Members of Forfar Dramatic Society are on stage this week for their final production of the season, ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’, Ron Hutchinson’s delightful comedy drama set in the golden age of Hollywood.
This stylish production opened on Wednesday evening and runs until Friday in Strathmore Primary School, St James Road, Forfar at 7.30 p.m. each night.
The play is set in Hollywood in 1939 where internationally renowned film producer David O. Selznick (Graham Hewitson) has just shut down production on the most eagerly anticipated movie in history, the megabudget version of ‘Gone with the Wind’, scrapping the original script and sacking the director in the process.
Determined to produce a rewrite in five days, he engages the reluctant services of ace script doctor Ben Hecht (Christopher Hewitson), possibly the only person in America who has not read the novel.
He has also engaged a new director, Victor Fleming (Ewan Phillip), poached straight from the set of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
Selznick’s reputation is on the line, and with nothing but a stockpile of peanuts and bananas, provided by Selznick’s hapless secretary Miss Poppenguhl (Elaine McEwan) to sustain them, he locks them all in his office where tension builds, exhaustion sets in but from the midst of chaos emerges the biggest Hollywood blockbuster of all time.
There are lots of laughs along the way as Selznick and Fleming act out the various characters in the story, while Hecht puts it all on paper.
Rehearsals went well and the cast of four - Graham Hewitson, Ewan Phillip, Christopher Hewitson and Elaine McEwan - have perfected their characters under the watchful eye of experienced director, Martin McKay.
To all those who love ‘Gone With The Wind’, ‘Moonlight & Magnolias’ is an affectionate homage and for those who haven’t seen the film, this is a chance to experience this epic tale.
Tickets can be bought online at www.forfardramatic.com or in person at the Toy Castle, 86 Castle Street, Forfar (closed Thursday) or at the door on the night. The ticket price of £10 for adults and £8 for concessions includes refreshments.