By Paul Zindel
Directed by Kyle McClaran
Join Garland Civic Theatre for our 50th Anniversary Season! Garland Civic Theatre was founded in 1968 and is the oldest community theatre in Dallas County. To celebrate, we are producing a spectacular season of theatre filled with mystery, laughter, music, and love. Garland Civic Theatre is proud to present “And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little” by Paul Zindel as we continue our 50th Anniversary Season. This biting, touching, and often wildly funny play probes deeply into the tortured relationship of three sisters whose lives have reached a point of crisis.
Their father having deserted them in their childhood, the three Reardon sisters have grown up in a house of women, dominated by their mother, who is only recently dead. But time has erased the tender closeness of girlhood. One sister has married and cut herself off, another has begun to drink more than she should, and the third, after a scandalous incident at the school where she teaches, is on the brink of madness. When the married sister comes to dinner to press the need for committing her sibling to an institution, the simmering resentments of many years burst alive and are exacerbated by the intrusion of a well-meaning but boorish neighbor couple, whose unexpected arrival impels the action towards its shattering conclusion – in which all the pathos, humor and searing honesty of the play combine with overwhelming effect.
The talented cast features Mary Ellen Alexander as Anna Reardon, Marilyn Twyman as Catherine Reardon, Brandy Townsend as Fleur Stein, Jacob Drum as Bob Stein, Peyton Hayslip as Ceil Adams, and Mildred Austin as Mrs. Pentrano. The production is directed and designed by Kyle McClaran.
Performances are Thursday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Sept. 30, in the small theatre at the Granville Arts Center at 300 North Fifth Street in Garland. Performances include a Thursday night preview performance, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees, Sept. 3 and 17, at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are available now!
Order online at www.garlandartsboxoffice.com or call the Granville Arts Center box office at 972-205-2790. Ticket prices range from $12 - $17. Discounts are available for KERA members and groups of 10 or more. Garland Civic Theatre 2017 – 2018 50th Anniversary Season is sponsored by the Garland Cultural Arts Commission. Please visit www.garlandcivictheatre.org or call 972-485-8884 for additional information. Due to some language and adult subject matter, this production is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13.
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GCT celebrates 50 years of excellence"
By Kim Everett, The Garland Texan
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Garland Civic Theatre is proud to celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2017-18 season. Since 1967, GCT has provided quality shows, including musicals, mysteries, comedies and dramas, by joining gifted directors with talented actors and crew, along with great music and beautiful sets. To celebrate the anniversary, the theatre has lowered ticket prices for this season only. Attend the 2017-18 offerings listed below for $17 and $18.
In December 1967 a “Goals For Garland” committee recognized the need for a small theater program. Vivian Yarborough, who served as chairman of Garland Parks and Recreation Department board, then called a meeting of those interested in forming a theater group. Pat Adams was also instrumental in getting the theatre started, attending that first meeting. Fundraising efforts began and the theatre was incorporated in April 1968. Acting workshops were held and by August, “The Drunkard” was performed on two weekends to great acclaim. By that November, the first season production took place in a church fellowship hall: “Barefoot in the Park” directed by Ed DeLatte.
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