Totem Pole Playhouse Prepares for 2011 Season
Totem Pole Offers More Shows in 2011- County grant funds children's theatre
Totem Pole Playhouse is expanding its summer programming in 2011. Along with its customary lineup of six musicals and comedies, The Playhouse will offer audiences more live music, additional family friendly shows, plus a new installment of the popular Late Nite Catechism series.
Like the last two summers, Totem Pole will again produce a season of plays never before seen on The Playhouse stage. June also marks the return of the beloved murder mystery to the Caledonia summer theatre.
Through a grant from The Franklin County Foundation, The Playhouse has formed a new company: The Totem Pole Players: Theatre for Young Audiences. Guest professional directors, writers and designers will work alongside the intern Acting Company to produce four Saturday morning performances of Pirates and Zombies. This new musical play is free and open to all ages. Artistic Director, Ray Ficca, sees this new company as vital to Totem Pole's future. "It is imperative that theatres take the lead to build new and younger audiences. This grant gives us that opportunity. We are extremely grateful to the foundation."
THE 2011 SEASON
May 28, 2011-June 12, 2011
Popular Shenandoah Valley musician, Robbie Limon, will reprise his role as the troubled country music legend, Hank Williams. Lost Highway follows Williams' rise and fall, from his humble roots singing gospel music on the Louisiana Hayride, to the great stage of the Grand Ole Opry. The tribute features over twenty Williams classics including, Hey, Good Lookin', Move It on Over, Jambalaya, and Your Cheatin' Heart !
Sponsored by: Essis & Sons Carpet One and Walker, Connor & Spang, LLC
Cast and Crew Post Show Discussion: Friday, June 10, 2011
Moonlight and Magnolias By Ron Hutchinson
June 14, 2011-June 26, 2011
Gone with the Wind was recently named the top movie of all time in the ABC special Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time, but what most fans and movie lovers don't know is that this classic almost never made it to the silver screen. Three weeks into shooting the epic, producer David O. Selznick realized that the screenplay just wasn't working. Production was shut down and Selznick, writer Ben Hecht, and director Victor Flemming locked themselves in an office and rewrote the whole script in just five days. This new comedy recounts those pressure-filled, overly caffeinated five days. Playhouse Artistic Director, Ray Ficca stars along side Totem Pole favorites Paris Peet, Jon Liebetrau and Meredith Kaye Clark in this comedy about the greatest film that was almost never made.
Sponsored by: Franklin County Visitors Bureau
Cast and Crew Post Show Discussion: Thursday, June 23, 2011
It Could Be Any One of Us By Alan Ayckbourn
June 28, 2011-July 10, 2011
The plays of Alan Ayckbourn, known for their intelligent writing, creative wordplay and hilarious characters, have been a staple in summer theatres for over three decades. It Could Be Any One of Us marks the playwright's first venture into the mystery play and the clever Mr. Ayckbourn has even given the play three possible endings - which The Playhouse marketing team is taking full advantage of by advertising "You might have to see this more than once."
Sponsored by: The Orchards Restaurant
Cast and Crew Post Show Discussion: Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Wil Love and Catherine Blaine
Suite Surrender By Michael McKeever