The Philadelphia Story
by Phillip Barry
January 19 - February 3, 2018
Directed by Laurel Bryant
Stage Manager: Tom Boehringer
Assistant Stage Manager: Marissa Gelender
Costume Designer: Amanda Bryant
Technical Director: Edmond Wolff
Do you long for a return to a more elegant society with sophisticated conversations? One where people hang up the phone and get dressed for dinner? Chagrin Valley Little Theatre wants to transport you back to the more genteel 1930s-40s with its production of Phillip Barry’s classic THE PHILADELPHIA STORY. The show is performed in three acts with two intermissions.
Made famous by the 1940 film adaptation starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart, Barry’s romantic comedy is a quick-witted battle of the sexes with undertones of a class struggle between the affluent upper and struggling lower classes.
According to the show’s director, Laurel Bryant, the story is relevant as ever. It unfolds on the wedding of popular socialite Tracy Lord (played by Talia Valline) as she prepares to marry her fiancee George (Matthew Mayer). Soon the intrusion of the media and her ex-husband (played by Christopher DiMichele) ignore clashes of family and class clashes, as well as romance.
“Our goal is to bring the audience into a Philadelphia mansion and have them feel a part of that era, while keeping our costume and set design in budget,” Bryant said. “For me, it is also a family affair. My niece, Amanda Bryant, is the show’s costume designer, and she shares a love for this time period with me. My nephew, John Hickman, is one of the actors in the show.”
“We are also setting the mood with music. Lisa Freebairn, a DJ with WKHR, is selecting the production’s soundtrack from the Great American Songbook period.”
Tracy Lord – Talia Valline
Margaret Lord – Sue Cohen
Seth Lord – Dennis Burby
Dinah Lord – Celia Hawk
Sandy Lord – John Hickman
CK Dexter Haven – Christopher DiMichele
Mike Connor – Andrew Gordon
Elizabeth Embrie – Emmy Cohen
George Kitteridge – Matthew Mayer
Uncle Willie – Michael J. Rogan
Thomas/Mac/Dr. Parsons – Don Bernardo