The Union Recorder

May 6, 2014

CURTAIN CALL: Fantastic turnout for ‘Hay Fever’ auditions

Tom Toney
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — “Sometimes you may think that you’ve got the common cold, Your throat is really itchy and you’ve got a runny nose...”

Well gentle readers, after several weeks of so much activity in Old Capital City land, I have barely been able to keep up with it all, we now enter into “the quiet time.”

Schools are letting out, and a lot of musical and theatrical activity tends to slow down for the summer. But this is also a perfect time to send me any information about any group you are involved with that has something of the “artistic” variety going on.

You can pretty much assure coverage in this column — assuming I get it on time.

But this does give me a chance to finally give an update concerning the next production planned by the Milledgeville Players!

We had auditions for Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” a few weeks ago and had a fantastic turnout. I’ve wanted to thank all the folks who came out and auditioned but have literally not had time to mention it in the last few weeks.

So a belated thanks to all who came out for auditions. The play features a cast of nine, and we had nearly three times that many show up for the two nights. I know it’s always disappointing when you don’t get a part in a play (been there, done that), but there will be a lot more coming up from the Milledgeville Players as the summer progresses.

In other words, please stay tuned!

Back to “Hay Fever.” Rehearsals are now under way for this classic comedy, which is being directed by Iona Holder.

The play is set in an English country house in the 1920s and deals with the eccentric behaviors of the four members of the Bliss family.

Each family member has invited a guest to spend the weekend, without telling the others about their plan. As the guests arrived, they are treated to some of the most outlandish and self-centered behavior they have ever observed.

Sometimes the manners of the Bliss family amuse them while other times they nearly frighten them to death.

The play debuted in New York in 1925 and has enjoyed many revivals over the years. One of the more interesting people who have appeared in the cast of this play is Judi Dench, who starred as Judith Bliss, matriarch of the Bliss household and an extravagant stage actress, in a revival that took place in 2006 at the Haymarket Theatre in London.

Judi Dench has become well known to American audiences in recent years for starring in such films as “Philomena,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and “My Week with Marilyn.”

But she is probably best known for her portrayal of “M” in all the James Bond films dating from “Goldeneye” in 1995.

The M’ville Players production will take place Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1 in Russell Auditorium. Thursday through Saturday show time will be 8 p.m. with the Sunday matinee kicking off at 2 p.m.

Tickets will be $10 for general admission and will soon be available in advance by visiting the Players website at www.milledgevilleplayers.org. Students with ID can get in for $8 but those tickets can only be purchased at the door.

It’s still several weeks away, but mark your calendar now for a night of sophisticated and farcical comedy coming up at the end of this month.

Since the play is called “Hay Fever,” I thought some opening lyrics dealing with allergic type reactions would be appropriate. Well, I came across a tune called “Ooey, Ooey, Ooey, Allergies” by the Wiggles.

Even I had not heard of the Wiggles! They appear to be an Australian children’s music group that has been around in various incarnations since the early 1990s. And they have actually franchised their name and song “styles” to various amusement parks around the world, which will have “Wiggles” sections.

Spreading around the world - seems appropriate for a group that spun off from another children’s pop group called the Cockroaches!

“...Your skin you need to scratch and your eyes may start to swell; It’s an allergic reaction which is why you feel unwell.”

Catch you on the flip side.