Directed by Paula Mabry
Musical direction by Bob Hawkins
April 5-8 and April 10-14, 2017
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of fictitious 1928 musical "The Drowsy Chaperone". The recording comes to life as the man in the chair watches along, interjecting his own thoughts throughout the story of two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone. Mixed together, you have all the ingredients for a madcap, musical-comedy delight.
Starkville Community Theatre’s production of Paper Thin, written by our own T.K. Lee, won Best Production along with several other awards at the 2018 Mississippi Theatre Association Festival. MTA awards two shows with Best Production, and both advance to the Southeastern Theatre Conference festival. This year’s SETC Festival will be held March 7-11 in Mobile, Alabama.
Directed by Pattye Archer, the world premiere of Paper Thin featured Madeline Golden, Ben Lang and Paul Ruff. In addition to Best Production, Madeline and Paul received Outstanding Achievement in Acting Awards, and the show won Best Scenic Design for the set. The set was design by Pattye Archer and Erika Morrison and built by Marty Haug with Paul Ruff, Ben Lang and several other volunteers.
The cast and crew will now travel to Mobile to compete against other community theatres from 10 states. SCT will perform Friday, March 9 at the Saenger Theatre. A public performance is being planned before the competition.
Paper Thin tells the story of Lucrece and Gerald, who have had a good marriage, in Lucrece's opinion. Late in life, they had one son, as they'd planned, and now, after watching Gerald recover from heart surgery, Lucrece has reminded Gerald of another thing they'd planned on: Getting a divorce. Lucrece has made her mind up that it is time. But first they must not only tell their only son, Charlie, about the divorce, but of another long-kept secret as well. Set on top of the roof of Lucrece and Gerald's house, on a dairy farm in the hills of north Mississippi, this family must come to terms with the past, the future, and how even when everything changes, some things stay the same.
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