2017-04-20 / Front Page

WLT’s spring production set for five performances

By SHARON LIGGETT


Most of the action in Southern Fried Funeral takes place in the family kitchen and features (l-r) Scott Lewis, Ashley Caldwell, April Shelton, Tina Lewis, and Shay Harris. Most of the action in Southern Fried Funeral takes place in the family kitchen and features (l-r) Scott Lewis, Ashley Caldwell, April Shelton, Tina Lewis, and Shay Harris. On Monday and Thursday nights you can find the cast members of Southern Fried Funeral rehearsing, getting ready for the play’s May 5 debut at Washington’s Bolton Lunceford Playhouse.

“Rehearsals are the fun part,” said cast member Tina Lewis, “... memorizing my lines, not so much, but I figure it’ll help ward off Alzheimer’s.”

Another cast member is Sherri Bowers, who usually provides the piano musical accompaniment for Washington Little Theater productions. “I am having so much fun acting in this play,” she said. “It’s so funny we can’t get through rehearsals without cracking up!”

Shay Harris, who is directing the play, is also acting in it. Past directorial projects have included the very successful Spitfire Grill and It’s a Wonderful Life – Radio Broadcast. “I’m usually involved with musicals and work behind the scenes,” said Harris. “I was a little nervous about moving into the acting role, but I’m really enjoying being one of the onstage cast members. And since the majority of the cast are stage veterans, they practically direct themselves,” she added.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Southern Fried Funeral is a comedy. It’s about a dysfunctional Southern family dealing with the death of a loved one. What could be funnier?

Harris, Lewis, and April Shelton star in the play, which also includes cast members Scott Lewis, Ashley Caldwell, Cliff Hargrove, Sharon McKee, Cindy Russell, Ricky LeBlanc, and Jared Burke. Jason LeBlanc is assistant director and Jim McKee designed and built the set.

The Washington community is fortunate to have one of the longest running playhouses in the state of Georgia. It’s equally fortunate to have these talented individuals donate their time and energy to bring live theater to our city.

Show dates and times are May 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m., and May 7 at 3 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 12 and under – cash or check only. For reservations call 706-678-9582.

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