OCP presents Southern Hospitality this weekend
Enjoy a little “Southern Hospitality” this week in Fayro, Texas.
The Orange Community Players have once again transformed their stage into a small Texas town for the final installment of the trilogy featuring the Futrelle sisters and a cast of dysfunctional characters.
The names are the same, but some of the faces have changed. Due to a family emergency, Jan Freeman, who played Honey Raye in the first two offerings, had to leave the show. With only a week and a half of practice, Paula Light stepped into the role.
I had to take a very close look at her when she stepped on stage for the first time. She sounded so much like Freeman that I had to make sure Freeman hadn’t gone through body changes since last I saw her.
Eastwood Almazan takes the place of Taylor Pousson in the roll of Justin Waverly. Pousson has begun his college career.
Five years have passed since we last looked in on the Futrelle sisters. Frankie’s twin boys are always in trouble, Honey Raye is having a dating dry spell and Twink is still desperate to get married.
Most of the businesses in Fayro have closed down and many citizens have moved away. It’s up to the Futrelles to help save Fayro from extinction.
The town’s plight is amusing as they try to host “Fayro Days,” including a pageant and civil war re-enactment. Laura Kimball as Geneva Musgrave was a hoot as she rounded up her troops and prepared for the south to rise again– this time victorious.
‘Rico Vásquez has played John Curtis, the town’s deputy in all three plays. His were some to the funniest bits in the production.
Raynerd Chisum, played by Jody Chesson, is just a few cards short of a full deck. He just “loves Fayro” and was instrumental in saving the town.
What started as chuckles turned into roaring laughter just before intermission. The second half was even better.
You still have one week to check it out. The curtain rises at 7:37 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (409)882-9137.
The playhouse is located at 708 W. Division Ave. in Orange.