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Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play Opens Sept. 18

By Jane Lester of Playhouse 51

Playhouse 51 Vintage Hitchcock 9-17It’s been a long time coming, but the cast and crew of Playhouse 51’s Vintage Hitchcock is pumped, ready, and downright excited to open tomorrow night (September 18) at 7:30 at Harvell Civic Center for a two-weekend run, Sept. 18-20, 25-27.  The show is sponsored by Ritter Communications.
This show was originally scheduled for this past June.  But Mid-South weather and the failure of Harvell Civic Center’s air conditioner to keep up with it caused the show to be postponed and rescheduled.  This after the group worked diligently in final rehearsals in 90 plus temperatures and, wiping the sweat from the brows, swore they could go on.
There was concern, however, for the audience.  Misting, cooling fans were brought in, hand-held paper fans purchased, cold water strategically placed but, in the end, as temperatures continued to rise, cooler heads prevailed and the Playhouse 51 Board of Directors decided it more prudent to postpone.  Sad but necessary.  You can’t suffocate your audience, after all.
But now we’re back!  And all that hard work in spring has not been in vain.  Rehearsals resumed August 31 and everyone has worked enthusiastically to get back on that bicycle and pedal like crazy.  Unfortunately, due to prior commitments and an injury (she almost put her eye out!), Barry Martin and Rhonda Jones had to withdraw and are sorely missed.  Also, due to work training, Michael Domingo will miss the first and possibly the second performances.  On the upside, with every change this cast has reshuffled, regrouped, and reinvented themselves to create a dynamic show.  Troopers, every one!
And what a show it is — a live radio play complete with innovative, fun sound effects, humorous vintage commercials, mood-setting music, and three spine-tingling, suspenseful Hitchcock tales :  The Lodger, Sabotage, and The 39 Steps — each laced with that wicked Hitchcock twist of humor.  You also get a terrifying serial killer with a telltale limp, a power outage, more than one explosion, gun shots, and a thrilling train and auto chase.  What’s not to love?
Now all this fine group needs is an audience and that’s up to you.  So come see and enjoy Vintage Hitchcock:  A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry from Alfred Hitchcock films.  It’s at Harvell Civic Center September 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 7:30 p.m. And Sept. 20 & 27 at 2 p.m.  Call our message line at 872-7170 for ticket prices, group discounts, and season ticket information.  Also, if you picked up a Playhouse 51 fan at Goat Days, bring it and use it to get $2 off your ticket price.
Keep watch here and at www.playhouse51.com for the announcement of the cast of thousands for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.  A big thank you to everyone who came to auditions.  And, remember, volunteers are needed to help build and paint the set, make the costumes, and create special props.  Want to learn how to make a tree out of pool noodles?  Now’s your chance.  And be sure to come see the show – – an exciting, not-to-be-missed holiday treat Dec. 4-6, 11-13.
Rounding out Playhouse 51’s current season are Catch Me if You Can March 4-6, 11-13 and Drinking Habits June 10-16, 17-19.  Season tickets will let you see all these shows at a $2 a ticket savings, but you can use season tickets for any show or any combination you choose.  A wonderful, entertaining bargain.
Playhouse 51 meets the third Tuesday each month at Harvell Civic Center and would love to have you come.  Just bring cookies.  (Just kidding.)  Meetings are open to anyone interested.  The more the merrier and the more ideas to share.  Come play and utilize your skills to help promote theater arts in our Millington community.
I will close with one more reminder to come see Vintage Hitchcock Sept. 18-20, 25-27.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm  Playhouse 51 also features some of the best intermission concessions in the county.  A second thought:  don’t just come once, come twice.  After all, we do perform two weekends.  And a big thank you to our sponsor, Ritter Communications, for sticking with us on the show that didn’t happen and now the show that will!
What’s all this?  It’s part of the sound effects area for Playhouse 51’s production of “Vintage Hitchcock” Sept. 27-20 & 25-27 at Harvell Civic Center.

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