imagesHOPEDALE – The Hope Players have made a change in their May production, and need more actors for the new show. Instead of Walter Blake’s comedy, “The Nutt Family,” the Players will present Charles Aidman’s adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters’ classic poetry cycle, “Spoon River Anthology.” The show examines the lives of people in a small town shortly after the turn of the twentieth century.

“Spoon River Anthology” will be presented at Harrison East Elementary School in Hopedale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

According to Hope Players executive director Andrew Pelegreen III, who is directing the production, the change of plays was made after auditions were held for “The Nutt Family.”

Pelegreen explained, “After we saw the level of talented people trying out for “The Nutt Family,” we decided to offer them the opportunity perform a more challenging play.”

But Pelegreen noted that “Spoon River Anthology” presents an additional challenge: it requires more actors than tried out for “The Nutt Family.”

“Because of the need for more actors, we’re inviting all available area actors to come to our rehearsal at noon this Saturday, March 29, at Harrison East Elementary, to audition,” Pelegreen said.

“Because actors will be playing multiple characters, we can be flexible with rehearsals, and we’ll be able to work around scheduling conflicts,” Pelegreen added.

Rehearsals are held Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon at the school.  Pelegreen also noted that anyone interested in working on the technical aspects of “Spoon River Anthology” should come to the rehearsal this Saturday at noon to volunteer their services.

Anyone with questions about participating in “Spoon River Anthology,” and those unable to attend Saturday’s rehearsal, should contact Pelegreen at 740-937-2629, prior to the rehearsal.

The Hope Players are dedicated to presenting family-friendly community theater for area residents. More information about the organization is available at their Web site,