‘Angels’ returns as Little Theatre turns 50

Sun News correspondentApril 17, 2013 

  • If you go

    What: “My Three Angels”
    When: Friday, Saturday; April 25-28; and May 2-4. All shows are at 8 p.m., except April 28, which is at 2:30 p.m.
    Where: Warner Robins Little Theatre, 502 S. Pleasant Hill Road, Warner Robins
    Cost: $15 general admission; $12 military, seniors and students with ID
    More information: 929-4579, wrlt.org

The Warner Robins Little Theatre will conclude its 2012-13 season with a revival of “My Three Angels.”

This season marks the 50th anniversary of the theater, and during the season, it has presented several shows that had historical significance for the organization.

Warner Robins Little Theater is the oldest theater group in Houston County.

“My Three Angels” was the first show the theater performed after it was founded in 1962. The theater also revived the show for the 25th anniversary season. This year’s go-round opens Friday.

Katie Manning, who has been with Warner Robins Little Theatre for six years, has directed the past four seasons. Manning is directing “My Three Angels.”

“It is an honor to direct this play because of what it means to our history,” said Manning. “It is also an honor to be involved in an organization, like the Warner Robins Little Theatre, that has been alive and well for 50 years and is debt free, which is just amazing in this economy.”

Manning said the longevity of the theater is also a credit to the people of Warner Robins.

“After all, they are the ones that support us,” she said.

“My Three Angels” is set in 1910 in a French penal colony where convicts are contracted out to work. Three convicts come to work on the roof of a shop and then get involved in helping change the lives of several people in the community. Much of the action happens on Christmas Eve.

“I love the older plays,” Manning said. “I love the plays that you feel comfortable taking your mother to see.”

The theater’s original performance of “My Three Angels” in 1962 was held in a dairy barn. Actors changed clothes in the barn’s loft, and the barn had no running water or bathrooms.

“I have been able to cast some of the best talent in the Middle Georgia area,” Manning said. “The actors are absolutely amazing the way they follow direction and take on the characters. I just can’t say enough about this cast.”

At least one of the cast members, Don McGraw, is having a revival of his own. McGraw portrays a convict in this year’s production, as he did for the 25th anniversary show.

“He just brings a lot of knowledge of the play and a lot of experience because he has done so much work in film and on stage,” Manning said.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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