Stage Is Set For Piloting Careers To Take Off


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Take flight back to the early 1940s and take a look at women’s roles in wartime via Meridian Community College’s Arts & Letters Series dramatic production of "Decision Height."

This Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival winner comes to the MCC McCain Theater stage Thursday through Saturday, at 7 p.m. and Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. 

With the cast of nine vibrant female characters, “Decision Height” explores the tale of friendship and the complex, though essential, role of women in wartime.

Virginia Hascal, an empathetic observer, leaves her home and fiancée to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot during World War II. Through triumph and tragedy, she and her sisters in flight suits learn about airplanes and themselves. They form a bond that can’t be broken and Virginia must make a decision that will change her life.

Portraying Virginia is MCC sophomore musical theater major Morgan Davidson. She recently played Betty Jean in the MCC summer production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

Edith “Eddie” Harknell, a blunt and quick-witted pilot, is being portrayed by Anna Reid. Reid is a senior at West Lauderdale High School. She was recently on the MCC stage in the production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.”

Norma Jean Harris, played by Courtney McDonald, is described as the confident teacher. McDonald, a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi, won UM’s Theater Department’s Best Actress in a Mainstage Production Award for her work in the “Dark of the Moon.”

Rosalie Hartson, the brave dreamer, is being portrayed by MCC freshman biochemistry major Madison Boyette. Boyette also performed in MCC’s “Disney’s Little Mermaid.”

Alice Hawkins, the cool intellect, is being played by Olivia Vaughn, an MCC sophomore music major. Vaughn was last seen on the MCC stage in “Disney’s Little Mermaid” and will also be in another Arts & Letters Series production, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Carol Henderson, the brazen and earnest runt of the litter, is being portrayed by Clarkdale High School junior Anne M. Talley. A National Honor Society member, Talley sang in the chorus of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” musical at MCC.

Mrs. Deaton, the government-employed den mother, is being played by Jennie House, a teacher at Northeast Lauderdale Middle School. House is last remembered for her performance on the MCC stage of “Into The Woods.” She is also a Golden Apple Award member.

Ziggy Lewis, a rare woman, is being portrayed by Jean Willis. A newcomer to the MCC stage, Willis retired after working at MCC for 28 years in adult education and workforce development arena.

Mildred Simmons, a woman of few loyalties, is being played by MCC stage newcomer Jordan Taylor. Taylor is a sophomore psychology major at the University of West Alabama. While at UWA, she has performed in a production of “Couples.”

Production staff members are MCC Fine Arts Division Chairman Dr. Todd Brand, producer; UWA Director of Theater Kris Kuss, director; and MCC Technical Director Andy Rainey, technical director.

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