Tuesday, October 12, 2010

GSQ: Hungry for Cat? . . . Here's a taste . . .

GSQ opens the Tennessee Williams classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Friday

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet hopes theatre fans will be as excited to see the all-time classic Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on Hot Tin Roof” as they are to stage it. Onstage at Warrior Theatre in Ingram, the play will run for eight shows from October 15th to the 30th, including a Sunday matinee.

Big Daddy Pollitt is dying. He just doesn’t know it yet. The plantation is on fire though with bickering and backstabbing in preparation for letting him know.

One son, Gooper, is an established attorney with a nose for the family money. His wife, Mae, is the manipulative one in that family. The other son, Brick, is Big Daddy’s favorite son, but wants nothing to do with much of anything. His wife, Maggie, the ‘Cat', wants something more from life.

Much can be made of the complexities of this masterpiece of American literature. The machinations never stop, the shallowness of love never fails to surprise.

The area’s finest actors were tapped for this production, directed by the venerable actor/director Andy Ritch, assisted by ITM theatre teacher and producer Holly Riedel. Reprising his acclaimed “Cat” role as Big Daddy is veteran actor and playwright John Ruth, while Big Mama is played by ITM theatre teacher Marie Cearley. Taking the central roles of Brick and Maggie are the suave Philip Huddleston, and the charming Lillian Beaudoin. Mae is being handled by the wonderfully gifted Sarah Tacey, while Gooper is the province of a GSQ newcomer, Aaron James.

In the supporting roles are a number of other local actors including students Aoife Scott and Caleb Hall making their debuts, Tony Gallucci as Dr. Baugh, and Jon Cearley as Rev. Tooker. Technical staff includes Eowyn Scott as stage manager, and professional scenic designer Jim Weisman as lighting designer, Rudy Castillo on sound, and technicians Ainsley Daniel, Rachel Taylor and Fred Tally-Foos. Costumes are by Ruthie Schmuck.
GSQ opens the Tennessee Williams classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Friday

GSQ is a production company dedicated to bringing serious dramatic theatre and intellectual productions to the Hill Country theatre community. It was founded in 2006 by Riedel, Cearley, Gallucci and the late Roy Burney, to whom all their productions are dedicated. 100% of the proceeds from all GSQ shows are dedicated to a scholarship fund in his name and to educational opportunities for the ITM Thespians.

The show runs October 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Ingram’s Warrior Theatre. The theatre is located at 510 College Street in Ingram next to the Ingram ISD Administration Building. From the light at the ‘Y’ in Ingram turn right on Texas 27 towards Mountain Home. At the next, blinking, light, turn left onto College Street, go two blocks and you’ll see the theatre up the slope to the right. Plenty of parking is available. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students, all at the door. Group rates or reservations are available by calling Riedel at 377-8957.

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