‘All This and Moonlight’ opens Feb. 5 at The Legion Theatre


Referring to playwright Charles R. Johnson’s story as one of love and hope, director Corinne Scott is excited to bring “All This and Moonlight” to Cartersville theatregoers. Opening Feb. 5, The Pumphouse Players production will be presented at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St.“Photographer Ned is single,” Scott said, referring to the romantic comedy’s main character. “His buddy Rick continues to set him up on dates. There is one problem — Ned continues to compare the women he meets to Ellie, his past love. Ned just cannot shake the memory of Ellie, so much so that the memory of Ellie surfaces and, well, gets in the way.“I absolutely adore this story with its clever and witty script. Everyone loves a comedy. When romance is thrown in, it’s all the better. I think most people who watch this play will connect with the characters and the situations they find themselves in.”Following Feb. 5’s performance, “All This and Moonlight” will be presented Feb. 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. The play’s cast will feature David Ely as Ned, Kara Duke as Ellie, Bob Whaley as Rick, Alaina Wheelis as Nora, April Branham as Andrea and Kirsten Adams as Alice.“Ellie is an intricate character with subtle nuances, which escort her back and forth from reality,” Duke said. “She is dedicated to her craft and casual in her relationships. But when it comes to Ned, she has a weakness. He is her support system, her strength, her confidant.“As these two wandering souls journey through life, they find that dreams and reality often collide, leaving pieces of hope and fragments of memories scattered around them. For these reasons, Ellie has been a uniquely fun character to portray. She is witty, charming, self-consumed and, yet, remarkably endearing.”For Duke, the character of Ellie “captured” her heart the first time she read the script.“She had a way of disarming those around her and interjecting humorous one-liners into daily activities,” Duke said. “She was whimsical, determined and complex. She seemed like she would be a fun character to portray.“I have never had the opportunity to work under the direction of Corinne Scott, and was truly excited about the cast selection. This is a talented team with varying depths of experience. The comedic timing and sitcom rhythm of this play will bring the audience to roaring laughter and stifled gasps.”Tickets for “All This and Moonlight” are $15 for general admission, $12 for PHP members and $10 each — when purchased online — for groups of at least 10 people.For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.