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Looking forward to show

February 28, 2008 - Diane Speer
Alpena Civic Theatre's production of "The Philadelphia Story" doesn't open until next week, but I had occasion last night to stop by the theater during rehearsals and take a couple of photos for a preview story I'm doing. The set and the attractive costumes caught my attention, but what really makes me enthused for next week's opening is seeing the cast. There are a total of 13 performers in the show, most of which are familiar faces, and more importantly, respected actors. It's always a pleasure to see these performers take on different roles, and from the looks of everything, theater goers should be in for a lot of fun. Director Chip Lavely did mention that some people have confused "The Philadelphia Story" — based on a 1940s production written specifically for Katharine Hepburn — with the Tom Hanks movie "Philadelphia" that dealt with AIDS issues. They are two totally different, albeit award-winning shows!

Theater goers will, I'm sure, notice the billboard right by the stairs that pays tribute to the recently departed Marion Brown, who served as costumer extraordinaire for many years. She is sorely missed by all of those who had the privilege of seeing or wearing the results of her wizardry with the needle and thread.

ACT's newest show runs March 6-9 and 13-16.


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