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Brooke Hills Playhouse Wraps With ‘Honky Tonk Hissy Fit’

Crystal Sharma as Lark Barken implores Sheila Cavalette as Georgia Dean Rudd for help in raising an atomic powered 3-year-old in “Honky Tonk Hissy Fit,” which runs today through Sunday, Aug. 19-21, and next weekend, Aug. 26-28, at Brooke Hills Playhouse. (Photo Provided)

WELLSBURG — Brooke Hills Playhouse announces the fifth and final production of the 51st season, “Honky Tonk Hissy Fit,” written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

This show will run today through Sunday, Aug. 19-21, and next weekend, Aug. 26-28. Municipal Mutual Insurance Company and Reasner Funeral Home are season sponsors.

“Honky Tonk Hissy Fit” takes us to Doublewide, Texas, in this rollicking, hilarious comedy. The population of this mobile home community keeps going up. However, it seems their vacation rental trailer has drawn unwanted attention from a mega-corporation in Austin. Suddenly the corporation is interested in Doublewide, way too interested.

Mayor Joveeta Crumpler is the only one suspicious enough to sound the alarm, but no one is listening. Her mother, Caprice, is too self-involved with her “career” as a local celebrity to sense the growing threat, or even to realize that grumpy old Haywood Sloggett is increasingly drawn to her, and Sloggett is fighting those romantic tendencies tooth and nail.

Caprice is also determined on keeping her neighbor and rival, Big Ethel Satterwhite, from horning in on her domain — the Stagger Inn bar. Big Ethel has her hands full trying to teach the town’s good-ol’ boy police chief, Baby Crumpler, how to dirty-dance for a countywide competition.

But Baby’s got as much chance of winning as Georgia Dean Rudd has of not jinxing her relationship with Nash Sloggett — she’s twisting herself in knots trying to dodge his constant marriage proposals.

And as the danger to the town grows, Joveeta can’t even count on the usually reliable and sweet health fanatic Lark Barken — because she’s currently under the spell of a demon she’s only recently discovered: caffeine.

But as the tentacles of the corporation envelop them all in the form of corporate employee Harper Channing, can the citizens of this little Texas town put aside their problems and unite behind Joveeta to fight “the big guys” and turn the tide in Doublewide?

Director Diana Wellsburg said she is thrilled to be working with a superb, veteran cast.

“I am so blessed to be able to work with this wonderful group of thespians for the past several years. They will delight and thoroughly entertain our audiences and act with both their hearts and souls,” she remarked.

Cast members include Sheila Cavalette from Weirton, Rob DeSantis and Sarah Tennant from Follansbee, Crystal Sharma and Dan Harry from Bethany, Connie Knollinger-Wendel from Glen Dale, ReGina Pino from Steubenville, and Andrew Dillie and Mendel from Wellsburg.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The box office opens one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $8 for children. For more information, call or text 304-737-3344.

Brooke Hills Playhouse is located in Brooke Hills Park, Wellsburg.


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