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Carmel Community Players continues it’s season of plays about strong women with Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play about a struggle for a family business fortune, The Little Foxes. Lavishly presented on a stylish Lori Raffel set design, with beautifully rendered costumes by Doris Felvus, this classic play features an exceptional cast under the guidance of outstanding director, Brent Wooldridge.

The cast of CCP's "The Little Foxes"

The cast of CCP’s “The Little Foxes”


The story, set in 1900 Alabama, deals with the selfish “get rich” plans of the unyielding Regina Hubbard Giddens, dynamically played by Carrie Schlatter, and her two greedy brothers – Benjamin Hubbard, played with slick assuredness by Joshua Ramsey, and Oscar Hubbard, the impatient, oafish brother, played in a fine “back to the stage” appearance by Mark Peed. Their plans are all but complete as they wait for the investment money from Regina’s infirmed husband, Horace Giddens – played with unwavering precision by Mark Tumey. After Horace refuses to contribute to the brothers’ scheme for moral reasons, the brothers and Horace’s son, Vince Accetturo’s dull-headed Leo comes up with a larcenous plan to get the money they need. Other members of this extraordinary cast include Barb Weaver, convincingly troubled as Oscar’s faded Southern belle wife, Birdie; Dennis Forkel, solid as Chicago businessman, William Marshall; and in a standout performance as Horace and Regina’s coming of age daughter, Alexandra – high school senior Addison D Ahrendts, who shows an acute understanding of her courageous, young character in her adroit portrayal. Rounding out the group are Stephanie Bizzle and Eric A Bell, as servants Addie and Cal. Both bring correct, dated attitudes to their roles.

Regina Hubbard Giddens uses her Southern charm on businessman William Marshall in CCP's "The Little Foxes"

Regina Hubbard Giddens uses her Southern charm on businessman William Marshall in CCP’s “The Little Foxes”

Hellman’s story is indeed a classic, with themes of greed, morality and mendacity all blended into the tale of Old South money and turn-of-the-century opportunities. Director Wooldridge succeeds in presenting the multi-layered plot in a lively and compelling way, using his very effective cast to it’s full potential and guiding the young Miss Ahrendts to an exceptional performance.

The Little Foxes is yet another in the long line of CCP shows that are not to be missed. It continues tonight and tomorrow, May 4 and 5, and next weekend Thurs-Sunday, closing May 12. Showtimes are 8 pm for Thurs-Sat and 2:30 pm for Sunday. Reservations: 317-815-9387 or online at http://www.carmelplayers.org

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