If you’re a Gone with the Wind buff or simply enjoy a good story,  you’ll want to be present for Sanford’s Temple Theatre presentation of Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias from March 12 through March 29.
  “The production is a true story based on the making of the epic movie Gone with the Wind,”  said Peggy Taphorn, producing artistic director of Temple Theatre. “It is really funny comedy and has a lot of dramatic moments.”
  {mosimage}Taphorn added that there are references to the racism in Hollywood that was going on at this particular time.        
  Moonlight and Magnolias is set in  1939 and legendary producer David Selznick is frustrated with an unworkable script and has shut down production of his new epic Gone with the Wind. Desperate to make this film work, he sends for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming. Selznick locks himself, Hecht and Fleming away for five days with nothing but peanuts and bananas to fuel them until the ailing script is restored. The show follows the trio as they create the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. 
  The cast members are Michael Brocki, who plays David Selznick; Tim Brosnan as Ben Hecht; David McClutchey plays Victor Fleming; and Peggy Taphorn will play Miss Poppenghul, Selznick’s secretary.   
  The Temple Theatre is a nonprofit cultural center for Lee County and the surrounding region offering professional and children’s theater to the area as well as touring groups and special events. The theater produces eight MainStage and four Black Box productions per season ranging from musicals to dramas.  It is an intimate setting that consists of 333 seats, an advanced communication network, a computer controlled lighting and sound system and an old-fashioned orchestra pit.      
  The Temple Theatre is located at 120 Carthage St. in historic downtown Sanford. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 on Thursday nights and $10 for students. There is a discount for the military and Lee County educators. The theater is equipped with an assisted listening system and is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information call (919) 774-4155. 


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