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Paris Community Theater is pleased to announce the election of Tommy Stone, a lifelong resident of Paris, as its new theatre office manager, according to theatre officials.
Tommy is no stranger to the historical theatre, having been involved in activities and productions since its formative years. He graduated from Paris High School in 1975, where he excelled in band and theater arts. He furthered his education at Paris Junior College, Texas University and East Texas State University.
He is the owner of Stone Haven, the family owned homeplace, which he has turned into a retreat for bird and animal watching, photography, exploring nature, and reunions for friends and associates. He is an avid photographer of sun sets and nature.
President of the PCT Board of Directors, Jeff Higgins, expressed his delight that Tommy will be focusing his time on the interworkings of managing the theater office.
“His duties will include financial manager for the theater, coordinating membership and patron drives,” Higgins said. “He will also be in charge of ticket sales and the box office during productions.”
“With all of the new technology now being used by PCT, Brown Paper Tickets, our web site, which includes theatre history, current productions, calendar of events, children’s theater, and so much more to keep our patrons aware, Tommy will be an important part of our Social Media Program,” he said.
Mr. Stone has performed many memorable roles on the PCT stage, as well as directed, worked in construction and costumes, served on the PCT board, taught children’s classes, conducted theater workshops and performed many other functions for the theatre. He will now devote his time and talents to the office management in a professional manner.
The PCT office hours have been changed to better serve the public, and are now from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
Doubt, PCT’s second production of the 2013-2014 season, was written by John Patrick Stanley and and will be directed by Joshua Maxwell. Doubt won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best script in 2005. According to Maxwell,
“This drama is a true parable, which casts suspicions on a priest’s behavior,” Maxwell said. “It speaks to the uncertainty we all have from time to time, whether it be religion, our own abilities, or even our trust in others. The script will mean something different to every person who sees the play, and will cause discussions among the viewers for days after the curtain has fallen”.
The production is sponsored by Louise Hagood and will show October 4 through 6, and 10 through 13. Although the season has already started, season tickets can still be purchased with a deduction for the play already performed. The season ticket price is $40.00 for the remaining four plays and guarantees seating on the night of the purchaser’s choice by contacting the box office.
On October 25, 26 and 31, PCT will join Paris Main Street and the Downtown merchants in hosting the Pumpkin Festival. The theatre will again sponsor the haunted house and introduce Annabelle, the theater’s resident ghost, who perhaps will be there to meet and greet everyone brave enough to enter the theater. The Legend of Annabelle will be narrated.
Area merchants will be selling tickets, which can also be purchased at the PCT box office for $3.00.
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra