Tuesday, March 31, 2015

EMCC Golden Triangle Campus Theatre Presents “Suddenly Last Summer”

The cast of “Suddenly Last Summer” at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus consists of, first row from left, Liz Nolan, Samara Martin and Amanda Miller. On the second row are Mia Bell, Ashley Boyd and Dustin Smith. On the third row are Michael Faulkner, Charles Thompson, Najee Fisher, Rivers Roberson, theatre instructor and director Dr. Don R. Vaughan, Jordan Anderson,  
Johnny Douglas and Katelyn McNeese.

A lesser-known play by Columbus native Tennessee Williams will make its Lowndes County debut next week at East Mississippi Community College. 
The theatre program at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus will present “Suddenly Last Summer” at the Lyceum auditorium. The production is scheduled for four weekend performances – April 10 at 7 p.m., April 11 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.Dr. Don R. Vaughan, theatre instructor and the play’s director, chose this Tennessee Williams play to introduce his students to the famed writer. So many students auditioned for the Golden Triangle campus’s third annual spring production that it has the largest cast to date. In fact, two separate casts will perform the play.

Rivers Roberson of Starkville, who acted in the EMCC production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” in 2014, returns this time as the production’s student director.

“We’re running into some bumps in rehearsal, as all plays do. But the two casts are coming along very well,” said Robertson.

Vaughan agreed that the cast members, many of whom are new to theater, are exploring their roles with enthusiasm. And he praised Roberson, who has been involved in theater since his days at Starkville High School, for being particularly adept at spacing the actors and ensuring that their movements on stage are coordinated.

The play takes place in 1950s New Orleans as the play’s main character, Mrs. Venable, attempts to get to the bottom of her son’s mysterious death the previous summer.

The action plays out on the back porch of Mrs. Venable’s Victorian era house, on a set constructed in-house at EMCC. The four-scene play runs about 90 minutes with no intermission.Admission is $5 at the door. EMCC students and employees will be admitted free with their school IDs.