‘Over the River’ production opens next month by Foothills Theatre in Elkin


By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



David Nielsen, Suzanne Hillin and Morgan Harrison rehearse a scene for Foothills Theatre’s upcoming production of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”


Actors Mary Johnson, David Nielsen, Suzanne Hillin, Morgan Harrison and Tommie Ann Tulbert rehearse a scene for their upcoming dessert theater production of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”


Foothills Theatre’s first production of the 2016 season will take place late next month and the actors already are hard at work rehearsing.

“Our first play for 2016 is the comedy ‘Over the River and Through the Woods’ by Joe DiPietro starring Morgan Harrison as Nick, Tommie Ann Tulbert as Aida, Suzanne Hillin as Emma, David Nielsen as Nunzio, Tom Beckom as Frank, and Mary Johnson as Caitlin,” said Director Leighanne Martin Wright. “I saw the show done at Elkin High School under the direction of Jeannie Laws years ago and remembered it as one that was very entertaining.

“Nick’s grandparents try to keep him from leaving New Jersey as his parents have done by enticing him with an introduction to the lovely Caitlin. The actors break the fourth wall and address the audience with their thoughts throughout the piece, giving us not only insight into their worlds, but also more understanding of their motives,” Wright explained.

The play will be performed Feb. 19-21 at Elkin First Baptist Church fellowship hall, 110 Gwyn Ave., Elkin, with tickets at the door for $12 that includes dessert, coffee and tea. Dessert is served at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday with curtain following 30 minutes later.

“This wonderful script had me laughing by page two and crying by the end,” Wright said. “And even though we’ve only met a few times to rehearse, these players are bringing their all to the characters — Italian accents, hand gestures, comedic timing, and heartfelt revelations. It is going to be a real treat.”

Tulbert said she was nervous a bit about the accent part. Tulbert is a veteran actor and has performed in numerous plays with Foothills Theatre over the years. This will be her first role portraying someone of Italian descent, however.

“There is something about this play that makes me hungry — seriously where’s the cannoli?” joked Mary Johnson. The show is full of food references, leaving cast members a little hungry when they leave rehearsal.

Johnson was last seen on stage in Foothill Theatre’s summer production of “Chicago.” She said she was excited to be performing again with the group.

This year will be a busy one for Foothills Theatre with the dessert production in February to be followed by two Art in the Garden productions at Foothills Arts Council, “Olivia DeHavilland’s Birthday” in March and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in late April. The theater group also will stage a musical production of “Mary Poppins” this summer.

For more information about Foothills Theatre, visit their Facebook page.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

David Nielsen, Suzanne Hillin and Morgan Harrison rehearse a scene for Foothills Theatre’s upcoming production of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_play_1.jpgDavid Nielsen, Suzanne Hillin and Morgan Harrison rehearse a scene for Foothills Theatre’s upcoming production of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

Actors Mary Johnson, David Nielsen, Suzanne Hillin, Morgan Harrison and Tommie Ann Tulbert rehearse a scene for their upcoming dessert theater production of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_play_2.jpgActors Mary Johnson, David Nielsen, Suzanne Hillin, Morgan Harrison and Tommie Ann Tulbert rehearse a scene for their upcoming dessert theater production of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com

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