The Sugar Hill Players Guild began their last play of 2016 at the Buice School on Friday November 4.
In Holi-Daze, the Guild takes a step back in time to the golden age of radio. The 1930s and 40s were a simpler time, where people gathered around the radio to listen to their favorite programs. According to a 1947 C. E. Hooper survey, 82 out of 100 Americans were found to be radio listeners at the time.
Not unlike today’s television programming, live radio shows were complete with sponsors, a fancy word for commercials. Often times the announcers would integrate commercials into the commentary by hosting recipe segments that promoted using Pet Milk or Kraft Cheese as ingredients.
The audience enjoyed a behind the scenes look at the entertainment of past generations. They had the chance to experience what it was like to be part of a live radio audience, complete with an “applause” light. The costumes were era-accurate, from the tilted hats and wavy tresses down to the shiny, two-tone shoes of days gone by.
They enjoyed the melodramatic antics at the sound effects table by various actors, including Jennifer Lawler. Lawler, a seventh grader from Dacula Middle School, acted well beyond her age, adding hilarity while channeling Vanna White and Carol Merrill when displaying the sponsored products. The audience was left laughing at the corny commentary and ridiculous skits.
The cast for Holi-Daze included; Mike Richardson, Lindsey Sutter, Richard Sutter, Michael Wright, Susan Briggs, Carol Counter, Joyce Cutchins, Steve Embry, and Abigall Hyma. The play concluded with a Jack Benny rendition recreating the first time the poem, “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” was read on the airwaves, read here by Terry Mulligan.
The playbill featured an extra treat in the form of a sing-a-long insert of Christmas tunes that the audience was invited to join in on with the cast. Music was provided by the Sugar Hill Broad Street Concert Band.
You can catch future showings of the play on November 11,12 and 13 at the Buice Auditorium in Sugar Hill, Georgia.
Their upcoming 2017 Season will begin with 12 Angry Men. Check out their website pgatsh.com for dates, upcoming shows, and auditions.