BRAWLEY – Megan Strahm and Sara Correa starred in the North County Coalition of the Arts (NoCCA) production of Neil Simons The Odd Couple. The play was held at the Stockmen’s Club of Imperial Valley and played September 13 and 14.
The play centers around two mismatched roommates who have both been recently divorced. Olive, a sloppy, grumpy sportscaster invites her neurotic, neat freak of a friend, Florence, to come and live with her and as personalities clash, hilarity ensues.
Rosemarie Wood, executive director of the North County Coalition for the Arts and Megan Strahm, the creative educational director for NoCCA first thought about putting on The Odd Couple two years ago.
“We were just throwing out names and out came The Odd Couple and ever since then things have just come together,” said Wood. “We attended a work shop for The Odd Couple and we were just praying and wishing for Palmer to be opened, but it wasn’t.”
Brawley’s Palmer Theater has been closed since the 2010 August earthquake but is said to be opening soon. In the meantime NoCCA has been experimenting with other venues to host their plays and events.
“This was the first time we have ever done a dinner theater matinee and it turned out really nice,” said Wood.
While NoCCA is more widely known for their musicals, done every other year, they also have a straight play every year. The plays take about 6 to 8 weeks of practice and they usually have a very small cast, while the musicals take months of practice, have dozens of cast members, and cost much more to produce.
“This play was a lot of fun,” said Wood. “We are really excited to start work on our next musical, The Music Man.”
More information on The Music Man will be available in December.
The Odd Couple was directed by Rojian Lira. The cast includes Megan Strahm, Sara Correa, George Scott, John-Paul Wells, De Ann Hilfiker, Frances Hernandez, Jodi Rollins, and Rosemarie Wood.