Productions at the Little Theater just keep getting better and better.
Three new faces trod the boards when the play, Social Security opened
last month. It is hoped they will be seen again in other productions.
Jeritza playing the dysfunctional, Trudy, showed a definite comedic
flare when she appeared in earlier this year. In this run, she brought
down the house when she clumped across the stage with a phantom walker
imitating her mother quaffing sour balls. Her real-life husband, playing
the spouse of Joyce Langford Vath, also delivered some funny lines.
The show, ably directed by Barbara Keener, was a tummy tickler and patrons
left the theater smiling.
Next up is Cliff Hanger, directed by Marty Taras. Pat Varcoe, Liz White,
J.R.Vourex, Pat Carroll, and Rex Wilson round out the cast. Rex, recently
graduated from the University of Oregon is presently staying with his
mother, Micki Wilson. Bet Micki comes to see the play when it opens
on December 4th.
Thumbnail sketch: Just the name, Jeritza, conjures up all sorts of images.
An Egyptian lady with a veil below dark almond eyes, or a companion
of Ali Baba sitting on a magic carpet as it skims over minarets, but
when you come to the last name, the magic carpet comes crashing down.
McCarter hardly brings to mind veils and magic carpets. But this lady
with the mobile features and the knowing blue eyes does exude magic
when she is on stage. McCarter and her husband, Robert, also a capable
actor came to Mexico via Sri Lanka where George had been affiliated
with Lockheed before they decided to retire in a home overlooking the
They loved their adopted home until there was a change of government.
Foreigners were viewed with hostility and the McCarters were physically
assaulted by young thugs employed as "bodyguards" to officials of the
new regime. No one was apprehended. Instead, the McCarters were considered
a political embarrassment and were told to leave the country or suffer
the consequences. Interested in a longer life span, they hired guards
to protect them while they quickly gathered their personal belongings
and left the country.
They had friends here, who had constantly begged them to come and visit.
They did and settled here in June of 1999.
Jeritza has always been around the stage in one form or another. When
she was five, she appeared in a show starring Helen Hayes. In every
country where she and Robert lived, they formed theater groups. The
government in Japan was so impressed by Jeritza's version of Cinderella,
they sent the troupe around the country performing this very different
Cinderella who had a talking dog.
Her mother was a free spirit and a lot of it has rubbed off on Jeritza.
She came by her unusual name when her mother, who was friendly with
a well-known Polish opera singer, named, Jeritza, said she would give
her unborn child the same name if the baby was a girl.
Jeritza and Robert met when they attended Glendale College. It was instant
dislike. Through unusual circumstances they were forced to attend a
ball together. They began the evening gritting their teeth and forcing
themselves to be polite to each other. Sometime during the evening things
began to change and they became friends and remained friends for a fair
amount of time and eventually fell in love.
Before they married Jeritza insisted there were some things Robert had
to know about her. 1. She would never be happy being a suburban housewife,
2. Her passion for the theater required involvement 3. She couldn't
cook. Robert found a job requiring world travel, he learned about the
theater and if he didn't cook, he found someone who did.
Interestingly enough, Jeritza and Robert had seen Social Security at
a dinner theater in California. The performance was terrible. The actors
portrayed the characters as whiny wimps. The McCarters determined the
play might have a chance to be successful if they were played as strong
characters. Director, Barbara Keener had the same notion and Jeritza
is laudatory in her comments on Keener's directing.
Dedicated theater people like the McCarters is one reason LLT is so
successful, and aren't we glad they like it here!