Meridian Star

November 10, 2013

Meridian Little Theatre announces cast of ‘Crimes of the Heart’

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     The cast for Meridian Little Theatre's production of native Mississippian Beth Henley’s Broadway hit play "Crimes of the Heart" has been named.

    This Pulitzer Prize play about three sisters who reunite at old granddaddy’s home in Hazlehurst after the younger sister shoots her husband is a blend of emotional ups and downs with laughter in between. Past resentments and crazy happenings surface as each sister is forced to face “the crimes of the heart” she has committed.

    The cast is as follows:

    Lenny Magrath, the oldest sister who tries to keep the family reputation intact, will be played by Tana Clay, who last appeared in "Cats" and "Bye, Bye, Birdie" at MLT.

    The middle sister, Meg Magrath, who returns home with less than a successful singing career and gets caught up in an old love relationship, will be portrayed by Holley Speed. Speed makes her return to the MLT stage after a long absence having last appeared in "Grease."

    The role of Babe Botrelle, the youngest of the girls, went to Chandler Giles. Giles has been seen in several MLT productions, including "A Christmas Carol," "Oklahoma!" and "Wizard of Oz" at MCC.

    The role of the young lawyer Barnette Lloyd, who will defend Babe, will be played by Colton Tinsley. Tinsley has done several MLT shows. including "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Footloose," "Cats" and "Bye, Bye, Birdie."

    Chick Boyle, the pesky cousin who constantly reminds the Magrath sisters of their past, will be played by Stella McMahan. This is her first role at MLT.

    The role of Doc Porter, Meg’s old boyfriend, went to Brian H. Smith. Although a newcomer to the MLT stage, Smith brings experience from several stage appearances, most recently "Moon Over Buffalo and Company" at the Shreveport Little Theatre.

    Ronnie Miller will direct the show. Josh Myers will serve as stage manager, Scott Merrill the technical director and Shannon Culpepper will be in charge of lighting.

    "Crimes of the Heart" will be performed at the MLT Playhouse Dec. 5-8, 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday Matinee Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. No performance on Dec. 9.

    For tickets and more information, call the box office at (601) 482-6371 or go online at