"Prelude to a Kiss" presents tale of love, humor and magic

Posted on: April 02, 2013

A love story with a twist, "Prelude to a Kiss" at College of the Mainland Community Theatre offers a story of newlyweds trapped in circumstances beyond their control--and almost beyond their imaginations.

Moments after a young couple marry, a mysterious elderly man asks to kiss the bride. As he does, his soul and the bride's magically switch bodies. Now the young husband must now find a way to keep his love for his bride--currently and possibly permanently trapped in a 75-year-old's-body--alive.

Equal parts funny and poignant, the Tony Award-winning play offers an entertaining look at what comprises love and what a man will do to retain it.

"There's so much going on in this play to make it a wonderful evening of theater," said Director Mark Adams. "It's such a favorite because it combines a quirky love story with some genuine comedy, and it's all contained within a fantasy that seems completely believable even while it's astoundingly magical."

The play is rich with diverse, complex characters. The talented cast features veteran COM actors, including Steve Guss returning after a nearly 40 year absence Rob de los Reyes and Amber Bennett, and four debuting COM students, Donna Bane, Matt Graves, Marion McDaniel and Aaron Perez.

Combining drama, romance and comedy, "Prelude to a Kiss" is a delightful, thoughtful look at love that may make viewers think twice before they kiss the bride.

The play runs from April 4-28. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.com.edu/theatre or call 409-933-8345.

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