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Big theater season planned in Newnan

Although summer does not officially start until next weekend, the Newnan Community Theatre Company is already planning an ambitious 2014-15 theatre season. Here are some highlights of the recently-released schedule:

• Sordid Lives

August 28 – September 7
A black comedy about white trash! The author of “Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?” brings you a comedy that was nominated for over thirty awards during its long run in Los Angeles. When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas. It is said that funerals bring out the best and worst in everyone, and everyone in Winters, Texas proves this adage to be true in this Del Shores play.

• The Gin Game
September 25 – October 5
This winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady.

They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time and their secrets become weapons used against one another.

Weller longs for a victory to counter a lifetime of defeats, but it doesn’t happen. He leaves the stage a broken man and Fonsia realizes her self-righteous rigidity has led to an embittered, lonely old age.

• The Rocky Horror Show
October 23 – November 2

Dr. Frank N. Furter and his motley crew are doing the time warp once again! A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B-movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror. This deliberately kitschy rock ‘n’ roll sci-fi gothic madness has been entertaining audiences since 1974, and is as much fun as ever!

• Prelude to a Kiss
November 13 – 23

At Peter and Rita’s wedding, a mysterious old man insists on kissing the bride. While honeymooning, Peter gradually realizes that the woman by his side is not his wife. The wedding kiss caused Rita’s soul and the old man’s to change places. Peter must track down the old man and free his young love’s spirit trapped in an aging and diseased body before it’s too late. This study in love, romance, and the magic of both has been entrancing audiences since its premiere in 1988. .

• A Christmas Carol: The Musical
December 4 – 14

The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his conversion from grumpy, hateful miser to a renewed and hopeful man has been a Christmas classic since Dickens first put words to paper. This version of the story, with script and music by Newnan’s own Dale Lyles, has been a favorite of Newnan Theatre Company audiences for years. Lyles has now rewritten both script and musical score to bring a newer and better production to a new generation of NTC audiences, and Newnan Theatre Company is proud to premiere this new version of the show!

•The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of “A Christmas Carol”
December 16 – 21

The ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G.D.S. are ever-so dedicated to their craft, and this production, about a fictional amateur drama group that stumbles in its attempts to bring to life on stage Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Future, and Present shows their dedication to the holiday season as well. In the midst of a blizzard, most of the cast is stuck in transit. The three ladies who have made it to the theatre decide the show must go on. Actors try their best, botch their lines, and argue while trying to perform – but the show goes on in all of its festive, comedic glory.

Please note that The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of “A Christmas Carol” will run Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

•Almost, Maine
January 22 – February 1, 2015

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

•Twelve Angry Men
February 26 – March 8, 2015

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. “This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says one juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man; of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing.” But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men. The jurors’ final verdict and how they reach it—in tense scenes that have electrified audiences and kept them on the edge of their seats for over 40 years.

•Into the Woods
March 19 – 29, 2015

The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

•American Buffalo
April 16 - 26, 2015

In a Chicago junk shop three small time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable “Buffalo nickel”. These high-minded grifters fancy themselves businessmen pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality of the three- Donny, the oafish junk shop owner; Bobby, a young junkie Donny has taken under his wing and “Teach”, a violently paranoid braggart- is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams.



city on the south side is falling further and further back in the world of arts and culture. Oh, but of course we have an aquatic center that isn't an aquatic center at all. We have very little to offer our citizens in the form of high quality events or services.

We were once the envy of all, a dynasty. Now Cowetta county has blown past our perfect little town. When will people wake up and realize what needs to be done. Oh, I know when...when it's to late.

We could be so much more!

I do agree on the pool.

I did not move here 2 decades ago for high quality events or services. If that is what you moved here for, I'd like to meet whomever told you that is what this city is about. Peace, quiet, safe, greenspace, paths, outdoor fun and a few other things, too. Ampitheater is nice. Never have wanted nor do want especially now what Coweta has. If I need something they have, I'll drive there and get it. A dynasty? Wow. You were much younger, you forget that part? Accept it.

No we don't need to be so much more. We have what many want to come here for. Maybe you and Kim Learnard can take a trip to the big Apple together and do a blog report for us.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

What we were was self-sufficient with a higher than average pool of community-oriented people who banded together and got things done. A lot of industry was recruited, the YMCA and ECCA were on a fast growth path, the Chamber of Commerce was a powerhouse, Paul Heard and Dan Lakly were our champions in state government and then 3 things happened

1. Steve Brown and his BRAWN group which included Rapson used their power as mayor and council to gut the city government of the old school people on staff and in the various boards and authorities. When they started punishing people thru their employers and families for fighting them, the volunteer force abandoned their projects in droves. Money and talent wasted to satisfy some political egos. That is why I and others despise the chairman for life.

2. The development company who supported all kinds of things with their people and their money first lost their soul and later their focus and balance when Equitable left and eventually the development company itself ceased to exist. City government has not realized that they have to pick up the slack - even to this day.

3. The Barney Frank/Chris Dodd/Jimmy Carter group along with countless others caused the Great Recession that really destroyed every bit of discretionary income that any of us (or even city government) could use for luxuries like a performing arts center or multi-use recreational centers.

Yes indeed, it did take almost 20 years, but it did happen. First to (almost) worst in less than 1 generation. Still better than Clayton or Henry Counties, but far from what we could have been.

Live free or die!

I support the arts.

Could an Art/Cultural/Civic center be self sufficient here in the land of Pinewood, I mean Fayette County? Or would it have to be a built as a government financed project?

How often would the facility be used over the course of a year?

It would be great as a private enterprise, and I promise to support it by attending as many functions as possible. But if my tax dollars are spent and the facility is not promoted properly or is underutilized, I think we can best spend our money elsewhere.

One can find culture and events throughout the metro with no problem whatsoever.

[quote]One can find culture and events throughout the metro with no problem whatsoever.[/quote]

. . . And enjoy the lovely neighborhoods and friendly citizens of Fayette County.

It's just a little slower pace than the Northside where much of my Family resides...and I like it.

Would I trade my lifestyle to live near Ashley Park in Coweta? Not in a minute. I love my cart rides to many of the places I frequent...

Steve Brown's picture

Here it comes again.

Morgan loves to push the negativity with little to back it up. Yes, some employees went on to higher positions at higher pay in other cities and there is nothing wrong with moving on to bigger and better opportunities. A few employees were let good for cause - that happens.

There was never an effort to punish anyone through an employer - you are making that up.

The bloodletting happened after I was gone with the Public Works and Recreation staffs being decimated. The current City Council is bringing the landscaping and the esthetics management back under the city and I applaud that move.

That one is meaner and more to the point. Although you are consistent with both in the way that you put replies in the wrong spot...good work.

Now when is the County going to get off their ARSE and fix the Lake? :)

Robert W. Morgan's picture

I wonder if I should have brought up Virgil Christian, Nancy Faulkner, Jim Basinger or Jim Williams. Oh well.

Ms Fran Sheldon remains my favorite, the Jane person was cute for the election then faded.

Live free or die!

But not because I want to feel "elite". I do it because I want to expose my children to theater and music. You know, life lessons. Not trying to keep up with the Jones'.

If we want culture, we hop in the car and go to Spivey Hall at Clayton State or downtown to the museums or the Fox Theater. Or every other year, when we visit relatives in NYC, we catch a few Broadway shows.

Fayette County has the arts. Check out the Legacy Theatre when you have a chance. They put on some nice shows. I'm also pretty sure if they had more support from the community, they could expand and provide more of the culture you are looking for to reach the "elite" status you wish to attain.

It's all about the benjamins my friend. As a businessman, do you think the county can or will support a concert hall / theatre? If so, you are more than welcome to invest in this type of endeavor. Personally, I wouldn't invest my money into a venture like this and don't think our government should until we see those all mighty dollars start flowing from Pinewood.

Like a lot of people, my wife and I moved here because the schools are good, its safe, and both PTC and FC was not overbuilt or overcrowded. We've had chances to relocate into Atlanta, north of city and to another state, but choose to live here because we feel life is slower, and its a good place to raise kids. The arts don't play a factor because if one is serious about the arts and culture, one can find it all around us.

SPQR's picture

Think of PTC as a bucolic like paradise with Mr Haney and the COC forever in the backseat.

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