Main Street Players announces eleventh season

Founding Artistic Director, Norma Richardson said, “It’s hard to believe that over a decade has passed since the dream of a legitimate theater in historic, downtown Griffin was first conceived.

“Over the past decade, Main Street Players has presented over fifty productions, reached scores of people, many of whom had never seen a live production — and accomplished this feat always operating in the black with a balanced budget. We are prudent fiscal guardians.

“In addition to our fifty-plus main stage productions, we have presented many out-reach productions for free (or at very little cost), reaching an even larger population, especially young adults within the seven counties that touch on Spalding.

“We wish to thank our local audiences, patrons, companies, board, good friends and families who have supported our efforts, without whom Main Street Players could not enter a second decade of fine theater productions.”

The next season of Griffin’s Main Street Players opens on Thurs., September 6. with the Broadway stage (and later movie) version of “On Golden Pond.

“On Golden Pond” will see the talents of Steve Martin (Norman Thayer), Marian Sorensen (Ethel Thayer), Maureen McDaniel (Chelsea Thayer), Emory Schroeter (Bill Ray), Austin Winthrop (Bill Ray) and Gary Alexander (Charlie).

This touching and funny tale of a tale of a devoted couple celebrating their forty eight years of marital bliss at their summer home on Golden Pond. This nostalgic play will have you laughing and reflecting on your own life. This opening performance, as with all Main Street Players, is on stage for just two weeks and concludes on Sun., September 16.

Main Street’s holiday show, “Every Christmas Story You Ever Told — And Then Some.” Three gifted actors decided to mix up several traditional, classic Christmas shows in a madcap romp — great fun for the entire family. This holiday hoot begins Thurs., December 6 and ends two weeks later with a Sunday matinee on December 16. at 3 p.m.

Main Street Players takes a departure from the preceding comedies to get serious with Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes,” Hellman’s southern masterpiece set in a small southern town (not unlike Griffin). Set about 1900, the dysfunctional family members are at each other’s necks to invest in the first cotton mills coming into the industrialized New South. Hellman’s masterpiece of writing opens Thurs., January 24 and runs for two weeks through Sun., February.

“Cotton Patch Gospel” is a musical by Tom Key and Russell Treyz with music and lyrics written by Harry Chapin just before his death in 1981. Based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan, the story retells the life of Jesus as if in modern day, rural Georgia. Using a southern reinterpretation of the gospel story, the musical is often performed in a one-man show format with an accompanying quartet of bluegrass musicians. This toe-taping musical will open on Thurs., March 14 and run through Sun., March 24.

And the eleventh season of Main Street Players concludes with play by the same authors of last year’s comedy hit “The Dixie Swim Club.” “The Hallelujah Girls” set in Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives and their town — it’s a laugh-a-minute performance. Opening Thurs., May 16 and continuing through Sun., May 26.

Main Street Players is sponsored in part by the generosity of Primerica, The Ingram Foundation, Griffin Area Arts Alliance, The Buisson Foundation, and the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts. These companies and our local audiences have helped to bring first-class theater to the Griffin-Spalding County area for over eleven years. We thank you.

Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30PM; Sundays at 3:00PM.

Reserved Seat Tickets are $20. Senior Tickets are $15. Student Tickets are $10. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount. Season ticket holders received a substantial discount when all five shows are purchased at once.

Please make checks payable to the Main Street Players and mail to Box 1945, Griffin, Georgia, 30224.

For tickets and information, please call 770-229-9916 or visit www.mainstreetplayers.org.

 

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Comments

  1. Sounds great, it’s wonderful to see a group so dedicated to bringing culture to Griffin and the area. Break a leg, Main Street Players!

    On a small note, Spalding County is one of 180 US counties that border 8 other counties (Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, and Pike), not 7.

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