HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera.
Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera is pleased to announce its 40th Season opening show,A Catered Affair, which will be performed August 5-9 at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center. It will be a light dessert and coffee affair, much like a wedding reception, in keeping with the tone of the show.
“I've been in love with this show since I discovered it five years ago,” enthuses Tammy Mansfield, who is both stage director and music director for the show. “The story is touching and funny, and the music is absolutely beautiful.”
It takes place in the Bronx, circa 1953. A happy bride is about to receive a wedding that she never asked for. But you can’t convince her overbearing mother of that pesky detail. The songs are by John Bucchino, with book by Harvey Fierstein. A teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky, later worked into the 1956 Gore Vidal film The Catered Affair, is the source material.
The Broadway production received 12 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most of any show of the 2007-2008 season, and was chosen as Best Musical by the New York Drama League. The show also received Tony nominations for Faith Prince (Best Actress), Tom Wopat (Best Actor), and Jonathan Tunick (Best Orchestrations).
Local actors Jennie Bounds and David Echevarria headline as parents of the bride. Mariah Leblanc plays the bride, and Chase Brewer is the groom. Brandon Hayes, Mike Lopinto and Lucy Sanguinetti appear in supporting roles along with Daniel Lewis, Lauren Broome, Tammy Matlock and Lauren Rainey.
Mansfield’s involvement with HCLO goes back nine years. She directed the well-received 2013 dinner theatre Godspell and has served as music director for such productions as Grease; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; The Drowsy Chaperone; The Producers; and the precedent-setting 2014 production of Les Miserables.
“The show ultimately points out,” she affirms, “that we need to love and appreciate the people in our lives and to open our eyes to all the experiences life throws our way before they pass us by.”