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It’s a Wonderful Life is a Unique Holiday Experience at The Pollard

Joshua McGowen, Kara Chapman, and Jared Blount (Foley artist) in It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Christmas is a busy time for theatres. Everyone seems to get into a Dickens-y spirit this time of year, with ghosts and Humbugs in every theatrical production you can find. A welcome break from tired traditions is It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. This production heralds back to the days of yesteryear, before iPads and streaming services flooded our airwaves, and brainwaves, at a constant, break-neck pace. Radio plays featured casts reading scripts over the air, breaking for commercials… Continue reading

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is a New Tradition at the Pollard

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The Pollard’s It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

The Pollard Theatre’s new holiday tradition returns for the 2019 Christmas season. It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play tells the story of George Bailey, a business and family man who attempts to end his life on Christmas Eve. An unlikely visitor intervenes, and in turn shows George what life would be like had he never been born. It’s a Wonderful Life is the perfect Christmas movie, and it’s become a tradition in households everywhere to revisit it every holiday season. The live radio play adds a unique… Continue reading

The Pollard’s Evil Dead is Bloody Great!

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Wil Rogers and Megan Montgomery in The Pollard’s Evil Dead: The Musical.

Evil Dead: The Musical is a bloody, gory, funny, grotesque, absurd, ridiculous thrill of a parody and it’s great fun for theatre-goers. The Pollard Theatre brings it back by popular demand after a sold-out run five years ago. This go-round is exceptionally directed by Pollard company member Jared Blount, who’s not afraid to bring the gore directly to the audience. Evil Dead follows a group of five college kids on a Spring Break trip, in an abandoned cabin, in a dark and mysterious wood. What could go… Continue reading

The Pollard Resurrects Evil Dead

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Wil Rogers and Megan Montgomery in The Pollard’s Evil Dead: The Musical.

Five years after its original run, The Pollard Theatre company is bringing back one of their most popular shows to date. Evil Dead: The Musical returns in a new Halloween tradition for The Pollard, complete with their wildly popular Splatter Zone. It’s just as crazy and messy as it sounds. No one is safe from splattering, albeit theatrical, blood in the Splatter Zone. Those on the outskirts, in the buffer zone and regular seats, are somewhat safer, but no guarantees. Regardless of where you sit or how splattered… Continue reading

Driving Force: The Pollard Opens Season 33 with Driving Miss Daisy

Brenda Williams and Al Bostick rehearse for The Pollard’s Driving Miss Daisy.

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie opens their highly anticipated Season 33 with Driving Miss Daisy. Featuring a legendary cast, Driving Miss Daisy is directed by Pollard artistic director W. Jerome Stevenson. Brenda Williams and Albert Bostick are reprising their roles as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, with company member James A. Hughes as Boolie Werthan. The 1987 play by Alfred Uhry won a Pulitzer Prize before becoming an Oscar-winning movie in 1989, starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. It later enjoyed success with a revival on… Continue reading

Pollard Theatre Kicks off Season 33 with Benefit Concert

 

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Billy Bob Bovine and the Embryo Transfer performs for one night only, July 20th at the Pollard Theatre.

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie is planning an exciting event! Billy Bob Bovine and the Embryo Transfer is a legendary local band and they’re bringing their tunes to the Pollard stage for one night only. Saturday, July 20th is the night, and all proceeds go towards the Pollard Theatre’s annual fundraiser. This concert event is a great opportunity to head out on the town, enjoy some great music, and support the arts. The Pollard Theatre has been bringing beautiful, inspiring… Continue reading

The Pollard’s In for a DISASTER!

 

The cast of The Pollard’s DISASTER! Photo by James Michael Avance.

What a Disaster! The Pollard closes out their 32nd season with one wild boat ride. Inspired by the 1970s natural disaster movies and the music of the disco era, Disaster! is a funny, low-brow comedy romp for (almost) all ages. The casino cruise ship where the chaos plays out rocks with hits of the 70s. Soon it rumbles and shakes as an earthquake wreaks havoc and sets off a cascade of impending doom. Killer tides, infernos, gas leaks, rats and sharks all threaten the evening and everyone… Continue reading

INCOMING! The Pollard Prepares for Disaster!

 

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L to R: James A. Hughes, Kara Chapman, Erin Heatly, and Charlie Monnot rehearse for The Pollard’s Disaster! Photo by Jared Blount.

Downtown Guthrie this June is looking to be quite troubling. The Pollard Theatre’s upcoming production of Disaster!, written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, pays tribute to the great music and stylized catastrophe movies of the 1970s. It includes a large cast full of comedic greats in the local theatre scene, and features some of the best music money can buy. Two of the production’s stars, Emily Pace and Matthew Alvin Brown, sat down with me… Continue reading

Bonus Review: Beehive Is A Rockin’ Tribute to the 60s

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(L to R) Stef Fortney, Jennifer Teel and Megan Montgomery star in Beehive: The 60s Musical. Photo courtesy Pollard Theatre Company.

Beehive: The 60s Musical is a hair raising good time for Pollard patrons. Susan Riley serves as narrator and she takes us from 1960, with the girl groups and iconic hairdos, all the way to Woodstock in 1969. Seen through the eyes of someone coming of age during this infamous decade, Beehive shows what it truly felt like to live while this era was unfolding. Music reflected the changing times as female empowerment began to take hold. Along… Continue reading

Beehive: The 60s Musical Returns to The Pollard

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Beehive: The 60s Musical. Photo courtesy The Pollard Theatre.

Beehive: The 60s Musical is the ultimate celebration of female empowerment, music, fashion, and hairdos that defined an era. The 1960s were a time of great change for American history, and with it came some of the best music by the most iconic artists. Beehive celebrates these feminine revolutionaries and features some of their most recognizable tunes.  Audiences will love hearing “My Boyfriend’s Back”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Natural Woman” and more.

Timothy Stewart directs this revival production, which is returning to the Pollard… Continue reading