TCT Off Broadway will present Love Letters by A.R. Gurney at 7:30 p.m. on February 17 and 18 at 213 East Franklin Street. The play shares the story of Andrew and Melissa, both born to wealth and position, who are childhood friends. The duo share a lifelong correspondence, many times physically apart, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be. The play is evocative, touching, and frequently funny. Tickets are $20 each, include the first drink and may be reserved by calling the TCT office at 844-1935.
TCT Off Broadway will hold auditions for its youth production of On the Radio on Monday, February 20th and Tuesday, February 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the rehearsal hall of the Lyric Theatre. From the Depression and WWII to Elvis, the Beatles and disco, the radio is where America hears the songs that become the soundtracks of their lives. This musical features 6 “top hits” with short scenes for boys and girls in grades 4th-8th. Students will work on a song from the play as a group as part of the audition. Dianne Ludt will direct and production dates are March 31 and April 1st. For more information you may contact the director at 678-6455 or call the TCT office at 844-1935.
Tupelo Community Theatre’s award winning production of Cicada, by Amory native Jerre Dye, will present a final performance of the show on Monday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. at TCT Off Broadway 213 East Franklin. The cast will perform the 60 minute cut version of the play they will perform at the Southeastern Theatre Conference Community Theatre Festival in Lexington, Ky. The Cicada cast was awarded Best Ensemble Acting, with Jennifer Cummings winning Best Supporting Actress and Lisa Martin Outstanding Achievement in Acting. The show also won Best Production. This is TCT’s 6th year in a row to represent Mississippi at the SETC regional festival. Tickets are $20 and may be reserved by calling the TCT office at 844-1935.
Tupelo Community Theatre will present the comedy Noises Off by Michael Frayn March 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on March 11 at 2 p.m at the Lyric Theatre. Often called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Winner of multiple awards, the New York Times praised it, saying it is “the most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce, this dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.” Tickets are $18 for adults and $6 for students and go on sale to the public on Monday, February 27th at Noon by call 844-1935.
Tupelo Community Theatre will present Cicada, by award winning Tupelo native Jerre Dye, on January 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and January 28th at 2 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre.
The Chicago Tribune’s review of Cicada said “Dye’s voice is most definitely authentic and his understanding of trauma and loss palpable.” Chicago Theatre Review described the play as “a poetic southern drama riding over waves of angst and anger, laced with moments of unexpected humor. The play takes place in rural Mississippi in July 1974 and deals with isolation where memories become real moving the audience backward and forward in time.
The play contains language some patrons may find offensive. Tickets go on sale to the public at Noon on Monday, January 16th and may be purchase by calling the TCT office at 844-1935.
TCT Off Broadway will hold auditions for Love Letters by A. R. Gurney on January 22 at 3 p.m. and 23 at 6:30 p.m. at 213 East Franklin Street. The play is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. The cast calls for one man and one woman 30 years of age or older and no advance preparation is needed. John McCustion will direct and production dates are February 23, 24, and 25th. For more information contact the director at email@example.com or call the TCT office at 844-1935.
Tupelo Community Theatre will hold auditions for Hairspray, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, on January 4th and 5th at 5:30 on the stage of the Lyric Theatre. The musical with 1960s-style dance music is set in Baltimore, Maryland and tells of teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream to dance on a local TV dance program. Tracy wins a role on the show, becomes a celebrity overnight, meets a colorful array of characters and launches a campaign to integrate the show.
The 2003 winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is based on the 1988 John Waters film. The diverse cast includes male and female roles of all ages 13 years and older. Advance preparation is needed and music may be picked up beginning December 12th from 9-4 p.m. Monday -Friday at the Lyric Theatre office.
Tom Booth will direct with musical direction by Debra Robison. Production dates are April 27-29. For more information you may email the director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the TCT office at 844-1935.