The Ashe County Little Theatre announces 2014 season

February 4, 2014

The Ashe County Little Theatre, an all-volunteer community-based theatre group, will present four productions for 2014 and there are many ways for the community to become involved.

“Mama Won’t Fly” will be the first production, from March 28-30. The play written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten is hilarious comedy that follows a mother and daughter road trip across the country.

The journey is filled with mishaps, including the theft of their car and all their clothes, a near-fatal encounter at an underwear museum, a mad dash across the desert in a hijacked 18-wheeler and a riotous detour to Vegas that ends in a brawl with an ordained showgirl/minister.

Auditions were held last week and the cast will be announced soon.

The summer musical from June 26-30 will be the internationally known “Les Miserables” by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.

“Les Miserables” opened on Broadway in 1987 and won eight Tony awards. The story of convict Jean Valjean has touched the heart of its international audience as few shows in history have done.

“Les Miserables” reminds us that we are each part of the same human family and that whatever out outward differences may be, our longings for individual liberty and peace are the same.

There are major singing parts for adult male and female roles as well as numerous chorus parts. There is one young boy role and one young girl role and both have solo singing parts. Auditions will be March 31 with callbacks on April 1.

The third production will be “Southern Fried Funeral” from Aug. 28-31.

This J. Dietz Osborne and Nate Eppler comedy announces that Dewey Frye is dead. His wife Dorothy is left behind trying to pick up the pieces and hold her family together. Her daughters are at each other’s throats, Ozella Meeks from the SonShine committee is trying to take over the funeral and Dewey’s older brother is trying to take her house.

Funerals bring out the best, the worst and the funniest in people and the Frye family is no exception. “Southern Fried Funeral” is a big-hearted comedy about family southern style.

There are roles for five adult men and six adult women. Auditions will be Monday, July 7.

The last production of the season will be “Wait Until Dark”.

In this classic suspense thriller, a doll stuffed full of heroin is unwittingly brought from Canada by Sam Hendrix, a photographer, doing a favor for a fellow traveler. A sinister con man and his two henchmen will stop at nothing to get their hands on the heroin.

It is up to Suzy, Sam’s wife, to prevent these men from completing their evil mission. There is just one thing…Suzy is at home…she’s alone….and she’s blind!

There are roles for six men, one women and one girl aged from 8 to 11 years. Auditions will be Monday, Aug. 4.

With four productions this year, the Little Theatre is always in need of backstage volunteers. There are many ways to become involved including producing, lighting, sets, costumes, publicity and more. The Ashe County Civic Center is the home of the ACLT. All productions and auditions will be held at the center.

For more information about the productions or backstage volunteering, call (336) 846-2787.