‘Catfish Moon’ to open Friday at The Legion Theatre
by Marie Nesmith
Mar 05, 2013 | 869 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Through The Pumphouse Players’ production of “Catfish Moon,” co-director Dave Boggess is looking forward to introducing theater patrons to Gordon, Curley and Frog, three childhood friends who reconnect over their passion for fishing. Opening Friday, Laddy Sartin’s play proves it is never to late to recapture the friendships and joys of one’s youth.

“I had seen the play in another theater up in Dalton and was very interested in how it portrayed the characters,” said Boggess, who is directing the play with Donna Young. “It’s about three Southern guys that grew up together and spent a lot of time out on a dock by the lake when they were growing up. And, as they’ve grown up, they’ve sort of forgotten how to have fun because they’ve gotten older and have other things to do in their life.

“As time goes by, these three sort of typical Southern guys realize that they’ve lost out on really learning how to live life. So they decide to go out on a fishing trip to sort of get some of that joy back in their life. It’s a comedy. It’s a drama. It’s about growing up and growing older, and that’s sort of what drew me to it.”

To be held at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville, “Catfish Moon” will be presented March 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and March 10 at 3 p.m. The four member cast will consist of David Pendergraft as Frog, Doug Cardoza as Gordon, Mike Wasson as Curley and Karen Stinard as Betty.

“My character is a 40-plus individual that’s kind of grown up with the other characters in the play,” Cardoza said. “He’s just your average kind of person and he’s a ... hard-working individual but he gets excited about things and just goes over the top. So that’s why it’s kind of fun to play for me, and during the course of the play, he’s falling in love, I think for the first time, and [when] you fall in love [for the first time] everything is just so amazing and new and he’s so excited. And it’s just, it’s over the top.

“It’s a lot of fun [to portray him]. It’s a stretch for me actually as an actor to play — those are the fun characters to play actually — [characters] that are just larger than life. ... [The play is] actually a slice of life. It’s just here’s a portrait of these four people and where they were and where they’ve gone.”

Tickets for “Catfish Moon” are $14 for general admission, $12 for FlexPasses and for pre-paid groups of 10 or more people, and $10 for Pumphouse Players members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.