Little Colonel Players
Colonels trilogy of plays
to end with Gulf View Drive
enters 56th season of shows
Helen E. McKinney
PEWEE VALLEY, Ky. (December 2012) Raleigh
and May, a young pair of Kentuckians, were introduced to Pewee Valley
last year in the play Last Train to Nibroc. These characters are returning
for the finale of a trilogy of plays that will delight and entertain
audiences in the ambiance of the Little Colonel Playhouse.
Gulf View Drive has all the ingredients of good theatre
humor, drama, tension and the exploration of family relationships,
said Grace Poganski, who plays the part of Mrs. Brummett, Mays
mother-in-law. It also has a Kentucky connection.
Little Colonel Players rehearse a scene from Gulf View Drive,
set to open at the Playhouse on Dec. 6. Rehearsing are (from left)
Kelly Patton, Garret Patton, Janet Morris, Kristina Ramsey and
Grace Poganski, who bring the trials and family pressure and married
love to life in Arlene Huttons last offering in the Nibroc
The playwright, Arlene Hutton, had family who lived
in Corbin, Ky., and the characters in her trilogy are based, in part,
on relatives who lived there.
This trio of plays began with Last Train to Nibroc, continued
with See Rock City and concludes with Gulf View Drive.
The first two plays brought the characters May and Raleigh to life.
In the final play, the time frame has shifted from World War II to 1953,
and the couple has married and moved south to Florida. Relatives descend
upon the couple, testing the couples love, as they make unconventional
decisions in a changing world.
I think that any audience member who saw Last Train to Nibroc
last season will enjoy seeing May and Raleigh again and finding out
what they are doing 10 years later, said Martha Frazier, director
of the play. Even those who didnt see Last Train to
Nibroc will enjoy the trip back to the 1950s with lots of period
references and a really lovely, well-written script.
This will be the third play Frazier has directed at the Little Colonel
Playhouse. She is also vice president of the board of directors for
My favorite part of directing is helping actors to pull apart
and dig into the script to discover who they are and then watching the
characters come to life as the actors work through the scenes,
she said. Frazier is employed on a contract basis as a teacher and director
at the Oldham County School Arts Center, where she is currently directing
Its a Wonderful Life.
Frazier said the Little Colonel Playhouse is known for offering
quality, family-friendly plays. Now in its 56th season, the
longevity of Little Colonel Playhouse can be attributed to the fact
that we offer our community an intimate theatre experience that is entertaining
and affordable. She said the board tries to choose plays that
will appeal to their loyal subscriber base.
Gulf View Drive will run on Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 14-16. The
2012-2013 season opened in October with The Last Romance.
The Little Colonel Playhouse has a long-standing history of entertaining
generations of patrons, said Poganski. It is a great venue
in which to perform. The playhouse offers an intimate space that makes
connecting with the audience both easy and challenging.
She said the audience expects the cast to be on top of their game. Due
to the small space (the theatre only seats 103 people), being able to
connect with the audience on a very real level and being continually
challenged to meet their expectations, makes for the best kind
of acting experience.
This venue is where Poganski will bring Mrs. Brummett to life. Her character
has had a difficult life, running a sharecrop farm, raising two children
and watching her husband become crippled. Poganski describes her as
a scrappy, hard edged character who survives by accepting her
lot in life.
Poganski, who is also a board member for the playhouse, said this is
first time she has been directed by Frazier. The skills she brings
to directing are reflective of the work ethic and enthusiasm she brings
to the board. Her intelligence and insight, and her willingness to allow
actors to explore their characters, make for a great working relationship.
Auditions will be held on Dec. 9-10 for Across, by playwright
Jerry Meyer. Directed by George Bailey, the play centers on a man and
a woman, two complete opposites, who board a San Francisco BART train
at 4:30 a.m. As the ride progresses, both attack and sway each others
values, having been changed for the better as the train ride ends.
Tickets for Gulf View Drive
are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors (60 and over) and students. To
reserve, call (502) 588-1557 or visit: www.littlecolonel.org.
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