Director Kristin Berry, Producer Andy Rice, and Musical Director Cheri Blackwell get in the spirit for the World War I Era Musical "The Man Who Saved Christmas," our 2013-14 season opener.
Halifax County Little Theatre will be offering the community a slice of life of America, covering both times past and America’s pastimes. Work is already underway for the November production, a heart-warming musical comedy called The Man Who Saved Christmas by Ron Lytle, which is based loosely on the life of the inventor of the Erector set, A. C. Gilbert. The show is set in 1917, in the midst of World War I, and tells the story of what happened when the government attempts to ban the sale of toys before Christmas in order to concentrate American industrial resources toward the War effort.
Mr. Gilbert, the owner of a toy factory, is determined to ensure that boys and girls in America are not disappointed on Christmas morning. Added to the mix is the niece of the toy-maker whose father is off to war. She has only one real dream for Christmas: her father’s coming home.
After a first round of auditions last week, Director Kristin Berry and Musical Director Cheri Blackwell will have their next batch of auditions for adults on Thursday, August 22, and Monday, August 26, at 7:00, at the Prizery. Come prepared with something to sing, with music or without. Click here for more audition information and cast details.
Moving on to America’s pastimes, HCLT’s February production, directed by Mike Freshour, will take a look at every sport known to man throughout history and around the world in just 90 minutes. The Complete World of Sports (Abridged) is an audience-interactive, family-friendly show for all ages. Written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor for the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the show is a parody of ESPN’s “Sports Center” and affectionately pokes fun of athletic competitions, from the Olympic games to kids’ soccer practices.
This laugh-out-loud parody is similar in format to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), which audiences loved when HCLT presented it in Constitution Square several years ago. The Complete World Of Sports includes a big dose of slapstick, actors who change characters constantly, and 90 minutes of light-hearted fun with every piece of sporting paraphernalia you can imagine!
Then finally, to round out the season, Beehive, The 60’s Musical, is back! Ten years ago, HCLT wowed audiences with this amazing high energy retrospective, and next April, The Prizery stage will showcase these Divas of America’s golden era of music once again. Written by Larry Gallagher, Beehive will definitely have you dancing in the aisles to music by the Chiffons, the Shirelles, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner.
Beehive includes 40 hit songs of the 60’s, from “It’s My Party” and “Where the Boys Are” to “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Respect.” Beehive takes you through the decade that began with ice cream cone hairdo’s and ended with long, flowing hippie locks. Director Vicky Thomasson and Musical Director Bob Thomasson are lining up the talent, organizing all the details, and stock-piling the Aqua Net to make sure that “Beehive” will be even more fabulous the second time around!
Halifax County Little Theatre has been entertaining audiences since 1955. That’s nearly 60 years of volunteers lending their talents and dedication to this community. Little Theatre shows have been performed in the gyms of Halifax and C.H. Friend Elementary Schools, the cafeteria of Halifax County Middle School, in the auditorium of Halifax County High School, in various restaurants and outdoor spaces, and in the beautiful Chastain Theatre at The Prizery.
Current President Sandy Slayton commented, “Little Theatre appreciates the support of the community and we are excited about our upcoming season. We could not do this without the financial support of our patrons, local businesses, local governments, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.”
Slayton continues, “We have a lot of fun doing this work and encourage anyone interested in joining to come on over and jump right in! Our season brochure will be arriving soon, and we do hope that everyone who appreciates what we do will support us by buying a season membership at some level.” Join Little Theatre for America’s times past and pastimes. It’s a Star Spangled season!