By Lucas Vance firstname.lastname@example.org
April 9, 2014
WINNSBORO — Pine Tree Players wrapped up its spring production “Always A Bridesmaid” on Sunday and according to director Ginny McKinney, the play couldn’t have gone any better.
“There was not a weak spot in it,” she said. “The set was wonderful. The costumes were wonderful and the cast of characters was perfect. I really feel for those that missed it because they really missed a good evening of laughter and beautiful performances.”
McKinney noted that the most challenging part of the production process was just deciding to move forward with “Always A Bridesmaid.”
However once that decision was made, everything just fell into place and went smoothly.
“Once we decided to do it there were really no problems at all,” McKinney told The Herald Independent.
Originally, McKinney planned to do direct the musical “Hats.”
After switching the production two weeks into rehearsal, McKinney said “Always A Bridesmaid” fell into their laps and she believed it was meant to be.
McKinney noted that she prefers to have eight weeks of rehearsal, but were forced to prepare in six weeks after switching to the comedy.
Despite the switch, it was actually quite convenient that there were six female cast members available, which is just what the comedy called for.
Not only did they have the right amount of cast, but according to McKinney, the play’s characters fit the personalities of the cast members.
“They took what I directed them to do and just went with it,” she stated. “They put their own personality into the character. Each character just fit these women and each one was perfect for a part. It really fit like a glove and was a lot of fun to do.”
The comedy revolved around four friends who had sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their senior prom: to be in each other’s weddings, no matter what.
Thirty years after that promise, the friends-for-life were still making the long walk for each other and determined to honor that vow.
Forsaking all others in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides and the unfortunate release of a flock of white doves on the first day of hunting season.
McKinney told the cast after the final show that she would have been proud to take the production on to any stage in South Carolina.
Directing the cast was McKinney’s most enjoyable moment as a director and she believes the cast was without a doubt the strongest component of the production.
“It was a perfect combination of picking the right play and having the right people for the characters,” she noted. “Sometimes it doesn’t happen like that, but this time it worked out beautifully. The satisfaction of getting a great group that takes the direction and puts on a wonderful production by putting their own personality into it was the most gratifying for me.”
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