Miss Dirt Turtle’s
garden Club

September
3, 4, 5 10, 11, 12

A Brand New Musical written in West Virginia, about West Virginia and produced and performed by West Virginians.

Surviving adolescence is hard anywhere, especially in underprivileged neighborhoods. Five 10-year-old best friends try to survive a summer of bullies, parents with substance abuse issues, broken homes … crime … social workers… thieves … slumlords … and Poverty. When hope is rare, and you are living in a world without solid earth beneath you it is hard to have hope. Especially when there seems to be no path forward. These five friends try to navigate all these pitfalls in a most unexpected way. Working in the sheltered garden of who they always thought was just a mean, strange old lady. A woman of very few words, Miss Dirt Turtle lays a path of “foundation” – starting with the earth around them. Can there be hope in a world that greatly stacks the odds against them? Can five average 10-year-olds, with the help of an Old Head, a social worker and some newly discovered comic book superheroes, find their way to a bright future? Like a garden, the seasons of these unlikely heroes slowly change them into who they really are. For sure, a seed can’t grow ‘til it’s planted in the ground.

     

Miss Dirt Turtle’s Garden Club
Written by Danny Boyd
with Music By Larry Groce
Directed by Adam Bryan
and Music Direction by Mark Scarpelli

 

Our 2020 Season


Miss Dirt Turtle’s Garden Club

Auditions June 26 & 27
September 3, 4, 5 10, 11, 12

Surviving adolescence is hard anywhere, especially in underprivileged neighborhoods. Five 10-
year-old best friends try to survive a summer of broken homes, bullies, thieves – All the many
pitfalls of their block. They try to navigate it in a most unexpected way: Working in the
sheltered garden of who they thought was just a mean, strange old lady. A woman of very few
words, Miss Dirt Turtle lays a path of “foundation” – Starting with the earth around them. Can
there be hope in a world that greatly stacks the odds against these kids? Can five average 10-
year-olds, with the help of an Old Head, a social worker and some newly discovered comic book
super-heroes, find their way to a bright future? For sure, a seed can’t grow ‘til its planted in the
ground.

The Wyrd Sisters

October 15, 16, 17 22, 23, 24
Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies).

A Christmas Carol

December 10, 11, 12 17, 18, 19

A Christmas Carol is a play about a mean-spirited and selfish old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas.  One cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge is unkind to the people who work for him, then refuses to give to charity, and then is rude to his nephew when he invites him to spend Christmas with him.  When Scrooge gets home, he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley – and then by three ghosts! They are the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future.  The ghosts’ journey through time teaches Scrooge the error of his ways. When he wakes up on Christmas Day he is full of excitement, and buys the biggest turkey in the shop for the Cratchit family before spending the day with his nephew, full of the joys of Christmas.

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You Might As well live

presented by the dorothy parker project

September 17 & 18 @ 7pm

Thirty years ago, actor Susan Marrash-Minnerly and playwright Glenn Griffin created a performance piece about the sharp-tongued wit Dorothy Parker, the toast of
Prohibition Era New York and Hollywood. Five years of research, writing, rewriting, and test performances yielded a good, solid piece of theatrical and literary art—the full-length, one-woman play You Might As Well Live.

Ms. Marrash-Minnerly has performed You Might As Well Live at Third Eye Repertory (NYC); Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Charlotte Writer’s Club, Borders Books and Music, Friends of the Library of Queens College, River Hills Women’s Club (all Charlotte, NC); and Converse College (Spartanburg, SC), and West Virginia StateUniversity, Insti tute, WV.
Then, because life happens, “Dottie” took a 20+ year sabbatical.
But, along with live theatre, she is back in all of her sardonic glory!

You Might As Well Live which explores our deepest desire to
leave a mark on this world and discover what our legacy will be. On the eve of her death, and determined to be remembered as more than the creator of such quips as “The overseas crossing was so rough, the only thing I could keep on my stomach was the first mate” Dorothy takes a pilgrimage through her own past. She rambles on to the ghost of her old friend Robert Benchley about such subjects as the bastardization of literature in the 1960’s, her hatred of Hemingway, and the joy she gets in knowing her long life is finally nearing an end.  In a journey paced with quick wit and a biting tongue, she sets out to make her mark on the literary scene of 1930’s New York City. From writing copy at Vogue magazine to theatrical reviews at Vanity Fair, becoming an original member of the
infamous Algonquin Round Table, to scripting such Hollywood classics as A Star Is Born, we watch as Dorothy climbs the ladder of success, fighting for acclaim and recognition
as a female author in a male-dominated world. She writes to escape her life only to discover that’s what her writing became.

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