Tryon Little Theater’s ‘Kindergarten’ a family show

Published 7:07 pm Thursday, September 20, 2012

Playing now at TLT Workshop
The Tryon Little Theater (TLT) production of Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” currently on stage at the TLT Workshop, is a

Henry and Sandie Bright. (photo submitted by Donna Tatnall)

family show, in more ways than one. True, it is a wholesome, uplifting and meaningful piece of theater, appropriate for all ages “as

Mimi Alexander and her father, Rody Dayvault. (photo submitted by Donna Tatnall)

long as they can sit still for a while,” said director Debbie Craig-Archer.
But it is also a labor of love that joins several community families together. Tryon Little Theater (TLT) veteran actor Henry Bright is joined by his wife Sandie, in her first on-stage performance. Familiar cast member Mimi Alexander is enjoying another performance alongside her father, Rody Dayvault. Mother and son team Kelly Tomberlin-Archer and Eli Tomberlin are also involved, Kelly in the cast and Eli adding some sound effects.
You may also notice the similarities in name between Debbie Craig-Archer and Kelly Archer. As Kelly diplomatically stated, “We share the same taste in men.” Kelly’s current husband was once married to the director. No intrigue here, just cordial, cooperative relationships.
Kelly Tomberlin-Archer, owner of The Palms Salon and Spa in Campobello, started in musical theater around the age of 12. She kept going until she became a mom. Her enthusiasm for acting returned as she joined her husband in the cast of TLT’s “Little Shop of Horrors” several seasons ago. For the current production, she began bringing her 10-year-old son, Eli, with her to rehearsals. One evening he was put into service assisting with some sound. Another evening he was asked to step in and read some parts for actors not present at rehearsal.  Between that and the ritual before-rehearsal dinners out with his mom, Eli was hooked. He has even proven himself a valuable consultant to the director, advising her on how kids really play hide and seek.

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