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WHS Theatre Presents "Dearly Departed"

Start Date: Saturday - April 08, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

The Winnetonka Theatre Department opens its Spring Season with Dearly Departed, a comedy, on April 6, 7, and 8 at 7:00PM in the Winnetonka Arena Theatre. Admission is $5.00.

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; 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.

Not since STEEL MAGNOLIAS has a more colorful and dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon line. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put "Mean and Surly" on the tombstone.

CAST

Raynelle –  Ryann Hill

Raynelle Understudy – Kirsti Greene

Bud – James Long

Ray-Bud – Jackson Mattingly

Ray-Bud Understudy - James Long

Marguerite – Katie Marshall

Understudy - Caroline Foster

Royce – Joe Bell/Cameron Daniel

Royce Understudy - Trenton Kauzlarich

Lucille – Kylee Zerbe/Riley Neighbors

Lucille Understudy – Rosie Rodriguez

Jr – Randall Jackson

Jr. Understudy – James Long

Suzanne – Maddie Fields

Suzanne Understudy – Makayla Cambiano

Children of Jr and Suzanne – Max and Miles Hinkle, Tristan Young

Delicious – Eskah Allen     

Delightful – Mariah Hinkle

Rev. Hooker – Christian Martindale

Rev. Hooker Understudy - Owen Garoutte

Joy of Life Singers

Lead Singer/Choir Director - Jessica Olive

Kirsti Greene

Caroline Foster

Anna Braman

Nadine – Maegan Foster/Anna Braman

Juanita – Madison Mayes/Rosie Rodriguez

Veda – Serina Middaugh/Kirsti Greene

Norval – Trenton Kauzlarich

Clyde – Joe Bell/Cameron Daniel

Bernice Talbot – Makayla Cambiano/Rosie Rodriguez

Rebel – Jake Skinner

Merline Depew – Ashtin Holman

Funeral Goers

Cousin Billy Bob - Preston Trinqual

Aunt Lula Belle - Hannah Thomas

Aunt Sallie Mae - Inga Hüremund

Next Door Neighbor - Madison Coonce

Royce’s Current Girlfriend - Helen Adair

Royce’s Ex – Jessica Olive

Royce’s Other Ex - Kylee Zerbe/Riley Neighbors

Cousin Ada May - Ashley Smith

Cousin Cordelia Lou - Erica Burnett

Clyde’s # 1 Mechanic – Owen Garoutte

 

Production Management Team

Student Directors – Taylor Smith/Derrick Lewis

Technical Director – Danielle Dodd

Stage Manager – Landon Dowell

Assistant Stage Manager – Jay Morris

Costumes – Taylor Smith/Randall Jackson

Hair and Make-Up – Kali Holman/Maddie Fields

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