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HCLT ready to take risks in 64th season

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Halifax County Little Theatre announces its new season of shows, which all involve people willing to take risks to better themselves or others. Season directors are, from left, Jessica Rose Hayes, Taryn Garland, and Becky Donner. Season brochures will be mailed in late August, and auditions for the first show, “Disney’s Frozen, JR,” will be Aug. 26 and 27.
SoVaNow.com / August 15, 2019
Halifax County Little Theatre is preparing for their 64th year, and their season features a variety of shows where someone or many “Take a Risk.” Season brochures will be going out in early fall about musicals and plays which involve risk-taking.

The first production, “Disney’s Frozen Jr,” will open in the Prizery theatre on Nov. 22 for six public performances. Audiences will be familiar with the songs and story from the original animated movie, which is now a stage musical. “Frozen, JR” is directed by Jessica Rose Hayes with musical direction from Jessica Camp Snead.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, “Frozen JR.” covers the journey between princesses Anna and Elsa and their risk-taking to save what it important to them. Hayes and Snead have set auditions for Aug. 26 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The Prizery.

Continuing the risk-taking theme is “Ruby: The Story of Ruby Bridges,” by Christine Ham, with music by Gary Rue. Directed by Taryn Garland with musical direction by Raymond Crawley, the show focuses on the challenges of Ruby Bridges, the first African-American student to desegregate her elementary school in New Orleans during the volatile days of the Civil Rights Movement.

The story of Ruby and her teacher, and of her family’s difficulties, is an inspiration to everyone who has benefited from the sacrifices of this young, brave child who fought to change the lives of all Americans. The show runs from Feb. 21 to March 1.

The final show of the season is “Second Samuel,” by Pamela Parker, directed by Becky Donner. Life in the small Southern town of Second Samuel, Ga., is trying to return to normal after World War II and is hoping things will settle down. But life doesn’t always work as people expect.

The story is full of comic moments as the population of quiet Second Samuel consists of unique individuals whose lives are getting ready to be turned upside down with some surprising news of some risk taking that they didn’t even know about. The show offers lots of laughs and a few defining moments that reflect the need to work together to make the world a better place for everyone.

Auditions for “Frozen Jr.” will be held on Aug. 26 and 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The directors are looking for student actors, ages seven through 18, for the production. Students should be prepared to read from the script or perform a short, memorized monologue. They should also be prepared to sing a song of their choice. All participants should dress casually and wear shoes that allow for movement.

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