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U of O Theatre presents “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”

April 5, 2006
By cnp
Posted in Theatre

Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks Theatre Department will present the production of "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" on April 20 and 21 in the Walton Fine Arts Center.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens. Written by Alfred Uhry, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” is set in 1939 to 1941 in Atlanta. In December of 1939, “Gone With The Wind” is having its world premiere in Atlanta and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with Ballyhoo, the premiere social event of the season. Lala Levy doesn’t have a date for the dance held on the last night of Ballyhoo, and her family is getting mighty worried. “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” is a light and tender romantic comedy/drama of family discovery and commitment. Uhry, who also wrote “Driving Miss Daisy,” saw his work “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” win the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play. The university’s production will be directed by U of O Theatre Professor Pat Farmer. Ozarks Theatre Professor Bruce B. Brown is the scenic and costume designer, India Judd is the lighting designer; Valerie Powell is the makeup designer, Jon Derrington is the sound designer and Jena Moreau is the stage manager. The cast includes, Danielle Cheri Stover as Lala Levy, Grace Harnish as Boo Levy, Lacey Kennedy as Reba Freitag, James M. Pritchett as Adolph Freitag, Garrett Kilgore as Joe Farkas, Leah Short as Sunny Freitag, and Phillip Perez as Peachy Weil.