Follow the rainbow

Members of the Unexpected Company rehearse a scene from “Sometimes a Rainbow” on Tuesday afternoon at the Alice Hardie Stevens Center.

SHANNON BRODERICK/Boomerang photographer

The Unexpected Company is set to open a musical comedy six months in the making next week.

“Sometimes a Rainbow,” directed by Susan Shumway, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2.

It will hit the stage at 2 p.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 4-5.

All performances are at the Alice Hardie Stevens Center, 603 Ivinson Ave. Tickets are $20.

Written by Tom Northam, “Sometimes a Rainbow” takes places in Washington, D.C., and looks at the lives of homeless people who live there.

Shumway, who is also a member of the 18-person cast, said the musical mixes comedy and tragedy as characters experience both despair and hope. The story follows a main character played by Vera Reid, a local actor and one of the founding members of The Unexpected Company.

“It’s going to touch your heart,” she said.

Shumway said she hoped audience members would take away from the production an appreciation of the fact that homeless exists everywhere, even Laramie.

“There are homeless people in every city, and we can reach out to them,” she said.

The cast and crew have been rehearsing the production since April, mastering four-part harmonies and a number of solo pieces.

“I think people will love the music,” Shumway said.

Founded in 2005, The Unexpected Company is a theater group for anyone 50 or older. The company has staged more than 20 productions, donating its proceeds to local nonprofit organizations.

Proceeds from “Sometimes a Rainbow” will benefit the Laramie Plains Museum at the Historic Ivinson Mansion. The museum’s Alice Hardie Stevens Center is undergoing an expansion, and many of the company’s productions have been staged there.

“That will give us a bigger stage,” Shumway said.

Tickets are available at First Interstate Bank, 221 Ivinson Ave., the Laramie Plains Museum gift shop, 603 Ivinson Ave., and the Eppson Center for Seniors, 1560 N. Third St.

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