Greenville Thespians Announce Inaugural Season


The cast of Greenville Theatre Works’ first stage production features (clockwise from bottom left) Margaret Smith (as the character Shelby), Angela Vaughn (as Truvy), Mary Rose-Duncan (as Clairee), Peyton Dickens (as Annelle) Brandy Wells (as M’Lynn) and Bonita Malone (as Ouiser).

Photo by Terlingua Rose

Not content to let the kids in the community have all the fun, theater lovers in Greenville embark on their own stage pursuits with the creation of Greenville Theatre Works (GTW).

“Aside from Greenville Family Theater, there are no acting or theatrical outlets for adults to be part of, so we are starting one,“ says Kevin Banks, tourism manager for the venue Greenville Municipal Auditorium.

“We have held auditions for the first show and had 24 people audition for six parts. We are very excited about it and hope it is the start of a new arts organization here in Hunt County.”

GTW plans to produce three plays in its inaugural season: Steel Magnolias (January 11-13), The Odd Couple (April 26-28), and Noises Off (September 13-15).

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. The outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to them, including the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is about to get married. In time, the hilarious repartee takes on new meaning, however, when Shelby’s untimely death proves that everybody needs amiable company in good times and bad.

All GTW productions will add to the entertainment options at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium (the GMA). The beloved venue built in 1939 has provided audiences with great entertainment for the region for 80 years.

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