Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Light in the Mill

Gretna Little Theatre’s Teen Workshop culminates in performance this weekend at the Center for the Arts, 101 Main Street with D.K.’s melodrama, The Light in the Mill.  Set in Lowell, Massachusett’s textile mill industry of the 1840’s, “Light” is a representation of young women’s daily life as workers gone amiss when one of them is discovered drowned.  How did it happen is conjecture, and who is ultimately responsible?

The workshop is not only an experience in producing a play, but, in this case, a study of the time and environment of early manufacturing.  The actors were responsible for research into the play’s background, and then, how it impacted on the development of character.  The “students” were also responsible for costuming and finding or making appropriate props.  Meeting in afternoons, transported by parents, who often remained for rehearsal, the troupe of eleven are now prepared to meet the audience.

Friday, May 8 at 7:30, Saturday May 9 at matinee at 2:30, followed by a final performance at 7:30.

Any production in the black box requires advance ticket purchase or reservation, since the seating gallery is limited to 50 seats.  Patrons are asked to reserve tickets for a particular performance, available by phone, (434 656 3637) and to be picked up by 15 minutes before curtain. (7:30 Friday, Saturday, 2:30 Saturday)  Any tickets in Will Call will be available then First come, First served.  Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the Center during rehearsal hours.  (4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday)  General Admission: $10, Seniors and Students: $5.

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