Macon Little Theatre will soon stage Foxfire, a Tony, Emmy and Drama Desk award-winning play written by Susan Cooper and the late Hume Cronyn. It is being directed by Weldon Ledbetter.
The show is about Annie Nations, a widow in her 70s, played by Joan McGinley, who lives on a mountain farm with the ghost of her husband, Hector, played by John Jones. A real estate developer comes to town with the intention of turning her land into a vacation resort, which she has to deal with while her son Dillard (Matt Hlavaty) decides to come home because his wife has run away.
Foxfire features flashbacks of Annies life with Hector as well as a scene where the shows audience becomes Dillards rock concert audience. With the vacation development looming and Annie dealing with a moody ghost, she must decide what is best for her family.
This is the directing debut in Macon for Ledbetter, who said she is excited to have the chance to direct a show that she loves.
I was a little bit familiar with this (show) coming in, and once I read it I knew it was something that Id be thrilled to step in and take on, but it was already chosen for the season when I stepped in to direct, Ledbetter said.
She said she is not only excited about the material itself, but the opportunity to help design the sets and work with such a talented group of people.
Jones, who is also the theater manager, said Ledbetter is thorough and so creative in her approach and that the rest of the cast brings years of experience to the stage.
Other actors featured in the six-person cast of Foxfire are Kailey Rhodes, Scot Cooley and Dan Byrd, none of whom are new to the stage. Ledbetter says that Macon Little Theatre is a great place to work, its an awesome space.
The set is still in progress, but has elements of the mountains that serve as the setting. There is a log cabin, complete with a porch, as well as several other elements that really pull the theme together.
Because of a recent illness in the cast, the shows opening night has been pushed back from Friday to Wednesday. The show will run Wednesday-Feb. 10. When asked about the change of the run, Ledbetter said, as with every production, it has had all of its interesting ups and downs, and thats the great thing about community theater. Youre engaging the community, and these are all people who have other lives and they bring all of that ... in with them.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Feb. 9; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10
Where: Macon Little Theatre, 4220 Forsyth Road
Cost: $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students