Theatre/Converse will open its 2006-2007 season with a production of Mark Dunn’s “Belles.”
The production runs Oct. 27-29 and Nov. 1-4 in Hazel B. Abbott Theatre, which is on the second floor of Wilson Hall. Curtain times are 8 p.m. each evening except for the Sunday Oct. 29 performance which begins at 2 p.m. Reserved seating is $8 for adults; $4 students and seniors. Groups of ten or more can purchase tickets for $2. For reservation and ticket information, contact the Theatre/Converse ticket office at (864) 596-9068.
“Belles” can best be described as a comedy in two acts and 45 phone calls. The action takes place between six sisters who grew up in Memphis, and all but one—Peggy, who is Mama’s caretaker—are scattered across the country in the pursuit of different career and life choices. Peggy attempts to contact her siblings to let them know that Mama has landed in the hospital after having eaten some bad tuna fish. Although Mama will be just fine, the subsequent series of phone calls between the sisters reveals the humor, conflicts and unique bonds that exist between these strong and vividly drawn women.
Meg Smith, a long time prominent feature on the Spartanburg theatrical landscape, will make her Theatre/Converse directorial debut with “Belles.” She served as the co-founder of Different Stages, and has served on the Board of Directors of that organization as well as those of the Spartanburg Little Theatre (SLT) and Spartanburg Youth Theatre (SYT). She has directed numerous productions for these theatres, and has appeared on stage in more than 30 plays and musicals for SLT, SYT, Town & Gown, Shakespeare Summer Theatre, USCU Shoestring Players and Tyron Little Theatre.