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“In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)” is coming to the stage of the Manchester Arts Center Feb. 8- 17. Manchester’s Teen Actors Guild (TAG) will bring to life Steve Franco’s play. From left are Zach Beard, Elizabeth Damewood and Madelyn Hansen. To purchase tickets, visit www.millenniumrep.org or call 931-570-4489.

“In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)” is coming to the stage of the Manchester Arts Center Feb. 8- 17.

Manchester’s Teen Actors Guild (TAG) will bring to life Steve Franco’s play – “a comic Christmas caper with nosy neighbors, snarky teenagers, and quirky aunts and uncles, all making us wonder who’s holding who hostage,” said Joel Longstreth, managing director for Millennium Repertory Company.

“It’s Christmas Eve, and the Douglas family is preparing to welcome the relatives for their annual tradition – driving each other crazy,” Longstreth said. “Enter two inept robbers just looking for a quiet place to hide out from the law.”

 

Preparing for the show

Haylee Eaton, who directed the show, has enjoyed the experience.

This is not the first time she has worked with the young actors.

“I have had the immense pleasure of directing two other TAG shows before this one: ‘Bye Birdie,’ in 2016, and ‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’ in 2018,” said Eaton.

Interacting with the performers has brought her joy, said Eaton.

“My favorite part of getting ready for any show, but especially this one, is being able to watch the teens grow as actors over the course of the rehearsal process,” Eaton said. “The seasoned veterans of the stage and newcomers alike have grown so much as actors and performers since we started rehearsals in November.”

Eaton encouraged locals to see “In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)”.

“This show is hilarious and full of sitcomesque hijinks,” Eaton said. “There have been many times during rehearsal that we have stopped because everyone was in tears from laughing so much. The actors have put a ton of time and effort into a show that everyone will enjoy.”

The cast includes Emilio Steele, Nicole Whitt, Ali Lemmons, Erin Maccagnone, Matthias Montoya, Anne-Sophie Ilunga Kongolo, Rayanna Lemons, Tanner Maccagnone, Elizabeth Damewood, Zach Beard, Trey Elgouhary, Vanessa Jarman, Addison Welch, Charli Light and Madelyn Hansen.

 

Visiting MAC

The show will be presented Feb. 8 through Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and members of the military, and $10 for students.

To purchase tickets, visit the art center online at www.millenniumrep.org or call 931-570-4489.

Packages for Millennium Repertory Company’s 2019 season, which includes “Chicago,” “Newsies,” “The Lion King, Jr.” and “My Fair Lady,” are also available.

The Manchester Arts Center is located at 128 E. Main St., Manchester.

Elena Cawley may be reached at ecawley@tullahomanews.com.