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Thomasville On Stage And Company presents

2012 2013 Season The Store Front Theater

117 S. Broad St., Downtown Thomasville GA

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The Journal of Pokey Perkins

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Board of Directors Mission Statement President’s Notes Season History Scholarship & Endowment Membership Application Advertising Opportunities Advertiser’s Members Show - Insert Special Thanks - Insert

TOSAC Board of Directors

Clay Byars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Lloyd Eckberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Jennifer Winchester . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Marc Cramer Kathy Kefalas Jim Lumpkin Pat Orr Felicia James Nancy Byars Kimsey Hodge

Mission Statement Thomasville On Stage And Company, Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enrichment of life for all persons in Thomas County and South Georgia by encouraging active participation in production and performance of live theater and encouraging attendance of the productions. Thomasville On Stage And Company, Inc., is committed to, and pleased to, support artistic expression in our community. The views and opinions expressed through the productions and by their participants are not necessarily representative of the organization.


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117 S. Broad St., Downtown Thomasville GA

President’s Notes

Welcome to another exciting season of theater magic at Thomasville On Stage and Company. Endless thanks for the continued support from you, businesses and members, who continue to allow us to thrive. We live in economic times that some might call desperate, especially for those involved in arts programs; because of your generosity, TOSAC has not fallen on as hard of times as some, and for that we cannot express enough gratitude. We sincerely plan to make this our most productive and entertaining season yet. In addition to the regular four-show season, we have many new ideas for how to give you more, which will begin first with having our doors open for additional hours outside of the storefront theater show times. We’d like to offer workshops in theater and music, and look forward to working with nearby restaurants to offer a dinner-and-a-movie promotion so that in addition to the magic on our stage, you may experience the culinary magic that Thomasville offers. Further, we look forward to building additional relationships with downtown businesses, schools, churches, and minority groups in the way of promotion and expanding our presence in the community. We are always looking for volunteers to fill a number of different roles. In addition to the transformation and emotion embodied by the gifted actors on our stage, we are truly thankful for the current and longtime group of volunteers who lend their time and talent to doing behind the scenes work, without which there would be no productions. Guided only by their generosity, love of the theater, and the mission of TOSAC, these people often go unrecognized because their hard work is done before the audience is ever seated, and is never part of the curtain call. We thank you all, volunteers, partners, and future members, and we welcome all of you to come enjoy the fruits of so many individual labors this season at TOSAC. — Clay Byars


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The Journal of Pokey Perkins Play by Basil Lucas

Directed by Kathy Kefalas

2012 - 2013 Thomasville On Stage And Company Shows and Events For more information about upcoming events visit www All Shows will be performed at the Storefront Theater 117 S. Broad St. Thomasville GA

Auditions ..... August 27, 28 Show ............ October 26-28 November 2-4, 2012 Tickets ......... $10 Students, $12 Adults


Play by Jack Heifner

Directed by Tiffany Underwood

Auditions ..... November 25, 26 Show ............ February 8-10, February 15-17, 2013 Tickets ......... $10 Students, $12 Adults

Steel Magnolias Play by Robert Harling Directed by Jana Mohr

Auditions ..... TBA Show ............ April 19-21 April 25, 27, 28, 2013 Tickets ......... $10 Students, $12 Adults

The Wizard of Oz Play by L. Frank Baum Directed by Pat Orr

Auditions .....TBA Show ............ July 12 - 14 July 19 - 21, 2013 Tickets ......... $12 Students, $15 Adults

History In 1979, a local woman, Tina Hughes, placed an ad in the Times-Enterprise looking for people interested in developing a community theater here in Thomasville. This first meeting was held at the Thomas College Chapel and about thirty people attended, including Tina Cyphers, an energetic woman with many great ideas for the fledgling group. At the second meeting the group decided to produce their first show, The Curious Savage. Auditions were held and the first cast was formed, which included Margaret Turner, Ron Shank, Len Powell, Jimmy Singletary and Gary McClain. During the first productions the group also spent much time at the home of Bob and Madeline Boissiere. Madeline provided costumes, helped with set design and publicity, and soon everything for the first show came together. Madeline later became the group’s Historian and designed the first logo, consisting of a comedy and tragedy mask, a rose vine, and the name Thomasville On Stage And Company. For years Thomasville On Stage and Company (TOSAC) was without a home, performing mostly in backyards as well as in local schools, such Magnolia-Chapelle, Macintyre Park and Jerger. In the Early 1980’s the Acquisition of The Storefront Theatre, in downtown Thomasville by the Marguerite NeelWilliams Foundation gave TOSAC a home. The location provided the group with an eighty-seat auditorium, workshop and material storage space, costume storage and green room, rest rooms and concessions area. In the early 1990’s the Storefront was renovated, moving the stage to its current location, with wings and a backstage area.


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Members work on the Storefront Theater in the early 1980’s

Risers were added to the auditorium for better visibility for the audience, and a control booth was added with light and sound controls. The crumbling façade was also replaced, awnings were added, and a lobby was created. TOSAC now produces four shows a year including shows like, Guys And Dolls, South Pacific, Annie, Lost In Yonkers, The Odd Couple, The Glass Menagerie, Lion in Winter, Angel Street, The Bad Seed, You Can’t Take it with You and Steel Magnolias, as well as works by local playwrights.

Ron Shank Endowment Fund This fund was established by TOSAC’s Board of Directors in memory of TOSAC cofounder, Ron Shank. Gifts to the fund are deposited in a special account in which, it is hoped, monies will grow to an amount where interest earned can be used for the operational needs of the organization. At the present time there will be no expenditures from the fund for any purpose. Contributions, memorials, and other bequests are deeply appreciated.

Romaine Ludwick Scholarship Fund College scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors in honor of Romaine Ludwick, who for many years was a tireless volunteer worker in the TOSAC organization. This past year, through membership contributions, the Board of Directors permanently funded this scholarship. Teens who qualify will have performed on the TOSAC stage and/or worked many hours in stage support. To qualify, a student must be graduating on time, be accepted to an accredited school, have a written recommendation from a teacher, and write and submit a short essay describing why he or she deserves the scholarship. All materials are to be submitted through a school guidance office and postmarked by April 15th of each year, or the following Monday. TOSAC’s Scholarship Committee will select the candidates and present them to the Board at the May meeting. TOSAC is proud to reward these energetic achievers and welcomes contributions toward their education.

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Advertising TOSAC offers businesses and individuals advertising space in the TOSAC playbill. Approximately 4,000 copies of the playbill are printed annually, 3,000 of them are distributed to patrons and individuals attending shows. The remainder of the playbills are distributed to local businesses. There are four plays per season, ads appear in the playbill for one season. Advertisements are also displayed on TOSAC’s website. If you would like to purchase an ad for the 2013 - 2014 season please contact: Lloyd Eckberg - Ad Sales Home: 229-228-5260 Cell: 229-225-2443

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New for 2012 In addition to playbill advertisements, TOSAC is offering sponsorship opportunities for individual shows. Sponsors will have an ad in the playbill for an individual show, and their business name will be displayed in the lobby of the theater and be announced at the beginning and intermission of the show. Sponsorships help offset the cost of show royalties, licenscing fees, scripts and other materials. If you are interested in sponsoring a show please contact: Clay Byars - President

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Director’s Notes I fell in love with Pokey the first time I read the play. Months passed, plays were voted on, and I was elated that The Journal of Pokey Perkins was chosen for this season… but when I was asked to direct it I was humbled. The Journal of Pokey Perkins is a beautiful story written by Basil Lucas, a brilliant author (and delightful guy!) from Bainbridge, GA. Basil wrote this play over 25 years ago, but this is the very first stage production of Roosevelt T. Perkins’ tale! In Pokey’s world, if he sees it, he writes it down. His journals are full of hilarious Pokeyisms and some secrets, too. When Lois finds them she learns about not just Pokey her renter, but Pokey, the man. The story of how this cast came together is another tale, for another time. Trust that in the words of Nancy Byars, aka “Hester”, “it was a God thing”. I couldn’t have said it better because the cast has taken written word and made it real. It has been an honor to meet with Basil and his wife Phyllis, and experience the cast coming together and growing throughout the process. I am honored to have had the experience of working with this wonderful cast and crew. If Basil and Phyllis love this, I will be able to exhale. Beyond this, I pray that you, the audience, love this story as much as we have loved putting this production together for you. — Kathy Kefalas

Synopsis Eighty year old Pokey Perkins, who is recovering from heart surgery, lives alone in a one room cabin he rents from a sixty-five year old widow, Lois Sweetapple. Pokey has been renting the shack for about three years, ever since his car broke down in front of Lois’ farmhouse. Even though there is magnetism between the two, Pokey and Lois keep their distance in keeping with the rural society of their time, she is white and he is black. This society includes a nosey widow neighbor, Hester Smedley. Pokey spends his days keeping an ongoing journal of life as he sees it and reading discarded books from the university library where he worked several years ago. After Pokey dies, Lois discovers his journals and begins reading them only to find them to be entertaining and enlightening. While Lois is sharing some of Pokey’s stories with Hester, the somewhat deceased Pokey appears in Lois’ living room and watches as his past is revealed to the women through the amazing accounts left behind. Lois goes so far as to contact Colonel Gaines, the university librarian who had been a mentor to Pokey, to ask him to consider putting the volumes of journals on the shelves of the library as a part of the local history. She is successful in her endeavor and Pokey is thrilled that his work has been valued. In the end the two celebrate in a magical dance accompanied by the music of Pokey’s beloved music box.

Act I

Scene I . . . . . . . . . . Pokey’s shack early morning Scene II . . . . . . . . Flashback with Lois Sweetapple Scene III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back to the present Scene IV . . . . . . . Flashback with Hester Smedley Scene V . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back to the present

Intermission Act II

Scene I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pokey’s shack Scene II . . . . . . . . . . Lois Sweetapple’s living room Scene III . . . Lois’ living room with Colonel Gaines


Pokey Perkins . . . . The Rev. Deacon Dennis McGill Lois Sweetapple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jenni Martin Hester Smedley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nancy Byars Colonel Gaines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Cramer

Production Staff

Producers . . . . . . Felicia James and Nancy Byars Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Kefalas Assistant Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Cramer Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monica Marria Stage Crew . . . . Betty Hoskins, Joycelyn Jackson Lights and Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Felicia James Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Cramer, Billy Byars Advertising and Marketing . . . . . . . . . Clay Byars House . . . . . . . . . . . Wayne and Barbara Lawson Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Lumpkin

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Biographies The Rev. Deacon Dennis McGill, Jr. (Pokey) is a graduate of Magnolia High School in Thomasville, GA. He served 20 years in the US Marine Corps and has pursued studies at Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, AR, the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA and The University of the South in Suwanee, TN, where he completed his Education for Ministry studies. Dennis’ theater experience includes junior high school and high school dramatics. Hehas also assisted back stage with productions at the Thomasville Center for the Arts for 13 years. He says he enjoyed assisting TOSAC back stage at TCC and always wanted to get more involved. “This opportunity is beyond my expectations. It is a wonderful experience I will always treasure.” Jenni Martin (Lois) has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and teaches Kindergarten at Brookwood School. She participated in drama productions in high school and has been the assistant director for several Brookwood musicals. She comments that being on stage looked like fun she wanted to give it a try. She says the experience at TOSAC with her new friends has been sensational! “Thank you to Kathy for your patience and encouragement with a rank amateur! I praise God for allowing me the opportunity to mark another item off my ‘Bucket List’.” Nancy Byars (Hester) graduated from high school in Atlanta, GA and attended UGA as well as completing Education for Ministry studies. She has been involved with community theater at TOSAC for a number of years filling many roles. She enjoys working back stage with wardrobe, makeup and set decoration. She has also been the producer for a number of TOSAC productions. Nancy has appeared on stage in Laramie Project, Arsenic and Old Lace, Blue Bell Run and The Papers (in Cairo). She was interested in being a part of this production because she fell in love with the script on first reading. She says “The Journal of Pokey Perkins is a wonderful story and hopes the audience will love it as much as the cast has enjoyed presenting it.” Marc Cramer (Colonel Gaines) has been active in theater in Tallahassee and Thomasville for a number of years. He is currently on the board of directors of TOSAC and the drama coach at Brookwood School. He has been the director for several musical shows at TOSAC including Chaps in which he also acted. Marc has appeared in a number of Christmas productions on the TOSAC stage as well as a delightful role in Down and Alley Filled with Cats. Marc would like to thank the audience for supporting live theater in Thomasville and says, “Enjoy the show!”

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