by Buffy Calvert

How can you get a delicious meal and great theater served up in one room? Andes Hotel proprietors Sallie and Ed O’Neil invited the Little Victory Players to put on Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry in the ballroom on Saturday night, November 9th. They ringed a simple but effective set with a double row of tables, giving all sixty diners ringside seats, and alternated the four acts of the play with a three-course dinner.

The play was perfectly cast. Johana Arnold aged visibly from seventy-two to over ninety, her character developing strength as her body weakened. Reggie Brunson’s mobile face reflected his subtle responses to the racial obtuseness of those around him. In the role of Boolie, Nelson Bradshaw played a Jewish Southern businessman, challenged by the demands of the Civil Rights Movement. The drama produced laughter, some tears and enthusiastic applause.

On December 21st, Little Victory Players will stage A Christmas Carol at the Hotel. Reservations required.~


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