Kevin Spacey, new Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theater Company in London, announced that the theater will present The Philadelphia Story:
Dual Oscar-winner Spacey said he also intended to stage “The Philadelphia Story” next year and had been talking to Hollywood agents about availabilities of some of their stars to play the lead role made famous by Katharine Hepburn (news) in the 1940 film.
If you can’t make the hop over the Atlantic or just don’t care to wait until next year, you can see The Philadelphia Story at the Butler Little Theatre, May 14-16 and 18-22. Tickets $8, with reservations available to the general public starting May 6. Check the BLT website for more details.
I’ve been working on the set crew for this production. As usual it’s a crazed scene, building the set with minimal budget and tools, engaging a random but hearty and startlingly dedicated bunch of volunteers, but I think it’s coming along nicely. If I can, I’ll post some in-progress, behind-the-scenes photos over the weekend.
A couple of weekend events for those in western PA:
The Butler Little Theatre opens its production of Proof, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning drama, tomorrow (March 19). The show will run through next Saturday (March 27), except Monday. It stars my sister Katy Wayne in the role of Catherine; she previously portrayed her in the Red Barn Theater’s production last summer. I’m looking forward to seeing how this production differs from the Red Barn’s. Details on show times, reservations, and directions, see the Butler Little Theatre’s website.
Also tomorrow, Vanilla Soul Revue plays at the Brick House. They’re all about “jazzy funk and soul,” and a good time is guaranteed for all. If you go, look for the most spastically dancing woman — that will be me. If you’re the type that calls out requests, send out a shout for “Summertime.”
On Saturday, the Butler County Symphony Orchestra will be presenting its “March Jubilee” at the Butler Intermediate High School at 8pm. From the Art Council website:
Popular photographer Charles Martin returns to present striking slides as the orchestra play Edelmann’s “Gettysburg.” The college age young artist competition winner will also appear. The orchestra is featured in Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 2” (Little Russian). Reserved seat tickets are available at the Symphony office, 259 South Main Street, Butler. Presale adults $17, students $7. At the door, $17 and $8. For information, call 724-283-1402.
And for those inspired to exercise their creative sides, on Sunday and Monday the Butler Little Theatre will hold auditions for The Philadelphia Story, to be directed by Bob Meals. Relevant information on the BLT website.
Terry Teachout, theater critic for the Wall Street Journal among other roles/publications, discusses the enjoyment he finds in small, non-Broadway theater.
Since moving back to the town I grew up in, I’ve gotten involved in our terrific community theater, the Butler Little Theatre. (Shameless plug: My sister Katy Wayne is starring in the next production, Proof, which runs March 19-21 and 23-27.) I’m continually impressed by the quality and intensity of the effort that everyone puts into our productions — not least because it’s entirely a volunteer organization. I get a lot more out of an evening spent rehearsing a play or building a set than I do watching television. I don’t understand why more people don’t feel the same way.