MSU to present its 100th anniversary theatre production of “The Whole Town’s Talking”
By Dr. Brent Menchinger | Nov 10, 2023
MURRAY, Ky. – The Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts at Murray State University celebrates its 100th anniversary of theatre by presenting “The Whole Town’s Talking,” last performed in 1924-1925. “The Whole Town’s Talking” was written by Anita Loos and John Emerson.
The show will be presented Nov. 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre, located on the first floor of Price Doyle Fine Arts at Murray State University. The cost is $15 per ticket and all seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the tickets tab at murraystate.edu/theatre or by visiting universe.com, and in the search bar, type “Murray State.” Individuals with special needs or requests can contact the department’s office at 270-809-4421 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
From the Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts: “This farce, set in the 1920’s, is about a father’s attempt to marry off his daughter to his bashful business partner. The girl prefers a man of the world. Our hero suddenly digs up a wicked past for himself. So, a story is contrived that the partner had a love affair with a movie star. All goes well until the movie star and her jealous boyfriend arrive in town.”
Quotes from cast members:
Holden Mast, a junior theatre/film major with a mass communications minor from O'Fallon, Illinois: “I feel very honored to be a part of the 100th anniversary production of this show! Chester Binney has been a wild, unrelenting experience and I've had so much fun with this show! Come on down and we'll get the whole town talking about it!”
Olivia Beach, a senior theatre major from Louisville, Kentucky: “I have had such a wonderful time with this show and this amazing cast. The laughter is infectious and I just know that this show will be a hit. Ethel is such a fun and sweet character to play and I’m so honored to be a part of the 100th anniversary show!”
Zacharie Lamb, a junior Bachelor of Music-musical theatre major from Mayfield, Kentucky: “I'm honored to have been given a leading role in the Murray State University Theatre Department's centennial production of "The Whole Town's Talking.” This show provides a unique window into performing arts culture of the early 20th century. While some of the lingo we may have only heard before from our great-grandparents, the cast has had an absolute blast getting to bring this show to life, and I hope audiences get just as much enjoyment out of watching it as we have performing it!”
Maia Annalise, a sophomore theatre major: “I am incredibly honored to be in this show. I feel like I am a part of history. Who knows, maybe in another 100 years someone will feel the same way. I will always remember you Mrs. Hattie Simmons!”