Hiwassee In The News
10/13/2016 - Hiwassee College to Perform Tony Award-Winning Comedy-Drama
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
MADISONVILLE, TN – Hiwassee College Theatre Department will perform the comedy-drama The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 20-22nd at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 23rd. The play will take place at Hiwassee Performing Arts Center on the college campus.
Set on the eve of the releases of Gone with the Wind opening, The Last Night of Ballyhoo follows Lala and Sunny, two Jewish cousins trying to assimilate to Protestant culture, in 1939 Atlanta, Georgia. The young women struggle as they search for dates to Ballyhoo, a Jewish-only winter holiday dance with hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking results. On the cusp of the second World War, Lala and Sunny, together with their and uncle and mothers, the look to each other as they search for their Jewish identity.
“The quest for identity is universal,” says director Micah Montague. “Alfred Uhry explores this theme and characters with such a light hand, the characters are immediately identifiable as someone you probably know.”
Uhry is best known for his stage classic, Driving Miss Daisy.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo was commissioned by the Olympic Arts Festival for the 1996 Summer Olympics and stage at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre that year. In 1997, it opened at the Helen Hays Theatre on Broadway where it ran for 556 performances. The play was nominated for multiple Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony Awards, for which it took Best Play. Ballyhoo was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo features veteran college performers and current students Kain Shaw, Molly Jackson, and Haylee Kennedy. Joining them are newcomers to the Hiwassee stage freshmen Shelby Dawson, Kyle Goins, Mckenzie Totherow, and Sweetwater High School sophomore Sophie McCosh.
“The reintroduction of theatre scholarships have given so many fresh faces to participate in Ballyhoo,” adds Montague.
A total of seven cast and crew members involved in the production are recipients of Hiwassee College theatre scholarships, institutional aid that assists in defraying student tuition.
Hiwassee College theatre scholarships are available to returning and new students in the spring and are awarded by audition and interview. Contact Micah Montague at email@example.com for information.
Tickets for The Last Night of Ballyhoo are available at the door. Adults are $12 and children/students with ID are $8. Hiwassee College students and staff are free. For more information, call Hiwassee College Business Office at 423-442-2001 or visit the college website at www.hiwassee.edu.