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BTCPA raises curtain on ‘Southern Hospitality’

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts presents its final production for the 2017-2018 season, “Southern Hospitality,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and directed by Scotty Kennedy.

The play will be presented April 26-28 at 7 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. at Community Spirit Bank’s Weatherford Centre in Red Bay.

Tickets will go on sale at the Weatherford Centre April 16 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. weekdays. Theatre-goers can purchase their tickets there or reserve them by calling 256-356-9829. Tickets are $8 each with open seating.

Groups interested in coming may call Beth Hammock at 256-356-9286.

The cast includes Mary-Elizabeth Moore, Tina Smith, Brittany Russell, Lisa Smith, Emily Edmonson, Eric Faris, Joey Allen, Jerry Self, Susan Grissom, Randy Mink, Sharon Strickland, Sandra Smith and Don Holcomb.

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 its 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 15 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 Buntner, to the altar.

This pales next to the financial problems the preacher and his wife are having, however – 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 5-year-old twins are literally tearing up the town.

Unfortunately for all of them, the “meanest woman in 12 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.

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.

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