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Opening night for Embassy Theatre's version of Neil Simon's classic "Barefoot in the Park" will kick off on Saturday, July 29, at 8 pm.

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
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Opening night for Embassy Theatre's version of Neil Simon's classic "Barefoot in the Park" will kick off on Saturday, July 29, at 8 pm.
Tom Valentine again steps up to take the directorial reigns to lend his marvelous magic to create this production - made famous and memorable by the movie of the same name - starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in 1967.
The Barefoot Extravaganza will open in the Embassy's lobby at 6:30 p.m. that evening - where party and theatre-goers walk inside the theatre barefoot, carrying their shoes and theatre tickets in hand.
Attendees will have the option of entering the Big Foot and Pretty Feet contests, where foot measurements are taken for Big Foot and pedicures rated on confidential score sheets for Pretty Feet.
All those attending the Barefoot Extravaganza and theatre production following will enjoy complimentary finger foods and Cranberry Pizzazz Punch, and have chances to win bottles of wine for the contests. There will also be two doorprizes awarded at 7:30 p.m. - and prizes will be: 1) a full, luxurious pedicure at Envy Nails in Lavale, and 2) a relaxing footbath massager.
Complimentary appetizers served at the extravaganza after the 6:30 p.m. admission will include cocktail meatballs, mini ham sandwiches, assorted fruits and veggies with dip, pretzels and peanuts and Iced Foot Cookies with Toe Jam.
To set the perfect ambiance for the event, local musician Jason McDonald will provide live music on the guitar in the lobby - creating a Barefoot groove for the intimate affair. Using strong vocals accompanied by guitar, Jason takes classic rock and blues and adds his own style. He performs works by Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and more.
For anyone interested in scheduling Jason for a local restaurant or establishment, he can be contacted by phone at 304-790-0075, email at zoharkab38@gmail.com, or through Facebook. Jason is fast becoming a favorite in the area, soon playing at The Gin Mill at Gunter Hotel, Frostburg,  (Aug. 27), as well as other venues in the tri-state area.
The Barefoot Extravaganza is open to anyone age 21+ who purchases tickets to attend opening night of "Barefoot in the Park." Ticket purchase is required, but the extravaganza is free from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
For every pair of bare feet that walks through the door during the extravaganza, that person receives a ten-toe-discount of $1 for Saturday's admission only. Regular admission price is $16 adults, $14 seniors.
At the opening night event, group shots of feet only and other interesting feet shots will be taken by the photographer attending, and will be used throughout the production's promotional efforts.
Embassy Theatre is also in the midst of its "Feet Campaign" on social media. Cast and director's feet are posted anonymously, with chances to guess the identity. Please visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook to join the fun!
Shout out to Glass Canvas Productions, too. They will soon create and post a video or slide show to shed light on the cast's efforts at rehearsals, as well as candid stills of the production itself.
Additionally, the first-ever "Barefoot in the Park" set artwork has been designed, created and donated by local artist William C. Pfaff, and limited pieces will be autographed and available for purchase in the lobby. These are exclusive pieces of art, and they will be grabbed up in no time!
To make reservations, call (240) 362-7183. Or, purchase tickets through Eventbrite. Seating is limited, and sell-outs are anticipated.
BAREFOOT Cast, Crew and Staff
Corie - Lisa-Anna Maust
Paul - Kirk Yutzy (pictured here in this release)
Mother - Linda Julien
Velasco - Tom Vogtman Sr
Repair Man - Matt Armentrout
SPECIAL NOTE: Cameo surprises may be in store, as well!!
Director - Tom Valentine
Producer - Jerard Puckett
Set Design - William C. Pfaff
Set Construction - Don Llewellyn, Scott D. Foard, Trish Jankey
Public Relations - Trish Morgan
Photographer - Sam Bennett
Video/Stills Promotions - Glass Canvas Productions
Bill of Fare Production - Christy Leake
Extravaganza Chairman - Don Llewellyn
In this film based on a Neil Simon play, newlyweds Corie (Lisa-Anna Maust), a free spirit, and Paul Bratter (Kirk Yutzy), an uptight lawyer, share a sixth-floor apartment in Greenwich Village. Soon after their marriage, Corie tries to find a companion for mother, Ethel (Linda Julien), who is now alone, and sets up Ethel with neighbor Victor (Tom Vogtman Sr). Inappropriate behavior on a double date causes conflict, and the young couple considers divorce.
City Lights American Grill & Bar will be partnering with Embassy Theatre for this production...on Saturday, July 29, and Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4-5. Reservations are required through Embassy Theatre.
Cost for a single package is $45 and a couples package is $85. The package includes City Lights' menu as follows: Side House Salad, Lemon Thyme Chicken, Asiago Red Skin Mashed Potatoes, vegetable medley, rolls and butter and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, non-alcoholic beverage, gratuity, theatre admission, complimentary cocktail or beverage at Passport Cafe in the lobby, reserved VIP seating and optional photos with the cast after the show.
These dinner/theatre packages are fan-favorites, so call for your reservations as soon as you can! Dinner, Extravaganza, the production, the VIP seating, the complimentary cocktail and SO MUCH TALENT...what a terrific night out!!
Support local performance arts! These actors and personnel all donate their time and talents to bring theatre to life in the community. Your support means everything, and your applause...priceless!