HAZARD—Thespians and theatre lovers in the area have been preparing for the Little Theatre of Hazard’s annual production for the Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series since the beginning of the year. Now, with only a week left before opening night, cast and crew are rushing to make sure everything goes off with out a hitch.
Director Terry Thies said this year’s play will be Tim Kelly’s “The Great All-American Musical Disaster,” in association with Samuel French. And despite how the title reads, it is not, in fact, a musical.
“We’ve been working on the play since Jan. 6,” Thies said. “We generally do six to seven rehearsals.”
Though the winter weather has not always been cooperative this year with travel plans, Thies said the only issue the cast had with rehearsals was finding a place that had not closed when the snow and ice began to pile up.
“We rehearsed at the library. We also rehearsed at other locations when we couldn’t get into the library. We rehearsed at the college, we rehearsed at New Hope Church, anywhere we could get in, which is why we need our new theatre,” Thies said, adding that work on the future community arts center is still moving along.
Thies explained that the play centers around a struggling Hollywood producer who has recently inherited a successful movie studio, though has not been lucky enough to be able to keep that success since he took over, and must find a way to turn his luck around.
“So, he’s hired every big star in Hollywood to be in his latest film, and to get them he has to tell them they’re the stars, so he’s told every one of them that they’re the stars of the show,” Thies laughed.
The Little Theatre has also seen some of the area’s “big Hollywood stars” in this production, Thies added.
“We have three of the four candidates for circuit judge in our play, and the fourth candidate will be doing box office for us,” she said. “I feel like it’s helped in a lot of ways for them to do this because they’ve had to work as a team, and we have a lot of fun. It’s hard to get nasty on the campaign trail when you know these people. I think it’s kind of helped the tone.”
Thies said the play will be one audiences, cast, and crew alike will likely not forget since it is packed full with over 30 different roles and many set changes.
“It’s an ideal play for community theatre because you’veg ot tons of roles for people,” she said. “We just hope that everyone comes out to see it.”
Opening night comes on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the First Federal Center of the Hazard Community and Technical College, with another show on Saturday at the same time, and a matinee closing the weekend on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and may be purchased at the door or by contacting Terry Thies at 606-436-2848, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Tammy.Duff@kctcs.edu, performing arts series director, at 606-487-3067 or 800-246-7521 ext. 73067.
Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.