By Jesse Wood
Each teacher that attends one of the upcoming dinner-theatre performances of “Dearly Departed” by the BeanStalk Community Theatre will have a chance to win $500 to spend in their classroom.
Andrea McDonough – State Farm Agent and CR Catering Kitchen donated $250 each in an effort to show support to teachers that come to watch the play. The event takes place in the new Fairway Café and Venue – Home of CR Catering Kitchen, which is operated by CR Catering Co., a sister company by Casa Rustica. The café is located in the Boone Golf Club.
“At each performance, any teacher there can submit their name for the drawing and after the final performance, we’ll draw a teacher’s name and give them $500 to use for their classrooms,” Amy Beane, creative director of the BeanStalk Community Theater, said.
“Dearly Departed” is a southern comedy written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones.
Beane said the play centers around a family funeral after the patriarch of the family passes away. Beane added that all the characters are stereotypical, such as a bible thumper, demonic son and a women that finds out her husband is having an affair I a Kmart parking lot.
“It’s very, very funny,” Beane said.
In line with the southern theme, the dinner portion of the dinner theatre will feature served “barbecue and all the fixins,” Beane said.
Show dates are March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m. On March 22 and 29, lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m.
Rick Pedroni, owner of Casa Rustica and CR Catering Co., said he was excited to host “Dearly Departed,” especially since he is a “big fan of theatre.”
In the future, Pedroni said he hopes the new Fairway Café and Venue – Home of CR Catering Kitchen becomes a unique place in the High Country for cultural events such as this dinner theater and much more.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to the meal and a cash bar is available.
Tickets cost $36.95 and are available at www.beanstalkcommunitytheatre.com or by calling 828-312-0263. The price includes a souvenir “Dearly Departed” glass.
For more info, see prior story on this production below the pictures by Ken Ketchie of the setting at the cafe.
Tickets on Sale Now for Beanstalk Community Theatre’s Production of ‘Dearly Departed’
By Marianne Minton
Feb. 24, 2015. Who doesn’t enjoy dinner and a show? The BeanStalk Community Theatre is proud to present “Dearly Departed,” a southern comedy about life and loss written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. The dinner theatre production will be held at the new CR catering venue at the Boone Golf Course with evening showings held March 19-21 and 26-28 at 7 p.m. and matinee showings March 22 and 29 at 2 p.m.
“Dearly Departed” revolves around the mixed up Turpin family as they deal with the passing of the family patriarch. However, in the Baptist bible belt, these times never pass by smoothly. The funeral only continues to add to the Turpin’s mounting personal problems, which are further exaggerated by drawing upon recognizable southern stereotypes.
The eldest son, Ray Bud, drinks himself into oblivion as the funeral bills grow. Junior, the youngest son, has piled too much on his plate. Delightful, the sister, leads the life of a spinster, constantly gorging on junk food as away to cope with life’s dealings.
As if this drama wasn’t enough, the Turpins have the nosiest neighbors who always throw in their two cents. But don’t be fooled – despite the solemn event that sparks this tale, the satire in full production will spark laughter in all who attend.
A barbecue dinner will be served alongside the show with hospitality attributed to Casa Rustica and the new CR Catering. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. for the evening showings and lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. for the matinees. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the meal so that guests may grab the seat of their preference.
With the motto “Playing Our Part Since 2012,” the BeanStalk Community Theatre has become locally famous for bringing together all varieties of people in the High Country.
Executive Director Andrea McDonough and Creative Director Amy Beane partnered up to form the BeanStalk Community Theatre after successfully directing a play together for the Blue Ridge Community Theatre in 2009. McDonough is a respected small business owner in Boone with a love for theatre and music. Beane is a certified theatre arts teacher with 10 years of teaching experience who enjoys directing many productions.
Have you ever had dreams of performing on stage? The BeanStalk Community Theatre wants to make these dreams come true.
“We highly encourage anyone interested to try out for upcoming productions,” Beane said.
“We want the BeanStalk Community Theatre to be an outlet for creative people who can participate and have fun while still having a full time job and other responsibilities. You’re able to meet a lot of people you might not meet at your everyday job. We have a lot of new faces in this show, and we were thrilled to get to know each other. It really is a community bonding outlet.”
Tickets for “Dearly Departed” are $36.95 with an additional service fee, and tables are filling up fast. Tickets may be purchased online or by phone at 828-312-0263. Along with the dinner and show, each ticket price also includes a “Dearly Departed” 2015 commemorative glass.
Come out and support your friends and neighbors in the BeanStalk Community Theatre with this latest production.