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Posted: December 16, 2015

Southern comfort, charm highlight explosive family drama

Cranbrook Community Theatre (CCT) brings Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to the Stage Door Theatre in January 2016.

First presented in 1955, the themes of this play cannot be tied to any era. It’s a sprawling, high-energy tale that fits somewhere between ‘Dallas’ and Shakespeare.

At rehearsal are local actors Sean Swinwood as the troubled Brick and Big Daddy played by Alexander Gilmour, in Cranbrook Community Theatre’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Photo by Jennifer Inglis
At rehearsal are local actors Sean Swinwood as the troubled Brick and Big Daddy played by Alexander Gilmour, in Cranbrook Community Theatre’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Photo by Jennifer Inglis

The audience will join the Pollitt family as they celebrate Big Daddy’s 65th birthday. Set in the bedroom of Big Daddy’s troubled son Brick and his wife Maggie, family members clash over their futures, face truths, and tackle the question of who deserves to take hold of the largest plantation in the Delta.

Director Terry Miller has gathered his dream cast and crew to tackle this classic. “This is a rich story, with complex characters and requires a highly skilled group to make the best of it,” said Miller.

“Although everything about this play appears simple, none of it is, and I am so very lucky to have this group of wonderful people helping me put this show together,” he added.

Con a Hot Tin Roof runs for 10 nights: January 15 & 16; January 20-23; and 27-30 at the Studio/Stage Door, 11-11th Ave South, Cranbrook.

Tickets are available at Lotus Books. All performances start at 8 p.m.

Odd Couple to follow

The second show of CCT’s 2015/2016 season, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof continues the theme of family.

The families we are born into, marry into and the families we choose – our friends. The final show of the season is Neil Simon’s Odd Couple set to hit the stage in May 2016.

CCT has been entertaining Cranbrook and area audiences for more than 50 years. The society strives to promote and develop local talent: on stage, behind the scenes, or in the director’s chair. CCT believes theatre, music, dance, and art play an important part in the community, and are pleased to call the Studio/Stage Door home.

Lead image: Local talent rehearsing for Cranbrook Community Theatre’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The high-drama play opens January 15, 2016 at the Stage Door Theatre. Photo by Sally Masters


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