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The Tater Patch Players is a busy, active community theater troupe which produces five-main stage productions annually. We also have special productions, movies and concerts, added throughout the year. We are conveniently located at 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, Georgia.
Our theater, complete with presentation equipment, great acoustics and comfortable seating for over 100, can be a great location for YOUR group to hold meetings, workshops or other get-togethers. Enjoy the website and learn more about us. If you have a show or an act you would like to produce at our theater, or if you wish to discuss renting all or part of our theater for an activity, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-253-2800.
“Who is Sylvia, what is she?”
So begins a famous sonnet by Shakespeare. The play “Sylvia”, by A.R. Gurney, begins very differently. Sylvia is a dog, played by Marena Leonard, who was found in the park by Greg, played by Alex Nawrocki. Greg is middle aged, well-to-do, married to a very successful teacher and recently moved into a city apartment, presumably in Manhattan. Life should be great for the couple — their nest is empty, their social calendar is full, Greg has a good job, Kate, his wife, played by Ellen Painter, has an increasingly successful teaching career. She is developing a curriculum to teach Shakespeare to inner-city middle schoolers. And one day, into this classy empty nest, Greg brings Sylvia. She is a very self-sufficient dog with a distinct personality, who has found him in the park. Sylvia and Greg converse with one another about their new-found bond as Sylvia explores her new home. Kate, on the other hand, has no room in her life for the street-wise, slightly foul-mouthed, Sylvia.
So begins their journey together. This play explores, with wit and style, the nature of relationships. Husband and wife, man and dog, man and his work, men and their pets in general, and the way we adapt our lives to one another. There are many laugh-out-loud moments, and a few blushes. There are recognizable moments and revelations. There are also crazy moments, such as the scene with psychiatrist Leslie, who thrives on her ambiguity. Leslie, played by Teresa Harris, struggles to maintain her professional demeanor and her gender-neutrality, as Kate and Greg seek counsel about their relationship. Harris appears in another scene as the rather self-satisfied socialite, Phyllis, who is brought down to earth by her first encounter with Sylvia. Greg and Sylvia acquire a friend, Tom, played by John Tinsley, at the nearby park. Tom, owner of the ruggedly handsome Bowser, is a man who knows a lot about dogs, and many other subjects. He is not at all shy about sharing his knowledge with Greg, and with the audience.
These five actors, ably directed by veteran Tater Patch member, actor, and director Stanley O’Kelley, have put together a complex and intriguing show for your enjoyment. Lovers of dogs, of comedy and of the foibles of fellow humans will find an evening of delight with Sylvia and her people. Please join us April 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26. The two Sunday performances are at 2PM and the rest are at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. Advance tickets may be bought by clicking on the “buy tickets” button above, or at the box office beginning one hour before each performance.
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Buy tickets for the four remaining productions for $50 each. That’s only $12.50 per show. Tater Patch Players is the best entertainment bargain around!
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Sylvia, by A. R. Gurney opens April 10. See the synopsis above.
Nunsense, by Dan Goggin, opens July 17. Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns,tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, opens September 18. This is a new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” have brought forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave. With multiple Hydes portrayed by members of the cast.
A review of another theater’s performance of this play said “This is not your grandfather’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In Hatcher’s version, the dark Hyde indeed comes out, and he is evil beyond measure. But not all evil: He loves, and is loved. Too, Jekyll isn’t the pure soul we’ve come to believe him to be. Hatcher has written a play that honors the original, but gives a more complex interpretation of the dual nature of man. A dark and disturbing story liberally peppered with humor.”
It’s a Wonderful Life: the Radio Play opens November 27. Probably everyone in America knows the warm story of George Bailey and how he came to what might have been his last Christmas and Clarence, the Angel Second-Class who want to earn his wings. In this adaptation by Tony Palermo, a veteran of stage and radio performances, our audience gets to experience the nostalgic feelings of a simpler time. We create this 1946 radio studio and the costumes and the hairstyles. We even do radio commercials from the time and have organ music accompaniment for parts of the radio show. Also like the live radio broadcasts of the period, all the sound effects also are done on stage. Come be part of the “Live Radio Audience” for this family-friendly trip back in time.
Click on “Calendar” above, to get the dates for every show. Ticket prices and season ticket rates will remain the same for 2015. Tater Patch Players is your best entertainment value!
We need your support ~ ways you can help
No theater or arts group in the country can pay for its production by ticket sales alone. Buying tickets helps us and entertains you. We generally finance all the shows from their own revenues and our casts, crews and front of house staff are all volunteers. The work of our volunteers is amazing, but paying the mortgage requires more than talent and dedication. Yes, our bankers, insurers, and others we do business with want cash. Ticket prices alone don’t cover our expenses. We need donors, advertisers, and sponsors. Many people write extra checks this time of year to support their favorite non-profit 501(c)3 organizations. Won’t you consider including Tater Patch Players in your year-end giving? As an all-volunteer organization, we would love you to come out and donate your time, too! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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