Little theatre sets season

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By The Staff

The Suwannee Valley Players announce the 2008-2009 theatrical season and new officers. In a meeting in July the membership selected the plays to be performed for the new season. Below are the season picks and a brief synopsis.

A NICE FAMILY GATHERING, a comedy by Phil Olson. This is a story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. It's Thanksgiving Day and it's the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. After all, they were only married for 35 years. The problem is, she can't hear or see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner.

Show dates: Nov. 7-9 and 13-16

Directed by Linda Hagan

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

MISCONCEPTIONS, a comedy by Michael Vukadinovich. Two sisters, Claire and Dora, are opposites when it comes to just about everything, and this night is no exception. Claire has spent her day at a funeral, while Dora has been at a wedding. But while Dora complains of not being able to meet anyone at the wedding, Claire admits to running into an old fling, Peter, at the funeral. The two sisters are in the middle of a fight when Peter calls and says he must see Claire right away. Claire hurries to get ready for his arrival when their eccentric mother unexpectedly arrives ready to cook a roast. The two sisters begin announcing each other's faults to their mother. Dora announces that Claire is pregnant, but instead of denying the lie, Claire says it's true in an attempt to outdo her gregarious sister. Then when Peter arrives, the mother assumes he is the father. The layers of lies, misconceptions, and coincidences finally explode to reveal comic and tender truths.

Show dates: Jan. 8-11 and 16-18, 2009

Directed by Janice Grant

Produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Co.

INTO THE WOODS, a musical by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of "The Princess Bride" becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

Auditions: Saturday, Dec, 6 and Tuesday, Dec. 9

Show dates: March 12-15 and 19-22, 2009

Directed by Andrew Kelly

Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

GOD COMMITTEE, a drama by Mark St. Germain. Medicine, Money and Morality clash when the Heart Transplant Selection Committee of St. Patricks hospital have only minutes to decide which of three patients will receive a heart that has suddenly come available. A cross between TWELVE ANGRY MEN and E.R., the GOD COMMITTEE takes us into the inner workings of a Transplant Program and a decision, for both their candidates and their program, which is a matter of life and death.

Auditions: Jan.10, 2009 at 11 a.m.

Show dates: May 8-10 and 14-17, 2009

Directed by Susan Lastra

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

CLASS ACTS our Summer Youth Production is a collection of one act plays directed toward our younger actors. Actors 8 to 18 have an opportunity to star in a collection of short plays, monologues and dialogues.

Auditions: May 16 at 11 a.m. and May 18 at 6 p.m.

Show dates: July 17-19 and 24-26, 2009

Directors: Rachel Humphries and Erik Lange

Producers: Mike & Jodi Humphries

In the August meeting the general membership elected officers for the new year. Elected as President was Susan Lastra; Vice President, Janice Grant; Secretary, Linda Hagan; Treasurer Louise Perras; Board Members At Large were Jill Hart, Mike Taylor, and Carol Lange. Newly elected officers took their positions at the September meeting.

Suwannee Valley Players is the only community theatre serving Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties (Florida, USA), providing a variety of live theatrical productions for our audiences and participants. The mission of the Suwannee Valley Players is twofold: To bring quality live entertainment to the tri-county area, and to educate the community in the area of the fine arts of the theatre. We teach many aspects of theatre craft and welcome any member of the community to join, learn and help in our shows. Over the years, we have watched "our kids" develop confidence, poise, and social skills way beyond those of their peers.

We are also committed to providing our community with cultural opportunities. With plays like 1776, Annie, and Oklahoma, we learn more about our country's history. Plays such as The Wizard of Oz, Twelve Angry Men, The Crucible, Little Women, and The Secret Garden explore great works of literature.

Our membership and our seasons are growing in number and interest level. We are always interested in hearing from people in the community who enjoy being on stage or have a desire to "get their feet wet" in theatre.

We are also looking for pianists and other musicians for future musical productions. If you don't want to act on stage but want to be involved, come to a general membership meeting or watch for audition dates for upcoming shows so that you can speak with the director. Behind the scenes personnel are a definite need especially with a large cast.

Please call us at 352-493-ARTS or email us at suwanneevalleyplayers@gmail.com for more information.

We have general membership meetings every third Monday of the month, at 7 p.m. at the Chief Theater. All are welcome to join us!

One of SVP's ongoing goals is to make our little theatre a centerpiece of the fine arts in our area. We are constantly renovating and improving our home with the generous donations of our patrons and businesses in our tri-county area. We thank you for your continued and loyal support.

Show dates and audition dates are subject to change, check out our web site at www.svplayers.com or call us at 352-493-ARTS.