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Nothing incomplete in the Complete World of Sports

South Boston News / January 23, 2014

Whether you love them or hate them, no one can deny that sports occupy a large amount of television time. There are preview shows, the sporting events themselves, postgame wrap-up shows, and morning sports talk shows.

There are children’s leagues, high school and college sports, adult leagues, and professional sports.

The list goes on endlessly.

But just in case it all gets too confusing, Halifax County Little Theatre will help you out by condensing all these sports into 90 madcap minutes of explaining everything you ever wanted to know about sports, or at least all you ever wanted to laugh at about sports!

“The Complete World of Sports (abridged)” opens Feb. 21 at The Prizery and promises to be great fun. Three sports commentators will explain everything about sports from caveman times through references to the “Manti T’eo School for Imaginary Girlfriends.”

The three commentators, Jeremy Duffer, Sandy Slayton, and Paul Streeter, have been rehearsing for several week now with director Mike Freshour to perfect their lines and all the rapid entrances and exits they make as they quickly don the attire of all the different sports. Timing is crucial in comedy, and these acting veterans understand the need for that split second movement and line delivery.

Several years ago Little Theatre presented “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” at Constitution Square for the community, and it was a huge success.

This show is by the same writers, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, and Matt Rippy, and again they have taken the source – in this case sports - and turned it all into 90 crazy minutes of fun.

The actors aren’t the only ones who have been working though.

The show requires a lot of props and costume changes, and Lisa Roach, Emily Martin, and Erin Thackston have been gathering all the various sports and costume items needed. Lisa has been out in the community asking people, “Who has a rugby ball we can borrow?” and similar requests.

Ron Miller has designed the set they will use (HCLTSN – Halifax County Little Theatre Sports Network), and in early February Marshall Slayton and Greg Donner and their crew of kind-hearted men and women will be creating this television newsroom.

Richard Reeves and his crew will then step in to decorate the set, and then the actors and their props and costumes will occupy the space.

Other board members will be selling tickets and creating the program and lobby display and writing articles and doing all the jobs that a play production entails. That is the beauty of community theatre – everyone working together to create the whole – in this case, the Complete World of Sports.

The show opens Friday, Feb. 21, and runs through Saturday, March 1.

Tickets can be purchased at the Prizery (572-8339) or online at or

Tickets would make a nice Valentine’s gift for your friend or beloved, so make plans for the wacky Complete World of Sports.

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