WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION--April 28th, 29th, & 30th.
This Spring it’s about drama, and there is no better than one of the most celebrated courtroom dramas of all time, "Witness for the Prosecution", to be held at the Goodnight Auditorium in Franklin, KY on April 28th, 29th, & 30th. "The Witness for the Prosecution" is a short story and play by British author Agatha Christie. The story was initially published as "Traitor Hands" in 1925. In 1933, the story was published for the first time as "Witness for the Prosecution" and in 1948, was finally published in the United States.
When Leonard Vole, a poor, out of work, struggling inventor is arrested for the sensational murder of a lonely and wealthy widowed acquaintance, Emily French, the famous attorney, Wilfrid Robarts, agrees to appear on his behalf.
The initial evidence is circumstantial but points to the charming Vole as the murderer. Despite being happily married to East German, Romaine Vole, he fostered the friendship with Miss French in the hopes that she would finance one of his many inventions. It does not help his case when it is learned that Miss French changed her will prior to her murder with Vole being the primary beneficiary of a very large estate. Leonard states that he knew nothing about the will. Romaine is apparently the only alibi Leonard has to his whereabouts at the time of the murder. The usual methods Robarts uses to test his clients' guilt or innocence leads to him believing that Vole is indeed innocent. As the trial progresses, the prosecution calls a surprise witness, one that could place a nail in the coffin of Robarts’ planned line of defense. As he gets deeper and deeper into the case, something doesn't quite sit right with him, although he doesn't know what it is. The primary questions become how far Robarts will go to obtain evidence to acquit Vole and if he will ever discover why he feels that there is something odd about the case.
The "WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION" CAST is as follows: GARY WEILAGE as Leonard Vole; MORGAN COOK as Romaine ; CHAD DRAKE as Wilfred Robarts; LARRY GIBSON as Mr. Mayhew, another defense attorney; MR.KATHY BAGWELL as Mrs. Carter, Robarts’ office manager; JANE LEWIS as Greta, his secretary; ROGER ELDRIDGE as Mr. Myers, the prosecuting attorney; MICKEY LEWIS, JR. as another Prosecution Attorney; BEN PHILLIPS as Judge Wainwright; DIXIE BUSCHING as Clerk of the Court; STEPHANIE DOWNEY as Janet Mackenzie, Emily French’s housekeeper; JOHN HERMANN as Detective Hearne; NANCY UHLS as Dr. Wyatt; and BRITTANY BAGWELL as the Young Woman. This is a very diverse cast with a lot of theatre experience. You will not want to miss it!
The play will be directed by Barbara Shriver who has also directed Love Letters, Barefoot in the Park and A Raisin in the Sun for the F-S Arts Council. Advance tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Tickets will be available at The Gallery on the Square in downtown Franklin, 270-586-8055 or on-line at www.franklinsimpsonarts.org .
THE WIZARD OF OZ --July 20-23, 2017
The Franklin-Simpson Arts Council will be off to see the Wizard this summer! The Franklin-Simpson Arts Council is excited to be producing the beloved classic musical“THE WIZARD OF OZ” this summer under the direction of Jeff Moore and music direction of Elizabeth Little Cook. Auditions will be held on May 22 and 23 from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Goodnight Auditorium in Franklin. The cast includes the main characters of Dorothy, her three traveling companions-the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, along with Glenda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West, and of course the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. But to support these characters, the production requires a hard-working chorus who will portray the roles of Munchkins, crows, apple trees, poppies, Ozians, Winkies, and of course the fearsome flying monkeys. Cast members can range in age from 7 and up.
"The Wizard of Oz is the original American fairytale brought to life by way of a great American art form, musical theatre", remarked Jeff Moore about the upcoming production. The Wizard of Oz is a story about "A man without a brain, another without a heart, one scaredy cat, a conman, and two women fighting over a pair of shoes”. That is a great recipe for a fun summer theatrical experience” so please join us for a trip down the yellow brick road as a cast or audience member of this classic musical taking the stage of the Goodnight Auditorium in Franklin from July 20-23, 2017. Tickets will go on sale in June and will be available at the Gallery on the Square in downtown Franklin, 270-586-8055 or on-line at www.franklinsimpsonarts.org .
JAMES GREGORY--September 14th
What do we all love as much, if not more, than music and drama? We all love to laugh.... and that is just what you will do when you come to Franklin in September to see comedian, James Gregory. Even if you haven't heard of James Gregory, there's a good chance you've heard him on radio or TV. The veteran comedian and Georgia native, who bills himself as "The Funniest Man in America”, creates an evening of non-stop laughter with a wry sense of the absurd, a Southern accent and universal story-telling. The ridiculous, the common and sometimes even the simplest events all become hilarious in the hands of this master storyteller and world-class comedian. The concert begins at 7:00pm at the Goodnight Auditorium on Thursday, September 14th. Tickets will be $25.00 for reserve seating downstairs and $18.00 for Balcony seating and will go on sale in July. Tickets will be available at The Gallery on the Square in downtown Franklin, 270-586-8055 or on-line at www.franklinsimpsonarts.org
For any questions or further information on any of the above-mentioned events, please contact the Franklin-Simpson Arts Council Director, Brownie Bennett, at 270-586-6799 or 270-776-5783.