Chattanooga Now Mishaps and laughter abound in 'Play On!'

Chattanooga Now Mishaps and laughter abound in 'Play On!'

July 11th, 2018 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art

Standing, in back, from left, are Greg Guinn as the villain actor, Kelsey Jordan as the playwright, Dillon Hartley as the director, Gavin Russell as the techie, Zachery Green, as the stage manager and Jack Pressley as the intern. Seated, from left, are Michael Tate, Keegan Westra, Sarah Lee and Madeline Cepeda (on floor). (Photo Contributed from Emily Miller)

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

If you go

› What: “Play On!”

› Where: Mars Theater, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Georgia

› When: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, July 13-14, 20-21; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, July 15 and 22

› Admission: $12, $13 and $15

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Back Alley Productions opens a comedy about the mishaps of theater productions on Friday, July 13, when "Play On!" is presented in Mars Theater in LaFayette, Georgia, for six performances.

"Play On!" utilizes a show-within-a-show format. The story takes place in a small Georgia town where a community theater group is rehearsing a murder-mystery, "Murder Most Foul."

But it's four days to opening night and none of the cast remembers their lines, the set is nowhere near finished, the costumes don't fit and the playwright keeps rewriting the script.

This results in hilarious arguments among the director, cast and crew while one laughter-inducing misfortune after the other occurs during rehearsals. The audience watches the play's progression from hysterically chaotic rehearsals to opening night — when everything that can go wrong, does.

"If you've ever seen a live theater show, 'Play On!' will seem familiar," says director Emily Miller.

"We've all been to a performance where a giant crash is heard backstage during the most serious scene or the wig falls off the lead actress. All those little mishaps are compounded in 'Play On!' Anyone involved in any aspect of live production will be able to empathize with the story's characters, which includes comedic takes not only on the actors, but the director, the stage manager, the local playwright, the audio/lighting technician and the intern."

The ensemble cast includes Dillon Hartley, Gavin Russell, Zachery Green, Keegan Westra, Sara Miller, Michael Tate, Greg Guinn, Kelsey Jordan, Sarah Lee, Madeline Cepeda and Jack Pressley.

Audiences are advised that the show contains mild language.

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