Scotty Jenkins, the director of the most recent Ouachita Little Theatre production of Southern Hospitality, has announced the cast. They are: Miss Geneva Musgrave: Ann Glenn; Honey Raye Futrelle: Linor Thomas; Gina Jo (G.J.) Waverly: Alexa Night; Rhonda Lynn Lampley: Donna Sloan; Twink Futrelle: Jackie Baird; Justin Waverly: Chris Swanberg; John Curtis Bunter: Will Hose; Dub Dubberly: Lamar Austin; Frankie Futrelle Dubberly: Amanda Baker; Raynerd Chisum: Larry Kropp; Iney Dubberly: LaDonna VanWolf; D. Dayva Davidson: Linda Johnson; Buck Strickland: Joe VanWolf.
In discussing the February 10-12 and 17-19 shows Scotty says his cast is one of the best he has had the opportunity to work with. He added, “They are great actors and are working as a team to make this show the fun event it will be.” The show is the third in a group of plays revolving about the Futrelle family. The other two, Christmas Belles and Dearly Beloved were big hits on the OLT stage. Scotty wanted to be sure to mention that he and the cast are thankful for all the community support by proving props and helping build the set.
The following synopses gives the story line:
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, which includes a craft show, a pet costume parade, a beauty pageant, and a huge Civil War battle reenactment. 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 reenactment 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 Bunter, 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 midlife 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. But 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.
Don’t miss this hilarious production February 10-12 and 17-19. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 pm. Sundays are at 2:30.