Coming up Saturday BLT gets ready for kickoff bashPublished 4:13pm Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Brookhaven Little Theatre members are kicking off their 45th season with a membership party at the new Ole Towne Church events center, 220 South Jackson St., at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The event will be cocktail attire with a $45 admission fee, which includes one season ticket to all BLT productions and an evening of refreshments and entertainment.
BLT members will be present to mix and mingle and talk about this season’s productions, and at 7 p.m. members are presenting a program. A few old members are coming home to provide some of the evening’s entertainment, said Little Theatre president Matt Coleman.
“The evening’s theme is ‘Everything old is new again,’” Coleman said. “And, a group of our old members are returning, The Usual Players. A lot of people might remember them. These are members from years ago that used to do Saturday Night Live kind of skits. They are getting back together to do a musical number for our membership drive.”
Coleman said there will also be a musical performance by the BLT’s youth group, BLTeens, who will also present a reading from a play being considering for production next June.
BLT Season tickets will include six events set for this fall through next summer. All productions are held in the Haven Theatre at 126 E. Cherokee St., downtown Brookhaven.
Doors open 30 minutes ahead of time for each show time of the season with refreshments for sale then and during intermission. Admission for each production is $10 (except for the Oct. 29 production), or a season ticket.
The first event this fall will be “Halloween at the Haven,” on Oct. 29. The one-night holiday event has a $5 admission fee for non-season ticket holders, and the program starts at 7:30 p.m.
During the holiday season the theater group is producing “Fruit Cakes,” written by Julian Wiles. It’s a Christmas comedy about “a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster,” said the synopsis of the play’s publishers, Dramatic Publishing.
“Fruit Cakes” runs Dec. 6-8, and Dec. 13 and 14. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The Sunday matinee on Dec. 8 will be at 2 p.m.
The next production is “Dixie Swim Club,” which will run March 7-9, with the matinee show on March 9, and continuing on March 14 and 15. The play is a heart-warming dramatic comedy about five southern women who vacation together at the end of every summer to recharge their lives and their friendships.
There will be a spring musical, still to be announced, May 9-11, and May 16 and 17.
The teen production is June 26-28, with a matinee on June 29. BLTeens and BLT members are still looking at possibilities for this event.
The children’s camp next summer will feature a production of “The Princess and the Pea.” After a two-week camp, July 7-18, there will be two show times at 7:30 p.m. on July 17 and 18.
The children’s theater camp is an opportunity for first-through-sixth graders to learn every aspect of theater production, from special sound and lighting and back-stage management, to auditions, rehearsals and characterization.
Coleman invites anyone interested in being a member or a BLT volunteer to come out Saturday and join.
“We are looking forward to an exciting evening with entertainment put on by new BLT members and old BLT members,” he said. “We’ll be doing some things that people loved in the past and are sure to love now.”