Leslie Evans, director of Michigan City’s Footlight Players’ “My Three Angels,” hopes attendees of her play leave experiencing more than laughs from her comedic production.
“Sometimes you see a play and the character development is the same at the end as it was when the play started,” she said. “With this particular show, there’s a development with every character where they learn something as the play progresses and learn something about themselves that they never realized.”
Opening Friday and running through Dec. 10, “Angels” tells the tale of Joseph, Jules and Alfred, a pair of prison escapees in France, who, during the Christmas season, stumble upon and try to thwart a plot by a pair of swindlers conniving to rob a family of their business.
Taking its cue from the 1950s French play “La Cuisine Des Anges,” “Angels” was adapted for English audiences by acclaimed early and mid-20th Century American writers Samuel and Bella Spewack a year later. “Angels” opened on Broadway in 1953 and was adapted for the big screen in 1955 and 1989 as “We’re No Angels.”
Evans is a fan of the 1955 film, which starred Humphrey Bogart and Peter Ustinov.
“It’s not your typical Christmas story,” Evans said. “It’s a comedy, but it’s a dark comedy.”
Starring in the show are Chesterton’s David Mikolajczyk, Joe Blanchard from Michigan City and Ken Siegfried, also of Michigan City. They are joined onstage by Nikki Szymkowski, Ken Siegfried, Tony J. Thomas and Anthony J. Holt.
“I’m really enjoying this cast,” Evans said. “They’re just lovely to work with. And my production staff, as always at Footlight Theatre, is just amazing.”
Footlight Players will kick off 2018 with the drama “12 Angry Men,” scheduled to open at Footlight Theatre Feb. 2.