When a theater group decides on a play, no one outside the world of the theater has any real idea of how much WORK goes into the production. To have a successful production, meaning one that the public enjoys and makes enough money to fund the next play, you must have actors, a director, a set designer, builders, fundraisers, light and sound managers, and lots of volunteers. It’s truly an act of love, because no one gets paid to do this.
A Tuna Christmas opens tomorrow. (December 1st, 2017) Production on this show began months ago, with an idea and a director: Angi Robinson. In the past few months, she has selected 2 actors who can hold the attention of an audience for 90 minutes and have fun doing it. Kyle Stratton and Lewis Wright have memorized hundreds of lines, learned blocking, picked up mannerisms and have developed voices and accents to bring each of their 10 to 11 characters to life.
The set is rustic, mainly made from pallets and borrowed props, but it fills the stage and takes you to a very small town in Texas. Angi and her husband, Tony, worked hard to bring her vision to life.
Backstage Magic happens frequently. Desire’e Douglas, Madison Norris, Gabriel Wright and Lori Gresham, dress and undress the actors in a manner that makes you think of a NASCAR pit crew. Between character changes they are providing sound effects, and preparing for the next quick-change that comes their way.
Back in the sound & light booth, Michael Ritchey and Kennedy Douglas are working the microphones, playing music, controlling the lights and making announcements.
And then….sometime in the last week of rehearsals something happens that makes everyone involved remember why they go through all the trouble, worry and expense. It all just comes together. Just like that, the actors stop dropping lines, the backstage crew know what to do, and it’s pure magic.
Come out the the Bearcat Theater, located at Anderson County High School to see A Tuna Christmas. The show starts at 8:00 pm on December 1, 2, 8 & 9, and at 2:00 pm on December 3 & 10.
Tickets are $10, and there will be coffee and donuts available at intermission. Bring your extra dollars to donate to our next play!