BTCPA to host auditions for final show of season

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts in Red Bay is gearing up for its final production of the 2022-23 season – and now is the time for budding thespians in the area to audition.

The BTCPA has announced auditions for its third and final production of the 2022-2023 season, “Doublewide, Texas,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, and directed by BTCPA veteran Scotty Kennedy.

Auditions will be held at 2 p.m. March 5 and 7 p.m. March 6 at the Weatherford Centre in Red Bay. The show has parts for three men and six women, with older teens possibly able to play some parts.

Kennedy said auditions will consist of cold readings from the book.

Performance dates are April 27-30, with rehearsals beginning March 13.

So what’s the story of “Doublewide, Texas”?

In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy – the kind of show that hits the niche for the BTCPA – the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas – four doublewides and a shed – are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them.

Kennedy said among the cast of characters, “Joveeta Crumpler has had it up to here, having been passed over again for a promotion at work. On top of this, she has an ongoing battle to keep her feisty mother, Caprice, out of the local bar and worries that her good-ol’-boy brother, Baby Crumpler, is taking his participation in a womanless beauty pageant way too seriously.” Additionally, Joveeta’s best friend Georgia Dean Rudd is “struggling to keep her diner and finances afloat, but she just can’t curb her impulse to take in every stray cat, possum and armadillo that wanders by.”

Other characters include Big Ethel Satterwhite, who’s “continually frustrated by her clients at Stairway To Heaven Retirement Village as well as her mule-headed husband, O.C., who shows far more affection for his BarcaLounger than he does for Big Ethel.”

And all the residents “are plagued by Haywood Sloggett, the curmudgeon from across the road, who loathes their “trailer-trash” ways, especially keeping a life-size illuminated nativity scene up year-round.

These friends, enemies and neighbors realize they’ll “have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they have chance to survive being swallowed up by ‘the big guys.’”

More of an audience member than an actor? Tickets for this show will go on sale April 17 at the Weatherford Centre. Go by or call 256-356-9829 weekdays to purchase or reserve tickets. A meal will be available with the Thursday night performance. Call Beth Hammock at 256-668-0045 for more information on group tickets.

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