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Theater raises curtain on season schedule
by Kimberly Shelton
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In the wake of their wildly popular musical "Hairspray," Corinth Theatre-Arts hopes the momentum will continue and set a precedent for their 2014-2015 production season.

"We tried to set the bar with 'Hairspray.' The play sold out all four nights," said Cindi Bullard President of the CT-A board of directors. "We had several spectators return and watch it two or three times during the four-day run. Everyone we've encountered who saw the musical talked about how great the experience was. "

Bullard expressed elation as she reflected on the headlining production.

"There were a lot of new actors and actresses who had never been on stage or even in a playhouse before. It didn't take long to get the bug and now that they've been bitten – they love it," she said. "We hope they'll come back."

The board president was optimistic as she pondered the new season.

"I am really excited about the upcoming season and know that it will be CT-A's best season ever,"said Bullard. In uttering that statement I realize we have big shoes to fill, but I am confident that we can pull it out."

The shows and dates for the 2014-2015 “Year of Wonderment” are as follows:

“Becky’s New Car” by Steven Dietz (Oct. 9-12) – Feeling that her life is stuck in neutral, Becky Foster struggles to find herself during a midlife crisis. Gears shift rapidly after Walter, a grief-stricken millionaire walks into the dealership where Becky works. The true to life comedy explores the perils of middle aged longing and regret. Playwright Steven Dietz invites the audience to ride shot gun as Becky finds herself at a crossroads, picks her path and gains a whole new lease on life. With serious overtones, the thoroughly original comedy is a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken. (Rated R for language, adult themes) Auditions will be held on August 18 and 19.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” adaptation by James Rodgers (Dec. 11-14) – After receiving divine intervention from his guardian angel, “Everyman” George Bailey is given a wake-up call. Making his descent on Christmas Eve, the angel shows him what the world would have been like had he never been born. Saving him from despair he shows him that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. Almost as familiar as Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”, the dramatization celebrates more than the faith of the season. It also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one’s family and community will be rewarded. (Rated PG) Auditions will be held on Oct. 20 and 21.

“The Reluctant Dragon” by George C. Fosgate (Feb. 27, 2015) – A peaceful fellow who enjoys tea, poetry and an afternoon snooze, The Reluctant Dragon is content in his solitude. His peaceful existence is threatened after a group of mischievous youngster stir the villagers into calling in Saint George, the famous dragon slayer. Befriending both the dragon and St. George, a young lad arranges a meeting between the two. The comic battle that ensues provides provides an entertaining climax and a happy ending. (Rated G) Auditions will held on Jan. 12 and 13, 2015.

“Rabbit Hole” by David Linsday-Abaire (Mar. 12-15, 2015) – The play deals with the ways family members survive the death of a child. It includes comedy as well as drama. (Rated R for language, adult themes and mild substance abuse) Auditions will be held on Jan. 26 and 27, 2015.

“Alice in Wonderland” adapted by Anne Martens (Apr. 22-26, 2015) – The curtain rises to find Alice sliding into view at the end of her long fall down the rabbit-hole. It is a more delightful place for the audience than for Alice, who is trying desperately to find her way back home. The play contains delightful incidents and capers as she seeks help from the Mad Hatter, the Rabbit and the mischievous Cheshire Cat. Auditions will be held on March 2 and 3, 2015.

“Isn’t it A Wonder?” (Title to be determined), (June 4-7, 2015) – A collaboration project about and for Corinth (possible competition for the Mississippi Theatre Association). A group of playwrights/performers join forces to create and tell intertwining stories of Corinth and their lives using moments of wonder. Details for this show are still being ironed out and will be announced at a later date. Auditions will be held on Aug. 18 and 19, 2014.
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