Pensacola Little Theatre patrons are looking forward to the Studio 400 Series production of Della’s Diner, third in the series by Atlanta playwright Tom Edwards. The new installment opening November 4, 2010, features the same characters from the first two episodes, with an all-new mix of country music standards and contemporary hits. Cast members Bill Whalen and Debi Dunkerley are returning veterans of the show. New cast members include Olga Dancaescu, Jessica Westbrook, April Sargent, Wayne Peacock and Jay Bixler.
Della’s Diner is a rollicking farce that sends up soap operas and southern idiosyncrasies to the tune of a country western soundtrack. Performed in the M.C. Blanchard Courtroom at the Pensacola Cultural Center, it’s an up-close-and-personal theatre experience that may even have you dodging the baby. This production contains mature language and situations.
The show’s director is Maureen McNeill, who directed and acted in last season’s MainStage comedy Southern Hospitality. Maureen is a recent graduate of Florida State University’s School of Theatre. She will be on stage again later this month in Nuncrackers, a Curtain Call Production in PLT’s Russenberger Theatre.
Performance dates for Della’s Diner are November 4-6 and 12-14, 2010. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm. On Sunday November 14, the performance begins at 2:30pm. Ticket prices are $17 for café seating and $10 for general admission. A $1 handling fee is added to all tickets sold. Tickets are now available through the Box Office Monday through Friday from 10am to 5:30pm, in person or by phone at (850) 432-2042. The Box Office is also open for one hour before each performance. Special thanks to our media sponsors: News Radio 1620, Ballinger Publishing, AT&T’s Real Yellow Pages.
Other upcoming productions at PLT include the holiday farce Nuncrackers opening November 17, the family musical Madeline’s Christmas opening on December 10, and a holiday music revue December 20-22. Tickets for those productions and all shows in our 74th Season are available for purchase at the Box Office or phone 850/432-2042.
Kooky Christmas carols and nutty nuns take stage for a holiday musical-comedy!
Valerie Russenberger’s Curtain Call Productions presents “Nuncrackers.”
The Little Sisters of Hoboken are putting on their first Cable Access show live from a basement studio at the convent, and it’s not going well. A student hit Sister Mary Leo in the shin, and she may not be able to dance the Nutcracker Ballet. All the Christmas presents have been stolen, and the cook, Sister Julia, Child of God is nowhere to be found. It’s up to the remaining nuns, Father Virgil, and some of Mt. Saint Helen’s most talented students to save the show!
“Nuncrackers” is presented by Valerie Russenberger’s Curtain Call Productions and sponsored by The Oar House. It’s a follow-up to the hilarious musical “Nunsense,” which Curtain Call Productions presented at Pensacola Little Theatre in 2004. The new show re-introduces the zany characters from the first production and puts them in predicaments that will have the audience laughing non-stop.
Russenberger says “Nuncrackers” is not only, “very funny, it’s family-friendly, and involves the audience in several bits such as the Secret Santa drawing and singing Christmas carols.” While it pokes a bit of fun at the Sisters, it’s also very respectful. The show’s creator Dan Goggin is Catholic and wrote the show in tribute to the good-natured, fun-loving nuns he knew.
In addition to Russenberger, the cast includes Angela Baroco, Nicholas Burch, Kathy Holsworth, Emma Jensen, Donna Quinn and Vincent Teschel, who is also choreographer. The director is Jerry Ahillen with music direction by Tom Baroco. Media support is provided by Barnes West Productions, Mediacom, AT&T Real Yellow Pages, Valpak of Northwest Florida, and News Radio 1620AM.
“Nuncrackers” is playing for five days only, November 17-21, in the Russenberger Theatre at the Pensacola Cultural Center. Wednesday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$20-$18-$15. Groups of 20 or more will receive a group rate of $10 per ticket for seating in Rows F and back. A $1 handling fee is assessed on all tickets printed. Tickets may be purchased at the PLT Box Office, 400 S. Jefferson Street, Pensacola or by phone at (850) 432-2042.
Pensacola Little Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization proudly celebrating its 74th Season. Upcoming musicals include the Treehouse Theatre production of “Madeline’s Christmas” opening December 10, a Holiday Revue of carols on December 20-22, and a celebration of the famed Broadway composer “Side by Side by Sondheim” opening January 28, 2011. Shop for the holidays at Pensacola Little Theatre! PLT’s FlexPASS gives the gift of entertainment and allows recipients to choose the shows they want to see from nearly two dozen productions scheduled over the next twelve months. For details, visit the PLT Box Office or call (850) 432-2042.