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HCLT’s A Season Worth Winning
By Greg Donner
Everyone likes a winner. With that in mind, Halifax County Little Theatre is unveiling their 2014-2015 season full of winners. They kick off “A Season Worth Winning” on November 21, with the timeless family classic, “Charlotte’s Web.” E.B. White’s characters are crafted into a moving script by Joseph Robinette, who captures the magic in the friendship of a little girl, a special pig, and a clever spider.
The story of Fern and her pig Wilbur is a familiar one as the girl tries to find a way to save the life of the animal that is destined to become bacon and ham when he is grown. But it is Wilbur’s gentle spider friend Charlotte who is able to spin webs to convince the world that Wilbur is indeed “Some Pig.”
Director Erin Thackston is planning to create the liveliest farmyard ever to be seen in Halifax County. The geese, sheep, cows, and even a rat are on hand to support Wilbur in his adventure and provide comic moments to entertain the whole family. HCLT believes that all patrons will leave the theatre feeling like winners as they celebrate this most beloved children’s book.
February brings another winning story with the heartwarming “Over the River and Through the Woods.” The setting moves to a quiet Italian-American neighborhood in New Jersey. However, there is a crisis brewing as two sets of grandparents find out that their grandson is about to move across the country. All of their families have left Hoboken for the sunny climes of Florida or California, and they are devastated that Nick has gotten a promotion at work that would sent him to Washington, “and not the close Washington,” the one across the continent.
The result is a comic evening of events as the elders try to change their grandson’s mind. No trick is too low to show him the importance of his family. They even try to play match maker if it will firmly plant him in the neighborhood.
Sandy Slayton directs Joe DiPietro’s humorous story of a family in transition and the power of love to resolve problems. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you'll remember when you've felt exactly as these characters feel as you go “Over the River and Through the Woods.”
The final production of the season focuses on the most intense and demanding sporting event in America, the spelling bee. In “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the characters have more quirks and peculiarities than will be found in any other contest. Here, above all, winning is the only thing.
The spellers have problems with family dysfunction, social ineptitude, and knowing where they belong in this world of competitive spelling, where finishing second is only being the first loser.
Andy Rice directs this musical funny peek into the world of competitive spelling. The show features the most outlandish band of middle school misfits ever to grace a stage. The youngsters are played by an adult cast, and their performances are strictly for a mature audience. For those who like to root for the underdog, this musical offers a variety of choices to support. Don’t be fooled by that old saying “just getting here is like winning.” These kids know better, and there has to be only one. The ultimate winner is the audience, which is treated to superb comedy and fabulous songs every night.
HCLT will be mailing out their new season’s information next week. Keep an eye out for your brochure and order your season tickets now. Brochures will also be placed in both public libraries and The Prizery. Don’t miss out on this Season Worth Winning.