Left to Right: Linda MGinnis, Kim Rockwood, and Grace Baker

Locals Sitting Pretty in Girls Nite Out production

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Thursday September 27, 2018

South Burlington locals are well represented on and off stage in the dramatic comedy “Sitting Pretty” by Girls Nite Out Productions that opens Oct. 3 in Burlington.

Cheri Gagnon is the director and residents Grace Baker, Linda McGinnis and Kim Rockwood are part of the cast of 10.

Both moving and humorous, “Sitting Pretty,” by Amy Rosenthal, is a story about two sisters, Nancy and Nina, who share an apartment in New York. Nancy, described as “a shy, insecure, delightfully Rubenesque, 65-year-old woman,” suddenly finds herself downsized from her job. Nina, an art historian at the Met, is shocked to discover that Nancy has unwittingly become a life model who poses nude for some eccentric drawing students and their philandering teacher.

McGinnis, who plays the role of Nina, said, “The play, at its heart, is about the relationship between two sisters: one who is finally discovering herself at age 65, and another who is having to let go. Anyone who has siblings, or is a parent of siblings, knows that the relationship is like no other, fraught with the strongest of emotions.”

With a passion for theater, McGinnis joined Girls Nite Out shortly after moving to Vermont. Since then, she has performed lead roles in their productions of “The Hallelujah Girls, “The Family of Ewe” and, most recently, “Alumni Pie.”

In “Sitting Pretty,” Rockwood plays Sylvia, a stately lady who continuously brags about her over-accomplished son. It is a comedic part worthy of Rockwood’s ability as she has been a valued actress in numerous community theater productions throughout the state, including the roles of Cookie in the Shelburne Players production of “Rumors” and the title character in White River Valley Players production of “Hello Dolly.”

A board member of the Valley Players for several years, Rockwood helped establish the Vermont Playwrights Award.

Baker plays Zelda, the life model for the art class. Most recently, Baker was in “The Odd Couple” with the South Hero Players.

This is director Gagnon’s first undertaking with Girls Nite Out Productions, a theater company formed in 2010 by Janet Stambolian and Jennifer Warwick. The company’s mission is to create and produce high quality theater with a focus on providing performance, production and educational opportunities for women of all ages.

McGinnis says, “Once again, Girls Nite Out has found a play that brings women’s stories to the stage in a way that makes you laugh and makes you cry. And this time, it breaks new boundaries, and lets us celebrate that women’s bodies, at any age, are to be honored.”

“Sitting Pretty” plays for seven evening performances, from Oct. 3 to 13, at 7:30 p.m., with one matinee, at Main Street Landing’s Black Box Theater. For more information or tickets, visit girlsnite outvt.com or flynntix.org.