Bravo for Ballyhoo
The Berry College Theatre Company recently presented “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” in the E.H. Young Theatre. The show, directed by Associate Professor of Theatre John Countryman, was a great success with all eight performances sold out.
Senior Alex Middleton, of Lilburn, Ga., performed his final production with the company playing the role of Adolph Frietag.
“It still hasn't totally sunk in that it's over,” Middleton said. “It's pretty bittersweet. I've been so lucky to be involved with the company here and perform in six plays in E.H. Young and ‘Ballyhoo’ was the perfect play to end on.”
Written by Alfred Uhry “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play. Uhry's previous play, ''Driving Miss Daisy,'' won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988. The comedy-drama, set in Atlanta in 1939, centers on the Frietags, a Jewish family growing increasingly concerned of the fate of their unpopular daughter, Lala. Attempting to find an acceptable husband proves to be a tumultuous chore for the family, exposing the greater issue of religious identity.
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Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Hayden Sloan and photos by Student Photographer Mary Claire Stewart