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Johnson City Community Theatre debut WWII themed 'The Dresser' tonight

August 8th, 2014 10:20 am by Staff Reports

Johnson City Community Theatre debut WWII themed 'The Dresser' tonight

“The Dresser” debuts tonight at the Johnson City Community Theatre.

Show dates are tonight, Aug. 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Aug. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

Set during World War II in England, “The Dresser” lets the audience peek inside an actor’s world backstage. Based on actual events experienced by writer Ronald Harwood when he was a dresser for legendary English actor/manager Sir Donald Wolfit, the audience is taken on a journey of what it is like to be backstage during a theatrical performance, as well as the egos that can be encountered among any troupe of performers.

The reverent and endearing “Sir,” depicted by Angus Walton, is a man who has sacrificed his life for the passionate addiction of performing only to be at a crux with his health, his love and the decision to retire. Mike Lily portrays the dedicated dresser, Laura Berry is Sir’s lady love and fellow cast members Sabra Hayden, Jason Headen, Emily Nagy and Robert Shields portray the theatrical troupe that Sir has put together over the years. Long-time theatre patron and actress Vicky Livesay directs this testament to the experiences, memories and friendships formed backstage.

Theatre doors will open 45 minutes early for purchasing tickets and seating. Tickets are $15, with discounted prices for seniors, students, military, Mountain State Health Alliance employees or groups of 15 or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 926-2542.

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