Milton to show double header plays

‘Nor•mal: the musical,’ ‘King O’ the Moon’ Oct. 2, 3

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MILTON, Ga. – Milton Theatre Company will produce two shows that will run back to back on consecutive nights, Wednesday, Oct. 2 and Thursday, Oct. 3, both at 7 p.m.

“Nor• mal: the musical” is based on the true story of a young woman and her family’s struggle with anorexia. The show is an original rock musical that premiered in New York City in 2005.

“I have wanted to work on this show for years and have waited until I had the right cast to bring this wonderful, abstract show to life,” said Renee Denney, the show’s director. “Whether you are a parent, grandparent, child, aunt or uncle, you will leave the theater touched by this powerful message of hope and survival.”

“King O’ the Moon,” competing in the 55-minute division is Director Larry Smith’s comedy/drama. The story focuses on the Pazinski family who has left the conservative 1950s for the rebellious 1960s. The family gathers together to honor their late father’s memory as Apollo 11 is about to land on the moon and they quickly become entangled in each other’s problems.

“Watching the family in this story struggle just to be a family will remind us at times of our own family and the way in which we connect and retreat,” Smith said. “We are early in the rehearsal process, but cast members are already bringing real characters to the table. This one will stir the audience to tears of joy one minute and tears of sorrow the next.”

After their performances, the shows will then travel to the Georgia Theatre Conference (GTC) in Kingsland, Ga., to compete with other high schools from throughout Georgia. To be eligible to compete at GTC, the normally two-act productions must be edited down to be precise, one-act productions and still tell the story in a meaningful way. “Nor•mal: the musical” will compete in the 45-minute division and “King O’ the Moon” will compete in the 55-minute division.