of Carol’s life, is played by Brutus, who had a starring dog role in last year’s production of “A Barrel Full of Pennies.”

The performance is rated PG with some adult language. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

The special Valentine’s Day show will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.

Tickets are available and reservations are recommended.

Call 503-668-6834 for more information and to reserve wheelchair space and/or hearing assistance devices.