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Cast List for Winter Show "Dearly Departed"

Cast List

Raynelle - Michelle Ford
Ray-Bud - Dennis Parker
Lucille - Janet McInturff
Junior - Tim Forsythe
Suzanne - Shandra Burnett
Marguerite - Patti Gross
Royce - Jeff Buchwald
Delightful - Amanda West
Reverend Hooker - Mark Oglesby
Veda - Allison Maynard
Norval - John Nichols
Nadine - Amanda West
Clyde - John Nichols
Juanita - Jennifer Baggett
Joy of Life Singers - almost everybody

Show dates:  Friday's and Saturday's February 9, 10, 16,17, 23, 24
at the Signal Crest United Methodist Church in the Signal Crest Room.
Tickets are $15.00 per person only at the door of each performance with either cash or checks, no credit cards accepted. Dessert will be served from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm with the show curtain at 8:00 pm. Dessert is included in the ticket price. For groups of twenty or more please contact the Playhouse at 423-763-7219 for further information;

Location Map

THE STORY: In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.