This Southern Event Demands This: Laugh. Be Moved. But Don’t Leave Unchanged.
Laugh. Be Moved. But Don’t Leave Unchanged. This is the tagline of the award winning play written by Pamela Parker called Second Samuel, premiering at Macon Little Theatre on February 5th at 8:00 pm . The show revolves around the secrets revealed after the death of a beloved piano teacher in the small town of Second Samuel, Georgia during the 1940’s. Everyone in town is grieving over the loss but the one hurting the most is one of the main characters B Flat(played by Anthony Ennis). B Flat comes across as a simple and somewhat reluctant storyteller, but inside lies the compassion and understanding that makes him the moral compass of the show. Throughout the show, B Flat introduces the audience to the cast of characters that congregate and commiserate at the two social meeting places: The Bait and Brew owned by Frisky(played by W. Aubrey Newby) and the Change Your Life Hair and Beauty Emporium owned by Frisky’s wife Omaha(played by Catherine Starr Holloway).
In the Bait and Brew, you are introduced to the men of the town. US(played by Charles Davis) is Frisky’s best friend and B Flat’s “big brother”/protector. Good old Mansel(played by Carter Chamblee) is there drinking and telling stories, Doc(played by Jay Kramer) stops by occasionally during his errands, June Cline(played by Cliff Skelton) is the towns funeral home director that is tending to the final preparations, and then there’s Mr. Mozel(played by Robert K. Burnham) who don’t like nobody. At the Change Your Life Hair and Beauty Emporium, the ladies of the town discuss the gossip of the day. There’s Ruby, Omaha’s faithful assistant(played by Katie King), the feisty Marcela(played by Erin Ferrell), and the preacher’s wife Jimmy Deeanne(played by Georgia Olson).
This experienced and talented ensemble from the middle Georgia area is under the direction of Bryson Holloway, who is making his directorial debut with this latest production. Bryson Holloway graduated from Mercer University and has performed on multiple stages in the middle Georgia area over the past 20 years, getting his start performing in the MLT production of Peter Pan at the tender age of 9. When asked about the reason for this show being his debut, he said that he fell in love with the show when he played the role of B Flat a couple of years ago and that he loved it because of the comedy and the heartfelt nature and message that the show portrays.
This hilarious comedic drama begins the 82nd season of theater at the historic Macon Little Theatre on February 5th and runs through the 14Th. All shows start at 8pm except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2:30pm. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors 60 and over, and $10.00 for students aged 5-23. Reservations for tickets can be purchased beginning on February 1st and can be done by either reserving them online at maconlittletheatre.org or by calling the box office at (478) 477-3342 or (478) 471-7529 between the hours of 1pm-5pm.