Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 12, 2013

Panther Tales Players present Tragedy and Trial


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CROSSVILLE — Stone Memorial’s Panther Tales Players proudly presents Titanic, Tragedy and Trial in the SMHS auditorium on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m.

This two-act dramatization by Pat Cook opens on the 101st anniversary of the senate hearings concerning the sinking of the White Star Line’s flagship, the Titanic.

Act One, the Tragedy, portrays many of the characters, Captain Smith (played by veteran actor Michael VanWinkle); Mr. Andrews (Alex Norris), builder of the Titanic; the Unsinkable Molly Brown (Renee Pluff), and many others who have become indelibly imprinted on our American heritage as they set sail and ultimately meet their demise in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.

Act Two, the Trial, recreates the senate hearings that began on April 19, 1912, seven days after the sinking of the great ship, using actual testimony of the survivors. Another veteran actor, Ty Smith, recounts his experiences as Second Officer Charles Lightholler, while Josh Spencer in his second appearance on stage takes on the ill-favored character of Bruce Ismay, the surviving representative of the White Star Line.

Numerous affidavits from survivors such as Daisy Minihan (Hayley Hurray), Mahala Douglas (Georgie White), and lookout Reginald Lee (Tyler Corum), come to life through the illusion of theatre.

“Through the use of staging, costuming, lighting, and the talents of the advanced drama class, this dramatization of the sinking of the Titanic and the subsequent hearings moves me during every rehearsal,” states director Ned Serleth. “This is no Jack and Rose love story, but the emotions the script evokes makes for a strong and engrossing tragedy.”

Make plans now for an evening of fine theatre with the Panther Tales Players performance of Titanic, Tragedy and Trial on Friday or Saturday, April 19 or 20.