New show planned at Foothills Playhouse

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Memories will come alive in the latest production at the Foothills Playhouse.

“Rememberin’ Stuff” opens Friday evening at the playhouse and runs through the weekend.

The show features a young cast, said Haley Kreft, who is co-directing the show along with Ryan Oliver.

“It’s all young people, ages 12 to 20,” she said.

She describes the show as a “dramedy.”

The show revolves around a high school drama club sharing their memories — memories that spark the scenes onstage.

The scenes run the gamut from hilarious to poignant.

Parents may want to leave very young kids at home for the production due to some of the themes, Kreft said.

“There’s some heavy stuff in there,” she said. “One of the girls has a monologue about being sexually abused. There’s a boy who talks about food stamps and being in line at the grocery store and hearing the people behind him judging his family for using the food stamps. A girl comes into Act 2 who actually as a baby — she got pregnant when she was 16. It deals with a lot of teen issues.”

“Rememberin’ Stuff” is a B-Side production at the Foothills Playhouse. Shows offered as part of the playhouse’s regular season are the A-Side shows, Kreft said.

B-Side shows allow for something extra.

“In between every main stage show there’s a B-Side show,” Kreft said. “It’s different from what we’d normally put on on the main stage.”

The directors are both members of the Foothills Playhouse’s youth board. Kreft is secretary and treasurer, and Oliver is vice president. Kraft has served on the board for about a year and has been taking part in Foothills Playhouse shows for about five years.

“A lot of kids in the show are on the youth board,” Kreft said.

Youth board members usher for all the Main Stage shows and also do service projects. They take part in Easley’s Arts Festival and Christmas Parade each year to help spotlight what’s going on at the Foothills Playhouse.

Youth board members also participate in work days for the theater.

“We’ll come in and work on building sets and stuff like that,” Kreft said.

The youth board is open to students in seventh through 12th grade and would welcome more members. Contact the Foothills Playhouse for more information on joining the board.

Performances of “Rememberin’ Stuff” will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Kreft said.

Tickets are $5.

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