Take a trip back in time to December of 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia when Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” by Alfred Uhry on April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7 at 2 p.m. The show will be presented at Tuttle Hall Theatre on the campus of College of St. Joseph at 71 Clement Road in Rutland.
“Gone With The Wind” is having its world premiere and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the holiday season. Most involved is Adolph Freitag’s family which includes a widowed sister, a widowed sister-in-law and two nieces who are courted by two very different men.
This family gets pulled apart and then is mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelation along the way. Events take several different turns as the characters face where they come from and are faced to deal with who they really are. A review in “The Los Angeles Times” said “Alfred Uhry’s achingly beautiful play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is luminous and powerful. It will most likely find a place in the American canon alongside Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy.”
The show is directed by Alex Nicosia and staged managed by Tom Noble. The costume and make-up designers for the show are Jenna Carlson and Tiffany Merrill. Set design is by Nicosia and Danielle McKeighan. The show is co-produced by Sandra Gartner and Kristen Hixon. Actors in “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” include Richard Reed, Gartner, Susan Gladding-Heitzman, Kim Olden, Meg Kemble, Evan Breault, Brent Merrill and McKeighan.
Tickets are $20 per person and there is a 75- seat limit for each performance. Tickets are available at the door, but advanced purchase is encouraged. Advanced tickets can be purchased at: 802Tix.com, actorsreptvt.org or in person at “The Rutland Herald”, 77 Grove Street, suite 102, Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the company on facebook at: www.facebook.com/actorsrepepvt.org.