THE SEPT. 17 and 18 SHOWS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. More details at the end of the article.
SHEFFIELD - The Ritz Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo continues through this weekend with 7:30pm performances on Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18. This screwball comedy is directed by Michael Green, and tickets are available at tennesseevalleyarts.org or at the door.
Director Michael Green is a mainstay in community theatre in the Shoals. He chose this play
for the Ritz Theatre’s fall production because he believes that its light-hearted tone is just what audiences need right now.
“Moon Over Buffalo is a ridiculous, silly, fun-filled play that asks nothing more of the audience than to sit back and laugh,” said Green. “I hope this show gives everyone some relief for a couple of hours from all the craziness in the world today.”
The play focuses on George and Charlotte Hay, fading theatre stars of the 1950s. On the brink of a disastrous split-up, they receive word that they might have one last shot at stardom. Famed film director, Frank Capra, is coming to see their matinee. If he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his next movie. Everything that could go wrong does go wrong in this valentine to the stage and the larger-than-life personalities that inhabit the world of the theatre. The show contains mild profanity and adult situations.
Moon Over Buffalo features a cast of local theatre regulars alongside actors who are new to The Ritz stage. Christopher Spencer and Elizabeth Ragsdale star as George and Charlotte Hay, and they are joined by Lucy Lemaster Hill, Michael Hill, Tyler Hudson, Kirstin Pace, Amber Rhodes, and Wesley Thompson.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. In addition to purchasing online at tennesseevalleyarts.org, tickets can also be purchased by calling 256-383-0533 or stopping by the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art. They will also be available at the door.
In order to continue offering art experiences for the community while keeping performers, staff, and patrons safe, COVID protocols are in place for this production.
Theatre capacity will be kept to under 50% with seats blocked off for distancing. If you have a party that is larger than available blocks of seats, just call 256-383-0533. Masks are also required in the theatre.
For more information about the Tennessee Valley Art Association, which runs the Ritz Theatre and the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, visit tennesseevalleyarts.org.
From Tennessee Valley Art Association: Unfortunately, these two performances of Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo, which were scheduled for September 17 and 18 have been cancelled due to COVID exposure among the members of our production. We thank you all for your understanding and support. If you’ve already purchased tickets, we will be reaching out about refunds in the next couple of days. Having to cancel performances when we have already incurred production costs is devastating to our recovery efforts.
If you believe in the importance of the arts and support our commitment to keeping our artists and patrons safe, please consider donating or becoming a member of the TVAA. Your support is vital to the recovery of our organization, which has provided arts experiences and education in the Tennessee Valley for over 50 years. You can donate or become a member here: https://tennessee-valley-art-association.square.site/