‘Bountiful' journeys to the GPAC on Thursday


First Posted: 1/15/2009

Carrie Watts is an aging woman who wants to flee the city for the life she remembers as a child in a small Texas farm town.
Horton Foote's &#8220The Trip to Bountiful” is a journey back in time for a woman who has not visited her home in 20 years. Most of her days are spent sitting in the bedroom of small Houston apartment she shares with her son, Ludie, and his wife, Jessie Mae. She passes the days by looking out the window, watching traffic as she sing hymns.
The Montana Repertory Company will bring the 1953 drama about coping with aging parents and returning home to the Givens Performing Art Center on Thursday.
An illness has kept Ludie out of work for two years, depleting his savings, and his new job doesn't pay enough to support the household without Carrie's monthly pension.
Needing her money but frustrated by her continual presence, Jessie Mae tends to treat her mother-in-law as a child, scolding her for running in the house and ordering her not to sing in her presence.
When a pension check arrives, Carrie hides it, hoping to run off to the bus depot and buy her ticket home. With Ludie and Jessie Mae on her trail, she must fight her failing health and fading memory. She reaches her destination with the help of strangers.
Foote's play was made into a film in 1985, with Geraldine Page winning a Best Actress Oscar as Carrie. The film was Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Writing.
Stage-veteran Suzy Hunt portrays Carrie in the Montana Repertory production. The 38-year-old theater troupe has brought such shows as &#8220Death of a Salesman,” &#8220The Miracle Worker” and &#8220Steel Magnolias” to Pembroke.
Tickets range from $15 to $18. For information, call 521-6361.

Benefit dinner/show

The Givens Performing Arts Center's annual fund-raiser, &#8220Starry Nights … Broadway Lights,” is March 25. More than 100 items will be up for auction. There is a wine and cheese social hour, a prime rib dinner in the Chavis Center and champagne and dessert nightcap.
Ray Kennedy Entertainers will put on the show, which will feature former Miss North Carolina Lorna McNeill Ricotta. Ray Kennedy Entertainment stages productions in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Tickets for couples are $150. Corporate tables range from $500 to $5,000.
Last year's event was a huge hit for the GPAC patrons who understand that the arts cannot survive on ticket sales.

Huggins re-ups

Christian singer Victoria Huggins has signed with the Alabama Theatre for its 2006 Christmas show. It will be the eighth consecutive year the St. Pauls native will perform in the show's two-month run.
But you can catch her act before the holidays. Huggins, won two Southern Gospel Awards last fall, will perform March 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cherokee Chapel Church in Maxton and at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Fairmont.

Concerts

– Jon Lloyd Band, a rock group, will perform Friday at 9 p.m. at the Black Water Grille. The Bob Steele Band performs on Saturday. Admission is $2. For information, call 738-5566.
– Hear the innovative banjo work of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones on Friday at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Ratdog is the opening act. Tickets range from $35 to $85. For information, call (843) 272-3000.
– The Fayetteville Symphony will perform Saturday at Methodist College's Reeves Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for military and senior citizens and $7 for students. For information, call (910) 433-4690.
– Country crooner Dwight Yoakam will perform March 22 at Fayetteville's Crown arena. Willie Nelson will perform there April 7. B.B. King is there April 24. George Jones is there April 30.
– Wayne Newton will perform March 30 at the Crown Theatre in Fayetteville. For information, call (910) 323-5088.
– The Chairmen of the Board and The Band of Oz will perform March 31 at the Givens Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $12 to $24. For information, call 521-6361.
– Carrie Underwood will perform April 5 at UNC-Wilmington's Trask Coliseum as part of the city's Azalea Festival. Tickets are $45. Patti LaBelle is the headliner April 8. Tickets are $45. Kayne West will perform at the coliseum April 22. For information, call (910) 794-4650.
– Country singer Martina McBride will perform April 2 at Raleigh's RBC Center. Tickets range from $35 to $50. For information, call (919) 834-400.

Showtime

– About $10,000 is up for grabs Saturday at Stompfest 2006 at the Crown Coliseum. Tickets range from $13 to $20. For information, call (910) 578-1690.
– &#8220Scottish Heritage Weekend” is Friday through Sunday on the St. Andrews campus in Laurinburg. There will be competitions and lectures. For information, call (910) 277-5236.
– Clyde Edgerton's &#8220Lunch at the Picadilly” will be performed at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre Friday through March 26. Tickets range from $18 to $23. For information, call (910) 323-4233.
– &#8220The Pirates of Penzance” will be performed on the main stage of Wilmington's Thalian Hall through Sunday. &#8220Moonlight and Magnolias” is on the studio stage through March 24.
– &#8220James and the Giant Peach” will be performed through March 26 at the Raleigh Little Theatre. Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for children. For information, call (919) 821-3111.
– Broadway hit &#8220Mamma Mia!” will be performed April 18 through April 23 at Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium. Tickets range from $23 to $75. For information, call (919) 843-4000.
– The stage production of &#8220Willie Wonka” will be performed at the Givens Performing Arts Center on March 27 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $7 for children and $8 for adults. For information, call 521-6361.
– &#8220Mame” will be performed at the Crown Theatre in Fayetteville on March 31. Tickets range from $25 to $55. For information, call (910) 323-5088.

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