The Morehead Theatre Guild presents its next show this month, described as a “hilarious, laugh-a-minute comedy.”
“The Savannah Sipping Society” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten is the story of four unique women drawn together by fate who find friendship, hope and healing in places where they least expect it.
Three strangers from different backgrounds meet by accident at a juice bar at a yoga studio, according to George McKee, director.
They decide it’s time to reclaim their enthusiasm for life they’ve lost throughout the years. All four are dealing with loss.
Randa, played by Krys Lynam, is a perfectionist and workaholic who just lost her job after 30 years as an architect.
Dot, played by Diana Reeder, is still reeling from her husband’s recent death.
Marlafaye, described as earthy and boisterous, is a good ole Texas gal played by Kim Shannon.
Jinx Jenkins, played by Sara Lindsey, is a “spunky ball of fire” dealing with her sister’s dementia.
“The script is undoubtedly the funniest script I’ve ever read,” said Shannon. “I love playing this character and I don’t mind the hard work because it’s great therapy. I know I will miss Marlafaye when the show is put away!”
Diana Reeder says she loves playing Dot. “She is a bit naïve and somewhat daffy – which isn’t difficult for me!” she laughed.
“At it’s core, the play is about friendship and helping each other during tough times,” McKee said.
“This play is definitely a comedy, but it has some very poignant moments that can get lost in all the witty lines and outlandish situations in which these four ladies find themselves,” he said.
As the story unfolds and the four women confront their difficulties and losses, “they discover that they actually share the same concern – the fear of living out the rest of their lives alone,” McKee said.
As the alcohol flows and the emotional walls between them tumble away, they find a treasured sisterhood of love and friendship and realize they are indeed not alone.
“Friendships made during times of great adversity are often the most enduring friendships of all,” McKee said.
Dates and times for “The Savannah Sipping Society” are Aug. 16, Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, and Aug. 23, Aug. 24 and Aug. 25, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Rowan County Arts Center. House opens 30 minutes ahead of show time. Tickets can be purchased at the arts center at 783-9857 and online at www.moreheadtheatre.com and if available, at the door. The show is recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets are $11 for adults and $5 for students.
Stephanie Ockerman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 784-416.