Thursday, April 26 , 2018, 3:19 pm | A Few Clouds 60º

 
 
 
 

‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ Coming to Center Stage Theater

Nola Productions of L.A. will perform five shows in Santa Barbara July 14-17

Nola Productions, a Los Angeles-based theater company, will present a limited engagement of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo in Santa Barbara, for five performances July 14-17.

Although the show has been inspired by producer Gordon Carmadelle’s own family and roots, he feels that every audience member will see some part of their own lives or their own families onstage while watching this play.

“I decided to produce this show to honor the brilliant work of Tennessee Williams, and to honor how the written word and theater itself can create moments that truly do bring two people together in unexpected ways,” Carmadelle said.

Carmadelle’s personal connection to the show dates back a few years when he was working on a scene from the show in an acting class and had it with him while on a trip home to Louisiana to visit his family.

“My father is the definition of a ‘blue-collar’ worker — someone who has worked with his hands his whole life, almost entirely under the scorching Louisiana sun — so the theater was never something that we really talked about,” he said. “But he saw the play in my hands and asked, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof — that’s the play about mendacity, isn’t it?’”

That comment lead to the only conversation about a play Carmadelle and his father have ever shared.

“We talked about the play and its characters, Big Daddy and Brick, and of course, Maggie the Cat,” Carmadelle said. “That always meant the world to me, and I knew that one day I would have to speak Williams’ lines on stage, in honor of that moment and my own roots.

“Being from the South, I connected in many ways to the characters and the story, and to Tennessee’s writing. It was always one of my favorites, and I always wanted to play Brick … to have a chance to say those words.”

Instead of waiting around, he decided that if he wanted to play this role, it was up to him to make it happen. Upon applying for the rights, he found that permission to do this show was restricted in the Los Angeles area, and in scouting locations outside the limited vicinity, he came across the coastal town of Santa Barbara and the Center Stage Theater.

He then approached friend and fellow thespian Carol Becker to direct, and in early spring, the two cast Megan Blakeley (Maggie), Oh Rhyne (Big Daddy), Kenlyn Kanouse (Big Mama), Jeffrey Olin (Gooper), Ariella Fiore (Mae), Perry Shields (Rev. Tooker) and George Lofland (Doc Baugh). Carmadelle and Becker also worked with Kathy Kelley of Santa Barbara’s Big Stage Productions to audition local children for their “no-neck monsters” (aka Gooper and Mae’s kids). They then cast Bella Elena Garcia Holland (Dixie), Mac Claytor (Buster), Riley Bream (Trixie) and Brandon Tyler Holland (Sonny) to round out the cast.

Carmadelle and Becker agree that there is a reason Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is as popular today as ever.

“The themes that Williams wrote about — family, truth, greed, sexuality, alcoholism, deception — are just as vivid and present in people’s everyday lives in one form or another as they were in 1955,” Carmadelle said, adding that “most have only seen the film version, which had to edit much of the story Williams wanted to tell due to Motion Picture Association codes in place at the time. We have a chance to show new audiences a play that perhaps they know of, but have never actually seen.”

And their hope is that many people in both the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas take advantage of their staging the play to see that story.

Show dates/times for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 for general admission, and $20 for seniors and students.

Click here for more information, including links to purchase tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the Center Stage Box Office at 805.963.0408.

— Liz Reinhardt is the publicity/promotions coordinator for Nola Productions’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.


Maestro, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >