‘The Last Romance’ at Beloit Civic Theatre May 2-4

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BELOIT, Wis. — Beloit Civic Theatre, celebrating its 80th year, is presenting its production of The Last Romance. This touching comedy is being directed by Patricia Moran Collins in her final directorial appearance for Beloit Civic Theatre. The featured cast includes Donna Balsley as Carol Reynolds, Steve Hay as Ralph Bellini, Pat Hall as Rose Tagliatelle and Adam Gracyalny as the young man.

The Last Romance by Joe DePietro is a touching comedy by the same author as Over the River and Through the Woods, which was part of Beloit Civic Theatre’s 2009-2010 season.

When octogenarian Ralph first meets Carol, something sparks in his heart — and it’s not his pacemaker. Love can happen at any age, as it does for the two seniors at the center of The Last Romance, a tender romantic comedy.

On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk, and his life takes a detour. He meets an elegant woman at the dog park, and suddenly, life becomes exciting again. Carol, at first aloof, eventually admits an attraction to this new friend. Although the two seem worlds apart, they are drawn together by the same yearning to connect. Defying Carol’s reticence — and the jealousy of his lonely sister Rose — he embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost.

The Last Romance is being performed at the Elizabeth Reinholz Theatre at the south end of Beloit Memorial High School at 1225 Fourth St., Beloit, Wis. Remaining performance dates are May 2-4 at 7:30 p.m., and May 4 at 3 p.m.

General admission ticket price is $10 with a senior and student ticket price of $8. The box office can be reached at (608) 362-1595. Visit www.beloitcivictheatre.org/resemail.ehp.

Posted May 1, 2013

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