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'The Last Night of Ballyhoo' Opens Thursday

Show Features 'Gone With the Wind' Premiere as Backdrop to Atlanta-based Comedy-Drama

February 21, 2013

Timothy Wiederhold, portraying Joe Farkas, gets friendly with Susan Dicken's character, Sunny Freitag, as the jealous LalaLevy, played by Rebekah Muchmore, does a slow burn in Wilmington College Theatre's

Timothy Wiederhold, portraying Joe Farkas, gets friendly with Susan Dicken's character, Sunny Freitag, as the jealous LalaLevy, played by Rebekah Muchmore, does a slow burn in Wilmington College Theatre's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," which runs Thursday through Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

Wilmington College Theatre will explore the work of renowned American playwright Alfred Uhry with the presentation of the comedy The Last Night of Ballyhoo Feb. 21, 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

Uhry, author of the beloved Driving Miss Daisy, once again explores the unique culture of Atlanta, Georgia, with this look into the lives of members of a blended Jewish family in December of 1939.

Steven Haines is directing the winter show with Lois Hock providing set and lighting design and Becky Haines sound.

The cast features: Rebecca Muchmore as Lala Levy, Morgan L. Smith as Reba Freitag, Vicki Wilson as Boo Levy, Zach Hughes as Adolph Freitag, Timmy Widerhold as Joe Farkas, Susan Dicken as Sunny Freitag and Joey Schoettelkotte as Peachy Weil.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a comedy set in Atlanta’s upper class, German-Jewish community late in the Great Depression. It’s 1939 and Hitler has recently conquered Poland and, in Atlanta the film, Gone with the Wind, is receiving its world premiere.

The blended family of Reba Freitag and Beulah Levy is greatly anticipating the upcoming of Ballyhoo, a lavish social dance sponsored by their exclusive country club. Twenty-something cousins Sunny and Lala explore their not-so-similar views of life as they anticipate Ballyhoo in the face of family history and expectations, their place in Atlanta society, and their desire for lives of individuality – no to mention the possibility of encounters with Clark Gable and Margaret Mitchell.

Alfred Uhry’s works are not new to the Heiland stage. Both Driving Miss Daisy and the musical, Parade, have been produced by WC Theatre. Uhry’s childhood memories are the inspiration for Ballyhoo, which was commissioned by the Olympic Arts Festival for the1996 Summer Olympics at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre.

Reservations are available by contacting the Theatre Box Office weekdays, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., at (937) 382-6661 ext. 267.