Looking for some drama in your life? Showtimers’ upcoming show may be just what you are looking for.
The play, “Come Back Little Sheba” opens on Nov. 12 and concludes on Nov. 23 at Showtimers Community Theatre located at 2067 McVitty Road.
“Come Back Little Sheba” was a play before it was a movie, written by William Inge in the 1950′s. The main character Lola’s dog, Sheba, disappears and according to Jayne Brill, director of the play, “It’s about letting go of the past and moving forward. It’s one of the first plays of its time to deal with alcoholism and addiction which is in the household she lives in.”
The main character Lola, is played by Della Mason-Stacey and Barry Bedwell plays the role of Doc. About 11 people make up the cast but it will take approximately 25 to put the show off every night.
“It’s the first play to ever deal openly with addiction alcoholism,” Brill said. “It’s very much a drama, but there is also humor in it, too. We have a great cast and several new faces for this show, and I’m excited to be working with the regulars and the new ones.”
This will be Brill’s second play she has directed at Showtimers, but she has been involved with Showtimers since 1992 and played many roles including, on stage, back stage, acting, stage managing, director, cleaning, whatever needs to be done, she said. She has also served on the board of directors and recently finished directing at Virginia Western Community College.
When Brill, who is originally from Ohio, isn’t following her passion of theater, she works as an accountant clerk.
“When I found Showtimers, I thought where else should I get my feet wet and get back into theatre but at a community theater,” she said.
“It’s a very expensive hobby. It takes a lot of your time and commitment. It’s more of a passion. I can’t imagine not doing it. It’s just part of my life. When the show closes it’s like, ok what am I going to do with my evenings. It’s a great mentoring program also, not just for young people but for people’s first time on stage.”
Showtimers Community Theater will be putting on the play, “Come Back Little Sheba” Nov. 12 – 23 on Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.