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A bimonthly newsletter for Rome Little Theatre and Friends of the DeSoto members and contributors


Contents Beyond the RLT ……….……… 2 Office Offerings ……….………. 3 Roman Award Photos …….. 4 Streetcar Cast …………………. 6 RLT Members …………….……. 7 A Christmas Carol Cast ….…. 8

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Cannon Rogers Dave Willis Alisha Abrams Ben Peck Chase Brackett Paul Culotta Virginia M. McChesney Zac Mitchell Bruce Watson Jamie Landers Evan Brackett Jackson Witsell Bob Moulard Mary Asbury Don Schlitz John Barnett Norval Henderson Mary Ortwein Chip Rogers

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm Narrators Anna Amos Taylor Ball Becky Magruder Mary Ortwein Donna Riordan

Workhouse Boys Isaac Brackett Aiden Buzzetti Carson Graham Gary Jones Eliza Witsell

Guards/Workhouse Workers Alex Mitchell Ryan Ward Fagin Boys Isaac Brackett Lance Carver Gary Jones Ryan Ward

Show Dates

AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 Shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm


Shakespeare in HOLLYWOOD Oliver….…….……………......... Fagin..….…………………........ Nancy….….…………............... Bill Sikes………..….……......... Artful Dodger.………............... Mr. Bumble.……………........... Mrs. Mann…………................. Charlie Bates …………………. Mr. Brownlow……………......... Rose ………………..…………. Noah Claypole ….….………… Giles ...…………….……….….. Mr. Sowerberry/Narrator…...... Mrs. Sowerberry/Narrator….... Board Chairman/Narrator….... Magistrate………..………..….. Jailer.…………………….......... Old Woman at Bookstand….... Constable….…….…….............


Orphans Anslee Abrams Jon Caruvana Jesse Drobisch Tyler Hewitt Ava Witsell

Director: Wayne Jones Producer: Angela Jones

Non-show weeks: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Show weeks: Monday – Friday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sunday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

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2011-2012 Board of Directors Officers President Chuck Morris VP of Membership Carol Murchland VP of Production Ben Peck VP of Public Relations Allison Cox VP of Communication Megan Keating Treasurer Wayne Jones Secretary Pam Shoemaker Past President/Parliamentarian Jason Fordham

Members at Large John Barnett Neal Brackett David Clonts Suzanne Clonts Tiff Magruder Mary Walker

Office Manager Mary Ortwein Event Coordinator Tracy Hellriegel Volunteer Coordinator Kim Dixon Rome Little Theatre At the historic DeSoto Theatre 530 Broad St. Rome GA 30161 Mailing Address: PO Box 1063 Rome GA 30162, Inc. Backstage Pass is published bimonthly and is free to Rome Little Theatre and Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation members and Contributors.

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After you have enjoyed the shenanigans of "Oliver Twist" and those other rascally boys, it's time to turn your sights to other theatre opportunities around north Georgia to keep those theatre fires burning! And there's lots going on around this fall to keep all of us busy "Beyond the RLT"! With school starting up, that means that our two local college theatre departments will be back in action too. Shorter University, with all of the upset in that department last year, has yet to post their 2012-2013 season. Keep checking the website at _events.htm for the most current update. First up at Berry College, where our friend Richard Bristow has now joined the faculty with his wife Alice, is "Boeing! Boeing!", the hilarious comedy that won the Tony Award for best revival a few years ago, about a pilot juggling relationships with several young ladies. The show will run at the B.H. Young Theatre at Berry Sept. 27th-30th and Oct. 4th-7th. earts/theatre/page.aspx?id=2802 Also, nearby in Cartersville at the Legion Theatre, the Pump House Players will be presenting their next show, "Radio T.B.S. (Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals)" Aug. 16th-25th, so hurry if you want to catch that. Next up is Atlantan Margaret Edson's PulitzerPrize winning "Wit," about a studious English professor learning to cope with her terminal cancer. This show will run Sept. 21st- 29th. More information on these shows is available at The Calhoun Little Theatre at the Ratner Theatre in the Harris Arts Center, also nearby, will be presenting one of RLT's favorite comedies, "The Foreigner," August 23rd-26th, with 2:30 matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Visit for more information. As always the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta is bustling with new shows. If you miss "The Producers" this summer, never fear: the production was postponed until January, so I will let you know more about that. Immediately up next is the first Broadway tour of the big musical "The Addams Family," based on the cartoons and television series. But hurry if you want to catch this, as it opens August 14th and closes August 19th. Next up is another tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's glorious and lavish musical, "The King and I," which hasn't toured in a while. This show will be on the boards at the Fox Sept. 5th-11th. Next up is the Tony Award-winning Best Play of 2011, "War Horse," and from what I hear, the puppetry is an amazing thing to watch. I am

really looking forward to this one. It will grace the Fox's stage Sept. 25th-30th. And for all you game show fans, "The Price is Right Live" will be at the Fox for one night only on Oct. 3rd (you can see this show now in Vegas, too.) More information about all of these upcoming shows is at The Alliance will kick off their 2012-2013 season with a new play set in Atlanta in 1973, and written by Atlantan Pearl Cleage ("What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day",) called "What I Learned in Paris," and this exciting new romantic comedy will play on the Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Memorial Arts Center Sept. 5th-30th. Sept. 4th-22nd will present the first production of the new program, Theatre for the Very Young, aimed at children 18 months-5 years old and their grownups. The first production is called "The Tranquil Tortoise and the Hoppity Hare." Up first on the black box Hertz Stage downstairs at the WMAC will be another world premiere by another Atlantan, Tony Award and Pulitizer Prizewinning Alfred Uhry ("Driving Miss Daisy," "The Last Night of Ballyhoo,") called "Apples & Oranges." This play about two siblings is another family dramedy and sure to be headed to New York soon. "Apples & Oranges" will run Oct. 5th-28th. For more information about any of these shows and the rest of their exciting season, go to The New American Shakespeare Tavern, also on Peachtree, where you can often enjoy a brew and the bard, is continuing their season with their production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" through Sept. 2nd. If you haven't see this breakneck 2-hour journey through all 37 plays and 154 sonnets via 3 actors, you cannot imagine the hilarity until you see it! Don't miss this one! Next up Sept. 6th-30th will be two comedies, "All's Well That Ends Well" and Measure for Measure," running in repertory, so check the calendar. Beginning October 4th and running through the 28th will be "the Scottish play," aka the tragedy "Macbeth" (it's only supposed to be bad luck to say the name of the play backstage, so it's okay in print.) The productions at NAST usually run most of the month, with a new play each month. Check out their upcoming season at Due to being out of town most of the summer, I had to miss the opening show of the Theatrical Outfit, performing at the Balzer Theatre downtown, which was "The Adventures of High John the Conqueror," but I understand it was magnificent. Next up is "My Name is Asher Lev," opening August 22nd and running through Sept. 16th. The show is a (Continued on page 6)

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With Mary Ortwein, RLT Office Manager

“Junior” Carlton Firestone, and another dear man who acted and volunteered in many quiet ways for the past 2 years, Jack Floyd, will be missed at From the August, 1982 issue of Preview, these RLT. We send our heartfelt condolences to Matt were the officers and members of RLT Board of Shoemaker on the loss of his grandmother, and Directors 30 years ago: Kay Barnett and Tina Brinson, as they each Joel Jones, Edna and Dan Biggers, Virginia grieve the recent loss of their fathers. Our McChesney, Lynn Whatley, Debbie Ross, thoughts and prayers are with all their families. Keith Finley, R.C. Fortner, Robert Noble, Bill Congratulations go out to Brett Adams (last seen Reynolds, Don Rusaw, Barbara Sennett, Buzz onstage in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Wachstetler, Libby Mulder, and Gene who was married in June. Richardson. One of our RLT teens, Christian Arendt, took part in a special event for Georgia Make-A-Wish As we begin our 30th season at the DeSoto at Berry College. She played a princess for a little Theatre we add 3 new names to our list of LIFE girl who wanted a Belle Birthday party. Thanks, Members – Sandy Davis, Jason Fordham and Christian, for taking RLT out into the community! Paul Griffin. We congratulate them and thank Wendell Barnes brought a Darlington Summer them for their years of dedication to Rome Little Camp group to RLT for a tour as they prepared to Theatre. do a show at the end of the week. Thanks, Our RLT Family suffered several losses this Wendell for showing us off! summer. A dear man who helped “create” the theatre in 1982 as a backhoe operator, Claude

Looking Back

See you at the theatre!

Congratulations and thank you to our newest

Honorary Lifetime Members, Paul Griffin, Sandy Davis and Jason Fordham! We are so grateful for all that you have done for Rome Little Theatre! BACKSTAGE PASS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012

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What an exciting evening we had at the Gala! Congratulations to all these Roman Award recipients! Not shown: Andrew Owen for Teen Actor for The Sound of Music Photos by Naomi Williams, design by Megan Keating


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(Continued from page 2) three-character coming of age story about a

young Hasidic painter, and stars one of my favorite Atlanta actors, Nick Arapaglou. For more information go to At the always-groundbreaking Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points, you'll have to hurry if you want to catch their latest world premiere, a hip hop comedy set in Atlanta by Atlantan Thomas W. Jones II, who also stars. Tom usually premieres his plays at the Horizon, and stars in them himself, and I enjoyed this play so much. The audience was rolling in the aisles at the comedy and music, but you'll have to hurry if you want to catch it because it closes August 19th. Sept. 14th-Oct. 14th will bring the southeastern premiere of the Broadway hit, "Time Stands Still," Tony-nominated and starring two of Atlanta's finest, Carolyn Cook and Chris Kayser (who you can see as Scrooge at the Alliance every year!) Don't miss your chance to see this compelling new play about two journalists as they return from the war zones and try to readjust. More information is at One of my biggest regrets in being going this summer was missing the True Colors Theatre Company's production of the stage version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Kenny Leon's company is celebrating its 10th anniversary season this year, and will be opening with an exciting new production in November that I will cover in the next newsletter. If you can't wait to find out about their upcoming season, check it out at A little closer to home in Marietta, the exciting Atlanta Lyric Theatre is currently running "Legally Blonde-the Musical," which has become one of my favorite new musicals. To shake things up, they are performing this production at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at Cobb Civic Center Complex on Highway 120 Loop, now through Aug. 26th. They'll be back at their home at the Strand Theatre on the square in downtown Marietta for the opening show of their new season, the wonderful Cole Porter musical, "Anything Goes," Sept. 21st-October 7th. I missed their production of "Smoke on the Mountain" this summer, but I recently heard a rumor that it may be returning to the Strand in October, so check it out at or The beautiful Cobb Energy Centre just off I-75 in Marietta will finally host another musical, the Tony Awardwinning "Chicago," which is still running in revival on Broadway after almost 16 years! This show will run Oct. 4th-7th at CEPAC so hurry to get your tickets now. More information about this and other CEPAC events, such as concerts, can be found at The Georgia Shakespeare Festival is continuing with their next production, a Carribean- set "Macbeth," October 4th-28th. Neal A. Ghant, another favorite Atlanta actor, will be starring in the title role, so this is one not to miss. This is the last production announced this year, so check out more information at Another performance you don't want to miss is the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville's opening show, the wonderful '60's musical "Sweet Charity," playing now through Sept. 2nd. This is a bright and bouncy musical with book by Neil Simon that Reba and I enjoyed seeing in revival on Broadway several years ago starring the amazing Christina Applegate. This beautiful and intimate theatre is less than two hours from Rome and worth the trip. Oct. 4th-28th will see their next production, Harold Pinter's serious relationship drama, "Betrayal." For more information about these shows and the rest of the Aurora season, go to Remember that you can get information about these and other Atlanta shows at, including information about half-price last minute tickets through their Atlantix program, which you can now order online. A little further north in Dahlonega, the Holly Theatre will be presenting the thriller "Stage Struck" by Simon Gray, Sept. 28thOctober 14th. More information can be found at (as always, note spelling of "theater" when trying to access the web site.) A little further northeast in Gainesville, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance will open their season with their Theatre for Young People production of "The Frog Prince" Sept. 28th-Oct. 6th. Their first mainstage show will be covered in the next newsletter. For more information visit Page 6

And as always, I will end this article with a shout out to my two favorite out of state venues. First, at the Greenville Little Theatre in South Carolina, "Shake Rattle and Roll: a Tribute to Elvis," is running Aug. 16th-19th only, so hurry if you want to catch that. Next up for the GLT is another rockin' musical, "Smokey Joe's CafĂŠ," a jukebox musical featuring a majority of the songs of writers Leiber and Stoller that had a long run on Broadway. If you haven't seen this feel-good musical, now's your chance! More information and tickets are available at (don't leave out the "e"!) And excitement is brewing at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, TN! Now through Aug. 17th is their annual production of "Smoke on the Mountain," so hurry to see that, especially if you have never seen their production! Also running now through Sept. 1st is the classic American musical, "The Music Man. Now through Nov. 2nd is "Backwards in High Heels-the Ginger Musical." What I am most excited about is happening August 23rd-Oct. 26th, the CC Playhouse premiere of "Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge," written by Rome's own Cara Reichel and her husband Peter Mills. We need to get a group together to go up to see this one. Sept. 6th-Oct. 27th is another of my favorite juke box musicals featuring the music of Louis Jordan that I have seen twice before, (but not there,) "Five Guys Named Moe." Adding to the mix Sept. 27th-Nov. 9th is another of my favorites, Roger Miller's "Big River." I think you see what I mean when I say you can travel 3 hours to Crossville and treat yourself to a full weekend of theatre! Download the complicated schedule at So there you have a few things to keep you busy! Remember if you are reading this online you can just click on the links in the text or the boxes that our webmaster has provided at the top. Go out and support live theatre in our area, and elsewhere "Beyond the RLT"!

CAST Negro Woman - K’lia Hayes Eunice Hubbell - Virginia McChesney Stanley Kowalski - Chris Parker Stella Kowalski - Amy Scott Steve Hubbell - Bob Moulard Harold Mitchell (Mitch) - Chuck Morris Mexican Woman - Mary Walker Blanche Dubois - Tracy Hellriegel Pablo Gonzoles - Joseph Payne Newspaper Collector - Evan Brackett Nurse - Mary Asbury Doctor - Michael Hillman Director: Gail DesChamps Producer: Neal Brackett


Thank you to our RLT Members and Contributors As a non-profit community organization, we depend on your membership and contributions as our primary financial support.

Honorary Lifetime Members Paul Beyer Debby Brown Mary Doster Sandy Davis Keith & Betty Finley Jason Fordham B Paul Griffin Norris & Cornelia Gamble Jeanne Holt Joel & Joan Jones Gordon & Peggy Leiter Becky & Tiff Magruder B Virginia M McChesney Marlene Millard Don Rusaw Platinum ($1500 & up) Heyman Family Foundation in memory of Jo Heyman Gold ($750 - $1499) Gordon & Peggy Leiter Bronze ($500 - $749) Barbara & Jim Austin Star ($250 - $499) Lyons Heyman in memory of Jo Heyman Carl Edwin Paxton Mary & Tommy Ortwein Joel & Lynn Todino Judge & Mrs RG Walther Shirl Willis Roman ($100 - $249) Jim & Paula Bowers & Landon Loyd Janice Brown (2) Paul & Shari Culotta Hilda Dailey Sandy Davis Janice Dismuke Sylvia & Randy Eidson Suzanne Fischer & Savannah Dempsey Joel & Mary Jean Fletcher Leo & Carol Grajzar Diane & Bannester Harbin William Knight Virginia M McChesney William Knight Betty & Jerry Kuykendall Don & Gerry Schlitz Jane and George Slickman Friend (Up to $99) Wendell Barnes, Jr Tom & Ellie Hamby Tom & Margaret Jones R Michael Keating Raymond & Wanda Murphy Jane Wentwoth (2) Season Ticket Holders Barbara & Jim Austin Edith Baker Charlotte Ball BACKSTAGE PASS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012

Wendell Barnes, Jr John & Kay Barnett (4) B Todd Baughman & Jill Baldwin Cathy & Bill Blackstock Jim & Paula Bowers & Landon Loyd Karen & Ernie Bowling Jim & Simmie Ann Brackett Neal & Kim Brackett & family (5) B Louise Schroeder Branham (2) Debby Brown Vickie Brown Janice Brown (2) Joan Brumbelow Nancy Bryan Coni Carey & Ben Peck B Tony and Angel Cargle (3) Tom & Betty Carver Ann Casto Tammy & Barry Childers (4) Jonathan Chisolm II Jim & Shelby Christie Rachael Clark David, Suzanne, Elizabeth Clonts B B Charlene Covington (3) Larry Cox & Cheryl Cox Paul & Shari Culotta Hilda Dailey Sandy Davis Gail & Robert DesChamps Janice Dismuke Kim, Mike & Charlie Dixon Allison & Will Dolbeer B Mary Doster Barbara Lanier Edes Randy & Sylvia Eidson Suzanne Fischer & Savannah Dempsey Janet & Lloyd Farr Christine & David Fisher (3) Keith & Betty Finley Joel & Mary Jean Fletcher Jason Fordham B Martin & Nancy Foster Joanne Gaba Norris & Cornelia Gamble Ruth Gardner Branson & Margaret Gaylor Leo & Carol Grajzar Paul Griffin Ellie & Tom Hamby Diane & Bannester Harbin Tracy & Jim Hellriegel EC James & Anne Henry Lyons Heyman (3) in memory of Jo Heyman Cherryl Hill Della Hobby & Robert E Brown Jeanne Holt Gayle Hopkins Hilde Hudson (4) Louise Jackson Joel & Joan Jones Tom & Margaret Jones Wayne & Angela Jones (3) B Bonnie & George Joyner Betty Karasch Megan Keating & Chuck Morris B B Jessica Kennedy

Fran Kirtland Bill & Janice Knight Betty & Jerry Kuykendall Gordan & Peggy Leiter Bonnie & Joel Lieberman Becky & Tiff Magruder B C Joseph & Claire Mangraviti Richard, Kathie & Mackenzie Marable Don & Melinda Marks (3) Eddie & Joy McAfee Virginia M McChesney Marlene Millard Roy & Suzette Mitchell Holly & Philip Moore Jim & Cherry Moore Kevin & Teresa Morang James & Amanda Morgan Carol Murchland Daniel Murchland Raymond & Wanda Murphy Michael & Mary Murray (3) Mary & Tommy Ortwein (3) OM LaDonna Padgett Christopher Parker Kelly & Allison Parnell Steve & Connie Patrick Carl Edwin Paxton David & Catherine Price Judy Anderson Puckett Sharon Reichel Rose Remington Donna C Riordan Shirley Roberson Dr William Robison III (2) Chip, Kathy, Cannon, Mallory Rogers Frank Romano (2) Don Rusaw Glenda & Judge Larry Salmon (3) Angela Sanford Lynn Sartin (2) James & Marion Sender Don & Gerry Schlitz Amy Scott Matt, Pam, Lisa Shoemaker B Patty, Terry & Carrie Shaw Joyce Skeen Jane & George Slickman Jean Soules Dr & Mrs William Sparks Virginia & Sam Spector Martha & Jack Summerbell Mr & Mrs Robert Swanson Lenn Thompson Joel & Lynn Todino Kathleen Tolbert Jennifer & Eric Vaughn Sharon Vaughn (2) Mary Walker B Dr. William Warley & Dr. D’Ann Downey Bruce Watson (2) Anne Westfield Ralph White (10) Keith, Naomi & Abbey Williams Dave & Peggy Willis Shirl Willis

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MISSION STATEMENT The purpose of this organization is to present amateur theatrical productions, encourage interest in drama, and contribute to the cultural and educational life of the community. The Rome Little Theatre, Inc. is an active supporter of the arts in Rome and Floyd County. ÂŤ

CAST OF Fred - Michael Hillman Children's ChoirFred's wife - Kara Cox Gary Jones Charity Gentleman #1 - Don Schlitz Issac Brackett Charity Gentleman #2 - Tom Carver Reed Castrejon Charity Gentleman #3 - Paul Culota Curry Teems Mr. Fezziwig - Wayne Jones Eliza Witsell Mrs. Fezziwig - Becky Magruder Hayley Arthur Narrator/Charles Dickens - Wain Bates Belle Fezziwig - Jamie Landers Autumn Coughlin Scrooge - Brian Hales Charwoman - Mary Asbury Bailey Camp Jacob Marley - Bob Moulard Old Joe - Bruce Watson Jenna Smith Ghost of Christmas Past - Emily Williams Laundress - Ginger McClure Caroline Gammage Ghost of Christmas Present - Kevin Morang Poor Wife - Kim Dixon Anna Kate Graham Ghost of Christmas Future -Justin Storey Poor Husband - Bob Moulard Jordan Koenig Bob Cratchit - Brian Inman Intelligent Lad - Michael Odinstov Olivia Parker Mrs. Cratchit - Allison Dolbeer Boy Scrooge - Zac Mitchell Claire Graham Martha Cratchit - Abbey Williams Dick Wilkins - Andrew Dodd Ava Witsell Peter Cratchit - Ryan Ward Young Scrooge - James Swendsen Zac Mitchell Belinda Cratchit - Maggie Inman Party Guests Matthew Cratchit - Lance Carver Cassidy Rayburn Rebecca Cratchit - Elizabeth Hunter Director: David Clonts Brendon Earp Tiny Tim - Zach Gurley Producer: Suzanne Clonts Cardie McClure Fan - Meredith Burton Page 8


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