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Theatre Program to Stage "The Glass Menagerie"


Williams Baptist College’s Theatre Program will close its 2013 -2014 season with the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.  The production will be staged March 13-14, at 7:30 p.m., in WBC’s Old Chapel.

The Glass Menagerie, which is sometimes described as an autobiographical tale about Tennessee Williams’ life in St. Louis, is a memory play about Tom Wingfield and his recollection of his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura. The plot involves Amanda wanting to find a suitor for her daughter Laura, and Tom deciding to invite and involve his co-worker Jim, the gentleman caller.

In preparation for the production, Melinda Williams, assistant professor of communication arts and director of the production, took the show’s cast to tour the playwright’s childhood home in Columbus, Miss.  The group toured Williams’ home, the Episcopal church where his grandfather was pastor, saw some of the houses in the town and talked to a resident that leads the Tennessee Williams Festival every September.

“Since The Glass Menagerie is said to be autobiographical, I thought it would help the actors learn about the life of Tennessee Williams,” said the director.  “I think it helped the cast see the individuals in the play as real people instead of just another character.”

While in Columbus, the group purchased costumes at a vintage clothing shop.

“I wanted to not only buy clothes from Williams’ hometown, but also from a particular store called The Attic.  This store has provided costumes for movies like The Help,” added Williams.  She said she also purchased a tie worn by an actor in a past Tennessee Williams Festival production.

Justin Reed, a freshman from Sherwood, Ark., plays Jim, the gentlemen caller.  “It is a shocking and up close and personal play,” stated Reed, who is acting in his first WBC production.

The cast also includes seniors Brandt McDonald of Concord, Ark., Anna Kane of Harrison, Ark. and Callison Hopkins of Southaven, Miss.

The public is invited to attend the production. Tickets are $1 for students and senior citizens and $3 general admission. 

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