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Theatrefest! will present 2 comedies in its 3rd season (2015)

TheatreFest! at Lindsey Wilson College will present Moonlight and Magnolias at 7pmCT, June 19, 20, 25, and 26 and at 2pmCT, June 28, 2015, and Dearly Departed at 7pmCT, July 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18, 2015, at V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY.

By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - Two comedies will celebrate this summer's third season of TheatreFest! at Lindsey Wilson College.

Moonlight and Magnolias, a backstory about how Gone with the Wind was saved, will open the season June 19. It runs through June 28. The season's other production is Dearly Departed, a Southern comedy set during a funeral, which opens July 10 and runs through July 18.

Both productions - which will be presented at V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St. - are directed by Lindsey Wilson Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock.

"I was told by a professor a long time ago that theater is the last bastion of free enterprise - you can just start a theater," Brock said. "And that's what we did with TheatreFest! three years ago. It's been a great addition to the region's summer cultural offerings, and I've been very pleased with how both the community and visitors to the region have embraced past productions."

The casts of TheatreFest! productions include Lindsey Wilson theatre students as well as members of the community.

"For our students, TheatreFest! has been a great opportunity for them to focus on their craft," Brock said. "And for members of the community, TheatreFest! has given them a wonderful artistic outlet."

Ron Hutchinson's comedy Moonlight and Magnolias - which runs June 19, 20, 25, 26 and 28 - is set in 1939 Hollywood, a "time when American film busted everything open," Brock said.

When the play opens, legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of Gone with the Wind because of a weak screenplay. To save the film, Selznick and two other Hollywood legends - screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming, fresh from the set of The Wizard of Oz - spend five days locked in Selznick's office where they hammer out a screenplay to save the film.

"If you like Gone with the Wind, you will love this play because it's very funny," Brock said. "Part of the story is true - they did shut down production of Gone with the Wind. What happened inside the office, no one really knows. That's the playwright's invention. So you have three great film minds who battle and fight for their ideas."

Dearly Departed - which will run July 10, 11, 16-18 - is a comedy by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones that tells the story of the Turpin family, who must bury the Southern family's patriarch, who dies at the play's opening.

"This is just Southern comedy at its best," Brock said. "This is as dysfunctional as Southern families get, and it's a very funny story that audience members will enjoy. They might also identity with a few of the play's characters."

For ticket information - including group specials - contact Robert Brock at or 270-590-4803. Website:

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Theatrefest! presentations Summer 2015

2015-05-31 - V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo from Duane Bonifer, LWC.
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