By Dan Bechtold, Editor
The Winner Community Playhouse production of “Dearly Beloved” is a wonderfully funny, shocking true to life and on target skewering of a Texas family on the occasion of wedding of one of their favorite daughters.
The opening weekend of the play was March 2-3. Persons still have a chance to see this comedy on March 8, 9 and 10. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Winner Community Playhouse. Playhouse. For reservations persons can call 842-1958. The action takes place in a small Texas town of Fayro with most of the action taking place in the fellowship hall of the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church. The occasion is the wedding of Tina Jo Dubberly and Parker Price. Tina Jo is the daughter of Frankie Futrelle Dobberly and her husband, Dub.
Playing the bride and her twin sister is Candace Patmore. Tami Comp, who has played in several productions by the authors Jones, Hope and Wooten, is the frantic mother of the bride.
Doug Nelson, a fairly newcomer to the Winner stage, is cast as the father of the bride.
Though we never wee Parker Price we do see his mother, Patsy, played by newcomer to the Winner stage Roxanne Farley. Patsy is what some people call “high society” in Fayro. For her first experience on the Winner stage Roxanne does a great job.
Tina Jo’s wedding is the culmination of her mother’s dream who wants the wedding set to a “Gone With Wind” theme.
The wedding reception comes with a complete pot luck dinner.
The play has side story which makes it interesting. Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink are the lone surviving members of the Futrelle clan known as the Sermonettes. This gospel trio traveled the area on the revival circuit.
Brady Biggins plays Twink and Barb DeSersa is Honey Raye.
The Sermonettes broke up after Honey Raye’s ill fated marriage to an evangelist. The sister do a lot of arguing as wedding plans are made. However they get together to sing one more time prior to the wedding ceremony.
Performing the wedding ceremony is a seminarian played by Winner High School student Andrew Taylor. Taylor has been on the Winner High School stage but this is his first appearance in a community playhouse production.
Dan Patmore is the town peace officer who likes to show off his gun twirling skills.
Charles York plays Wiley Hicks the fiancé of Twink, though he does not know it.
There is event a psychic played by Linda Watson who has been a favorite in other Jones, Hope and Wooten comedies presented in Winner. Watson was recently named as the outstanding member of the Winner Community Playhouse.
Sarah Gustafson, a regular on the Winner stage, plays the wedding coordinator and local florist.
Director Sandra York keeps this group of actors and actresses on task and does a wonderful job directing.
Dan Patmore has put his usual nice touch on the technical aspect of the play and designed a nice set befitting the theme of the play.
It is a funny play and everyone does a wonderful job. If you want to have an enjoyable evening and not to have to worry about a snow storm, make reservations for this play.