Anna DeVault directs Willaim Shakespeare’s hilarious play, The Comedy of Errors.
The plot of this play is exactly the kind of thing for which the term “madcap” was coined. The humor has survived the many changes our culture has undergone since Shakespeare’s time.
This is one of Shakespeare’s most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humor coming from slapstick and mistaken identity resulting from the presence of not one but two sets of identical twins. He was writing pop culture, and in some ways, pop culture hasn’t changed a bit in 400 years.
Scenes from the performances:
dramatized by Christopher Sergel
from the book by Harper Lee
directed by Owen Robertson
Set in 1935, the social issues of the time provide the backdrop to this story about a young African-American man, wrongly accused of a grave crime and defended by a white lawyer. Scout, a young girl in this quit southern town, is about to experience events that will affect the rest of her life. The white lawyer of the play, Atticus Finch, has become the model of integrity for the legal profession. Renowned also as a novel and a film, the play is produced each May in Monroeville, Alabama, Harper Lee’s hometown.
“Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.”
Scenes from the performance:
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Donna Rampey Duffie directs the popular Christmas play, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids-probably the most inventively awful kids in history. The Herdman kids have come to church for the first time because they were told the church offers smacks. Despite protests from the church members they are given roles in the Sunday school’s Christmas play. You won’t believe the mayhem -and the fun- when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
Performances are Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, with two morning performances for kids on Dec. 5.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Cast List>>>
This production of Arthur Miller’s Tony award winning play, THE CRUCIBLE, comes to life on the Foothills stage with 20 actors from the upstate. Performed at Easley Foothills Playhouse in the historic West End Hall, October 17-27th 2013 and directed by Anna DeVault (The 39 Steps, Three Murders and It’s Only Monday, The Miracle Worker, Diary of Anne Frank, Much Ado About Nothing), the show features Dave LaPage (BJU’s The Comedy of Errors, Faust) as John Proctor, Elby Bruce (EFP’s Three Murders and It’s Only Monday, Gold Frankensence, Christmas Tree Ornaments and Myrrh, Witness for the Prosecution) as Elizabeth Proctor and Bethany Irwin (CU’s Jane Eyre) as Abigail Williams- creating the three pivitol characters of this drama. Here is the entire cast list…
THE CRUCIBLE, a historical play based on events of the Salem witchcraft trials, takes place in a small Puritan village in the colony of Massachusetts in 1692. The trials begin with a rumor. Some of the village young girls are caught dancing, among other things, in the woods and two of them become ill afterwards. Witchcraft is mentioned as a possible cause and as rumors often do, it grows until out of contol leading to tragic results-but ultimately, this is a story of forgiveness and redemption. A story that lingers in the mind long after the curtain falls.
A 1953 Tony award winner for Best Play, we celebrate its 60th anniversary this year. THE CRUCIBLE evokes a lethal brew of illicit sexuality, fear of the supernatural, and political manipulation, a combination not unfamiliar these days and probably why it contiues to facinate audiences today. THE CRUCIBLE is considered one of the most important dramas of the last century and continues to thrill and affect audiences today.
Production dates were October 17-19th 2013
Scenes from the Performances:
The season opener at Easley Foothills Playhouse will be “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming”. The show is the third in the Sanders family saga, a series about a traveling Southern Gospel band that goes from church to church preaching and singing bluegrass gospel tunes. This part of the series is set in 1945 at the end of World War II.
It’s October, 1945. The war is over and America’s years of prosperity are just beginning. But there’s another kind of rite of passage at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, where the Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe is giving his last service. Having been called to preach in Texas, he’s already bought a 10-gallon hat and is preparing to ride into the sunset with his wife June, who is eight months pregnant. Tomorrow morning, June’s brother Dennis will take over as the congregation’s pastor. Join the Sanders Family as they send Mervin and June off in style, with hilarious and touching stories and 25 fabulous Bluegrass Gospel favorites.
“Prosperity is just around the corner and from the vantage point of the 21st Century we can see the innocence that is now gone,” says the show’s producer Maurice Reed. “This play is full of fun, sometimes tetchy family dynamics and, best of all, some really good toe-tapping feel-good music.”
- Written by Connie Ray, Alan Bailey and Mike Craver
- Directed by Donna Duffie
- Music directed by Amanda Gunter
- “Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.”
Dates and Time: August 9-25
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM Sundays at 3 PM
Ticket information: Adults $17, Seniors $15, Students $15, Children $10.
$10 Rush Tickets Available at 7:45 PM (upper sections only). For ticket information call 864-855-1817, go to www.showtix4u.com or email the Playhouse at email@example.com.
By Philip King
Directed by Maurice Reed
So swift is the action, so involved the situations, so rib-tickling the plot in this London hit that at its finish audiences are left as exhausted from laughter as though they had run a foot race.
Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress (he is now stationed with the air force in England), a cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, an old maid who “touches alcohol for the first time in her life,” four men in clergyman suits presenting the problem of which is which, for dis-guised as one is an escaped prisoner, and a sedate Bishop aghast at all these goings on and the trumped up stories they tell him.
May 31st-June 9th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
Cast List for “See How They Run”
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Suess
Directed by Owen Robertson
The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge–not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognizes “his kind and his powerful heart.” Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you laugh and cry.
April 12th-28th, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
Seussical Jr. – Cast List>>>
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Anna DeVault
Prices: $14 adults, $12 Seniors and Students, $7 Children
Friday and Saturday Evening Performances:
- February 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th at 8:00 PM
- February 10th & 17th at 3:00 PM
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!
In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps”is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
The 39 Steps, was Broadway’s longest running comedy, and played its 500th performance on Broadway, May 19th, 2009! February 8th-17th Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
Book by Thomas Ohlson
Directed by Kevin Tribble
Written specifically for Christmas, this popular, wonderfully warm and witty play has been performed successfully throughout the year. It is based on both the traditional Christmas stories and modern inventions, and tells of the birth and boyhood of Jesus, and of his growing awareness of his destiny. It also tells of a would-be fourth wise man and his comic attempts to capitalize on the coming of the Messiah.
“It is a charming, novel play on an ancient theme. Especially timed for the Christmas season, the play emphasizes what must be a constant complaint of Christian clergymen: that the Christ-mas message is being lost through materialism, commercialism, and flimsy extraneousness. The very title is suggestive of the danger.”– Dr. Arthur T. Buch, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Share Zedek, New York City, writing in the Herald News, Passaic, NJ
Cast List for Gold, Frankincense, Christmas Tree Ornaments and Myrrh
- Adults (under 60)–$14
- Seniors (60+)–$12
- Students (13+)–$12
- Schildren (12 and under)–$7
December 7th-16th Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
By Hugh Janes, adapted from stories by Charles Dickens
Directed by Maurice Reed
In an ancient, crumbling mansion, sheltering from the howling winds that tear across the surrounding desolate moorland, two men stumble across a dark and terrifying secret that will change both of their lives. When a young book dealer, David Filde, is employed by a former associate of his uncle to catalogue a private library, he finds an incredible array of rare and antiquated books. But as a series of strange and unexplained events conspires to keep Filde from his work, he realizes that if he is to convince his skeptical employer that the mysterious phenomena he is experiencing are real, they must journey together to the very edge of terror, and beyond…
October 19th-28th Oct. 19th and 20th at 8 PM, October 26th and 27th at midnight and Sundays at 3 PM.