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MCC hosts play auditions

By Staff
Special to The Star
August 25, 2004
Meridian Community College's theater department will hold auditions next month for its fall production that will be entered in the American College Theatre Festival at Mississippi State University in October.
Auditions for "Dupont, Mississippi," are set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in the McCain Theater.
Told through a series of monologues, duet and group scenes, the play is an hilarious romp through Southern culture and perfect for audiences who like to laugh until they cry.
Southern playwright, Landon Smith of Jonesboro, Ark., wrote a wickedly funny script (breaking box office records at its world premiere). It's filled with unique characters, witty dialogue and one-line zingers.
The play is about Verna Dewberry, the evil and dictatorial matriarch of the town of Dupont, who has "bought the farm." Her death is a joyous occasion for its citizens.
Estelle Lock, the local music minister's wife, will perhaps finally get into the Junior League; Matricia Scales, owner of the Curl Up and Dye Beauty Salon, will become an independent business woman; and Coveta Phillips, Dupont's own June Cleaver who runs her own phone business, will make the "phone lines burn with productivity."
Percy Felts, head librarian of the Dewberry Library, will be able to put that book of fairy tales back on the shelf after Verna banned it because "she thought it was about gay people," and Joetta Ferguson, local "town crazy," just might get to Graceland after all.
And a host of other delightfully zany eccentric friendships also survive Verna's death because the one thing that held them together all these years was their mutual hatred of Verna.
Nine female and two male roles will be cast. The play will be directed by Anson F. Norwood. For more information, call Norwood at 484-8841 or Ronnie Miller at 484-8666.

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