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XACT_The Face of Emmett Till logoTHE FACE OF EMMETT TILL
Xenia Area Community Theatre
Feb. 14-23

Directed by Joyce Barnes
Choreographed by Michael Shepherd
Produced by Mike Taint

Cast: Mendu Khanyile as Mamie Till-Bradley, Bendali Eugene as Emmett Till, Yvette M. Watson as Alma Spearman, Vincent Moorman as Henry Spearman, Ronnie Copeland as Mose Wright, Olivia Ekler as Carolyn Bryant, Carter Hume as Roy Bryant, John Lawson as J. W. Milam, Charlotte Harris as Rosa Parks/Reporter, Trenton Spencer as Roy Wilkins, Daria Dillard Stone as Mahalia Jackson, Edith Waugh as Senator James Eastland/Judge Swango, Amanda Walton as John Whitten, Matthew Benefiel as Gerald Chatham & Marcus Murray as Maurice/A.A. Raynor,
Eberechukwu S. Cooper as Willie Reed/Man at Party, Kyle Mercuri as Mrs. Burke, Dawn Andrews, Clarissa L. Foster & Marquesha Martin as Chorus, R. J. Geier as Sheriff Strider/Carolyn Bryant Understudy & Robert McAdory as Gene Bradley,

A true-to-life dramatization of the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager who, while visiting relatives in Money, Miss., in August 1955, was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by two white men who claimed they wanted to teach him a lesson for allegedly whistling at a local white woman. This tragedy has been credited with sparking the modern Civil Rights Movement.

  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 14-15 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 21-22 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Feb. 23 at 3pm

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Auditions Announced for RUMORS at Xenia Area Community Theatre

xactAUDITION NOTICE for Neil Simon’s RUMORS at Xenia Area Community Theater.

Auditions will be cold readings from the script on Monday January 27 and Tuesday January 28 at 7pm. Directed by Carter Hume.

RUMORS is a madcap, slamming door farce set in a large home located just outside of New York in the year 1988. The characters are arriving as guests at a 10th Anniversary Dinner. The first couple to arrive discovers that one of their hosts (Charley) has apparently attempted suicide…unsuccessfully. Charley’s wife, Myra, is nowhere to be found and neither are the servants. Through the course of the show, the audience never meets Charley or Myra. As more guests arrive, there are cover-ups, deceptions, mistaken identities, and a lot of huge laughs.


  • Chris Gorman (F) – Chris is an attractive woman in her mid 30s. She is nervous and neurotic. She recently quit smoking but quickly falls off the wagon. (part involves some physical comedy)
  • Ken Gorman (M) – Ken is Chris’ husband. He is in his 40s and is Charley’s attorney and friend. Ken is pompous, serious, a know-it-all.
  • Claire Ganz (F) – Claire is late 30s to early 40s. She is an unimpressed smart mouth who is seemingly amused by everything that is going on. Not surprising considering her husband.
  • Leonard “Lenny” Ganz (M) – Lenny is Claire’s husband and is also in his late 30s to early 40s. He is Charley’s accountant. Lenny is by far the most foul-mouthed, outspoken member of the cast. He is also HILARIOUS. (has a 3 page monologue)
  • Cookie Cusack (F) – Cookie is a host of her own cooking show, in her mid to late 40s, garish, a bit ditzy and will be expected to deliver quite a bit of physical comedy.
  • Ernie Cusack (M) – Ernie is Cookie’s husband and Charley’s analyst. He is in his late 40s/early 50s. He is a somewhat quiet and calming presence in the midst of the storm of confusion.
  • Glenn Cooper (M) – Glenn is a candidate for the State Senate. He is in his late 30s/early 40s and quite handsome. The TV cameras love him. He is constantly worried about his image.
  • Cassie Cooper (F) – Cassie is Glenn’s wife, early 30s, very good looking, and totally nuts. She and Glenn hate each other. She doesn’t want to be there, she is constantly fighting with Glenn and she is constantly threatening divorce.
  • Officer Ben Welch (M) – No nonsense cop in his 40s-50s. Has a couple of smaller monologues.
  • Officer Connie Pudney (F) – Late 20s cop. Welch’s partner. Minimal lines.

Production dates: March 27-April 5

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Xenia Area Community Theatre
Jan. 10-19

Directed by Mike Taint

Cast: Kyle Mercuri as Tom Wingfield, Amy Taint as Amanda Wingfield, Kristin Curby as Laura Wingfield & Ben Evory as Jim O’Connor, The Gentleman Caller

Awarded Best Play in 1945 by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and acclaimed as Williams’s first great Broadway success, this emotionally devastating portrait of hope is a memory of Saint Louis in 1937.  Tennessee Williams’s autobiographical play introduces audiences to Tom Wingfield, an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his overbearing mother, Amanda, and debilitatingly shy sister, Laura after being abandoned by their father. Amanda, originally from a genteel Southern family, regales her children frequently with tales of her idyllic youth and the scores of suitors who once pursued her.

  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 10-11 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 17-18 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Jan. 19 at 3pm

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Xenia Area Community Theatre
Dec. 6-15

Directed by Jennifer Sparks

How do you tell an old story in a new way, especially when it’s the most important story of all?  That’s the problem facing a young writer who is trying to write the annual church Christmas play.  Bored by the same old manger and angels and shepherds, she tries to liven it by turning the humble and familiar characters into pop stars, superheroes, gangsters, and circus performers in her imagination.  She has loads of fun during this creative process, interacting with her jazzed-up versions of these characters.  Yet, as they play out the story in her bedroom, she starts to see things differently and comes to realize how amazing the Biblical account really is…  just the way it is, was, and always will be.  She realizes it’s truly everyone’s story.

  • Fri, Dec. 6 at 6:30pm (Gala Fundraiser)
  • Sat, Dec. 7 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 13-14 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 15 at 3pm

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Cast Announced for THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Xenia Area Community Theatre

xactThe cast includes:

  • Kyle Mercuri as Tom Wingfield
  • Amy Taint as Amanda Wingfield
  • Kristin Curby as Laura Wingfield
  • Ben Evory as Jim O’Connor, The Gentleman Caller

Directed by Mike Taint.

Performances run Jan. 10-19.

For more information visit www.xeniaact.org.

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