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Pictured is the cast and crew for the Old Colony Players' upcoming production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Old Rock School in Valdese.

VALDESE — Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” is coming to Valdese for a production by the Old Colony players starting on Friday, Jan. 31.

Other shows will be on Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 1 and Feb. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoons, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. All shows will be held at the Old Rock School, at 400 Main St. W, Valdese.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” examining the relationships of a cotton tycoon family in a Mississippi Delta plantation home, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955.

“‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ is just a classic for the theater community,” said Edyth Pruitt, general manager of Old Colony Players. “It delves into interpersonal relationships and what it means to be family in our Southern culture. It explores the depth of the human soul, and that’s just a beautiful thing.”

Pruitt said the Old Colony Players, best known for a long-running outdoor production of the Waldensian drama “From this Day Forward,” and director Kenneth Davis intend to be true to the drama’s original purpose, which she feels will add to the play when it hits the Old Rock School stage.

“What’s going to make it special is one of the things we’re doing is using the original Tennessee Williams script,” Pruitt said. “A lot of productions have watered down some of what Tennessee Williams’ original intent was.

“So, there’s a lot more depth, to me, to this production because the director is doing a really good job of looking at Tennessee Williams’ original intent and content with this show. It’s a little bit more emotionally packed than even normal.”

The cast includes Roy Lightfoot, Emily Bridges, Keyleigh Huffman, Breanna Johnson, Cameron Carroll, Jennifer Dockery, David Smith, Lauren NiCole Bridges, Dylan Webb, Christine McKinney, Dalton Webb, Rachel Wyatt and Hunter Curtis. The stage manager is Luke Johnson.

“We have an incredibly talented acting community here,” Pruitt said. “The arts are being taken away in so many different places, and there’s nothing that replaces live theater. So many people are used to seeing something on a TV screen or on the internet. There’s just nothing like live theater, and I think that’s one of the things that we’re losing as a society, in many ways.

“We can be with our neighbors and our friends to experience a story together.”

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and older and $10 for students (including college students with an ID). The show is rated R for adult situations and strong language. For more information or to buy tickets, call Old Colony Players at 828-522-1150 or visit oldcolonyplayers.com.

“We’re Burke County’s only and longest-running community theater,” Pruitt said. “We just love being able to bring art to life for our community. We’re very proud of what we do. We think it’s really important for us as a community to experience stories together.”

Justin Epley can be reached at jepley@morganton.com or 828-432-8943.

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