Community Theatre

Rated: G
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

April 9 – 26, 2015
Tickets go on sale Feb. 17, 2015

by Alfred Uhry

From the author of "Driving Miss Daisy" comes this funny and touching tale of the Deep South. Set in Atlanta, Georgia, in December 1939, "Ballyhoo" tells the story of the Freitag family, German Jews in Atlanta who are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season, than with events abroad. As one daughter desperately searches for a date to Ballyhoo, the other finds her worldview challenged by a Brooklyn-born Jew of Eastern European heritage who is lower on the social scale than the Freitags. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

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Since 1972, COM Community Theatre has presented over 228 presentations including children's theatre, concerts and workshops with attendance of more than a quarter of a million people. The theater has been recognized as one of America's leading community theaters, setting high production standards and developing one of this country's most innovative programs.

Beyond education, the College of the Mainland Theatre bears a three-fold commitment: to provide quality theatrical experiences for residents of the area, to offer a forum for local and regional talent by holding open auditions and to extend the reputation of College of the Mainland.


2014-2015 Season

The COM Community Theatre announces the upcoming 2014-2015 season:

  • "9 to 5: The Musical," music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick
  • "Greater Tuna" by Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard
  • "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring
  • "Always ... Patsy Cline" by Ted Swindley
  • "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" by Alfred Uhry
  • "The Drawer Boy" by Michael Healey
  • "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" film by Pedro Almodovar, music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Jeffrey Lane

For a schedule and description of each production, continue reading or view the 2014-2015 Season Brochure.

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