WELLSBORO Unlike most area professional and community theatre groups whose "season" extends from fall till early summer, Hamilton-Gibson Productions' season follows the calendar. So Wellsboro's long-standing community theatre heads into the final shows of its 2013 season.
Thomas Wells Putnam, artistic director for the theatre, announced that in addition to choir music and concerts are a trio of theatrical attractions scheduled through the end of the year.
"The Trial of Walter Goodwin" - One of the most successful of the courtroom dramas presented by Hamilton Gibson returns.Adapted from Tioga County court transcripts, the play tells tale of the grisly murder of young Effie Goodwin and the trial of Walter Goodwin for murdering his wife. Goodwin's conviction in 1897 led to one of the last public hangings in Toga County.
The one-hour drama will be performed at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 and at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, at Mansfield High School, 73 W. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, in conjunction with Mansfield's 1890's Weekend.
"The Madwoman of Chaillot" -The title character is an aging idealist living in Paris who struggles against the strait-laced authority figures in her life.
The play is also a poetic satire which blends mystery, adventure and romance, suggesting that what happened in Paris could easily happen anywhere.
Hamilton Gibson's production features a large cast of eccentric characters who bring this whimsical yet powerful tale to life.
Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 14-16 in the Black Box Theatre at the Deane Center, 102 Main St., Wellsboro.
"A Christmas Carol" - The perennial staging of Charles Dickens' holiday ghost story is one of the many activities in Wellsboro's 30th annual "Dickens of a Christmas" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7.
The downtown streets will be closed off for the Victorian performers and vendors, strolling musicians, singers and street corner thespians.
These include The Dickens Players, amateur street performers, who will offer renditions of Christmas readings and carols. Hamilton-Gibson will perform "A Christmas Carol" several times throughout the day at the Arcadia Theatre.
Two separate casts will assume the roles of Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and all the colorful characters from the Dickens classic.
For more information and tickets, call 724-2079 or visit www.hamiltongibson.com.