Theatre Northeast to present "I Never Sang for My Father"
By: Admin (admin) 2011.05.19

  
 Pictured is the cast of I Never Sang for My Father, which will be performed at the Whatley Center for the Performing Arts May 26-29. Seated (from left) are Brittney Derby, Nick Derby, Holly McCoy, Jordan Chambers, Angela Horn.  Standing (from left) are Tabitha Hooper, Eric Staples, Ashley Simpson, Drew McClain, Cody Connelly, Tyler Beadle, Corey Myers and Josh Wilcox.
Theatre Northeast, the student theatre group at Northeast Texas Community College, will present the emotional play I Never Sang for my Father by Robert Anderson May 26-29 at the Whatley Center for the Performing Arts.  

Show times are 7:30 p.m. May 26-28 and 2:05 p.m. May 29. Ticket prices are $7 for Adults, $5 for age 17 and under, $3 for Sr. Citizens and NTCC Faculty and Staff, and no charge for NTCC students with current ID.  Reservations are requested by calling the Whatley Box office at 903-434-8181.

“This is a searing drama that will take the audience on an emotional ride. We have an incredibly, experienced cast and I am confident that they will do an outstanding job with this play,” Theatre Northeast Director, Douglas Hoppock, said.  
 
I Never Sang for my Father is the story of Gene, a widower, with an elderly mother whom he loves and an 80 year-old father, whom he has never loved - hard as he tried. The father has been a mayor of a small town in the Northeast, self-made and highly respected. Beneath these trappings, however, he is an aloof, unloving and ungenerous man, who has driven his daughter away because of her marriage to a Jew and has alienated his son through his possessiveness, selfishness and his endless reminiscences.  

Suddenly, the son is faced with the responsibility of having his father to care for just at the time when he wants to remarry and move across country. Gene tries to rouse in himself affection for his father and succeeds, but only for a moment.  For it is still not possible for him to “sing for his father”—to understand and be understood, to give the love he so wants to give, and to feel it all will be accepted, and appreciated, by his father , who cannot love.
 
Hoppock says he was mesmerized by the film of the play (starring Melvin Douglas and Gene Hackman), and has wanted to produce it for 43 years.

“This is a play of great meaning and emotion. It speaks poignantly of the relationships of fathers and their sons. During auditions I was brought to tears by the actors readings. That has never happened to me in my 35 years of teaching and over 140 plays that I have directed,” he said.
 
The cast includes:  Jordan Chambers of Mount Pleasant as Gene Garrison; Nick Derby of Waskom as Tom Garrison; Holly McCoy of Daingerfield and Brittany Derby of Waskom as Margaret Garrison; Angela Horn of Mineola as Alice; Andrew McClain and Joel Burkhalter, both of Mount Pleasant, as Reverend Pell; Cody Connelly of Gilmer and Cory Myers of Mount Pleasant as Marvin Scott; Eric Staples of Daingerfield as Dr. Mayberry; Kati Barrett of Mount Pleasant and Tabitha Hooper of Corpus Christi as the Nurse; Ashley Simpson of Daingerfield as Mary; Josh Wilcox of Mount Pleasant as the Porter and Tyler Beadle of Mount Pleasant as the Waiter.