Alabama Rain 2011

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Our upcoming play, ALABAMA RAIN, written by Heather McCutchenand directed by Dwayne Donald is premiering October 14, 15, (8pm) and October 16, (2:30 pm) and October 21, 22, (8 pm) and October 23, 2011 (2:30 pm).The Plot THICKENS as Monty Lou’s been pregnant for 10 years; Laurie Laurie’s dead spirit sings from the old magnolia tree; Pheenie’s walking the entire coast of Florida while Rachel’s gone to fetch the Ouija board; and little Dallas LaDean isdetermined to save them all. In Alabama Rain, Heather McCutchen tells thetale of five sisters living in a mythical southern town where it has notrained in 40 years. The play examines the perils of a stagnant existence asthe sisters thirst for fertility and growth. When the order of their livessuddenly deteriorates, one sister flees to find the ocean, another drops deadof heartbreak and another begins to waste away from dehydration, the LaDeanfamily begins a magical quest for water (and yes, this IS a comedy). They struggle with a mysterious well that runs deep in their own backyard, which may or may not have water somewhere at the bottom. This well comes to represent their withered past but also holds the key to a future ripe with potential. In Alabama Rain, these women do battle with the powerful force of “the way things have always been.”*TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY, October 10, 2011* **STUDENTS $7ADULTS $10**The box office will be open from 11-1 and 2-5, and one hour before each show.CALL 376-5599 to reserve tickets! Or e-mail us anytime at

The plot of Alabama Rain: In this engaging comedy, Heather McCutchen spins a delightfully curious fable about five sisters living in a mythical Southern town where it has not rained in forty yearswhere time has come to a literal standstill. Monty Lou’s been pregnant for ten years, Laurie Laurie’s dead spirit sings fromthe old magnolia tree, Pheenie’s walking the entire coast of Florida,Rachel’s gone to fetch the Ouija board, and little Dallas LaDean isdetermined to save them all.This off-kilter comedy examines the perils of a stagnant existence as thesisters thirst for fertility and growth. When the order of their livessuddenly deteriorates, the LaDean family begins a magical quest for water.They struggle with a mysterious well that runs deep in their own backyard,which may or may not have water somewhere at the bottom. This well comes torepresent their withered past but also holds the key to a future ripe withpotential. Each sister stubbornly battles the powerful force of The WayThings Have Always Been.Behind The Scene:Backstage Margaret ONeal,Luke Hicks, and Ryan StoweMake-Up and Hair The CastSet Construction Ken Little, Dwayne Donald,Will Harrell, Stacy Campbell,and Jonathan HigginbothamSet Painting Jane Little, Ken Little,Marisa King, Stacy Campbell,and Margaret SandersCostumes and Props CastSet Dressing CastPrograms Margaret JesserTree Jackie Shamblee,Ken and Jane LittlePoster Design Stephanie CrumpLights Darcy Lamanna Kelley,Wayne BradleySound Darcy Lamanna Kelley,Dwayne DonaldCast Photo andWindow Photos William D. PowellCast Party Stephanie CrumpPublicity Lauren Peeples; the CastSpecial Thanks to: David and Debbie Little for the tree branches, and forallowing us to photograph on their tree.UPCOMING EVENTS at HCCT:GHOST WALKSaturday, October 29, at 8:30 PMBIG HAIR BALLMonday, October 31, 6-8 PMTELLABRATION!ANNUAL WORLDWIDE STORYTELLINGSunday, November 20, 2011 at 2:30 PMTHE NIGHT BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFOREFriday, December 23, 2011 at 7:00 PMCall 706-376-5599 for tickets or more info!

ALABAMA RAIN By Heather McCutchen

October 14, 15, 16 and 21, 22, 23, 2011

Friday and Saturday night shows are at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:30 PM

Students – $7Adults – $10

Call the box office to reserve tickets at 706-376-5599or email

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing

The Cast

JOSEPHINE (Pheenie) Margaret Sanders
MONTY LOUISE Kelley P. Higginbotham
RACHEL CATHERINE ANNE Barbara Robinson Hicks

Meet the director: DWAYNE DONALD

Dwayne has been a long time member of the HCCT family. His love affair withthe theatre began in high school with roles such as Charlie in Anne of GreenGables (HCCT), Frank Jr. in Cheaper By The Dozen (HCCT), and Huckabee in TheFantastiks (HCHS State Drama Competition). After a few years away, hesuccumbed to the acting bug again for a multiple roles as Fiddler, Gentleman#3 and Smoker #2 in A Christmas Carol (HCCT) followed by the first of hiscelebrated turns as Royce and Daddy Bud in Dearly Departed (HCCT – theoriginal production and both revivals!). He was repeatedly murdered as Mr.Boddy in Clue: The Musical (HCCT) and frightened us all as the very menacingMike Talman in Wait Until Dark (HCCT). More recently he portrayed Mr.Carrisford in A Little Princess (HCCT) and George Washington Piney in A BadYear For Tomatoes (HCCT). He directed his first play, Check, Please! forHCCT’s first Night of One Acts this past summer. Alabama Rain is his firstfull-length play as director and has been both labor of love and a dreamcome true.

MEET THE CAST (In order of appearance)

Margaret Shippen SandersJOSEPHINE (Pheenie)Margaret lives in Hartwell, and describes herself as a full-time wife andmom, a part-time writer, and a no-time lawyer. She has directed many playsincluding Guys and Dolls (starring cast mates Barbara and Kelley), TheMiracle Worker (starring cast mate Amanda Tucker as Helen Keller) and WaitUntil Dark (starring director Dwayne Donald). Margaret also appeared in TheGin Game and Dearly Departed with Dwayne. Thanks to my husband Richard,and children Jane, Will and Mary Ellen for giving me the time and space todo theatre.

Marisa King LaurIE LAURIEMarisa Ann King lives in Hartwell and is a stay-at-home mom. She was in TheCactus Wildcat when she was 8 years old. This is her first official playas an adult. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful production! A bigthanks to my mom and my fiance for helping me with my kids. Thanks to myprecious babies for dealing with mommy being gone some at night. And THANKYOU Dwayne for giving me a chance! You are awesome!

Kelley P. Higginbotham MONTY LOUISEKelley is a Real House Wife of Hartwell, Georgia. She has been in Brigadoon,Guys and Dolls, Crimes of the Heart, Into The Woods (both Hartwell andElberton), Showstoppers IIV, and Joseph and the Amazing TechnicolorDreamcoat. This play is the closest my parents and in-laws will EVER getto seeing me pregnant!

Barbara Robinson HicksRACHEL CATHERINE ANNEBarbara lives in Royston and works at Royston, LLC. She is a proud mother toLuke, who is working backstage. Barbara is engaged to Ryan Stowe, who isbackstage as well! She has been in Joseph and the Amazing TechnicolorDreamcoat, Guys and Dolls (sister Sarah), 25 YearsNow THATS Entertainment!and most recently, Check, Please! I am so excited to be in such ahi-STOWE-ical play!

Amanda TuckerDALLAS LADEANAmanda lives in Lavonia. She spent a year at Columbus State University as aTheatre Ed major, and is now on a hiatus. Prior theatre experience at HCCTincludes Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and Beth March in Little Women.At FCHS, she was Sally Brown in Snoopy!, the Wicked Witch of the West inThe Wizard Of Oz, an ensemble member of I Know I Saw Gypsies (thecompetition cast), and Mrs. Savage in The Curious Savage. At FCCT, Amandaplayed Sister Mary Catherine in Drinking Habits.

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