Tin Shop Theatre to host comedy production ‘Star-Spangled Girl’

Published 11:19 am Wednesday, February 13, 2019

BUCHANAN — Actors at the Tin Shop Theatre hope to leave their audiences laughing with their latest production of “Star-Spangled Girl.”

The comedy is portrayed by actors Alicia McClain, Jordan York and Justin Green, who will tell the story of the drama that unfolds between two radical magazine writers and a “patriotic, all-American girl” who moves in next door to the writers’ apartment space, which also serves as their office.

The show will debut at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Additional performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Sam Blevins directs the show.

Written by Neil Simon,  “Star-Spangled Girl” is about magazine editor Andy, played by York and writer, Norman. The two live an apartment that serves as the office to their suffering magazine, the “Fallout.” Norman is the publication’s sole writer, though he publishes articles under a variety of pen names. When Sophie, played by McClain, moves next door, Norman becomes enchanted by her, despite their significant differences in beliefs. His passion inspires his writing and his editor Andy conspires to keep Sophie around so that he can continue to write with such enthusiasm.

McClain said that she hopes audience members who attend can laugh and forget the stress of their daily lives for a bit.

“I am excited for the fact that they will be able to leave their lives for about an hour and a half and dive into this other story,” McClain said.

For McClain, the production marks her first with the Tin Shop Theatre. McClain has loved acting since she was a child, so when she saw an opening on social media for the role of Sophie, she decided to try out for the part.

“Sophie, Sophie – she is sassy,” McClain said. “She is a sassy southern girl, who is very patriotic.”

McClain said the role is a lot of fun to play.

“This is a unique role for me,” she said. “Usually, I end up with the roles that are goofy and spunky and the comedic relief, but Sophie is opinionated and sassy. I’m kind of excited to be so sassy because you don’t get to be so sassy in real life.”

For McClain, the community theater has given her a chance to share her passion for acting with the community.

“I grew up basically on the stage,” McClain said. “I grew up singing and acting and I am thankful that I found the opportunity to continue doing it. Because really, it is one of the things that brings me the most amount of joy.”

In his role, Green describes Norman as a hopeless romantic and a brilliant, but struggling writer who has finally found his inspiration: Sophie.

“It’s a silly, fun role,” Green said. “I love that. I love comedy and making people laugh.”

York believes the show will leave people laughing and with an important message.

“The show has a message that I think is really relevant today about having the freedom of speech and freedom of expression and what you are willing to go through to uphold those ideals, which is really Andy’s motivation in the show,” York said. “It has a really important message that is poignant today, but also, it’s just so funny.”

Tickets for the production can be purchased at the door. The cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for children under the age of 12 . To learn more about the Tin Shop, visit tinshoptheatre.org.