Monday, October 26, 2015

Frankenstien, Trick or Treating, and a Coffee House; Oh My!

On Saturday, October 31, from 4:00 to 7:30, children in costume will be welcomed along Main Street in Gretna for trick or treating. Be sure to include the Gretna Center for the Arts on your route. There will be fun for the whole family. At 7:30 lights will dim as storytellers take the stage to read from the classic horror tale, Frankenstein. Free admission, coffee and hot chocolate available for donations.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fences:

Gretna Little Theatre will present August Wilson’s Fences this weekend, October 23 at 7:30, and October 24 at 2:30 matinee and evening at 7:30, in the Gretna Movie Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, with student, senior and military tickets at $10. For reservations, call 434 656 3637.
 
The story: about a former baseball player in the Negro League who was overlooked for the majors, and how this has impacted his life since. Taking place in 1957, Troy’s high school-aged son wants to play football, but Troy’s bitterness has wormed its way through his soul, and family life. Twice married, Troy is looking elsewhere for confirmation, and his relationships with his wife, sons, and co-workers are all soured by his vaulted memories of long ago baseball days.
 
August Wilson, a Pittsburgh native, was one of the most admired American playwrights of the last century. Born of a white father and a black mother, he struggled through early schooling but became involved with the Black Power movement of the 1960s. His plays take place in the Hill district of Pittsburgh, and each is set in a particular decade. The Piano Lesson (a 2012 GLT production) told the history of a Mississippi Delta family, and Fences is an example of discrimination in sports. The situations are representative of families of any community, regardless of status; a father’s disenchantment wreaks havoc with his sons’ most earnest desires. Wilson is known for writing of the trials of a people rejected but hopeful of understanding and acceptance through their patience and steadfast trust in a future.
 
First time actor Michael Harris plays the James Earl Jones role of Troy, and his real-life wife, Sandra, plays Troy’s steadfast Rose; the cast of returning GLT players includes Keyon Coleman as the brain-damaged Gabriel, Tremayne Oakes as the musician son Lyon, Roc Marable as the football playing son Cory, and Waverly Hubbard as co-trash worker Bono. Another newcomer to our stage is Justice Witcher as Raynelle, Troy’s love child.
 
Tim Bennett produced, Karen Coleman directed, LaWanda English stage manages, and Charles Converse designed and constructed the set, a small house in the Hill district with a picket fence. Fences is a Womack Foundation production.
 
Gretna Little Theatre will present August Wilson’s Fences this weekend, October 23 at 7:30, and October 24 at 2:30 matinee and evening at 7:30, in the Gretna Movie Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, with student, senior and military tickets at $10. For reservations, call 434 656 3637.

Gretna Little Theatre to Present Fences:

Gretna Little Theatre will present Michael Harris, Tremayne Oakes, Waverly Hubbard, and Sandra Harris in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Fences, this weekend at The Gretna Movie Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students, seniors, and military. Performances on Friday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 24th for a 2:30 p.m. matinee and at 7:30 p.m. For Tickets, call the number below.