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BTCPA performs “Doublewide, Texas”

PHOTOS BY MARÍA CAMP

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts in Red Bay is performing its third and final production of the season, “Doublewide, Texas,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and directed by Scotty Kennedy, performed at the Weatherford Centre in downtown Red Bay. The final performance is tonight at 7:00 p.m. For tickets or additional information, call 256-356-9829. 

Cast members include Carol Woodward, Emily Edmonson, Brittany Faris, Dominic Rogers, Chris Perea, Anna Carol Porter, Jeri Mayo, Joey Allen, and Paula Johnson. Lighting and sound will be handled by Theron Struzik and stage manager Jeanmarie Moore.  

In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas—four doublewides and a shed—are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. And it’s not as if they don’t already have enough to deal with.

Joveeta Crumpler has had it up to here, having been passed over again for a promotion at work. On top of this, she has an ongoing battle to keep her feisty mother, Caprice, out of the local bar and worries that her good-ol’-boy brother, Baby Crumpler, is taking his participation in a womanless beauty pageant way too seriously. Joveeta’s big-hearted best friend, Georgia Dean Rudd, is struggling to keep her diner and finances afloat, but she just can’t curb her impulse to take in every stray cat, possum, and armadillo that wanders by.

Then there’s Big Ethel Satterwhite, who’s nobody’s fool. But tough as she is, she’s continually frustrated by her clients at Stairway To Heaven Retirement Village as well as her mule-headed husband, O.C., who shows far more affection for his BarcaLounger than he does for Big Ethel. And all the residents are plagued by Haywood Sloggett, the curmudgeon from across the road, who loathes their “trailer-trash” ways, especially their keeping a life-size illuminated nativity scene up year ’round.

These friends, enemies, and neighbors realize they’ll have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they—and their way of life—have a snowball’s chance to survive being swallowed up by “the big guys.”

The rollicking mayhem of this flat-out funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy escalates as the residents attempt to secede from Texas, discover a traitor in their midst, and turn the tables in a surprising and side-splitting finale. So grab your Stetson and come on over to Doublewide, Texas, where life is double the fun, double the joy, and where audiences double over with laughter! 

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