OCP presents “Southern Hospitality”
Theater goers will be treated to “Southern Hospitality” at the Orange Community Playhouse next week as they present the third installment in the trilogy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.
The Futrelle sisters – Frankie, Twink, Honey Raye and Rhonda Lynn – are in trouble again. This time, the problem is bigger than ever. Their beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction.
Ever since the Super SmartMart and the rendering plant closed, folks have been leaving Fayro in droves, but Honey Raye, with a major assist from her former nemesis, Geneva Musgrave, has come up with a possible solution. It seems a salsa manufacturing factory is looking to relocate and a company representative is headed to Fayro on a scouting mission.
Honey Raye, as the president of the Chamber of Commerce, makes promises that are not to be believed in order to woo the rep to choose Fayro. In fact, Honey Raye has told them that on the very weekend of the rep’s visit, the town just happens to be having their biggest celebration of the year: “Fayro Days.” The event includes a craft show, a pet costume parade, a beauty pageant and a huge Civil War battle re-enactment. So now it’s up to the citizens of Fayro to quickly make her promises a reality.
The biggest hurdle to impressing the salsa representative is staging a Civil War battle re-enactment with only fifteen participants.
Added to this is the dilemma of Twink being so desperate to get married that she’s practically dragging the unwilling groom, Deputy John Curtis Buntner, to the altar.
But this pales next to the financial problems the preacher and his wife are having – unless you don’t consider gambling away your mobile home a problem.
Frankie, however, seems to have it worst of all, what with her husband, Dub, going through a major mid-life crisis at the same time her five-year-old twins are literally tearing up the town.
And unfortunately for all of them, the ‘meanest woman in twelve counties,’ Dub’s wicked, old Aunt Iney, is on her way for a visit. Iney’s arrival in Fayro is definitely cause for alarm for the sisters; but it’s nothing compared to their panic when the old girl drops dead in the Dubberly home just before the salsa rep shows up.
How the Futrelle sisters and the other citizens of Fayro, including sweet, simple, Raynerd Chisum, pull together and save their town is a testament to Southern strength and ingenuity – and a recipe for total hilarity.
A laugh-out-loud farce and a stand-alone play in its own right, “Southern Hospitality” is the third play in the trilogy that began with “Dearly Beloved” and continued with “Christmas Belles.”
Directed by Codie Vásquez, with Bridget Pattillo assisting, “Southern Hospitality” will grace the stage at Orange Community Players at 7:37 p.m., Oct. 21-23, 28-30, with a special matinee performance at 2:37 p.m. on Oct. 24.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 882-9137. The playhouse is located at 708 West Division St. in Orange.