After weeks of hard work rehearsing, the cast of Foothills Art in the Garden production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will take to the stage on Friday night.
The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the garden of Foothills Arts Council, located a 129 Church St. in Elkin. Attendees should bring their lawn chairs and coolers are welcome as well. Additional performances are slated for April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on May 1.
The cast of the show includes Elkin residents Gary Maxey as Big Daddy and Newell Hauser as Reverend Tooker. Playing the role of Big Mamma is Judy Deck of Jonesville. Boonville resident Sarah Moxley will portray Sister Woman Mae. Also from Boonville, Morgan Harrison and Kitsey Harrison will play the roles of Brick and Maggie. From Mount Airy, Brian Patterson will play Brother Man Gooper and Thomas Beckom as Doc Baugh. Also in the production are Grace Harrison and Carly Mullins as Dixie and Trixie. The play is directed by arts council Executive Director Leighanne Martin Wright with Christie Harrison as stage manager.
Told through a glimpse into one evening at the Pollitt estate in the mid-1950s, the show offers a peak into the life of a family dealing with a number of issues from alcoholism to the devastating news of a terminal illness.
“I was familiar in name only with this show before casting and have come to realize its themes and relationship nuances are familiar and timeless,” Moxley said. “I’m so grateful to share the stage with such colorful characters and to spend time off-stage with the talented actors that bring them to life!”
Newlyweds Morgan and Kitsey Harrison have long wanted to play the roles of Maggie and Brick, though they said it is a a challenge to play a couple on the outs.
“This is undoubtedly the most challenging role I have ever tackled, but I am greatly enjoying playing Maggie the cat,” Kitsey Harrison said. “Most of all I am honored to be playing opposite my husband in this classic southern drama. Despite the fact that this is not a feel-good show, it has truly been a pleasure to work with this amazing cast and crew.”
Wright said she is proud of the entire cast and excited to offer another show in the garden.
“As I sat there last night during our dress rehearsal, I thought how much I love doing plays outside in our garden. This is the sixth production we have had in the Art in the Garden series over these four years and as with the others, weather is a factor. If it rains on Friday night, we will not perform. Saturday’s weather looks great though — everyone bring a cooler with your favorite drinks and snacks and your own chairs. We will also perform the following weekend and hope the weather is good then as well.”
For more information at Foothills Arts Council and upcoming events, visit their Facebook page or www.foothillsartscouncilorg.