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Resident appears in Opera House production

By Natasha Clark

Reminder Assistant Editor

LONGMEADOW Mona Tiglio Dromgold will appear in "I do! I do!" at the Broad Brook Opera House for three weekends in September.

The Longmeadow resident talked with The Reminder about theater, her character Agnes, and her hilarious co-star Carl Calhoun.

"I do! I do!" is described as an intimate and nostalgic work where marriage is the center of the story. The show begins with Michael (Carl Calhoun) and Agnes (Mona Tiglio Dromgold) on their wedding day and traces their life together over a period of 50 years, until the day they leave their house to the next pair of newlyweds.

"The play takes place during the turn of the 19th century. [She's] the traditional house wife ... [the play] shows what life is like with her spouse for 50 years," Dromgold said of her character.

For three consecutive nights for three weekends, Dromgold will transform herself into Agnes. She said that going home in between those weekends and slipping out of character would not be distracting.

Dromgold said during rehearsal her head is just there once the make-up goes on, she slides into costume, the lights go down, and "it just happens."

And she said , the magic she speaks of is in part due to her co-star Calhoun.

"He's a stitch," Dromgold said laughing. "He's very funny and we stay on our toes for each other. For me, the challenge is not to laugh. I think we have a mutual respect for each other."

A native of Pittsburg, Dromgold was a theater major in college. She said she was born to perform. Later she moved to New York where she met her husband of 16 years, Jack. Dromgold said her family has been supportive, and she is pleased to do what she loves in this area.

"This area is so rich for community theater," she added.

"I do! I do!" will run Sept. 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Call the box office at 1-860-292-6068.

The Players are dedicating the Sept. 9 performance to World Wide Marriage Encounter, and the Sept. 10 matinee performance to the Red Hat Society. Tickets are being offered at a discount for the performances.