MCT 2017 Season

Moonlight and Magnolias

By Ron Hutchinson

February 24, 25, March 3, and 4, 2017

Directed by Cathy Sheagren

Our season opens with a “show biz” production. It’s 1939 in Hollywood, and legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic film Gone With the Wind. The director has been fired and the screenplay is…awful! But Selznick has a vision and he is determined to get this picture made. He calls in screenwriter Ben Hecht (who hasn’t read the book) and pulls director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz to collaborate. Comedy and chaos ensue as the three men, locked in Selznick’s office, subsisting on a diet of bananas and peanuts (and aided by the indomitable Miss Poppenghul who fields phone calls from stars, gossip columnists, and in-laws) labor for five days and nights crafting the screenplay for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

Evening of Culture

By Mark Landon Smith

April 28, 29, May 5, and 6, 2017

Directed by

Our second production of the season continues the “show biz” theme – albeit on a slightly different level. The Mineola Community Theatre is presenting their annual spring show. This year it is Romeo and Juliet by Mr. Bill Shakespeare (with additional dialog by Mrs. Naomi Louise Farkle Carson.) The show stars local diva Mildred Carson (who doesn’t look fifty) as Juliet, and garage owner Bubba Bedford (if he can learn his lines) as Romeo. It’s opening night and despite an incomplete set, a dog barking persistently backstage, and interrupting telephone calls, the show must go on! And so it does – with hilarious results.

Lucky Dollar Private Eye

By Tim Kelly

Music By Arne Christiansen

Lyrics By Ole H Kittleson

September 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24, 2017

Directed by Peggy Roth

A merry mix of melody, mayhem, and mania! In the tradition of the hard-boiled gumshoes of the 1940’s, Lucky dollar, Private Eye, is he-man tough, a magnet for “dames”, and…perpetually broke. His case for client Pandora Sugarland, leads him to the search for a missing gem, “The Pearl of Persia”. In the course of his investigation, he encounters such characters as Earthquake Debris, Lieutenant Brush Mohair, Detective Babs Doyle, Joe Weasel, Montrose Hogsbreath, Chartreuse the Chanteuse, and The Kimono, among others. Despite nefarious attempts to prevent him from succeeding, Lucky solves the case with the help of Florence, his loyal Girl Friday (and secret admirer.) This production features the musical and acting talents of local area youth.

Making God Laugh

By Sean Grennan

November 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2017

Directed by Lori Botts

As Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans…” In our final show of the season, we follow the plans and dreams of the typical American family over the course of thirty years. Beginning in 1980, Ruthie and Bill’s grown children – a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star – return home for various holiday celebrations. During these gatherings, old family rituals are trotted out and ancient conflicts and grievances flare up. But as time passes, the family members discover that, no matter what we thought we had in mind, life often sends us to unexpected destinations.

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