Pensacola, Florida
Saturday June 23rd 2018


Loblolly Returns for Halloween Cabaret

By Jennie McKeon

Keeping with its tradition of an annual Halloween cabaret, the Loblolly Theatre Company is back—at least for Halloween weekend.

Since the Loblolly Theatre lost its space in the old Sacred Heart building, it wasn’t clear if the company was going to be able to produce a show.

“We don’t know about the future,” said Patricia Simmons, acting coach and co-founder of the Loblolly Theatre. “It’s wonderful that we’re able to do this. It’s so hard to think about not doing a Halloween show.”

“A Crack in Reality: A Halloween Cabaret” will play the weekend before Halloween in the First City Art Center—formally Belmont Arts & Cultural Center.

“I’ve always felt that our theatre has something to offer everyone, and I am glad to see us have this new opportunity to redesign things a bit,” said Allison Winschief. “Loblolly certainly is not ending—this is only a metamorphosis.”

For the past 13 years, Loblolly has produced over 76 plays. It was the Halloween productions that were special since they were co-written by the Loblolly company.

“Yolanda [Reed, artistic director and co-founder] has been a unifying force,” Simmons said. “But the Halloween shows were more group written—by the body of creators that is the Loblolly Theatre.”

Much like the cabaret show last year at The Leisure Club, “A Crack in Reality: A Halloween Cabaret,” will feature songs, verses and prose from previous Halloween productions. There were some deletions, some additions, but as with any Loblolly performance, it will be entertaining.

“It’s a cabaret that explores the mythologies of Halloween,” Simmons said. “It’s for adults. It’s bawdy and grotesque. We’re pretty hideous in our costumes.”

“The audience can expect a ‘dark’ show—grotesque lyrics, sinister costumes, and haunting melodies,” added Winschief.

The cast this year is made up of: Winschief, Hunt Scarritt, Lisa Goodness and Patricia Simmons with Joe Winschief at the piano.

“The show is a little different this year: We have a new cast member and a different pianist, so adjustments have been made for that,” said Winschief. “We have added a few monologues and changed up some of the songs.
As Simmons expressed her gratitude for the community’s support to Loblolly, Winschief points out the good that Loblolly brings to the community.

“I think the Loblolly Halloween shows are the perfect example of how creative minds can collaborate and create something that not only educates, but also entertains the public,” Winschief said. “I am proud of the work we do and couldn’t be more honored to be part of a production.”

WHEN: 8 p.m. Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Oct. 29
WHERE:  First Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St., Classroom C
COST: $15, all proceeds toward Manna Food Bank of Pensacola, non-perishable donations are welcome
DETAILS: Call 479-4530 for reservations