Retired teacher relishes humorous role in “Rumors”

Kathy Booker plays Cookie Cusack, a cooking show host with a bad back.

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The Hartland Players Mainstage production of “Rumors” by Neil Simon will be entertaining the community Feb. 23 & 24 and March 2 & 3 at the Hartland Music Hall, 3619 Avon Street, Hartland. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, March 2, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, March 3.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available at the Cromaine Library or online at Tickets are also available at the door 30-minutes before showtime if the show is not sold out.

Until opening night, we’ll introduce you to the main members of the production.

About Kathy Booker:
Kathy Booker plays Cookie Cusack, a cooking show host with a bad back, and a very dramatic, physical personality.

Booker loves playing Cookie because the character is “funny and her own person.”

A retired school teacher of 27 years, booker says her greatest accomplishment is “being the proud mother of two, mother-in-law of one, grandmother of five, and great grandmother of one.”

“I am very active with, and devoted to, my faith, family, and friends,” she said. “I love sports and the theater.”

Booker answered some questions so we can get to know her better:

How did you get involved with the production?
I have been with Hartland Players for many years, involved in all aspects of the theater including actress, director, musical director, choreographer, backstage crew, etc.  Whenever I can, l audition for a role (suitable for my age) because I love the people here!

What other roles have you played?
I have also been involved in several other theaters in the same capacities. Some of my favorite roles at Hartland were in Annie, Steel Magnolias, Moon Over Buffalo, Odd Couple (female version), but there are many more.

Who inspires you?
My parents were and are my inspiration for all aspects of my life.  I miss them so much, but my kids and grandkids are my everything.

What is your favorite part of the production?
My favorite part of being in any show at Hartland would be the casts and crews.  They are fun, professional, and supportive, much like a family.

What can audience members expect?
As always here at the Music Hall, our audiences can be expected to be entertained by what they see.  This is a very funny show, produced and acted with our audiences in mind.

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