Cast Announced for ''Come Blow Your Horn'' at NWF State College, Tickets Now on Sale for Neil Simon Comedy

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


1/22/2010 - The cast for the spring production of Neil Simon's comedy ''Come Blow Your Horn'' at Northwest Florida State College has been announced. The college's Division of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts will present the farcical romp on March 10 through 13 at 7:30 pm in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the NWFSC Niceville campus. Tickets for ''Come Blow Your Horn'' are on sale now for $15 for adults and $10 for youth age 18 and younger at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office in-person, by phone at 729-6000, or online at Currently enrolled NWFSC students may attend free of charge on student nights March 8 and 9 with a student ID.

The full length Neil Simon comedy was a Broadway smash hit that later became a hit movie starring Frank Sinatra. In the play Alan Baker, a 30ish swinging bachelor with time, money and women to spare, welcomes rebellious and eager 21 year old brother Buddy into his den of iniquity while their horrified parents can only watch and pray.

Bored with living at home with his parents, young Buddy Baker played by Jesses Fryery of Mary Ester packs his bags and arrives unannounced at the Manhattan apartment of his older brother, Alan, portrayed by Joseph Bishop of Navarre, a fast-living, girl-chasing bachelor who never allows his duties at his father's artificial fruit factory to interfere with his pleasures. Pleased at his brother's show of independence, Alan buys Buddy a flashy new wardrobe and introduces him to the New York night life.

Their father, played by Ron Altman of Niceville, becomes enraged at Alan's poor example and at his irresponsible loss of an important account. Buddy is such an apt pupil that he soon takes over his brother's private stock of liquor and begins dating his girl friend, Peggy, played by Chelsea Sorenson of Shalimar. Alan becomes frightened at the prospect of a serious relationship and alienates his favorite girl friend, Connie played by Charity Barger of Fort Walton Beach. Suddenly realizing the futility of his life, Alan urges Buddy to end his carousing and settle down, but Buddy is having too good a time. An argument ensues jolting Alan into maturity, and he decides to propose to Connie.

Following their marriage, Alan discovers that his mother, played by Sheila Johnson of Crestview, has left his father because of his bad temper, but Alan effects their reconciliation, successfully concludes a business deal, and bequeaths his bachelor apartment to the delighted Buddy.

The Sprint Theater is the smaller of two theater venues at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center, located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College at 100 College Boulevard. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets at the door, on a space available basis only, will be sold starting at 6:00 pm each night of the show and are the same price as advance tickets.