Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will open Sight For Sore Eyes, its third production of the 2013 season, on Friday, March 8 and runs through March 24. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be held at the theatre's space inside Eastgate Town Center at 5600 Brainerd Road.
Review for Sight for Sore Eyes:
Sight For Sore Eyes features Hunter Rodgers as Martin, a young man facing drastic change as teacher, husband, and new father due to a degenerative eye disease.
The ensemble cast also includes Andrea-Taylor Ward as his wife, Mackenzie Young as his daughter, Dakota Brown as his best friend, and Robbye Lewis as his mother. The actors also assume a variety of other roles as Martin internally processes the challenge facing him. Christy Gallo and John Thomas Cecil co-direct the production, and Casey Keelen is stage manager.
The actors, directors, and technical crew created this original work through a combination of improvised scenes, stream of consciousness journaling, and scripting. “In all my experience in the theatre, I think by far my favorite aspect is its collaborative nature,” says co-director John Thomas Cecil. “Multiple people bringing different trainings, skills, and passions to the table always make for an amazing theatrical experience. And the best part of creating a completely new work like Sight For Sore Eyes has been just that. We started this rehearsal process with nothing but an idea, a cast, and a team of writers to create an all-new work. The fruits of our labor are proving to be very rewarding, though at times quite challenging.”
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students with a valid student ID. They can be purchased online at http://www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com, by phone at 987-5141, or at the door beginning one hour before each performance. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Free parking is available at Eastgate Town Center.
Sight for Sore Eyes opens March 8. From left, standing: Andrea Taylor Ward, Robbye Lewis, Makenzie Young, sitting: Hunter Rodgers.