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Blue Ridge Community Theatre’s First Show Since Hiatus, The Red Velvet Cake War, Premieres Nov. 20-22

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Nov. 6, 2014. After a brief hiatus, Blue Ridge Community Theatre pops back onto center stage with its first theatrical production in years. The Red Velvet Cake Wars will premiere Nov. 20-22 at the Harvest House in Boone. The hilarious comedy will be presented as a “dessert theater” and follows the shenanigans of a Texas family who just might take the annual family reunion a bit too far.

The show will start at 7 p.m. each night, and tickets are $20 per person.

imgres432“The usual brand of zany characters will be portrayed by both veteran Blue Ridge Community Theatre actors as well as some new local faces,” said Bill Barbour of Blue Ridge Community Theatre.

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 Wars will be held as a “dessert theater,” where red velvet cake and coffee will be served at intermission.

The cast list for the show includes Hope Bennett as Cee Cee Windham; Jeannine Taylor as Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen; Andrea McDonough as Lamerle Verdeen Minshew; Robert Cherry as Aubrey Verdeen; Lara Marshall as Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen; Julie Farthing as Peaches Verdeen Belrose; Liz Hayes as Bitsy Hargis; Brett Lee as Newt Blaylock; Mark Suggs as Sheriff Grover Lout; Sarah Duttlinger as Elsa Dowdall; Joanne Huges as Mama Doll Hargis and Mark Suggs as Purvis Verdeen.

Tickets for the show are available at the Boone Drug locations at New Market, Deerfield and King Street.

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.”