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68th Season Remembered

68th Season

Oct 2016 - May 2017

"The Red Velvet Cake War"  by Jessie Jones


(September 29 - October 9, 2016)


The Verdeen cousins – Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette – have picked the worst possible time to throw a Southern-fried family reunion – it’s the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. You’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun!






Cee Cee Windham ..... LAURA MORALES


Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen ..... JUDI KING


LaMerle Verdeen Minshew ..... CATHY HANSEL-EDGERTON


Aubrey Verdeen ..... JIM FALTOT


Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen ..... JOANIE ANTON


Peaches Verdeen Belrose ..... SADIE PALMER


Bitsy Hargis ..... JUDY KEENAN


Newt Blaylock ..... RICK KOPP


Sheriff Grover Lout ..... VINNIE CONTE


Elsa Dowdall ..... ROBIN RHODES


Mama Doll Hargis ..... MIRIAM RING


Purvis Verdeen ..... VINNIE CONTE


was the Co-Producer of

"The Red Velvet Cake Wars"

“Murderers” by Jeffrey Hatcher


Directed by James Thaggard


November 10 - November 20, 1016


Three of the most charming killers you’ll ever meet freely admit that they “dun” it and why, in comic tales about revenge, blackmail, jealousy and justice at Florida’s Riddle Key Luxury Retirement Village.


The Cast


Rafael Petlock


Judy Glenn


Pamela Hopkins  




Was the Co-Producer of "Murderers"

“Moon Over The Brewery” by Bruce Graham


Directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland


January 12 - January 29, 2017


This very funny play spotlights Miriam, a full-time waitress and part-time painter, who would enjoy male companionship, but Amanda, her precocious teenage daughter, and Randolph, her imaginary friend, have managed to drive away all suitors. Enter Warren, the new mailman. Is it possible that he can succeed where others have failed? Join us and find out!


The Cast


Judy Glynn ..... Miriam Waslyk


Mark Woodland ..... Warren Zimmerman


Maryann Bryam ..... Amanda Waslyk


Eli Gilbert ..... Randolph

Was the Co-Producer of

"Moon Over The Brewery"

"Play On" by Rick Abbot


Directed by Keiko Knipfelberg


March 9 - March 26, 2017


A theater group desperately tries to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from the author who keeps revising the script. Get a peek backstage at a dreadful rehearsal, a disastrous dress rehearsal and the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong, does. 



The Cast


AGGIE MANVILLE ...... Sylvia Marnie
(Stage manager and prompter)


GERALDINE DUNBAR (GERRY) ...... Diana Shoemaker
(Community theatre director)


HENRY BENISH ...... Daniel Coppinger
(Lord Dudley a character actor)


POLLY BENISH ...... Caroline Cox
(Lady Margaret a character actress)


MARLA SMITH (Smitty) ...... Laura Morales
(Doris the maid supporting player)


SAUL WATSON ...... Mark Shoemaker
(Dr. Rex Forbes a villain)


BILLY CAREWE ...... Craig Moran
(Stephen Sellers a juvenile)


VOILET IMBRY ...... Valerie Lipscomb
(Diana Lassiter an Ingenue)


LOUISE PEARY ...... Susan Mergens
(Sound, lighting & scenic technician)


PHYLLIS MONTAGUE ...... Robin Rhodes
(Novice playwright in the community)




Was the Co-Producer of "Play On"

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”


by  Christopher Durang


Directed by James Thaggard


May 4 - May 14, 2017


This wildly funny play won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013 plus many other distinguished awards. Named after Chekhov characters by theatre-loving parents, middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a family home in Buck’s Couny, Pennsylvania until their movie star sister Masha arrives with her new boy toy Spike, and threatens to sell the house. 

The Cast


Vanya............Don Sleight

Sonia.............Sue Belvo

Cassandra.....Candace Artim

Masha...........Pamela Hopkins

Spike.............Patrick Charles Mounce

Nina...............Haley Hines

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