Dearly Beloved

Dearly-BelovedMarch 5 to March 22, 2009
DEARLY BELOVED, is a "I laughed so hard-I hurt myself" comedy set in a small Southern town and revolves around a Gone With The Wind themed wedding and reception which go terribly wrong. Laughs abound and include a character's conversations with her deceased mother, a cantankerous wedding coordinator and a last-minute elopement; and That is not all. This show is full of funny. If you liked DEARLY DEPARTED, you will love DEARLY BELOVED from the same authors, Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

Directed by:
Lynne Stinchcomb Pollingue

Cast:
Margaret White- Miss Geneva Musgrave, wedding coordinator
Lauren Pitts- Tina Jo Dubberly, Frankie's oldest twin daughter
Carol Majors- Honey Raye Futrelle, oldest Futrelle sister
Gloria Kuykendall- Frankie Futrelle Dubberly, youngest Futrelle sister
Dave Hendrick- Dub Dubberly, Frankie's husband
Sheila Whitehead- Twink Futrelle, middle Futrelle sister
Jennifer Martin- Nelda Lightfoot, local psychic
Lauren Pitts- Gina Jo Dubberly, Tina Jo's identical twin sister
Mark Dasinger- Justin Waverly, seminarian
William Harper- John Curtis Buntner, highway patrolman,
Wes Marcus- Wiley Hicks, Twink's fiancé,
Nadine Herrod- Patsy Price, Tina Jo's future mother in law

Crew:
Laura Morrison- Stage Manager
Jane Rhodes- Prop Manager
Larry Martin- Lights
David Ordonio- Sound
Mary Penton-Public Relations

Reviews

March 11, 2009
REVIEW
WOBT's 'Dearly Beloved' is 2 hours of non-stop laughter
Local theater's current production melds chaos, conflict, comedy

By Brittany Sawyer
Progress writer

Chaos, conflict and comedy meet on the stage of Prattville's Cultural Arts Center in the Way Off Broadway Theatre troupe's presentation of "Dearly Beloved," directed by Lynne Stinchcomb Pollingue.

From the same writers as "Dearly Departed," "Dearly Beloved" is a comical story of the dysfunctional Futrelle sisters who have been reunited for what is supposed to be the most elegant wedding ever seen in Fayro, Texas. The youngest Futrelle sister, Frankie, who often has conversations with her deceased mother, has devoted all her time to preparing a beautiful "Gone With The Wind" theme wedding for her daughter, Tina Jo. But on the day of the wedding all her plans go down the drain.

Between the loud-mouthed gossiping of wedding coordinator Miss Geneva, Twink Futrelle's idea to turn the wedding catering into a community potluck meal, and menopausal Honey Raye showing up wearing a gold lamé dress with red patent leather pumps, Frankie's "perfect" wedding slowly begins to crumble.

To top things off, as the wedding hour nears, its is learned that the bride-to-be has eloped with her fiancé. In an effort to save the wedding, Frankie sends the "gun happy" highway patrolman to find the couple and bring them back to the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church before the wedding guests notice anything is wrong.

"Dearly Beloved" is two hours of nonstop laughter. The witty jokes and popular music selection (mainly of the country genre) kept the audience entertained (instead of frustrated) long enough for the crew to set up the next scene during constant blackouts.

The twists and turns of the plot keep the audience actively engaged as the story progresses into its final act, where Frankie reveals a shocking secret.

Although this play may not be appropriate for small children, it is one that adults of any age can enjoy.

Sam Sherian of Prattville, who attended the play's opening performance, said he loved the production.

"I truly enjoyed it," he said. "It was barrels of fun and laughter."

"Dearly Beloved" will be performed from March 5 until March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased online or in the lobby of Prattville's downtown branch of Bank Trust.

Those seeking more information on the production may call 365-8806 or 361-3029.



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