Friday, July 29, 2016

Stealing Home



Gretna Little Theatre, in partnership with Simpson Funeral Museum, will present Stealing Home August 5, 6, at 7:30, and a matinee on the 7th at 2:30 at the Gretna Center for the Arts, 101 Main Street. 

 

Stealing Home, Pat Cook’s very funny situation comedy (same playwright who gave us Those Crazy Ladies, 2014,) takes place in the reception lobby of Green Meadows Funeral Home.  Cecil and Pug manage to break into the Meadows Funeral Home one evening, only to be discovered in the act by Officer Doughberg, who happens to be sweet on the technician, Joan.  Before Doughberg can book the boys, Mama Meadows identifies Cecil as her long lost son, Jimmy.  However her three daughters refuse to acknowledge him; they want to sell the Home, and his presence upsets that plan.  The resolution turns on an event 25 years in the past.  

 

Matthew Pabo and Cody Jones play the culprits, with SuEllen Stracke as the Mama. Emily Carvatt, Madalyn Mohamed, and Sarah Miller are featured as the sisters, with David Keatts, Casi Price, Janet Lambert, and Debra Thompson adding to the confusion. Andy Jones is the lawyer who has the necessary ID.  Hal & Janina Shoemaker direct, Susan Hunt is stage manager, Adam Ilconich lighting.

 

Tickets are $15.00 general admission, $10.00 students, seniors, and military.  Seated is limited; reservations recommended. Susan Ilconich, Box Office manager.  Call 540 423 2686.

The Simpson Funeral Museum will display their 1941 Packard Hearse at the Gretna Center for the Arts during the opening day of the production. Acquired from its original owner, this hearse was in service for 66 years at a funeral home in Syracuse, NY, and has won numerous national car show awards.  It is one of the featured exhibits at the Chatham museum.  A favorite of museum visitors is a fully-restored 1876 horse-drawn hearse. Over 1100 man hours spanning two years of work went into the full restoration of the hearse, from the original silk interior to the sterling silver lamps.

The Simpson Funeral Museum serves as a historical resource to provide the public a with learning experience on the history of funeral service on the original site of the first funeral home in Chatham, Virginia, in the late 1800’s.  The embalming exhibit features a replica of a 19th century embalming room with all the equipment and surgical supplies needed for embalming in the family’s home, which was customary during that era.

The Shoemakers naturally went to Mr. Simpson to borrow props for the production.  The museum is open to the general public Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 2pm, and Saturday from 9am to noon.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Coffee House series .....

Saturday, August 13, 2016

GLT is proud to present Walker Ray in concert on August 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm  in our Coffee House series. Admission is FREE and concessions are available for purchase. Doors will open at 7:00 pm but come early as seating is limited, first come basis.


Walker Ray



What is a House you may ask?   

The Coffee House Series is an irregular presentation of the Gretna Little Theatre to satisfy the hyperactive imaginations of our members and guests. Held at the Center for the Arts that is located at 101 Main St., Gretna, VA





Coffee House series .....

Saturday, August 13, 2016

GLT is proud to present Walker Ray in concert on August 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm  in our Coffee House series. Admission is FREE and concessions are available for purchase. Doors will open at 7:00 pm but come early as seating is limited, first come basis.


Walker Ray



What is a House you may ask?   

The Coffee House Series is an irregular presentation of the Gretna Little Theatre to satisfy the hyperactive imaginations of our members and guests. Held at the Center for the Arts that is located at 101 Main St., Gretna, VA





UP COMING EVENTS

Stealing Home

Tickets are now on sale for this performance see below for details!

Matt Pabo and Cody Jones; Casi Price, Emily Carvatt*, SuEllen Stracke*, Andy Jones; David Keatts, Sarah Miller, Janet Lambert, Debra Thompson; (Madalyn Mohamed, not pictured) 
Pat Cook’s very funny situation comedy. (same playwright who gave us *Those Crazy Ladies, 2014) This comedy takes place in the reception lobby of Green Meadows Funeral Home, with wacky characters in even wackier situations. The resolution turns on an event 25 years in the past. Co-directors Hal & Janina Shoemaker. 

Performance dates are: Friday, Aug. 5th @ 7:30 pm, Saturday, Aug. 6th @ 7:30 pm and Sunday, Aug. 7th @ 2:30 pm. 

Ticket Prices are: General Admission is $15 and Senior, Student and Military is $10.

For tickets please call or text 540-423-2686. (Leave name, which night you would like tickets for, and how many you would like). You may also message us on Facebook, or email sueilconich@yahoo.com for tickets. At this time we accept cash and check only for ticket purchases. 

Her Majesty's Rejects

Some pictures from "Her Majesty's Rejects" performance at the Gretna Little Theatre
Cast members Malcolm Hofmann, Maggie Greer and David Hudson with Board Member Jeff Bailess.

Malcolm Hofman as Icarus with wings made of was and feathers ready to fly to the Sun.




Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gretna Little Theatre will hold its Annual Meeting Tuesday,  August 16th at the Gretna Center for the Arts.   Members of the community are invited to attend and become involved in the organization’s business as well as performers and audience.  A non-profit organization, volunteers are needed in all aspects of the operation.
 These past two seasons the community theatre has been expanding programs as well as renovating the Center.  From four productions in 2008 to six events plus a youth workshop in 2016, actors and designers have opportunities to use their skills in a variety of ways.  A series of Coffee House events invites artists to perform in a friendly venue, and we hold outreach programs to build our impact in Pittsylvania and neighboring counties.
Renovation of the former mercantile building progresses as we set our sights on the second floor with office space and storage.  We have added new rest rooms, air conditioning, and upgraded utilities this year.  The new roof has improved our appearance as much as the new windows did three years ago.
President Deborah Price Moran and Executive Director Janina Shoemaker welcome any and all to our Annual Meeting as we set goals for the 2017 season.  There is a place for all to come play with us.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Coffee House this Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Coffee House this Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

What is a House you may ask?

The Coffee House Series is an irregular presentation of the Gretna Little Theatre to satisfy the hyperactive imaginations of our members and guests. Held at the Center for the Arts that is located at 101 Main St., Gretna, VA. Admission is free however coffee, drinks and snacks are available for purchase. But we ask that you come early as seating is limited.

And this Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 7:30 pm the Gretna Little Theatre is pleased to present Her Majesty’s Rejects, a newly assembled comedy troupe of GLT members and friends, in their premier performance this coming Saturday, July 23, at 7:30, in the Gretna Center for the Arts.


The troupe of players will present a hilarious romp, similar to Monty Python, or Shrek, or The Muppets, or Shakespeare in the Park, or a combination of all the above, in a Family Friendly Comic Coffee House.


 If you, or someone in your circle of friends, would like to perform in future, simply catch up with any of our actors to establish a commitment.  or contact Janina Shoemaker at (434) 656 3637.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Up Coming Events

The Gretna Little Theatre has a few up coming events that are sure to peak your interest.


Lettice & Lovage   July 15   Readers Theatre at Reid Art Gallery, Chatham
Janina Shoemaker, Deborah Price Moran, Alisa Davis, & Hal Shoemaker
One performance only, benefits youth art workshops and classes. Comedy.
Lettice Duffet, an art expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, as well as architecture and theatre, crosses swords (excuse that, it’s an axe) with Lottie Schoen, an inspector of the (British) Preservation Trust. In verbal battle, the two women cover well known historical persons, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, and little known John Fustian.   Presented in Readers Theatre mode.
Ticket reservations recommended. Limited seating.  $10.00 Contact Alisa Davis, adavis@reidstreetgallery.com.
 

Pizza-Work Party   July 16   Center for the Arts, 10:00
Calling all theatre members to a special house-cleaning party. Invest some sweat equity and do your community theatre a big favor. Good weather, good company, and a good feeling when we’re finished. Spear-headed by President Deborah and Gadget Kelly, with full hearted support from Exec Janina. Lunch provided.


Interviews for a Readers Theatre fall Coffee House, The Orphans by James Prideaux.
Two charming eccentric heiresses, their attorney, a “cousin” Ronald, a hotel manager, & a lady-of-the-evening. Comedy. Call 434 656 3637.
 
 
Coffee House  “Her Majesty’s Rejects”    Comedy Theatre Troupe
July 23, 7:30 at the Center
“Think … “Shakespeare in the Park” meets Shreck meets Monty Python meets the Muppets – only much much more!” So says the playbill on this novel addition to the GLT family of events. Family? Yes, "it is a colorful vaudeville style depiction of Greek theatre and mythology, a fun experience for the entire family."
 
Admission is free, but Seating is Limited. Come early… Donations welcome…
Coffee for a Buck and snacks available.
 

Matt Pabo and Cody Jones; Casi Price, Emily Carvatt*, SuEllen Stracke*, Andy Jones; David Keatts, Sarah Miller, Janet Lambert, Debra Thompson; (Madalyn Mohamed, not pictured)
 
Stealing Home, now in rehearsal; Pat Cook’s very funny situation comedy. (same playwright who gave us *Those Crazy Ladies, 2014) This comedy takes place in the reception lobby of Green Meadows Funeral Home, with wacky characters in even wackier situations. The resolution turns on an event 25 years in the past. Co-directors Hal & Janina Shoemaker. Production August 5-7.
Stealing Home Cast



Greatest Generation “Auditions” Ongoing… call 434 656 3637 to be included
Now known as the Greatest Generation, the veterans and families of WWII sang and danced to the Big Band music of the 1940s. Many of the hits of this era are now in the popular American Songbook. Hop down Memory Lane with us as we prepare for a September 9-11 festival of the best music from the 40’s sung by our patriotic and romantic song stylists. This is a “Do-it-Yourself” spectacular. Musicians: choose your music, song, melody, from the “100 Greatest Popular Songs of the 1940s,” rehearse it and bring it to the stage, when you will be incorporated into the festival.

Peanuts Playhouse

Peanuts Playhouse was the title of the Youth workshop for the younger children. These children ranged in ages from 4 years old till 12 years old. Such talent to progress in these wonderful children. This performance was also held on July 8th and 9th.
Peanuts Playhouse cast


The String of Pearls

 The String of Pearls was the Summer Youth Teen Workshop and it was
held on July 8th and 9th. The teens did everything from dressing the set, lighting, managing, assisting directing and acting. The kids did a great job and there was a nice turnout. Hopefully we will see more of these teens in future performances.
The String of Pearls Cast