Summer's Hot Theatre Shows Coming to the Prizery
by Vicky Morrison - Danville Register and Bee
The fifth season of The Prizery of South Boston’s Summer Theatre will present two blockbuster hits: “Hairspray” and “Les Miserables.”
Prizery artistic director Christopher Jones is the director and set and light designer for this season. Jones said that more than 800 kids auditioned in Mobile, Alabama, to be a part of the Summer Theatre program. An audition was held for the South Boston to find local talent, too.
Sixty participants are involved in both productions. Thirty of them are from South Boston, Danville and Clarksville. Others came from many states, including Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut and New York.
Jones and musical director April Hill chose the actors. Multiple young professionals from colleges were hired to contribute their theatre skills to the productions. Colleges represented include East Carolina University, Longwood College, University of Kentucky, Moorehead State University, Averett University, Radford University, Belmont, Berry College and Elon University.
Approximately a dozen local families host the college students. Many of the students are hired as painters, lighting crew, costumers or singers and dancers. “One of the things that I’m most excited about,” Jones explained, “is seeing young children have the opportunity to be mentored by young professionals.” Jones identifies the program as a positive educational arts experience for all skill levels from novice to standing at the cusp of entering the competitive commercial arts world.