play of trilogy
to premier in Pewee Valley
the two-person performance
Helen E. McKinney
PEWEE VALLEY, Ky. (December 2011) Even though
Martha Frazier has been involved in theater for quite some time, she
says she thoroughly enjoys her new role as director. She is directing
a nostalgic play she says will entertain and appeal to many audience
members emotions, taking them back to a simpler time to get a
break from the hectic holiday season.
Frazier has been a part of the Little Colonel Playhouse located on Mt.
Mercy Dr. in Pewee Valley for a couple of years now. She had previously
acted in a few plays at the playhouse, and she would like to do
The Crestwood resident has also directed summer youth shows at the Little
Colonel Playhouse. Childrens acting workshops are sponsored three
times a year at the playhouse for children ages 7 to 14.
Kelly and Garret Patton
perform a scene from
Last Train to Nibroc.
She currently teaches a drama class at the Oldham County
Schools Arts Center for children ages 9 to 17, in addition to conducting
freelance film work on local projects. She has three children of her
Born in California, Frazier referred to herself as a Navy brat
who had lived all over while growing up. She has been involved in theatre
in other places where she has lived before coming to Kentucky. Frazier
was assistant director of the Southeast Christian Easter Pageant for
She initially became involved with the playhouse because I really
like the people. I was asked to be on the board, and then the play reading
From the moment she read Last Train to Nibroc, she just
fell in love with it. Frazier specifically looked for a play with
a small cast because this meant less set changes for the small theater,
and it is a busy time of the year to get a cast together, anyway.
Last Train to Nibroc will be performed on Dec. 1-4 and Dec.
9-11. Thursday dinner seating (opening night) for all shows is 6:45
p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances
begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Frazier says Last Train to Nibroc will appeal to many individuals
because it is by a Kentucky author, is nostalgic and is a relationship
piece, she said. The play is about a couple in their 20s played
by Louisville area actors Garret and Kelly Patton. Frazier said that
not a lot of people turned out for auditions, but of the ones who did
were really good actors.
Knowing she had to get two really good actors was a challenge
for me as a director, said Frazier, 43. She cautions, This
is not a Christmas play. The first scene takes place just after Christmas.
Last Train to Nibroc was written by Arlene
Hutton. It is set in December 1940 on an eastbound train that is carrying
the bodies of writers Nathaniel West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The only
two passengers aboard are May, who aspires to become a missionary, and
Raleigh, who has just been handed a medical discharge.
Raleigh aspires to become a writer and is headed to New York to fulfill
his dream. While on the train, the couple discovers they are from neighboring
Appalachian towns. Before the journey is over, Raleigh switches trains
to head back to Kentucky. He promises to take May to the next Nibroc
The play has a Kentucky connection. Nibroc is actually Corbin
spelled backward, said Bill Baker, board member for the Little
Colonel Playhouse. Its a charming little play.
The three-day Nibroc Festival is held annually in downtown Corbin, Ky.
Entertainment, crafts, food, two parades, carnival rides and a host
of other activities complete the festival.
Baker said Last Train to Nibroc is typical of the plays
performed at the Little Colonel Playhouse. The play reading committee
tries to come up with a mix of plays for each season.
A regular season of plays at the playhouse consists of five plays performed
from September to June, said Baker. Last Train to Nibroc
is part of a trilogy of plays that may be brought to the playhouse in
the future, he said.
The consecutive two plays place the same main characters in their 40s
and 60s. It would be fun to follow, said Frazier of the
Depending upon the play, it normally takes five to six weeks to
practice, said Baker. Something to Hide will be performed
in February; An American Daughter will be performed in April;
and the season will wrap up with In the Rest Room at Rosenblooms
For more information, contact the Little
Colonel Playhouse at (502) 241-9906 or visit www.LittleColonel.org.
To make reservations call (502) 588-1557.
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