Photo: Dallas Nolen and Giselle Casadaban rehearse a scene from “The Glass Menagerie.” (Norman McMillan)
MMSP to stage "The Glass Menagerie”
The Montevallo Main Street Players will produce “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams on August 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. and on August 17 at 2 p.m. at the Parnell Memorial Library Theatre, 277 Park Road in Montevallo. Set during the Depression, this classic play details the frustrations of Amanda Wingfield, a southern belle well past her prime who lives an impoverished life in a St. Louis apartment with her crippled daughter, Laura, and her son, Tom. Her desire to marry-off Laura leads her to urge her son to invite a gentleman caller over as a prospective bridegroom. Tom finally complies with her wishes, but things do not go as Amanda had hoped.
The play is directed by Leah Kirk. The cast includes Diana Murphree from Pelham as Amanda, Giselle Casadaban from Helena as Laura, Michael Ross Tallon from Davenport, Iowa, as Tom, and Dallas Nolen of Hoover as Jim, the gentleman caller.
After Sunday’s matinée, Ralph Voss, this year’s recipient of the Tennessee Williams Distinguished Scholar Medallion, will make comments on the play.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and may be reserved by calling the theatre at 205-665-9207, extension 6.
For more information, contact Norman McMillan at 205-665-2714 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
The Montevallo Main Street Players will staged It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, by Joe Landry December 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 15 at 2 p.m., in the Parnell Memorial Library Theater.
The cast included Evan Brock, Joey Bruno, Jim Chomicz, Johnny Curry, Diana Douglas, Kittye Keener, Marietta Lunceford, Ingrid McGraw, Peyton Talley, Lodealia Taylor, Danielle Warren, Jenny Wheeler, Mary Francis Wheeler, and Steve Gilbert. Paul Barnes directed the production.
Intended as a live broadcast from the Golden Age of Radio, It’s a Wonderful Life is set on the stage and auditorium of Studio A at WVLO in Manhattan, New York, on Christmas Eve 1946.
It’s a Wonderful Life was produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
The Montevallo Main Street Players staged William Inge’s Picnic, August 16-17, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and August 18 at 2 p.m., in the Parnell Memorial Library Theater, 277 Park Road in Montevallo.
The cast included Jonathan Evans, Regina Harbour, Frances Pope, Austin Spears, Michael Tallon, and Len Ward of Montevallo; Libby Medicus and Audrey Powell of Hoover; Mary Kate McLaurine of Tuscaloosa; Dianna Murphree of Pelham; and Marietta Lunceford of Homewood. Brent Murrill of Montevallo directed the show.
The play takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint back yards of two middle-aged widows. One house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder—a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man, Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group.
Smoke on the Mountain
The Montevallo Main Street Players staged Smoke On the Mountain April 18-20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Parnell Memorial Library Theater, 277 Park Road in Montevallo.
A musical in two acts, Smoke On the Mountain was conceived by Alan Bailey and written by Constance Ray. Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick arranged the score.
The cast starred Anne Blair, Karin Goodman, Elaine Hughes, Gene Lightfoot, Brent Murrill, and Len Ward of Montevallo; Paul Barnes of Alabaster; Mary-Kate McLaurine of Tuscaloosa; and Sam Rodgers of Huntsville. Libby Medicus of Hoover directed the show. Natalie Dixon of Panama City, Fla., served as musical director.
Over the River and Through the Woods
The Montevallo Main Street Players staged Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro October 18-20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21 at 2 p.m. in the Parnell Memorial Library Theater, 277 Park Road in Montevallo.
The cast included Jennifer Lee and Anne Roberts of Montevallo, Joe Wesolowski of Prattville, Mary-Kate McLaurine of Tuscaloosa, James Powers of Hazel Green, and Nick Stokes of Mobile. Frank Deming directed the show.
The comedy’s action revolves around Nick Cristano and his four grandparents. When Nick breaks the news that he has been offered his dream job out of state, his grandparents invite an attractive young woman to Sunday dinner in an attempt to keep Nick close to them.
Radio T.B.S. Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals
The Montevallo Main Street Players staged Radio T.B.S. Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals by Mark Landon Smith August 16-18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and August 19 at 2 p.m. in the Parnell Memorial Library Theater.
Directed by Leah Kirk, the comedy revolves around radio hostesses and society doyennes Vesta Poteet and Dixie Mandrell who bring to the audience the comings and goings of the activities in and around The Luna Del Mar Manufactured Home Oasis and Monkey Empire.
The cast included Kittye Keener, Danielle Warren, and Kathy Weese of Montevallo; Dottie Moore of Calera; Sharon Morgan, Cassidy Clevenger, and Paige Blake of Helena; Dianna Murphree of Pelham; Salena Stalker of Vestavia Hills; and Jamie Yonfa of Inverness.
Radio T.B.S. Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals was produced by special arrangement with Baker’s Plays.
The Montevallo Main Street Players staged American Buffalo by David Mamet on April 26-28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Parnell Memorial Library Theater, 277 Park Road in Montevallo.
Directed by James Kitchens, the cast included Todd Ponder as Don, Aaron Moore as Teach, and Stephonn Ammons as Bob.
The setting is a Chicago junk shop in which three small time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable buffalo nickel. These high-minded grifters fancy themselves businessmen, pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality of the three—Donny, the oafish junk shop owner; Bobby, a young junkie Donny has taken under his wing; and “Teach,” a violently paranoid braggart—is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams.
American Buffalo was produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
For information about previous productions, see our show archive page.