The On Stage production of “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” opens tonight, Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Theatre on the Green, and runs through Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Sunday matinee begins at 3 p.m.
This Christmas comedy, written by Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears, brings several On Stage veterans to the stage, but also introduces two new comers, Jaquavious Harris and Averyona Gainey.
Harris, a sophomore at Cheraw High School, plays David Tuttle, a struggling young executive. This is Harris’ first performance with community theatre. “Acting is my passion,” said Harris. “It’s my life!”
Gainey, who plays the young bride, Samantha Tuttle, is also a sophomore at Cheraw High School. “I would like to pursue acting professionally, so I jumped at the chance to do community theatre,” said Gainey.
Carrie Allen, a social studies teacher at Cheraw High School, plays the part of Natalie Weldon, the Tuttle’s neighbor. Allen has been involved in On Stage productions before, but said she is enjoying working with the high school students. “Being involved in local productions like this instills a love for the theater,” said Allen.
Kris Kreigle is played by Cheraw High School senior Michael Wagnon. He has been involved in several On Stage productions. “It’s entertaining and fun to be around other people in the theater,” said Wagnon. “It’s funny too, when you make mistakes sometimes.”
Laci Chewning is Sheila, Kreigle’s fiancee. Chewning said she has had an interest in the theater since she was a little girl. This is her fourth performance with On Stage.
On Stage veteran Wyatt Funderburk is the policeman in the play. His “performance,” in the second act, is one of the highlights of the play, one you don’t want to miss.
The play’s director, Mike Hunter, plays the role of William Weldon, psychiatrist, friend and neighbor of the Tuttles. Hunter has years of experience with community theatre in the Outer Banks, and has been involved with On Stage since 2004. Hunter also helps with set design.
Joseph Chewning is responsible for the lighting and sound effects for this play, but said he likes acting better.
Stage Manager Sheila Huggins is again taking her place, behind the curtain, where she helps the actors with prompts for their line when needed. The play’s producer, Sherry Leviner, is one of the founders of On Stage and has been a continuous part of the group’s success.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12, and are available at the Cheraw Community Center or at the door.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.