The Last Night of Ballyhoo, a comedy by Alfred Uhry (the author of Driving Miss Daisy), opens this weekend at UW-Marinette. The Theatre on the Bay (TOB) production will be performed six times this month on the Nancy Gehrke Stage in the Herbert L. Williams Theatre, April 21–23 and April 28–30, with Friday and Saturday shows starting at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The play takes place in Atlanta, Ga., in December 1939. Lala Levy (McKenna Carvenough) is obsessed with the opening of the film Gone with the Wind and desperate to figure out who will take her to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. While news of Adolf Hitler’s march across Europe filters in through the newspaper and radio, the concerns of the Freitag/Levy family are closer to home. Lala and her cousin Sunny (Michaela Kaiser) come to a deeper understanding of themselves and their Jewish heritage while they struggle with their mothers (Lisa LeBoeuf as Boo Levy and Betsy Stuck as Reba Freitag), try to relate to their Uncle Adolf (Joshua Stuck), and find new love interests (Kenan Pulver as Joe Farkas and Travis Meyer as Peachy Weil).
The Last Night of Ballyhoo is directed by Rebecca Stone Thornberry, TOB artistic director. The production staff includes set and sound designer John Thornberry, lighting designer Chris Weber, and costume designer Annalisa Mines.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students, and free to current UW-Marinette students with ID. Reserved seats are available at www.marinette.uwc.edu/theatre. Tickets may also be purchased at the theatre box office one hour before every show. For additional ticket information, contact the main office at 715-735-4300, ext. 4301.
For more information about The Last Night of Ballyhoo, contact Rebecca Stone Thornberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW-Marinette is located at 750 W. Bay Shore St., Marinette.