Camilla Upchurch, veteran director of Central Indiana community theatre, is bringing her expertise to Longstreet Playhouse in Danville.
Producer Jennifer VonDeylen and Hendricks Civic Theatre will present Upchurch's version of Bruce Graham's "Moon Over the Brewery" Friday through Sunday March 22 through April 7. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. There will be no performance on March 31. Tickets are $10 for senior citizens ages 62 and older and students 18 and younger. Ticket prices for everyone else are $12.
Longstreet Playhouse is north of Danville and south of Pittsboro at 4998 N. C.R. 100 E., Danville (corner of County roads 500 North and 100 East). Reservations are recommended and are available by calling 252-9626 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Moon Over the Brewery" is a "jewel of a show" according to the director, and it centers around the relationship between a free-spirited mother and her quiet but imaginative 13-year-old daughter. Upchurch says that while she never had an imaginary friend, she has friends who spent their childhoods with one - and she finds the idea an appealing one. She has been hoping for several years to find the right venue for this production and thinks Longstreet Playhouse provides it. Upchurch describes the script as "a coming-of-age story with a twist."
The "twist" comes in the imaginary presence of Randolph, who most obligingly shows up in appropriate costume to complement the setting of whatever novel Amanda (the 13-year-old) is reading. It is through her conversations with Randolph that she comes to understand herself and her mother Marian.
Sara Klimenko plays the upbeat but hardworking Miriam. She likes Miriam's positivity and the way she relates to her daughter through love. Klimenko was a theatre major at Ball State University and has both acted in and directed many shows since.