‘Gone With the Wind’ to screen at The Lyric next week

From Tupelo Community Theatre:

Tupelo Community Theatre will present A Southern Affair on Broadway, a season opening party and showing of Gone With The Wind, Thursday, September 6th. Pre-show festivities begin at 5 p.m. with light refreshments, cash bar of Gone With the Wind drinks, entertainment, trivia competition, Lyric tours, and giveaways. Information about season tickets and TCT’s support organization, The Lyric Krewe, will be available. Tickets for the movie are $10., and may be purchased at the door. Showtime is 7:00p.m. For more information visit www.tct.ms or call 662-844-1935.

The screening is in advance of TCT’s season opener, “Moonlight & Magnolias,” which tells the true story of producer David O. Selznick, director Victor Fleming and writer Ben Hecht, holed up in a hotel room for five days, writing the script to the classic film. The comedy takes the stage at The Lyric in late September.

OK – anybody out there a big “Gone With the Wind” fan like me?

I first watched the movie as a teenager and liked it, but about five years ago I saw that it was being shown at The Orpheum in Memphis. So I went and really fell in love with it, and for the last four years, me and my friend Debbie have been going every year to see it at the Orpheum.

This last year, it was PACKED with all kinds of folks: the couple beside me had never seen it before, but the friends behind me knew it word for word, just like I did.

About two years ago I picked up a great hardback copy from Greatest Hits in Tupelo and finally read the book, which made me fall in love with Scarlett’s story even more.

I never thought I’d become such a “GWTW” nerd, but here I am. I have a portrait of Scarlett hanging in my bedroom (but not Rhett – the book kind of soured my view of Rhett), I watch it all the way through a few times a year, I just bought a 2013 “GWTW” calendar and I have a T-shirt with Scarlett’s famous “I’ll think about it tomorrow” line on it.

So, I’ll be at The Lyric next Thursday. Will you?

Come on, I need some good competition in the trivia contest!