|"CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" COMING TO LIMESTONE COLLEGE|
One of the best known works by Tennessee Williams, and his personal favorite,will come to a local stage Nov. 14-16, thanks to Limestone College Theatre.
The play “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” will be performed at the Limestone Center Theatre, located at 130 Leadmine Street in Gaffney. Show time each night is 7:30.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65-over, $6 for students with an ID, and $6 for children 12-under. Limestone College students, faculty, and staff will be admitted free with proper identification. Advance tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com.
The play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955, focuses on a troubled Southern family and the discord over their dying father’s millions. Wealthy plantation owner Big Daddy Pollitt (portrayed by Trey Tubb), celebrating his 65th birthday, is visited by his sons, Brick (Zach White) and Gooper (Damon Green). Big Daddy has cancer, but a doctor (Christopher Moore) has deliberately and falsely declared it in remission.
Seemingly perfect son Gooper and his wife, Mae (Jena Alford), have five children (played by Guy Ameling, Kassi Perry, Olivia Mason, Iris Baxter-Ferguson, and Ryan Chadwick) and are anxiously expecting to inherit Big Daddy’s and Big Mama’s (Jada Bell) millions.
Brick’s wife, Margaret (Catherine Dee Holly), in contrast, has no children but desperately wants one with her husband.
“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” features several recurring motifs, such as social mores, greed, superficiality, mendacity, decay, desire, repression, and death. The original production starred Barbara BelGeddes, Burl Ives, and Ben Gazzara. The play was adapted as a motion picture of the same name in 1958, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman as Maggie and Brick, respectively.
The Director for “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” is Dr. Carrie Ameling, Associate Professor of Theatre and English at Limestone College. Originally from Austin, Texas, Dr. Ameling received her B.F.A. in Theatre from Southwestern University and her M.A./Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University. She studied acting, directing, and musical theatre at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. Some of Dr. Ameling’s past directorial productions include “Art,” “How I Learned to Drive,” “Stop Kiss,” “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” “Tartuffe,” and “A Doll House.”
The following “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” cast members are students at Limestone College:
Jena Alford (Mae) is a senior Theatre major from Gaffney, SC. She has been dancing for 19 years and is currently a dance instructor at Backstage Dance Connection in Boiling Springs. Her favorite roles include Christmas Eve in “Avenue Q,” Judy Haynes in Irving Berlin's “White Christmas,” Nora Helmer in “A Doll House,” and Maria Morelli in “Lend Me a Tenor.”
Jada Bell (Big Mama) is a junior Theatre major from Buffalo, SC. She is a transfer student from Spartanburg Methodist College and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” marks her Limestone debut. She most recently appeared as Mrs. Chauvenet in “Harvey” and Dotty Otley in “Noises Off” at SMC.
Jessie Cantrell (Daisy/Assistant Stage Manager) is a freshman Musical Theatre major from Union, SC. She made her debut on the Limestone stage as Pinky in “How I Became A Pirate.” Her Union County High School credits include Mayzie La Bird in “Seussical” and Kanga in “Winnie the Pooh.” She was also featured in the ensemble of UCHS productions such as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “All Shook Up,” “How to Eat Like A Child,” and “Hello, Dolly!”
Jessica Clarke (Assistant Stage Manager) is a freshman Musical Theatre major from Boiling Springs, SC. Her favorite acting roles include Pinky Tuscadero in “Happy Days,” Veruca Salt in “Willy Wonka,” and Captain Jill in “How I Became a Pirate.”
Damon Green (Gooper) is a senior Theatre major from Blacksburg, SC. He was recently seen in “How I Became a Pirate” as Pierre and “Mousetrap” as Mr. Paravicini. He won a Metrolina Theatre Award award for Best Cameo Performance for the role of Trekkie Monster in Limestone’s spring production of “Avenue Q.”
Catherine Dee Holly (Margaret/Program Designer) is a junior Theatre major from Gaffney, SC. She is a trained ventriloquist and a member of the Charlotte and Upstate Film Communities. Her most recent roles include Lucy in “Avenue Q,” Rita in Irving Berlin's “White Christmas,” and Hermia in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.” This past summer, she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and studied Sanford Meisner’s method acting technique.
Christopher Moore (Doc Baugh) is a senior Theatre major from Columbia, SC. He was most recently seen portraying Torvald Helmer in Henrik Ibsen’s classic, “A Doll House.” Other past roles include Shark Tooth from “How I Became a Pirate,” Sheldrake from Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” Bellhop in “Lend Me a Tenor,” and Danker in “Switched.”
Christopher Patterson (Reverend Tooker) is a senior Musical Theatre major from Union, SC. He has been featured in “How I Became a Pirate” as Mack, “Honk Jr.” as Ugly, and “Avenue Q” as a Bad Idea Bear.
Michaela Shoemake (Stage Manager) is a junior History and English double major from Camden, SC. She is a transfer student from Erskine College. She has been performing in plays since she was 8 years old, and has been a stage manager many times.
Trey Tubb (Big Daddy) is a sophomore Theatre major from Gaffney, SC. Trey has been acting since he was 8 years old. Past roles include Wolf Cub 1 from the “Jungle Book” and Christopher Wren from “The Mouse Trap.”
Zach White (Brick) is a sophomore English/Theatre major from Gaffney, SC. His past Limestone credits include Gordon from “Dead Man's Cell Phone,” Dr. Rank/Mr. Krogstad in “A Doll House,” and Giles Ralston in “The Mousetrap.”
“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” at Limestone is being produced through a special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.