Planners with Jackson County Community Theatre looked to the silver screen for inspiration when planning the 2015-16 season, “JCCT Goes Hollywood.”
Each stage play to be presented has been made into a movie.
Kicking off the season is the musical “All Shook Up.” The story begins as a roustabout arrives in town on his motorcycle and stirs up all kinds of trouble. The show was inspired by and features the songs of Elvis Presley. “All Shook Up” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at Royal Off-the-Square Theatre in Brownstown. A matinee is planned for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 9.
The second show will be “A Christmas Story,” a comedy based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepard, based on his book “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.”
“A Christmas Story” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6.
The third show, the annual dinner theater at The Pines Evergreen Room in Seymour, will be Feb. 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20.
This show will be “Boeing Boeing,” a French farce. A swinging bachelor manages to be successfully engaged to three stewardesses at one time, until a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off his timing.
The season will conclude with the warmhearted drama “Driving Miss Daisy” on April 29 and 30 and May 6 and 7. Miss Daisy is a wealthy 73-year-old widow who is forced by her son to accept a chauffeur as her driving skills decline. She finds that her driver, Hoke, is illiterate and determines to teach him to read. Their relationship grows as they let down barriers of class and race.
Information about the shows and auditions may be found online at jcct.org. Anyone interested in participating in shows, either onstage or backstage, is welcome.
The annual membership and season-ticket drive is underway. Memberships begin at $5 for an individual membership, $10 for a family, $25 for a bronze level, $50 for silver, $100 for gold and $500 for patron. With any level of membership, season tickets can be purchased. Season tickets entitle holders to discounted seating, choice location of seats and early access to reservations for the dinner theater.
Tickets to shows are sold at Family Drug in Brownstown and Bevers Family Pharmacy in Seymour beginning one month prior to the show. An exception is the dinner theater in February. Reservations for this show are taken by phone, 812-358-JCCT, beginning Jan. 9.