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Dearly Beloved

“Dearly Beloved” Comedy Update By Michael Bromka LaWanda Scholl directs her latest stage comedy —“Dearly Beloved” penned by Jones Hope Wooten —at Carlsbad Community Theatre (4713 National Parks Hwy, SW of Jct. Boyd). Evening performances 7:30 p.m. will be Fridays & Saturdays, October 29th & 30th, November 5th & 6th. Sunday matinees will be 2 p.m. on October 31st & November 7th.Eleven players portray thirteen Texans prepping for a rural wedding from which bride and groom seem to be AWOL. Pre-nuptial bustle prompts gossip among three Futrelle sisters —Honey Raye, Frankie, and Twink —played by LaWanda, Pam Cox, and Shawna Frederick. They discuss Frankie’s twin daughters Gina Jo and Tina Jo, both played by new actress Elizabeth Ray. Dave Kump plays Dub Duberly —husband of Frankie and father of the twins. Gina Jo furtively yearns for UPS delivery man and aspiring clergyman Justin Waverly played by young Ethan Frederic. Fortune teller Madame Nelda Lou Lightfoot and villainous mother-of-the-groom Patsy Price put their spin on perceptions. Playingboth characters is Barbara Hodgson. Audiences will enjoy voluble vivacity from Dianne Joop as florist and wedding planner Geneva Musgrave. Wiley Hicks played by Bobby Reid has imbibed early. He sporadically cavorts, stumbles, and then sprawls out to nap. Ever a crowd pleaser, Matthew Fletcher as Raynerd Chisum gives color commentary. As Deputy Sheriff John Curtis Butner, veteran actor (and assistant director) Zeph Roberson keeps the peace. From behind scenes, stage manager Jocelyn Ray cues cast entrances. While not bawdy, grownup issues voiced will be enjoyed best by mature audiences. Buy your tickets for six performances at Blue House, Angee’s Flowers, Treasured Moments, from any cast member, or at the box office prior to showtime. Season tickets will be honored. Audiences anticipate playful chaos.

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