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Make plans to attend “Dearly Departed”

2/12/2018

The Cumberland University Phoenix Players will present their 2018 spring theater production, “Dearly Departed,” on Feb. 22-25.

The play is a comedy in two acts by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, and is produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, which provides this synopsis:

“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.”

The Feb. 22-24 performances will be at 7 p.m. in the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center auditorium, and the Sunday matinee on Feb. 25 will be at 2:30 p.m. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted.

The cast:

RAYNELLE - Sarah Rollins

RAY-BUD - Austin Kemp

LUCILLE - Savannah Kemp

JUNIOR - Joan Gopar

SUZANNE - Samantha Roddam

MARGUERITE - Emma Brown

ROYCE - Austin Reeves

DELIGHTFUL/NADINE - Ally Suite

VEDA/JUANITA - Kayla Rice

REVEREND HOOKER - Jonathan Huffman

CLYDE/RADIO ANNOUNCER - Jeremiah Bender


The crew:

DIRECTOR - Chris Byrd

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Jonathan Huffman

STAGE MANAGER, PROPS/COSTUMES - Adrienne High

MAKE-UP, PROPS/COSTUMES - Amanda McReynolds

BACKSTAGE - Brooke Bishop