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BTCPA announces new season

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts in Red Bay is proud to announce its 2014-2015 season.

“Fruitcakes”, by Julian Wiles, will be presented November 13-16, 2014.

The second production will be “Wisteria Hysteria”, by Daphne Murrell, February 12-15, 2015 and will include a dinner theater. Reservations for the meal must be made in advance.

The final production will be a revival of “Father of the Bride”, by Caroline Francke, April 23-26, 2015.

All performances will be held at Community Spirit Bank’s Weatherford Centre located in Red Bay. Tickets will be available for purchase one week prior to each production and are $8 each. If you are interested in bringing groups to the performances you may contact Beth Hammock at 256-356-9286.

You can keep up-to-date with auditions and other information on Bay Tree Council’s Facebook page. You may also contact Scotty Kennedy at 256-356-8758.

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts in Red Bay has been presenting quality theatrical performances for almost 20 years.

The theatre facility is part of the beautifully decorated Weatherford Centre owned by Community Spirit Bank, a locally owned bank in Red Bay.

The performances are held each season, starting in November, February and April, and are for the most part comedies suitable for all ages. Overviews for this season’s productions are as follows:


• “Fruitcakes” by Julian Wiles, November 13-16, 2014

Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two Southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster and you’ve got the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer. Into this world comes Jamie, a kid who has run away from home and come as far as his money will take him. At first he thinks this town’s inhabitants are “nuttier than fruitcakes,” but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this nutty little town. A moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation, FrUiTCaKeS provides audiences with a heaping helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer. Area staging. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.


• “Wisteria Hysteria” by Daphne Murrell, February 12-15, 2015

Mild-mannered Billy simply wants to marry Susie, but she insists on meeting his family first. He tries to warn her that they are far from normal, but nothing can prepare her for the talent, drama, pretension and secrets held at the Cavanaughs’ famous Wisteria Mansion. As the confusion weaves itself through the ancient halls, the hysteria that follows has them both wondering if the Cavanaughs are more insane than gifted.


“Father of the Bride” by Caroline Francke, April 23-26, 2015

Mr. Banks learns that one of the young men he has seen occasionally about the house is about to become his son-in-law. Daughter Kay announces the engagement out of nowhere. Mrs. Banks and her sons are happy, but Mr. Banks is in a dither. The groom-to-be, Buckley Dunstan, appears on the scene and Mr. Banks realizes that the engagement is serious. Buckley and Kay don’t want a “big” wedding—just a simple affair with a few friends! We soon learn, however, that the “few” friends idea is out. Then trouble really begins. The guest list grows larger each day, a caterer is called in, florists, furniture movers and dressmakers take over, and the Banks household is soon caught in turmoil—not to mention growing debt. When Kay, in a fit of temper, calls off the wedding, everyone’s patience snaps. But all is set right, and the wedding (despite more last-minute crises) comes off beautifully. In the end, the father of the bride is a happy, proud man, glad that the wedding is over, but knowing too that it was worth all the money and aggravation to start his daughter off so handsomely on the road to married life.


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