Meet George Bertwell ~ a.k.a. Oscar Madison in Perth County Players April 2014 production of The Odd Couple.
Where were you born? Born in Stetter, Alberta – raised in nearby Big Valley
At what age did you get involved in community theatre? Other than narrator(s) in school plays – 20 years old (Dr. Sugar – Suddenly Last Summer)
What was your favourite role or show to be involved with? Elwood P. Dowd – Harvey & Cromwell – A Man for All Seasons
What is your dream role? Sir – The Dresser.
When did you join PCP? This is my first production with PCP !
Your thoughts on this production. A great group of people have been assembled for this production. At first glance, you go …. what the —-? But each of these nuts fit that tree that make up The Odd Couple. Take one away- it would be missing an essential part of this crazy group! The laughter comes from not only who these people are but what they bring to the mix!!! And the production ‘staff’ – from the director on – is terrific! especially how they too fit ….on the tree!
About Perth County Players:
In our 5th season, Perth County Players is thrilled to present their first play at Stratford City Hall, ‘The Odd Couple’, directed by Aaron Kropf. ‘The Odd Couple’ is known internationally as the hit comedy play by Neil Simon, later adapted into the infamous movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, followed by the Emmy winning TV show starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.
Many members of the community will be happy to see John Butcher back on stage with PCP after many years as a part of their dinner theatre cast as well as performing as Mr. Fezziwig in their latest production of A Christmas Carol this past December. Perth County Players welcomes Stratford newcomers from Toronto George Bertwell and Alex Stephens who will be playing the roles of Oscar and Felix respectively. George and Alex were both involved in community theatre in Toronto having crossed paths over the years. Both moved to Stratford last year not knowing the other had moved to the area. They met up again at the audition for The Odd Couple, very surprised to see the other one there. The cast also includes PCP favourites Leasa Barclay and Tania Harvey, the Pigeon sisters who live upstairs from Oscar and Felix. Rounding out the cast of 8 are Eric Russell Norcross as Murray the cop, Gary Horst as Vinnie, the mild-mannered, hen-pecked husband, and Bill Miller as the acerbic Speed.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at perthcountyplayers.com or in person at Sinclair Pharmacy, 12 Wellington Street, Stratford.
Performances are at City Hall April 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 7:30pm and April 6 & 12 at 2pm.