Southern hospitality, Texas style, is at the heart of the Richland Players production of Dearly Beloved, which opens March 9 at The Players Theatre in Richland.
The Futrelle sisters -- Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink -- have been the topic of gossip in their tiny town for years, especially since the scandalous breakup of their gospel singing group, The Sermonettes.
But Frankie's daughter is getting married, so the sisters come together once more to plan the fancy soiree. But even as the town turns out to help plan the wedding, the tongues continue to wag about Twink's desperate and failed attempts to get her boyfriend of 15 years down the aisle, Frankie's ongoing conversations with their dead mother and Honey Raye's penchant for racing to the altar at every opportunity.
Adding to the sisters' troubles is the cantankerous wedding planner Miss Geneva, who runs her business out of a bus depot. But things start to crumble when the sisters begin disagreeing and arguing about how the nuptials should be planned. But they come together again as they use their wits on the day of the wedding to hide from the guests that the bride and groom have skipped town and eloped at the last minute.
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Directed by Stephanie Fanning, the cast includes Joyce Bean, Michal Smith, Kristin Lerch, Mary Anne Wuennecke, Brian Hitt, Sherry Teachout, Dianne Hudson, John Manley, Mark Miranda, C.B. Lih, Suzanne Fanning and Bryce Burlfield.
Performance dates are March 9-10, 16-17, 23-24. Curtain time is 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee March 18. The theater is at 608 The Parkway in Richland.
Admission is $12 adults, $10 students and seniors. Tickets are available at the box office or richlandplayers.org.