Valentine’s Day weekend was a good one for the cast and crew of the Foothills Community Players. The troupe put on their production of “Sabrina Fair,” which included a Friday night, Feb. 12, dinner theater and then shows on Saturday, Feb. 13, and a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 14.
“Sabrina Fair was a wonderful success a far as the quality of the theater,” said Tom Ireland, chair of the Foothills Community Players publicity and marketing committee. “We had good attendance. We had issues with snow on Friday night but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit. They showed up on Saturday and Sunday. We had a total of about 519 people, which is pretty good.”
Ireland said the dinner theater presentation was very successful. “We had 109 people actually come. We had more reservations, but for a variety of reason, only 109 showed,” he said.
“Sabrina Fair” was received well by the audience, said Ireland. “The fact it was done on Valentine’s weekend was a real coup. We had a love story that had everything from tenderness to comedy to family tension,” he said. “It was all part of an exciting theater experience.”
Ireland said the Foothills Community Players’ next production is going to be on July 2-4 and July 8 - 11. “It is the Meredith Wilson’s ‘The Music Man.’ It will be the first community theater production to appear on the stage in main hall of the Clayton Center for the Arts. We are absolutely delighted about that. We are the theater group in residence for the Clayton Center for the Arts,” he said. “We are getting ready to do auditions in April and are looking for talented people of all ages who can act, sing and dance.”
Ireland said Terry Silver Alford will direct the play. Amy Moore Morton will serve as dance director and Melanie Maness will be musical director.
“It is going to be a cast of over 40 people. The story is American classic and also is a love story,” he said.
Lisa Blair, president and founder of Foothills Community Players, said the positive response from “Sabrina Fair” will definitely give their next play momentum. “We’ve been building momentum with every production. ‘Sabrina Fair’ was extremely well attended and very much liked by the audience. We got great feedback,” she said. “We’re really excited by the amount of attention ‘Sabrina Fair’ got, and we believe it will carry over to bring even more people into see the ‘Music Man.’”
Ireland said that while the company is the resident community theater group at the Clayton Center for the Arts, the troupe will continue to do one or two shows a season at the Capitol Theater in downtown Maryville, depending on the kinds of venue needed for the productions. “Different shows call for different venues,” he said.