Feel-good play serves up laughs, holiday cheer
Dec 6, 2018
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a delightful Greenwood Little Theatre production that’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Directed by Sandi Wheatley, the one-act play features a cast of mostly young actors who light up the stage.
Sara Crawford Logan, who plays Beth Bradley, serves as the narrator and guides the audience throughout the play.
She begins by setting up the plot and opening scene, which features the Bradley family talking about their small-town church’s annual Christmas pageant, which is usually the same every year. Soon, the audience finds out this year is going to be a little different since Vera Armstrong (Gwen Riley), the pageant’s bossy and longtime director, has broken her leg.
Play presents a slice of American life
Oct 11, 2018
Despite the absence of a full set design, and only the theater’s black backdrop for the viewer to see, the unnamed stage manager, portrayed by Cameron Griffin, helps reel the viewer in, providing the scenery and detailing the actions of the characters, who mime their actions since they lack any set pieces.
With early 20th-century lingo, the stage manager succinctly sets the scene of the play. The first act, Daily Life, begins in 1901 in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, a small town with a population of 2,642 that is not particularly known for anything. There’s the bustle of Main Street, the rush of people fleeing to catch the 5:45 a.m. train to Boston and the town’s various churches that serve as social hubs. Exact to detail, the stage manager even describes the town’s coordinates — 42 degrees 40 minutes north latitude and 70 degrees 37 minutes west longitude.
Scene Fest is a magical night of theater
Aug 3, 2018
This year’s Shakespeare Summer Scene Fest theme is fantasy, and it is indeed a magical night of theater.
The cast is a mixture of veteran performers and newcomers, and the scenes are well cast, playing on the strengths of each actor.
Before the performance, the director, Steve Iwanski, who leads the Greenwood Shakespeare Project, tells the audience “everything you are seeing on the stage” was made by the cast members — they are not only talented actors and actresses but they also created the set and made many of their costumes and props.
Thoughtful 1-act plays filled with laughs
Jun 15, 2018
Greenwood Little Theatre’s current show of linked one-act plays, “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star,” on stage through Sunday, makes you laugh and makes you think.
The characters, created by playwright James McClure, are painted with bold strokes, and there’s not a wasted line of dialogue in these tight domestic comedies that probe into sacred territory: What makes us who we are? What can we rely on in this life? Why are we always looking elsewhere for answers rather than inside ourselves? What endures?
Kicking off a rousing evening at the theater is “Laundry and Bourbon,” the story of Elizabeth, Hattie and Amy Lee, three women sipping bourbon throughout an afternoon’s visit. The play encapsulates rising surface tension between two rivals, Hattie and Amy Lee, that ends hilariously and is underscored by the internal conflict of the third, Elizabeth, waiting for her husband Roy, a Vietnam vet gone missing for two days, to return home.
Talented cast gives dazzling performance
Mar 2, 2018
The opening-night performance of “Dreamgirls” at Greenwood Little Theatre Thursday proved that with enough talent and hard work, dreams can indeed come true.
Directed by Mississippi Valley State University music professor and musician Alphonso Sanders, the play and its well-known film adaptation are a bit soft on plot and character development but solid on musical content that this cast, made up largely of Valley students, delivered with style, humor and determination.
“Dreamgirls” tells the story of a 1960s girl group, the Dreamettes, its climb to stardom and the detour of one of its members, Effie, who struggles but ultimately finds her own way.
Covering the span of nearly a decade, the play also delves into the nature of the popular music industry that often sacrifices artistic vision for wider commercial appeal.
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