Theatrical booster club forms to keep plays going
by Hawkins Teague
Sep 26, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Board members of the Janice Mason Art Museum and other interested parties met last week to discuss raising funds for performing arts in the county. Money raised might go not only to productions themselves, but also toward renovating the high school’s Little Theater.

Following the success of last year’s “Seussical: The Musical” and this summer’s “The Wiz,” the group wanted to come up with ideas for starting and continuing a flourishing community performing arts program. They also discussed the upcoming auditions and performances of “Our Town,” the first nonmusical play the group will have produced.

“Our Town,” written by Thornton Wilder and first produced on Broadway in 1938, details the day-to-day interactions between residents of a fictional small town called Grover’s Corners. According to, the play won Wilder his second Pulitzer Prize and is one of the most performed American plays of the 20th century.

Portia Ezell, who will direct the show, said that she had wanted to do a “straight play” for a long time for those in the community, especially adults, who wanted to participate in a production, but didn’t want to sing and dance. She said that it would also be relatively cheap to produce and would be one way to raise money for next year’s musical. She said that auditions would be held in the Little Theater on Oct.1 at 6:30 p.m. and at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. Performances will be on Nov. 29 and 30. She also said that rehearsals fro the show would be primarily on Mondays, Tuesday s and Thursdays.

Ezell said she didn’t think that small children would have the patience to sit through the show, although it is appropriate for all ages, and said they would not admit children under the age of five.

Tim McGinnis, the superintendent of Trigg County Schools, congratulated the group on their efforts to expand their reach. He said he was still planning to put aside $20,000 in the district’s working budget for new theater equipment. This will leave about $10,000 or more in additional money that would need to be raised. He said he was happy that his secretary, Eileen Kehrwald, was able to secure a $500 grant from the nearest Wal-Mart distribution center and said they might be able to get more when the “next round” of grants became available.

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