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Mame premieres Friday at Emma Kelly Theater
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Actress Erin Wilson is shown as the title character in the play "Mame," which premieres Friday at the Averitt Center for the Arts. - photo by Special


When: Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m.; March 6-7, 7:30 p.m., March 8, 2 p.m.
Where: Averitt Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15 adults, $8 under 12
Contact: (912) 212-2787

    Mame Dennis has it all. The ultra-rich, ultra-outrageous socialite is always the center of attention. New York waits breathlessly for her next party – just to look at her next outfit. Mame has life by the tail and enjoys every minute.
    Glenn Spell and Helen Rosengart direct the Averitt Center STARS production of “Mame,” which premieres Friday and runs the next two weekends inside the Emma Kelly Theater.
    “Mame is one of my favorite shows,” Spell said. “While the show is set in New York, every Southerner has that eccentric relative they are almost embarrassed to introduce to their friends. You love them to death, but aren’t too sure what your friends will say when they meet them.”
    Originally from Hazelhurst, Ga., Spell has been involved with theater since 1970. He is an original member of the Averitt STARS and has directed several musicals including the well-received “Hello, Dolly” and “Anything Goes.”
    Helen Rosengart, co-director, had her first taste of the theater spotlight in second grade was hooked right away.
    “Being involved with theater keeps me young,” she said. “Seriously, there’s something about theater, something about the Emma Kelly Theater in particular. It’s magical, every time I step in the doors; I’m flooded with happiness.”
    Erin Wilson plays the title character Mame. She moved to Statesboro in August 2007. The area newcomer teaches private voice lessons at the Averitt Center and is a 17-year theater veteran.
    “Glenn (Spell) and Helen (Rosengart) heard me perform in another show,” she said. “They asked me to audition for the role of Mame. It’s flattering and nerve-wracking at the same time to be asked to audition.”
    Other cast members include Joshua Kemp as young Patrick; Margaret Klussman as Mame’s dearest friend, Vera Charles; Dr. Merry Gallagher as Agnes Gooch, Patrick’s nanny; and John Wolters as Beauregard.
    “Mame” hits the stage Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Shows are also set for the following weekend, March 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m.  
    Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12, and are on sale through the Averitt Center Box Office; open Tuesday – Friday from 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. or by calling (912) 212-2787.
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