Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 21, 2013

HCT presents 'Moon Over the Brewery'


— 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 reservations@hendrickscivic.com.

"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.

Morgan Ray, a student at Southport High School, is Amanda, confiding her hopes and fears to Randolph and learning to find her place in life. Though still young, Ray already has a long theatre resume.

Jeremy Grimmer is Randolph. A seasoned theatre veteran and graduate of Indiana State University, he likes roles that expose him to the energy and talent that he finds in this cast.

The fourth member of the cast is Kevin Shadle, who plays Warren, the mailman and new love interest in Miriam's life. Shadle has worked with Upchurch in the past and he describes Warren as "not dashing but determined."

More information about Hendricks Civic Theatre and this production can be found online at HendricksCivic.com.