Join the Rend Lake College Theatre for some side-splitting fun with the upcoming children’s musical "Gone with the Breeze," a spoof not only of the classic film starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, but also of the chaos of casting a huge Hollywood movie.
According to Rend Lake College Theatre Instructor Tracey Webb, the play runs Thursday, June 3, through Sunday, June 6, at the RLC Theatre. Performances on the first three dates will be at 7 p.m. and the June 6 performance will be a 2 p.m. matinee.
"Gone with the Breeze" centers on the fictional novel of the same name by one Lucy Belle Bankhead. The nation soon hears Hollywood’s Lone Pine Films, the movie maker that focuses on youth, is planning "Gone with the Breeze" as its next major flick -- after winning the bidding war to everyone’s surprise. (Lone Pine’s last film was a bike flick, "Gasoline Opera," starring the brash young Monty Missouri.)
Although hundreds of aspiring young actresses descend on the town, Lone Pine already has decided that Peggy Tempest, the most powerful -- and temperamental -- star in town, will play the heroine, spunky 18-year-old Jezebel O’Toole. In over their heads with what could be the biggest hit of the year, producers Ruth Wintersole and Huckleberry Jones decide to try and keep the temperamental Tempest in line by cooking up a publicity stunt in which they will scour the countryside in search of the perfect Jezebel.
However, Jones and Wintersole find more than they bargained for in Vicki Rawlins, a genuine Southern belle who charms everyone, especially the press, more than the producers would like and who, worse yet, has some real talent.
Another complication arises when it is discovered that Jones and Wintersole do not actually have the film rights to Bankhead’s novel, and lawyers start materializing. Lots of lawyers. And Peggy, who is known to hold eternal grudges, starts suing everyone in sight.
The ensemble of the play is replete with wild tour guides, frantic studio personnel, would-be actors, agents, columnists and an army of loony lawyers on the march. Songs include "Ya Gotta Hand It To Youth," "Fax Me A Kiss," "Give A Lawyer A Hug," and of course, "Gone with the Breeze."
"Gone with the Breeze" was written by Tim Kelly. Music and lyrics were written by Bill Francoeur.
Cheryl Herman (Benton) returns as the musical director for the play. RLC student Kathleen Boyles (Mt. Vernon) is helping with choreography and is serving as an assistant vocal coach. Student Tara Boleware (Dix) is serving as the Stage Manager and RLC students Jordan Crotser (Thompsonville) and Josh Marlowe (Mt. Vernon) are serving as technical and choreography assistants. Mt. Vernon Township High School student Lauren Whiting will help run the backstage curtains during the production.
"I’m very happy these students are helping with the stage crew aspects of the production," Webb said. "They were all involved with Footloose earlier this spring and now they have willingly dedicated their free time to helping the area youths, stepping out of the limelight and into the shadows to play absolutely necessary roles as stage ‘techies.’
"Being assigned backstage is good for actors. It teaches them to respect the people who actually run the show. This is a very good experience for them," Webb added.
She continued, "I have a lot of new faces on the stage this year. I’m excited to be working with many youths who returned from last year’s production as well as the new performers. This particular group has been exceptionally polite and harmonious with each other. It’s been fun directing them. The show is lively, with bouncy rock-and-roll, even jazzy tunes. There’s also a country ballad that is simply beautiful to hear. Not only the story line, but also the music inspired me to choose this particular musical."
For more information about RLC’s production of "Gone with the Breeze," contact Webb at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1295, or toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321.
"GONE WITH THE BREEZE" CAST
RIP PAGE--COLTON FLANNIGAN--McLEANSBORO
GEORGE BRAMWELL--KEVIN ADELSBERGER--WEST FRANKFORT
MITZI DILLAWAY--MAGGIE O’NEIL--CARBONDALE
WILHELMINA--SAMANTHA GUSENTINE--WEST FRANKFORT
LESTER--KYLE BERNARD--BELLE RIVE
JOYCE EDWARDS--BRITTANIE GRAHAM--WOODLAWN
MONTY MISSOURI--ALEX RUHE--MT. VERNON
ROXANNE--CARMELITA CLIFTON--WEST FRANKFORT
ETHEL HOLT--ANGIE JACHIM--EWING
GRACIE / LAWYER / B.U.S. / B.P.C--PAIGE WALLACE--MT. VERNON
KAY / LAWYER / B.U.S. / B.P.C--CHARLIE JOHNSON--MT. VERNON
BETTY / LAWYER / B.U.S. / B.P.C--TAYLER CYPIN--MARION
ANNE / LAWYER / B.U S. / B.P.C--ANYA RICE--CHRISTOPHER
EVE / LAWYER / B.U.S./ B.P.C--JENNY MCCOLLUM--MULKEYTOWN
RUTH WINTERSOLE--SARA COPENHAVER--MT. VERNON
HUCKLEBERRY JONES--LAWRENCE O’NEILL--CARBONDALE
PEGGY TEMPEST--DANIELLE SEAGRAVES--MT. VERNON
FREDDIE DEAN--ZACH WITGES--SESSER
CHESTER HOUSTON--ZACHARY HANSON--MT. VERNON
DAISY LOU BOWMAN--DANARA LOWERY--BLUFORD
CINDY LOU HARPER--ALYSSA MOORE--MT. VERNON
FLOWERBELLE CROUTON--MANDIE YATES--BENTON
BEAUREGARD PLANTAIN--BRADY CLIFTON--WEST FRANKFORT
B.P.C. / LAWYER / B.U.S.--GRACE GOMES--DUQUOIN
B.P.C. / LAWYER / B.U.S.--LIZZIE BERGER--MT. VERNON
B.P.C. / LAWYER / B.U.S.--MARKIE JOHNSON--MT. VERNON
VICKI RAWLINS--CECE HEIL--BENTON
BOY REPORTER / B.U.S.--JALEN HEIL--BENTON
GIRL REPORTER / B.U.S.--BROOKE MOORE--MT. VERNON
REGINA ADAIR--KACI BENARD--BELLE RIVE
BEATRICE CARROLL--HANNAH PARKE--MARION
LUCY BELLE BANKHEAD--SHAWNA SMITH--CHRISTOPHER
WOLFMAN / LAWYER / B.U.S.--JESSE CROTSER--THOMPSONVILLE
FRANKENSTEIN / LAWYER / B.U.S.--JARED CROTSER--THOMPSONVILLE
LAGOON CREATURE / LAWYER / B.U.S.--JACHARY SIMS--TAMAROA
MUMMY / LAWYER / B.U.S.--MATT HOWARD--BENTON
WANNABE # 1 / B.P.C. / FEMALE VAMPIRE--RANDI MARLOWE--MT. VERNON
WANNABE # 2 / B.P.C. / FEMALE VAMPIRE--KARLEY MOORE--MT. VERNON
WANNABE # 3 / B.P.C. / MEDUSA--JORDAN RAY--JOHNSTON CITY
WANNABE # 4 / B.P.C. / FRANKENSTEIN’S BRIDE--ASHLEY KOHUTE--MT. VERNON
WANNABE # 5 / B.P.C. / WICKED WITCH--DEANNA WHITING--MT. VERNON
WANNABE # 6 / B.P.C. / LAWYER--CHARLY HALL--BENTON
WANNABE # 7 / B.P.C. / LAWYER--MARY KATE BERGER--MT. VERNON
WANNABE # 8 / B.P.C. / LAWYER--MADISON WALLACE--WEST FRANKFORT
WANNABE # 9 / B.P.C. / LAWYER--BRITTANY BRITTON--BENTON
WANNABE # 10 / B.P.C. / LAWYER--SAMANTHA BROOKS--CENTRALIA
WANNABE # 11 / B.P.C. / LAWYER--ALEXANDRA THOMAS--CENTRALIA
WANNABE # 12 / B.P.C. / LAWYER--EMILY DRONE--WEST FRANKFORT
WANNABE # 13 / B.P.C. / LAWYER--MEGHAN JODINA--CHRISTOPHER
WANNABE # 14 / B.P.C. / LAWYER--ALEXANDRA BAUER--MT. VERNON
WANNABE # 15 / B.P.C. / LAWYER--BETHANY WALLACE--WEST FRANKFORT
B.C.P = BEAUTY PAGEANT CONTESTANT
B.U.S. = BACK-UP SINGER