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Community theater group to compete in regional event

Maggie Monahan, from left, Jimmy Chrismon and Jack Stevenson perform in "TICK, TICK...BOOM" " during the South Carolina community theater festival in November.
Maggie Monahan, from left, Jimmy Chrismon and Jack Stevenson perform in "TICK, TICK...BOOM" " during the South Carolina community theater festival in November.

Rock Hill Community Theatre presents a show tonight about the courage it takes to hold onto a dream -- even as cast members hold tightly to their own dream.

The local theater group received first place in the state in November with its version of the show, "TICK, TICK . . . BOOM," competing in the South Carolina Theatre Association's community theater festival.

Tonight's 7:30 p.m. presentation at Rock Hill's South Pointe High School features a condensed, 90-minute version of the musical by Jonathan Larson, who also wrote "Rent."

The admission-by-donation event will raise money to help the theater group take the show to Chattanooga, Tenn., in early March. The local group will compete against community theater winners from nine other states in the South Eastern Theatre Conference's Community Theatre Festival.

"It's a big deal," theater president Susan Smith said last week, referring to the regional festival. "Rock Hill has gone before, but we've not gone for a while."

And she said the competition will undoubtedly be very stiff. "Florida usually has very strong entries, because they have a huge community theater population down there."

But South Pointe drama teacher Jimmy Chrismon, who plays the show's lead role, said they're very proud of the work.

"It's a very challenging show for all three actors, and even the director. I'm just really proud of all the work we've done on it."

"TICK, TICK . . . BOOM" is Larson's autobiographical tale about a young composer who is on the brink of turning 30 and falling into oblivion. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city (TICK), his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue (TICK), yet Jon is still waiting tables and trying to write the great American musical (BOOM!)

Said Smith: "I think it's just immensely entertaining. I was really impressed with it when I saw it at competiton . . . We have a really strong entry from South Carolina."

The Rock Hill theater group, which lost its West Main Street location in a fire one year ago this month, remains active, though it has no permanent performance site. Its shows have moved around to different local venues.

"We're still producing shows," Smith said. "We just don't have a home right now." And although they've been looking, Smith said the group hasn't found another site.

Its next show, a youth production of "Night of the Living Beauty Pageant," which mixes two con men into a story about a local beauty pageant, opens Feb. 29 and will continue March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 134 Wilson St., Rock Hill.

Want to go?

What: Rock Hill Community Theatre presents "TICK, TICK . . . BOOM"

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: South Pointe High School auditorium, Rock Hill.

Admission: Donations accepted to benefit an early March trip to compete against winners from nine other states in the South Eastern Theatre Conference's Community Theatre Festival in Chattanooga, Tenn.

More information: www.rockhilltheatre.org

WANT TO GO?

What: Rock Hill Community Theatre presents "TICK, TICK . . . BOOM"

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: South Pointe High School auditorium, 801 Neely Road, Rock Hill.

Admission: Donations accepted to benefit a March trip to compete in the South Eastern Theatre Conference's Community Theatre Festival in Chattanooga, Tenn.

More information: www.rockhilltheatre.org

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