Complete World of Sports
By Becky Donner
Whether you love them or hate them, no one can deny that sports occupy a large amount of television time. There are preview shows, the sporting events themselves, postgame wrap-up shows, and morning sports talk shows. There are children’s leagues, high school and college sports, adult leagues, and professional sports. The list goes on endlessly. But just in case it all gets too confusing, Halifax County Little Theatre will help you out by condensing all these sports into 90 madcap minutes of explaining everything you ever wanted to know about sports, or at least all you ever wanted to laugh at about sports!
“The Complete World of Sports (abridged)” opens February 21 at The Prizery and promises to be great fun. Three sports commentators will explain everything about sports from caveman times through references to the “Manti T’eo School for Imaginary Girlfriends.”
The three commentators, Jeremy Duffer, Sandy Slayton, and Paul Streeter, have been rehearsing for several week now with director Mike Freshour to perfect their lines and all the rapid entrances and exits they make as they quickly don the attire of all the different sports. Timing is crucial in comedy, and these acting veterans understand the need for that split second movement and line delivery.
Several years ago Little Theatre presented “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” at Constitution Square for the community, and it was a huge success. This show is by the same writers, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, and Matt Rippy, and again they have taken the source – in this case sports - and turned it all into 90 crazy minutes of fun.
The actors aren’t the only ones who have been working though. The show requires a lot of props and costume changes, and Lisa Roach, Emily Martin, and Erin Thackston have been gathering all the various sports and costume items needed. Lisa has been out in the community asking people, “Who has a rugby ball we can borrow?” and similar requests.
Ron Miller has designed the set they will use (HCLTSN – Halifax County Little Theatre Sports Network), and in early February Marshall Slayton and Greg Donner and their crew of kind-hearted men and women will be creating this television newsroom. Richard Reeves and his crew will then step in to decorate the set, and then the actors and their props and costumes will occupy the space.
Other board members will be selling tickets and creating the program and lobby display and writing articles and doing all the jobs that a play production entails. That is the beauty of community theatre – everyone working together to create the whole – in this case, the Complete World of Sports.
The show opens Friday, February 21, and runs through Saturday night, March 1. Tickets can be purchased at the Prizery (572-8339) or online at www.prizery.com or www.hclt.org. Tickets would make a nice Valentine’s gift for your friend or beloved, so make plans for the wacky Complete World of Sports.
Beehive, The 60’s Musical, is back! Ten years ago, HCLT wowed audiences with this amazing high energy retrospective, and next April, The Prizery stage will showcase these Divas of America’s golden era of music once again. Written by Larry Gallagher, Beehive will definitely have you dancing in the aisles to music by the Chiffons, the Shirelles, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner.
Beehive includes 40 hit songs of the 60’s, from “It’s My Party” and “Where the Boys Are” to “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Respect.” Beehive takes you through the decade that began with ice cream cone hairdo’s and ended with long, flowing hippie locks. Director Vicky Thomasson and Musical Director Bob Thomasson are lining up the talent, organizing all the details, and stock-piling the Aqua Net to make sure that “Beehive” will be even more fabulous the second time around!
Halifax County Little Theatre has been entertaining audiences since 1955. That’s nearly 60 years of volunteers lending their talents and dedication to this community. Little Theatre shows have been performed in the gyms of Halifax and C.H. Friend Elementary Schools, the cafeteria of Halifax County Middle School, in the auditorium of Halifax County High School, in various restaurants and outdoor spaces, and in the beautiful Chastain Theatre at The Prizery.
Current President Sandy Slayton commented, “Little Theatre appreciates the support of the community and we are excited about our upcoming season. We could not do this without the financial support of our patrons, local businesses, local governments, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts."
And we're working on our second show of the season!
Director Mike Freshour just can't wait to get started on this adventure! The Complete World Of Sports (Abridged) promises to be lots of fast-paced fun. Auditions have been held, and cast members Jeremy Duffer, Paul Streeter, and Sandy Slayton are ready to rehearse. They'll neeed lots of energy, great comic timing, and the ability to improvise if things get crazy, as we make fun of every sport known to man throughout history in just 90 minutes on stage. We're still looking for peole to help gather and manage props, and of course we need a few costumes, an interesting set, lights, and a production crew that's ready to move at top speed! If you're intrigued, please let us know and we'll guide you through the process. We promise you won't get the January blues if you're working on a production, especially one as funny as this one!
We encourage you to join us by filling out our volunteer form (you're almost there; it's at the bottom of this page), or calling President Sandy Slayton at 579-5041 and letting us know just what your area of interest might be. We are an all volunteer organization who share a passion for theatre, a love of our community, and a dedication to producing great theatre experiences for audiences and participants. Come on, it's going to be so much fun!
HCLT’s February production will take a look at every sport known to man throughout history and around the world in just 90 minutes. The Complete World of Sports (Abridged) is an audience-interactive, family-friendly show for all ages. Written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor for the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the show is a parody of ESPN’s “Sports Center” and affectionately pokes fun of athletic competitions, from the Olympic games to kids’ soccer practices.
This laugh-out-loud parody is similar in format to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), which audiences loved when HCLT presented it in Constitution Square several years ago. The Complete World Of Sports includes a big dose of slapstick, actors who change characters constantly, and 90 minutes of light-hearted fun with every piece of sporting paraphernalia you can imagine!