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BTCPA presents ‘Seasonal Allergies’

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts’ first production of the 2021-2022 season is nearly ready to hit the stage.

“Seasonal Allergies,” by Katherine DiSavino and Kevin Mead and directed by Emily Edmonson, will take place Nov. 11-13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., at the Weatherford Centre in Red Bay. The cast includes Brandy Cook, Koley Kent, Caroline Vanasselberg, Clint Sikes, Molly Thorn, Theron Struzik and Avery Klose.

“In the past, we’ve tried to do a holiday play in November, and this play will include one scene each for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s,” explained Scotty Kennedy, chairman of the BTCPA. “We’re just excited to get back in the theatre and hope everyone will turn out to see it.

“The actors and director have put six weeks of practice into getting ready to put on this show. It’s an excellent way to start the holiday season with a laugh as you see Julia Shelby and her brother, Peter, battle the worst case ever of seasonal allergies.”

Kennedy said many people might be experiencing “seasonal allergies” and not even know it, noting they tend to show themselves right around the holidays.

“Do you feel a tickle in the back of your throat when you realize your vegetable dishes cooked faster than you thought, and now they’re ready a full hour before the turkey will be out of the oven?”

“Do your eyes water uncontrollably after you’ve nearly broken your back climbing into the attic to find the Christmas lights and then discover that only half the strand lights up?

“Do you find yourself overheated when family members decide to extend their vacation and ‘hang out’ for a few more days in your home?”

“Then you, my friend, have got Seasonal Allergies, and you are not alone. Nine out of 10 people have seasonal allergies, but nobody has a case worse than Julia Shelby and her brother Peter. So, get ready to laugh away your throat tickle and clear your sinuses with a healthy dose of holiday fun.”

This is the BTCPA’s 25th Anniversary. The council has staged more than 75 productions, with hundreds of actors, directors and behind-the-scenes individuals participating.

Kennedy said the BTCPA would like to thank all of those who have been involved over the years and the wonderful community that continues to support local theater.

Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased at the Weatherford Centre from 2-4 p.m. during the week or by calling 256-356-9829. If no answer, leave a message. If interested in bringing a group to the theatre, contact Beth Hammock at 256-356-9286.