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  • PHS performing ‘Dearly Beloved’

  • UPDATE: Because of a reporter's error, this story contained a few errors. First, the play will be at Pittsburg High School, not Pittsburg State. Second, one actor's name was misspelled. Both have been corrected in the version below.


    In the little town of Fayro, Texas, a mother tries to plan a lavish wedding for her daughter and the son of a snobbish, wealthy widow.

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  • UPDATE: Because of a reporter's error, this story contained a few errors. First, the play will be at Pittsburg High School, not Pittsburg State. Second, one actor's name was misspelled. Both have been corrected in the version below.
    In the little town of Fayro, Texas, a mother tries to plan a lavish wedding for her daughter and the son of a snobbish, wealthy widow.
    Somehow along the way, a lot of things go hilariously wrong in “Dearly Beloved,” a comedy by Jones Hope Wooten to be presented at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at Pittsburg High School.
    The future bride, Tina Jo Dubberly, and her twin sister Gina Jo, are both played by Erin Simons. Her mother, Frankie Futrelle Dubberly, played by Kylie Wilber is a nervous wreck who talks to her dead mother throughout the day.  She also suspects that husband Dub Dubberly, played by Kevin McNay, may be cheating on her.
    Frankie also has sister trouble. She and her two older sisters were once a popular gospel trio called the Sermonettes which was good enough “to make Lucifer himself enter the River Jordan.”
    The trio broke up when sister Honey Raye, played by Gracie Spencer, married a Christian ventriloquist, leaving Frankie and sister Twink, played by Abbi Epperson, in the lurch. Honey Raye has made herself scarce over the years, but comes home for her niece’s wedding, bringing all that old conflict boiling to the surface.
    Meanwhile, Frankie has made the horrible mistake of allowing Twink to handle some of the wedding arrangements, which leads to horrendous reception refreshments, including smelly government cheese and some suspicious seven-layer dip.
    “Something edible shouldn’t wiggle like that,” Honey Raye says, poking at the dip.
    The clergyman scheduled to perform the wedding is in a coma, so Justin Waverly, a seminary student who works as a delivery man shows up to take his place. Played by Mason Bayliss, the student has a crush on the bride’s twin sister, but she’s so shy that she hides under the kitchen table when he shows up.
    A major crisis comes when the future bride and her beloved vanish. It seems that Patsy Price, objects to her son marrying into the Dubberly family.
    “I will do anything to keep him from diving into that gene pool,” she says, and that includes giving the young man a lot of money to go away.
    Meanwhile, sister Twink has been told by a fake psychic that if she can get her boyfriend Wiley Hicks to the wedding, she will be able to marry him. Twink loads up Wiley, played by Cole Hamblin, with cold medicine and booze, and his behavior becomes a problem. Stoned out of his head, Wiley tries to fish in the church baptistry.
    Page 2 of 2 - It’s up to Miss Geneva Musgrave, flower shop owner played by Betty Noonoo, to try and sort things out.
    Also in the  cast are Ryan Crews as John Curtis Buntner, a lawman who can’t keep his hands off his gun, Emily Commons as Patsy Price and Sarah Colyer as Nelda Lightfoot the psychic.
    The show is quirky fun, wonderfully performed by a talented cast. Director Greg Shaw has even gotten these kids to come up with credible Texas accents.
    Dense Williams is technical director, and Liza Erwin is student director/props manager, and Erin O’Dell serves as stage manager.
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