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The Shelby County Community Theatre (SCCT) is taking a one-act play to the Kentucky Theatre Association’s Community Theatre Festival – one of only four community theaters competing for Best Play at the festival.
At 4:20 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Morehead State University, SCCT cast members will perform Alice Gerstenberg’s Overtones, a 1915 powerful story about women, and their id and ego—a play that dramatizes the unconscious on stage. Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s theories, Overtones shows two women—Harriet and Margaret—and how they appear to each other, and their inner selves as they really are.
“I chose this piece because I read it in an anthology of plays by and about women and fell in love with the concept of a woman having to overcome her basal instincts just to fit into society,” said Cyndi Powell Skellie of Shelbyville, who is directing the play. “It’s an actor’s dream.”
Skellie said SCCT chose to jump back into the competition scene after many years of not participating. The costs, she said, are sometimes overwhelming; however, this piece has minimal requirements and was in the public domain.
The SCCT has in years past been recognized at the Kentucky Theatre Association (KTA) for Best Play for its productions of Quilters, The Dining Room, Nunsense, and A Killin.’
“SCCT has a long history of winning at KTA and I am happy to see us back at it again,” said Mark Burks, a past SCCT board chair who directed Over the River and Through the Woods at the theater last fall.
Performing in Overtones is Lynne McReynolds Chenault, Faith Matthews Muller, Elisa Poe- Freeman and Olivia Martin. Martin is a senior at Christian Academy of Louisville, and the youngest actress in the play. Her mother, Lynn Martin, will be designing props and costumes, and John Chenault will offer technical assistance.
At the upcoming festival the cast, who began rehearsing in early October, will get feedback from four judges. If they advance to the next level – Southeastern Theatre Conference – the cast members will perform in another competition in Lexington in March.
“It has been great fun to work with friends from the past and present to get this show ready,” said Elisa Poe-Freeman of Louisville, who is playing the part of Harriet, who is a cultured woman, versus Hetty, her primitive self. “This is the first time that I have done a piece for competition so it is a little scary for me, but I am looking forward to the experience.”