OCP presents ‘Dearly Beloved’
Orange Community Players will take to the stage again for their first performance since Hurricane Ike, next week at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19.
Brook Doss’ production of “Anatomy of Grey” was canceled after extensive hurricane damage. Theater volunteers are still doing repairs, but have accomplished enough to resume performances.
The Meadows Foundation is offering up to $58,000 in matching funds to OCP for all financial gifts received by March 2. Donations are tax deductible and greatly needed for repairs caused by Ike.
“Dearly Beloved” is directed by Codie Vásquez and produced by Jeff Hattman and John Hall. One of the writers of “Dearly Beloved,” Nicholas Hope, happens to be Hattman’s cousin.
Taking place in the fictional town of Fayro, Texas, the story centers around the three Futrelle sisters – who are always the talk of the town. Frankie, played by Shelly Fair, decides to throw her daughter a lavish, over-the-top “Gone With the Wind” wedding. Things don’t go exactly as planned, especially since her sister Twink’s idea of lavish is a pot luck dinner and catering from Sanford’s House of Meat.
Only her second time on stage for OCP, this is a Fair in a starring role as Frankie Futrelle Dubberly. Also featured is Jade Hollier as Tina Jo Dubberly and her twin, Gina Jo. The cast has three debut performances by Laura Kimball, Kelly Wade and Jay Neff. Ben Irene Frederick returns to the OCP stage after moving back to this area. Of course there are veteran actors in the production also. The always hilarious Jan Freeman plays sister Honey Raye Futrelle, John Hall is Frankie’s husband, Hattman has a small part as a fortune teller, and junior board members Taylor Pousson and ‘Rico Vásquez have substantial parts as well.
Fair and Wade are actual sisters, playing sisters. Fair drafted both Wade and co-worker, Kimball into the group. “Want to play pretend and dress up?” she asked them.
Kimball works with Fair at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School. She moved to Texas from Philadelphia eight years ago, “ … because I liked the shape of the state.” Kimball stopped here as soon as she crossed the border.
“It really has been outside my box,” Wade said of her first time on stage. She is the wife of sports editor Van Wade.
“It’s pretty exciting, but scary too,” said Fair. That’s funny considering she is the mother of triplets. She said the only way she would be able to participate in OCP, is because her husband helps. “I couldn’t do it without him. He cooks, he cleans, he does everything.”
They have a week and a half of rehearsals left, learning lines, assembling costumes and working out staging details and lighting.
“Dearly Beloved” it looks to be a very humorous play that should have several stellar performances.
“Dearly Beloved” runs Feb. 19-21 and 26-28 at the playhouse, 708 W. Division Ave. Reservations are required by calling 882-9137.