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"Leading Ladies" Production Offers A Comedic Surprise

June 10, 2016 – Aurora, CO – What happens when two male actors, dressed in drag, pose as the missing nieces of a wealthy older woman but end up falling for the woman’s real niece and her aide? A comedic surprise of the 1950’s kind.

Community College of Aurora students will showcase what they have learned during theater classes and performances in a student-led production of Ken Ludwig’s comedy, “Leading Ladies.” The show is also a fundraiser for the CCA Theatre Department and future productions.

Set in the 1950’s, this light-hearted romp by Ken Ludwig focuses on two male actors who pose as the missing nieces of a wealthy older woman who is in poor health. And to complicate matters, the two men begin to fall for the woman's real niece and the woman's aide. The two men, dressed in drag, also attempt to perform a Shakespearean play at the woman's estate, adding to the farce.

For Bear Omundson, who is directing the play, “Leading Ladies” was a natural choice. It was the first play he saw performed. “It’s what made me want to do theater,” Omundson said. “Everyone who reviewed the play said, ‘Yes, this is what we should do.’”

And since the last two CCA productions featured a transgender student discovering their identity in “Pronoun” and then William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Leading Ladies” offered a chance to do something lighter.

CCA students will show off their talents on stage and display their theater craftsmanship with set construction as well. Since this production is solely student-based, the students have used what they learned from classes and their previous experience to build the set. CCA faculty had limited input but the students have been mostly on their own. The limited budget and technical expertise mean that what should be a two-story set will in reality be a one-story set with a raised platform.

“Leading Ladies” premieres on June 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Larry D. Carter Theater in the Fine Arts Building on the CentreTech campus, located at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway in Aurora, CO. Performance dates are also on June 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on June 18 and 25 at 2 p.m.

The play is a fundraiser for the CCA Theatre Department and tickets will be $5 at the door.


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