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Halifax County Little Theatre and The Prizery will join forces this fall to bring back a wonderful holiday tradition to the local stage: Alan Menken’s musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Performances will run from Nov. 27 - Dec. 13. Auditions will be held Monday Aug. 17 and Monday Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery. Director Chris Jones is looking for actors and singers of all ages to fill this large cast of characters. Limited roles are available for children age 8 and older, including Tiny Tim, angels, and ensemble parts, and many roles are available for older children, teens and adults. Those auditioning are asked to be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song of their choice. Rehearsals begin Aug. 31.
In HCLT’s upcoming production of the musical 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ms. Mona Lisa Peretti, played by Alison Streeter, tries to keep the Spelling Bee going, but it’s hard to keep these contestants focused and calm. Here Marcy Park, played by Sharron Garrett, psyches the other girls out with her karate moves. Logainne SchwartzandGruneiere, played by Kara Stone, is feeling quite anxious, while young Olive Ostrovsky, played by Lauren Cole, doesn’t seem to be bothered a bit.
Middle school anxieties are infamous … raging hormones, trying to fit in, breaking away from parent controls to name a few. While those years are notoriously full of struggles and sometimes painful self-discovery for most adolescents, it’s great fun to remember those years from the safe distance of adulthood. Halifax County Little Theatre’s upcoming production of the Tony Award winning musical 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee touches on many of those classic teenage struggles, and they’re betting audiences will recognize and remember some of the same issues portrayed on stage.
“Welcome, everyone, to the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This year’s contest is sure to be a nail biter, as the competition is stiff. Who will walk away with the championship trophy? Only time will tell! Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the thrill of this year’s spelling bee competition. May the best speller win!”
Danville’s Jane Reid and Steve Petrick make their Halifax County Little Theatre debut in “Over the River and Through the Woods,” which opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Prizery. This family comedy is both touching and hilarious and is guaranteed to warm the theatre on a cold night. Bring your friends and some tissues. Tickets are on sale at 572-8339 or at http://www.prizery.com
Deborah Sizemore and Peter Balys portray grandparents of a grown grandson they hope to keep close by in Halifax County Little Theatre’s winter comedy “Over the River and Through the Woods.” Audiences can expect lots of laughs and a few tears as well when the show runs from Feb. 20-March 1 in South Boston. Call The Prizery at 434-572-8339 for tickets.
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