Community Theatre Stages First Performances at MECC11.07.2005
BIG STONE GAP, VA — Drama will abound on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College during the week of November 14-20. Not only will the college's newly-established Community Theatre present The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, but MECC's theater club, the Troupe, will perform two one-act plays, Inside Out and Who.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is about a mother who, over the course of the two-act play, comes to understand herself better while dealing with two very different daughters, as well as her own past opportunities and failures. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972. Performances will be presented on November 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. in Fugate Auditorium of Dalton-Cantrell Hall. They will also hold a matinee performance of the play on November 20 at 3 p.m.
Inside Out is a play that features a student's split personality, while Who is about a boy who has been trampled to death at a rock concert and now, in death, looks at his past life and present funeral. The plays will be presented in the Goodloe Center on campus on November 15 at 12:15 p.m., November 16 at 7 p.m., and November 17 at both 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free for both afternoon performances of the play. For the 7 p.m. shows, general admission will be $5. Students and faculty from local colleges and universities may purchase $3 tickets for the evening performances by showing school IDs.
Joel Bailey, who teaches Developmental English and Speech, says that the Community Theatre is open to anyone, with or without theater experience. "Anyone who wants to participate will not be turned away," he states. Interested individuals may audition for parts, as well as help in other areas such as directing, set construction, lighting and sound, and ticket sales.
The Community Theatre's upcoming production features an all-female cast made up of Pennington Gap native Savannah Arwood and Big Stone Gap residents Erin Dalton, Sara Gilliam, and Sara Jones. Gilliam also serves as co-director of the play with Melanie Lane, who graduated with a degree in theater from Hollins University in Roanoke. Big Stone Gap's James Dalton constructed the set for the play. Powell Valley High School student Kara Dalton will provide lights and sound for the production.
For more information about the Mountain Empire Community Theatre or any of the upcoming performances on the MECC campus, contact Bailey at (276) 523-2400, extension 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission prices will be kept low to give everyone an opportunity to attend. General admission is $5. Students and faculty from local colleges and universities may purchase $3 tickets by showing school IDs.
For more information, contact Joel Bailey at 276-523-2400, ext. 221 or Email
MECC's theater club, the Troupe, will perform two one-act plays, Inside Out and Who.