Students Collaborate Theatre Horizon to Present ‘Pretty Fire’

Barrymore Award winning actress Cathy Simpson

As part of its 25th Anniversary Lively Arts season, the Montgomery County Community College, together with Theatre Horizon of Norristown, will present two performances of “Pretty Fire.”

The first performance will be presented on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the South Hall Community Room, West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. The second performance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Blackbox Theatre, Science Center Lower Level, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

Tickets may be purchased on line at Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students and $10 for children under 12 years.

Written by Tony Award nominee, actor and playwright Charlayne Woodard, “Pretty Fire” is a funny, human and moving presentation filled with song, stories, faith and family.

Set during the time of Jim Crow segregation laws, the play provides a window for the audience to view life from the innocent perspective of a child, who somehow sees the beauty of the world as she grows up, despite the hate surrounding her. The performance follows the West African griot storytelling tradition in which one actress plays many roles and ages.

The production features the Barrymore Award winner Cathy Simpson. It is directed by James Ijames and is supported by producers from Theatre Horizon and student designers and technicians, who are a part of the College’s Theatre Production Workshop and Drama Club.

“I’m thrilled for this collaboration,” said College Theatre Arts Coordinator Michael Whistler, “because it allows Theatre Arts students and students in the Drama Club to collaborate with professional artists in the process of creating theatre.”

For more information, contact College Theatre Arts Coordinator Michael Whistler at or 215-990-7971.

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