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Jimmy Dean on the scene in Alberni

Submitted photo Melissa Hazel Lowe, left, Ashley Romuld and Randy Humchitt of the Portal Players’ Dramatic Society rehearse Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, which opens at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, May 1 and runs until May 17. - Photo submitted
Submitted photo Melissa Hazel Lowe, left, Ashley Romuld and Randy Humchitt of the Portal Players’ Dramatic Society rehearse Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, which opens at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, May 1 and runs until May 17.
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Portal Players Dramatic Society proudly presents our final production of our 2013/14 season: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.

Derek and Debra Burke direct this production of  Ed Graczyk’s 1976 play which straddles two time periods—1955 and 1975—and  tells the story of an all-female fan club called the Disciples of James Dean which meets at a Woolworths five-and-dime store in McCarthy, Texas.

In 1955, when they were teenagers, James Dean filmed Giant in Marfa, not far from McCarthy.

As middle-aged women, they reunite in 1975 to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Dean’s death, and the story explores their memories and shared experiences.

The material provides a rich playground for some of Portal Players’ strongest female actors: Teresa Mulligan, Yvette Deveau, Belinda Williams, Carrera Schroeder, Melanie Anderson, Melissa Lowe, and Ashley Romuld.

The show starts at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. opening May 1 and closing May 17.

Tix are $13/$15 in advance, $16/$18 at the door, and available at the box office, Rollin Art Centre, and online.

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