There are lots of laughs in Orange Community Players production of “Mama Won’t Fly,” directed by Codie Vasquez. The dialogue was so funny you couldn’t help but laugh. Some of the jokes were classic southern clichés and a few of the lines I saw coming from a mile away, but that does not make it any less funny. It reminded me of Carol Burnett and Vickie Lawrence in “Mama’s Family,” if they were on a road trip.

The playwrights- Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten dedicated the play to the late Jeff Hattman, one of the founders of OCP.

A road trip from hell is travelled by “Mama,” Morleen Sprunt, played by Diana Hill; daughter, Savannah Honeycutt played by Ashley Van Pelt; and soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Haley Quinn played by Jade Hollier.

They travel across the country going from one calamity to another, trying to get Haley to California in time for her wedding.

Utilizing a new background that images can be projected onto meant they only needed minimal props, mainly three “cars” since most of the play takes part on the road.

They visit another branch of the family that is equally dysfunctional. Keep eyes out for Alaniz Vasquez as Uncle Ferd getting down Gangnam Style.

You’ve still got four chances to see “Mama” for yourself. Check it out at 7:37 p.m., Feb. 21-23 or a matinee at 2:37 p.m., Feb. 23.

Tickets are $12 adults and $5 for students.

For reservations, call 409-882-9137 and leave your name, number of people in your party and the night you wish to attend or purchase online at

The theater is located at 708 W. Division Ave.

Ashley Van Pelt, left, plays Savannah Honeycutt in “Mama Won’t Fly” at OCP. Driving the road trip from hell is mama, played by Diana Hill. In the back seat is the bride-to-be that is cursed with bad luck, Haley Quinn played by Jade Hollier. RECORD PHOTO: Larry Trimm

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.