This play, written in the 1990s about life in a small town in Minnesota, has been described as “Fargo” meets “The Music Man” and features a cast of characters as wacky and lovable as an audience could want.
“Don't Hug Me” is directed by Nick Siler. Manager of the Bell Theatre in Pineville, Siler has been active in MLT for several years. He has acted in MLT productions of “Strange Boarders” and “Count Dracula”, as well as in “A Marriage Proposal” in the 2005 Evening of One Acts.
Siler also directed the local improve troupe, For No Apparent Reason.
Ken Maciula is technical director for this production. He has been at the helm of Middlesborough Little Theatre since 1997 and has directed many productions, including “Cheaper By the Dozen”, “Not So Grim Fairy Tales”, and “Strange Boarders”. Maciula is a professor of theatre arts and communications at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.
Making his theatrical debut as Gunner is John Day. When he's not on stage. Day works for the U.S. Postal Service and lives in Middlesboro.
Teresa Cox plays Clara. A junior at J. Frank White Academy, she has acted in many MLT productions, including “Cheaper by the Dozen”, “Count Dracula”, and “Strange Boarders”. She also directed “Clean White Linen” in the 2005 Evening of One Acts.
Appearing as Bernice is Whitney Barton. Barton has previously appeared in MLTs “Not So Grim Fairy Tales”. She also wrote, acted in, and directed “A Confused Mind” for the 2005 Evening of One Acts. She is a junior at Middlesboro High School.
Chad Money is making his MLT debut as Aarvid. Money is a professional musician and has a mathematics degree from the University of Kentucky.
Adam Boggs will appear as Kanute. Boggs, a student at MHS, has become a veteran of MLT, appearing in productions of “Not So Grim Fairy Tales”, “Cheaper by the Dozen”, as well as “Clean White Linen” and “A Confused Mind” from the 2005 Evening of One Acts.
Stage manager for “Don't Hug Me” is Penny Newhouse. A student at SKCTC, she is the historian for Middlesborough Little Theatre.
Show dates for “Don't Hug Me” are October 28-29-30 and November 4-5-6. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. All shows are at Middlesboro's Central Auditorium, next door to Middlesboro High School on West Cumberland Avenue.
Admission is $5 for students (of any age) and senior citizens, and $8 for everyone else. Tickets are available at the door.
For more information call Ken Maciula at 248-3093.
Robert Cox is president of Middlesborough Little Theatre, and is a professor of English at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Middlesboro.