Synopsis

Morning’s at Seven is a wonderful, heart-warming comedy about family relationships and small town life. The year is 1939 and the four Gibbs sisters have lived together in the same Midwest town their entire lives. In fact, Ida and Cora are neighbors, and the entire play takes place on their back porches and in their back yards.

Their spinster sister, Aaronetta, lives with Cora and her husband, Thor. Everyone suspects that something illicit has been going on between Aaronetta and Thor for years, and there’s plenty of family scuttlebutt on the subject. Nevertheless, no one knows for sure.

Next door, Ida and her neurotic husband, Carl, live with their equally odd adult son, Homer. The middle-aged Homer has never been able to “cut the apron strings”. He has been dating Myrtle for 12 years though no one has actually seen her. The conversation “over the hedge” is filled with suspicion. Maybe the phantom fiancé doesn’t even exist! Suddenly, Homer announces that he’s bringing Myrtle home and the family is abuzz with whispers and speculation regarding this strange turn of events.

The fourth sister, Esther, lives up on the hill with her educated husband, David. The intellectual David looks down the hill, and his nose, on the rest of the family. Esther has, for years, been required to sneak away to visit her sisters. Things have come to a head, and David is suggesting that they separate within their own house.

Sisters. Husbands. Wives. Children. In-laws.

Morning’s at Seven provides us with a side-splitting look in the mirror. Union Street Players is proud to produce this humorous study of the family relationships, family gossip and family secrets common to us all.

Performances and Ticket Information

Performances will be at USP's stage home - the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. The Community Center is located at 712 Union Street in Pella, two blocks south of the town square and next to the Pella Public Library.

Thu Feb 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Fri Feb 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Sat Feb 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Sun Feb 25 at 2:00 p.m. MATINEE!

Tickets are $7.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Balcony, & $5.00 for students and children. Click here for information on where to buy tickets.

Cast and Crew

Cast:
Theodore Swanson                    Mark Moreland
Cora Swanson                           Carlyn Wei
Aaronetta Gibbs                        Marty Racheter
Carl Bolton                                Sherman Van Zee
Ida Bolton                                 Shelly Buhrow
Homer Bolton                            Doug DeWolf
Myrtle Brown                             Jamie Kacur
David Crampton                        Arvin Van Zante
Esther Crampton                       Lori Pearson

Director                                                Tom Vander Well
Assistant Director                           Anne McCullough-Kelly
Assistant Director                            Wendy Vander Well
Set Manager                                    Jim Palmer
Stage Manager                                  Michele Thompson
Production Assistance                     Pat Moriarity
Set Design                                          Anne McCullough-Kelly
Publicity                                              Wendy Vander Well

The play was written by Paul Osborn in 1939. It was successfully revived on Broadway in 1988 and again in 2002. It is produced by special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.