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Cast of Hide & Seek
Theater Review
Hide and Seek

New Smyrna Beach, Nov. 3, 2000 - We were pleased to see the suspenseful drama, Hide and Seek at the Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach, play to exceptionally large crowds. Little Theatre President, Dottie Hughes, said "It's encouraging to get a response like this one when we know the population of the area is at its lowest point of the season. We received a lot of response from our local audience and I think we are going to want to be doing something like this regularly now for each fall season's line-up."

Written by Lezley Havard, this thriller is about the lives of Jennifer and Richard Crawford, played by Carol B. Cole and Paul Dillon. They are expecting their first child after 18 years of marriage. The Crawfords have moved from the city to an old farmhouse, which they are renovating. A general sense of unease begins to build, as the old house seems to be resisting their intrusion.

Jennifer claims she sees a little girl swinging in the backyard but the child runs away before anyone else sees her. Is she really there? Cole does an excellent job of playing Jennifer, who is feeling overwhelmed by all the details and problems of the renovation and misses her friends and all the amenities the city has to offer.

Dillon is very convincing as the husband who wanted to get his wife away from the city and her "too active" lifestyle. The strange neighbors who live down the road, Elly and John Bart, are played by Jane Taylor and Donald Campbell. Taylor is an experienced actress and does an outstanding job of the enigmatical neighbor who welcomes Jennifer with a prayer book for the burial of the dead.

Campbell, who is a newcomer to the LT stage, does a professional job as the very unfriendly and often hostile neighbor, who seems to be hiding something.

On top of all the renovation. problerms, Richard's younger brother, Tony, played by Greg Price, and his fiancee Vicki, played by Kay Livingston, are coming to dinner. Price, who is making his acting debut in this production, does a great job as the ne'er-do-well brother who resents Richard's condescending attitude.

Livingston does a wonderful job in her first Little Theatre appearance as an art gallery owner, willing to support Tony so he can concentrate on painting full-time. Martha Turner, the cleaning lady, is played by Betsy Johnson, and David O'Keeffe plays Matt Erskine, the contractor.

Johnson is a long-time little theater member and sets the country tone with her wonderful portrayal of Martha. O'Keeffe, who has a lot of acting experience, is terrific as the contractor/handy man.

Amy Dresser, a 9th grade student who is appearing on the LT stage for the first time does a super job as the mysterious little girl who brings on the chilling and unexpected climax. The very talented Shelly Wawrzonek directs the outstanding cast in this you-should-have-seen-it production. Sally Crank is the stage manager and Jesse Jones is assistant to the stage manager.

Bill Roehrborn is the technical director and has done a wonderful job with this intricate set, which has an outdoors, upstairs and downstairs. Rose Dingas has done a great job on the set background artwork. Mary Monnier is set decorator. Props are handled by Camille Dickinson and lights and sound by Mary Monnier and P.J. Warmack. Rose Dingas takes care of costumes, make-up is by Karin Jenkins, with hair styles by David Jenkins.


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