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Driving Miss Daisy Next up at Totem Pole Playhouse!

Driving Miss Daisy Next up at Totem Pole Playhouse!

The play that has been charming audiences since the spring of 1987, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 and became a hit Academy Award-winning film in 1990 is the fifth show in the 57th season at Totem Pole Playhouse. Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy is guest sponsored by F&M Trust and plays from July 31st through August 12th at the Caledonia State Park professional summer theatre.
"Daisy closed our 40th anniversary season in 1990," says Producing Artistic Director, Carl Schurr, "And the public and critical response was so overwhelming that we added a series of extra performances at the end of the summer. This play remains a favorite with theatre-goers simply because it tells of the staying power of true friendship and does so in Alfred Uhry's charming, tender and humorous style."
The play takes place from 1948 to 1973 mostly in Atlanta, Georgia. When Miss Daisy Werthan totals her brand new Packard, her loving son Boolie insists on hiring a chauffeur and selects Hoke Coleburn , who soon becomes a loyal and caring employee. Miss Daisy mistrusts blacks and servants and refuses to co-operate but time slowly bonds the unlikely couple together in one of the most memorable friendships ever created for the American theatrical stage.
The title role in Driving Miss Daisy is played by Playhouse favorite, Mary Rausch, who has brought the sharp-tongued Southern lady to life in other theatres. Ms. Rausch is familiar to Playhouse audiences for her appearances in Quilters, Papa is All, Lend Me a Tenor and most recently as the outrageously charming Sophie Greengrass in this season's Social Security. Hoke will be played by Keith N. Johnson (currently on stage in Proposals) who won the hearts of Totem Pole audiences in the same role in the 1990 production. Daisy's son Boolie is portrayed by Kyle Prue, a popular Baltimore-Washington actor, recently seen in Write me a Murder on the Totem Pole stage.
In the director's chair for Driving Miss Daisy is Associate Artistic Director, Wil Love. Mr. Love, a popular regional theatre actor, has appeared in 139 productions at Totem Pole and directed 40 others. "It is an honor to be entrusted with such a beautiful script as Driving Miss Daisy," says Mr. Love. "We are thrilled to again be able to share this heart-warming story with our loyal Playhouse audiences."
The many locations for Driving Miss Daisy are created by resident set designer, James Fouchard and Lighting is by resident lighting designer, Michael D. Domue. Costumes are by Jessica Allison and props by Jenny Smith. Paul Mills Holmes is the Production Stage Manager.
The "Getting to Know You" post show discussion for this production is scheduled for Thursday, August 9th, following the evening performance. This informal gathering provides audience members an opportunity to meet actors and staff members in a comfortable question and answer session.

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The 2007 Totem Pole Playhouse Season Includes:

Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming Written by Connie Ray, Conceived by Alan Bailey with Musical Arrangements by Mike Craver (August 14 - 26): Family Musical Comedy. Sponsored by Patriot Federal Credit Union.
For information on all Totem Pole Playhouse events including performance schedule and ticket prices, stop by the box office or call 717.352.2164 or 1-888-805-7056. Tickets may be ordered online at www.totempoleplayhouse.org
There's a seat waiting for you at beautiful Totem Pole Playhouse!



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