The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


September 16, 2011


TARBORO — The Tar River Players will stage their 20th show this fall.  That’s not a small number of productions for any troupe, but it is a particular salute to a community of our size.  To support such an artistic endeavor for six continuous seasons and nineteen shows is quite an accomplishment.


“We have been fortunate to have citizens of Tarboro, Edgecombe and Nash counties as patrons and participants in our productions,” said Roberta Cashwell, Founder and President of the troupe.  “We are particularly grateful to Edgecombe Community College and the Edgecombe Cultural Arts Council for their continued support.”


“Our mission is to produce the highest quality theatre possible,” continued Ms. Cashwell.  “We also try to select and stage a variety of plays – something for everyone, if you will.”


Since 2005, the Players’ seasons have included comedies – An Evening in Mayberry, Steel Magnolias, and Plaza Suite; dramas – To Kill a Mockingbird, Inherit the Wind, and Pretty Fire; family shows – Charlotte’s Web, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and It’s a Wonderful Life; a new play – The Education of Miss Ida; and even a musical – this summer’s production of The King & I.


“The popularity of The King & I prompted our membership to choose two musicals for the 2011-12 Season. While we cannot take on two productions on the scale of Rodgers and Hammerstein, we have decided to stage one large musical in the summer slot and a smaller popular musical show for winter.”


The season begins on September 26 with auditions for the fall, holiday production.  “This year we are pleased to announce that resident Equity actor Dirk Lumbard will join the company in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.


“It’s a role I’ve always wanted to perform,” says Lumbard.  “I’m thrilled to bring this character to life in the Tar River Players’ production.”


The season will also include the musical Narnia, based on C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Becky Johnson and Bill Hilderbrandt will repeat their acclaimed performances as musical directors; Dawn Whitehurst will direct, and Pat Petruzziello will choreograph the show, with production dates in late February.


The April show will follow with the Players’ traditional spring offering of light comedy. The Sugar Bean Sisters, by Nathan Sanders, promises “romance, murder and alien abduction.”  The L.A. Times called it “hilarious” and “a wildly funny script.”


The Sound of Music will raise the curtain on the last show of the Players’ seventh season.  Another Rodgers and Hammerstein hit, this production will open in late June and will be the first Player show to be performed onstage in the Keihin Auditorium at Edgecombe Community College.


Don’t miss this season!

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