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‘Four Play, The Musical” opens Friday at Clayton Opera House

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CLAYTON — Former Clayton Opera House theater manager Barry Pratt returns to the facility on Friday, but as a performer, not an employee.

The musical comedy “Four Play, the Musical,” a professional production, opens Friday at the Clayton Opera house for a three-day engagement. Patrons can choose a dinner/theater or a show-only option.

“Four Play” was written by Glens Falls resident Rick Wilson, who is co-producing it with his wife, Nancy. It is Mr. Wilson’s first production. He is a mortgage broker and founder of Adirondack Mortgage Service.

Mr. Pratt, Watertown, resigned Feb. 14 from his job as theater manager of the Clayton Opera House to co-star in “Four Play, the Musical,” which has been described as the male answer to “Menopause, The Musical.”

A strong vocalist, Mr. Pratt has more than 40 years of theatrical experience on and off the stage. He attended the University of South Alabama and honed his acting skills at the Entertainer Dinner Theater in Mobile, Ala. He was manager of the Clayton Opera House the past 12 years.

Mr. Wilson was inspired to write “Four Play, The Musical” five years ago after he and his wife saw “Menopause, The Musical” in the Albany area. That show is described as “a humorous celebration of women and ‘the change.’”

Mr. Wilson was one of a half dozen men in the audience who were mocked, ridiculed and teased. He told his wife there had to be a male response. He gained further inspiration when he realized that getting together every year with close friends is an experience that many men share.

The play, which features music arranged in four-part harmony, focuses on many men’s health issues, from erectile dysfunction to family planning to colonoscopies and cancer screenings, with a strong message toward taking good care of one’s health.

Mr. Pratt plays Vinnie in “Four Play.” Other featured players, all Actors Equity Association members, are Bill Carmichael as Bob, Richard Koons as Rick, Chuck Muckle as Ed and Melissa Bayern as the Ottsew girl. The show is directed by Avery Babson, with musical direction by John Benware. Equity stage manager is Sara Friedman. Actors Equity is the labor union that represents 49,000 professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.

“Four Play, the Musical” opened April 3 in Glens Falls. Following its run in Clayton, it will move on to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on May 2 and 3 and Sienna College in Loudonville on May 23 and 24 and May 30 and 31. The May production dates are Fridays and Saturdays.

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WHAT: “Four Play, The Musical”
WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive. It will be presented as a dinner/theater but there also is a show-only option.
Dinner/theaters: 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the shows beginning at 8. On Sunday: dinner at noon, with that show beginning at 2. Those who prefer the show-only option for all three performances may arrive at show time.
TICKETS: $40 for the dinner/theater and $25 for the show only. For more information or to order tickets, call the box office at 686-2200 or visit the opera house website, www.claytonoperahouse.com.
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