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San Miguel Theater Company Launches First Show

By Mary Norquist

It’s here! San Miguel Theater Company (SMTC) opens October 15 with its inaugural show, Moonlight and Magnolias. The seats are in, the stage is built, and rehearsals are under way. “This is going to be a great show,” commented Henry Vermillion, co-director. “There are so many hilarious moments…it’s hard to keep a straight face during rehearsals.”

Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson
San Miguel Theater Company Inaugural Show
Wed, Oct 15-Sun, Oct 26
Wed-Sat, 7:30pm
Sun, 5pm
Ave Independencia 82
Tickets at La Conexion (Aldama 3 and Café Monet)
150 pesos; 250 pesos for Opening Night

Moonlight and Magnolias tells the story of legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick. He has just fired the director of Gone with the Wind and the script is on its umpteenth version. He desperately needs a new director and writer—immediately. However, the writer he wants, Ben Hecht, has never read the novel. Selznick gives him a brief synopsis of the story and offers him $15,000 to write a revised screenplay by the end of the week.

Selznick also calls in director Victor Fleming, pulling him from finishing The Wizard of Oz to be the new director of Gone With the Wind. Hecht is still not sold on the success of the story line, but Selznick believes in this movie, so much, that he locks the three of them in his office for five days, with bananas and peanuts as their only food, to pull together a new script.

Work begins. Selznick and Fleming attempt to act out all the characters in the novel while Hecht types. Early in the week, Hecht and Fleming constantly clash. By day three, fatigue, hunger, and sarcasm prevail. Tempers flare. There’s even an attempt to escape from the office—if only for a shower and a meal.

Completing this job may take everything these men have to give! Come take a fun, farcical look at the behind-the-scene birth of one of the most beloved films of all time.

Starring in this SMTC Production are Mick Diener as David Selznick, Ken Albanese as Ben Hecht, Jim Newell as Victor Fleming, and Phoebe Greyson as Miss Popenguel. “So many people are working on this show…costumes, props, advertising, programs, stage management…we are blessed to have such talented performers and behind-the-scenes people,” said Mary Norquist, executive director. “It ‘takes a village’ to do a lot of things and this is one great example.”

Opening Night is a “red carpet” event! “We are hosting our Opening Night audience to a reception following the show with champagne, wine and other drinks; appetizers; and entertainment by DuoTunes: Improvised Duets for Guitar and Piano.

DuoTunes is one of those daring musical concepts that also sounds great in action: sensitively improvised duets based on familiar standards and show tunes, realized by guitarist Ken Basman and multi-instrumentalist Doug Robinson. Their shows have been described as “spontaneous, introspective and thrilling at the same time.” Both musicians have long lists of accomplishments. Tickets for opening night are 350 pesos including the show, the reception, drinks, appetizers, and entertainment.

Enjoy free secured parking and a taxi concierge to insure you have a taxi waiting after the show.

Tickets to the remaining nine shows are 150 pesos each. All seats are reserved and tickets are available October 1 at La Conexion (Aldama 3 and Café Monet). All seats have great sightlines to the stage and are no further than about 15 feet from the stage.


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