Newcomers and Veterans offer great entertainment at OCP
Put Orange Community Players production of “Dearly Beloved” on your “to do” list. OCP’s first offering since Hurricane Ike is dishing up some tasty treats in Fayro, Texas for the next two weeks. The show, directed by Codie Vásquez, has some very entertaining performances by both first-timers and veterans.
The laughs start with the very first scene with new comer, Laura Kimball as Miss Geneva Musgrave, the harried and bossy florist, cum wedding planner.
Kelly Wade was feeling her part as the “desperate to get married” Twink Futrelle. After fifteen years, she is leaving nothing to chance as she consults local fortune teller Nelda Lightfoot, played by Jeff Hattman, on chances of her boyfriend, played by Jay Neff, marrying her.
Hattman has a cameo role, but makes a lasting impression. Don’t forget to check out Hattman’s shoes!
‘Rico Vásquez has thrown in a little “Barney Fife” into his portrayal of Officer John Curtis Buntner. “I guess my voice finally got deep enough, they can throw a mustache on me and I can play a man,” said the 16-year-old. He did look “manly” in his “Super Trooper” mustache and shades as he flashed his pistol, practicing his quick draw. Vásquez said this was his first “straight role.” He meant it was his first non-musical role as he clearly wasn’t the straight man in this comedy. You could tell he was really having fun with it especially when flirting with Honey Raye, the “black sheep” of the Futrelle sisters played by Jan Freeman.
Known for always falling for and marrying the wrong man, Honey Raye is in complete denial of going through “the change” as she suffers from hot flashes the entire play.
Shelly Fair as Frankie Futrelle Dubberly keeps her husband Dub, played by John Hall in a state of confusion as she changes moods like flipping a light switch and talks to her dead mother constantly. Something is going on with her, but he just can’t figure out what it is.
Jade Hollier as Tina Jo/ Gina Jo Dubberly is in love with the UPS man Justin Waverly, played by Taylor Pousson. Waverly, who has to substitute for the preacher, has that deer in the headlights look, terrified of having to perform the ceremony, and in such a short robe.
And last, but not least, returning player, Ben Irene Frederick plays Patsy Price, the stuck up, better than everybody, rich, mother-of-the-groom, who tries to stop the wedding.
It’s a mad romp through a fancy “Gone with the Wind” wedding gone wrong wrapped around a really bad pot luck dinner. A short step up from “trailer trash classy” could adequately describe it in a nutshell.
It is great fun, and you can see it at 7:37 p.m., Feb. 19-21, 26-28 at the playhouse located at 708 West Division Ave. in Orange. Tickets are only $12 for adults and $5 for students. Call 409-882-9137 and leave a message for reservations.