By Madison Fisler Lewis
Nov. 19, 2014. The Blue Ridge Community Theatre breaks out of its hiatus on Nov. 20-22 with The Red Velvet Cake War, directed by Julie A. Richardson, at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone. The Texas-sized comedy, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, will feature plenty of familiar faces on stage and a whole lot of hilarity.
The show will start at 7 p.m. each night, and tickets are $20 per person. Tickets for the show are available at the Boone Drug locations at New Market, Deerfield and King Street. Tickets will also be available at the door. The Harvest House Performing Arts Venue is located at 247 Boone Heights Dr. in Boone.
The plot centers around a quirky Texas family, their family reunion and a questionable bet involving red velvet cake. Due to the subject matter, the Red Velvet Cake War will be held as a “dessert theater,” where red velvet cake and coffee will be served at intermission.
The cast features Hope Bennett at Cee Cee Windham, Jeannine Taylor as Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen, Andrea McDonough as Lamerle Verdeen Minshew, Robert Cherry as Aubrey Verdeen, Lara Marshall as Jimmy Wyvette Verdeen, Julie Farthing as Peaches Verdeen Belrose, Liz Hayes as Bitsy Hargis, Brett Lee as Newt Blaylock, Mark Suggs as Sheriff Grover Lout and Purvis Verdeen, Sarah Duttlinger as Elsa Dowall and Joanne Hughes as Mama Doll Hargis.
The Blue Ridge Community Theatre is a nonprofit organization located in Boone and serving the northwest mountain area of the state. The organization’s mission is to enrich the community by presenting a wide variety of high-quality theater experiences to locals and visitors and to provide an outlet for the talents of any and all interested in the theater arts.
The Blue Ridge Community Theatre started in 1976 and was the first theatre in the High Country.
“It started up with a grant to bring performing arts to the High Country,” said Kathleen Rowell, who has been with the organization since 1980.
“What makes Blue Ridge Community Theatre unique is that we are working with people from the community,” said Director Julie Richardson.
“This is a great outlet for people in the community who want to stretch their wings. It really serves as an artistic outlet in the community. It incorporates people of all ages and gives people here something to be a part of.”
Check out photos from the dress rehearsal below.
Photos by Madison Fisler Lewis