October 28, 2011

It’s true, a week from today we will be getting ready for our 2nd performance of “As You Like It” in St. Joseph’s Performance Hall at the Hayti Heritage Center. Tonight, we have our first full run through of the show. There’s excitement in the air. And a great deal of hard work going on all over the city in support of our show:

Sybil Dorsey, whose granddaughter is a teen assistant on this show, is sending out press releases and calling radio stations to help let everyone in town know that we open next Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 8:00 pm. And tickets are available NOW at durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com on the DFT Shows page.

Hannah McShea and her mom are spending this chilly rainy day-off from school in their warm kitchen/family room, painting the large and small columns that will make our set come alive.

Jim Nuss is at his warehouse in east Durham, building the screen of 9 x 4 flats that Robin, HonaLee and I will go and paint tomorrow afternoon.

Renea Pratt, our talented costume designer, is surrounded by fabric and measurement charts, creating (along with our fabulous actress, La Belle) Elizabethan clothing for our actors to wear.

The box office at the Hayti Heritage Center sports a flier  about our show, presented jointly by Durham Family Theatre and The Hayti Heritage Center!

And of course the actors are focusing every moment on being ready for our full run through tonight.

If you’ve got some time to give, join the team of volunteers in creating an exciting production of William Shakespeare’s wild romantic comedy about a young woman who is thrown out of the Duke’s court and goes with her friends to the Forest of Arden, fleeing persecution in the guise of a man and discovering love in unexpected places in, “As You Like It.” Just email me if you want to help out with sewing costumes (easy ones) or moving sets into the Hayti on Monday afternoon. Oh, and does anyone have a set of (I guess they call them racks) deer horns we might borrow for a prop?

Get your tickets today the DFT Shows page and we’ll see you at the Hayti Nov. 3, 4, 11, & 12 at 8:00 pm.

I’m off to make a jester’s cap.
Warmly, Jenny

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2 responses to “October 28, 2011

  1. reverend virginia wilson

    Hi i have a 9 year old grandaughter who acts.sing.mime. And dance how do I get her involved in family theater as a actress

    • Hi,
      There are several ways for your 9 year old grandaughter to get involved with Durham Family Theatre – First, of course, you are invited to come see our first production of the year, William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “As You Like It.”

      Our fall classes are coming to a close and we’ll take a break through the holidays then start up strongly again in the New Year. On January 7 & 9, 2012 we’ll hold auditions for our original family stage production of “Pooh & Friends, a musical explore.” We’ll also begin our winter session of 8-week classes in January. The DFT Shows page & the DFT Classes page will keep you up-to-date as news is posted on these events and more.

      I look forward to meeting you family.
      Warmly, Jenny

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