By Jane Lester
First, rehearsals are in the final stages for Vintage Hitchcock : A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry opening Friday September 18. The show was postponed from June due air conditioning problems at the Center and those Mid-South summer temperatures we all know and love. All’s well now, however, and the show becomes the cool opener for Playhouse 51’s season.
Performances are Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees Sept. 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Buy your tickets at the door for $12 adults, $10 seniors, students, and military. Leave a callback message at 872-7170 for information on group discounts.
Vintage Hitchcock is based on early Hitchcock British films and contain all the spine-tingling suspense, twists, turns, and wicked humor of his later, more famous American films. The Lodger, Sabotage, and The 39 Steps are the films depicted and feature an ominous serial killer, a terrifying bomb plot and explosion, and a daring train chase among other thrills. All are created through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring plus humorous, vintage commercials as the play is presented as a 1946 live radio broadcast.
The cast and crew are looking forward to finally being able to put this production in performance and hope the Millington audience will turn out in droves to enjoy it. As Hitchcock always said, he loved ‘putting his audiences through it.’ Playhouse 51 hopes to do the same.
Preparations are also underway for Playhouse 51’s second show this year: the classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe adapted from the C. S. Lewis story by Joseph Robinette. Auditions are Friday Sept. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. This is an open call for all ages, adults and children. Dress comfortably and come prepared to ‘get physical’ as this show has a lot of action.
Rehearsals are sure to be fun for this holiday-time show and exciting with a professional ‘fight choreographer’ on board to help stage the battle scenes with directors Kat Stephens and Amy Settle. As many as 30 people could be cast in the show. In addition, volunteers are needed for set work, props, costuming, and stage crew to help create the fantasy world of Narnia. Performance dates are Dec. 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Make your holiday plans now and don’t miss this wonderful family-oriented production.
Are you excited about it being time for Goat Days once again? So is Playhouse 51. So, while you’re out enjoying the festival Sept. 11 and 12, stop by the Playhouse 51 booth in the artists’ area. Stop for a visit and find out more about Playhouse 51 activities and how you can get involved as a volunteer or as an audience member. Also, pick up one of our “I’m A Fan of Playhouse 51” fans and season schedule and use it to get a $2 discount on one of our shows. You can also check out what our goat is wearing and register to win a pair of season tickets.
Filling out this 12th season for Playhouse 51 after Hitchcock and Lion are Catch Me If You Can in March , an intriguing and humorous murder mystery that has absolutely nothing to do with the movie of the same title but it’s just as much fun, and Drinking Habits in June, an innovative idea for a church fundraiser that goes slightly awry. We’ll give you more information on these shows soon but you might want to go ahead and snag those season tickets.
For more information on Playhouse 51 events and activities, join it on Facebook, visit www.playhouse51.com or call 872-7170.