Ashe County Little Theatre 2014 Season gets underway this weekend

By Alan Bulluck

March 26, 2014

The 2014 season of the Ashe County Little Theatre (ACLT) gets underway this Friday at the Ashe Civic Center.

“Mama Won’t Fly,” the first of four ACLT productions this year, will run from Friday, March 28, through Sunday, March 30.

Friday and Saturday showtimes are scheduled for 7 p.m. and Sunday’s showtime is set for 2 p.m.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $5 for students.

“Mama Won’t Fly” is the story of a mother (Norleen), her daughter (Savannah) and daughter-in-law to be’s (Hayley) cross-country drive from Alabama to California.

According to Program Director for the Ashe County Arts Council Rebecca Williams, “Their 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.”

The play features ACLT veteran Sharon Kasel as Norleen, Jill Gambill plays Savannah and Melissa Caudill plays Hayley.

Others in the cast include: Chris Arvidson, Maureen Dintino, Jeff Dreyer, Linda Dreyer, Dayne Hodges, Sophia Lopez, Edie Miller, Sydney Powell, Helen Roman, Jerry Roman, Bobby Jo Scott and Jim Williams.

In addition to “Mama Won’t Fly,” the ACLT will present three other productions this season: “Les Miserables” (June), “Southern Fried Funeral” (August) and “Wait Until Dark” (October).

Williams is enthusiatic about the ACLT’s 2014 season.

“We’re excited about our shows this year,” Williams said. “With four big productions this year, we have some challenges coming up.”

Williams is very passionate about the ACLT.

“When I moved back to Ashe County, ten years ago, I began to participate in the Little Theatre again,” Williams said. “I grew up in Ashe County and participated when I was a kid and a teenager.”

The ACLT is an all-volunteer based theatre group who make their home at the civic center in West Jefferson.

Since 1972, ACLT has produced three to four plays per year.

Williams encourages anyone who wishes to volunteer (production, lighting, sets, constumes, publicity and more), act or become involved in the Little Theatre in any way, to call her at (336) 846-2787.

Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.