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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

5th Avenue Theatre's 2010 Season

Continuing our listing of upcoming shows for local community theatre groups, we move on to 5th Avenue Theatre Company, which has two shows in the works for this Fall (the group hasn't posted any information about its Spring shows yet).

The shows will be presented in the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in Huntington's City Hall.

Here's the rundown:

- Steel Magnolias - This play is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the towns rich curmudgeon, Ouiser ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for 40 years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ol' boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, events force the ladies to draw on the underlying strength and love which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good and bad times. Directed by Zach Davis, Steel Magnolias runs September 17-19 and 24-26.

- Irving Berlin's White Christmas - Based on the music of Berlin and the popular film, this dance-filled musical begins on the Western Front in World War II and then travels to New York and continues in the state of Vermont where two entertainers try to save the inn owned by General Waverly by having a show in the barn of the inn. Communications get skewed and the fun ensues. This fun, romantic comedy introduced great songs like "White Christmas," "Sisters," "I Love a Piano," "Snow" and "The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing." Directed by Eddie Harbert with Mike Campbell as musical director, White Christmas runs December 3-5 and 10-12.

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