Have a little faith

Special to The State Journal Published:

The sights and sounds of a county fair come alive when the Western Hills Drama Club presents the comedy Faith County March 23, 24 and 25 in the WHHS Theatre.

Tickets to the show may be purchased at the door and are $5 for adults, $4 for students. Senior passports will also be honored. The Midway starts at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

This promises to be an all-encompassing theatre experience that will take you inside the fun we all associate with memories of the county fair. In addition to the riotous characters, each show will include a carnival midway, complete with popcorn, cotton candy and hot dogs prior to the show and during intermission.

The midway will feature carnival games such as ring toss, floating ducks and balloon throw. A fortune teller will be on hand as well as a contest to guess the number of beans in a jar and photos will be taken.

Faith County is a hilarious look at life in a small town in the South. Many people will see someone they know in some of these characters and, while some of their quirks might seem outlandish, youll be nudging the person next to you with a knowing wink.

In Mineola, a small town located somewhere in the South, a colorful collection of good ol country folk gather at the Faith County fairgrounds for this years county fair. In a place where beehive hairdos are still the rage and Saturday nights are reserved for the tractor pulls, theres still competition in the arts and crafts category and plenty of gossip to be found at the lemonade stand run by the ladies of the church.

As in many small, rural, southern towns, the annual county fair is the center of cultural activity. The competition for ribbons is fierce, the lemonade stand dishes out as much gossip as cups of cooling drinks and nothing ever seems to go as planned. The chaos includes an unexpected death, a riotous wedding and an untimely birth.

The characters include the bossy gossip, the flirtatious poetess, the uptight preachers wife, the mayors wife who drinks too much, the hairstylist still crowing about winning the elementary spelling bee, the smitten pig farmer, the local mechanic, the gas jockey and the sweet, young and eternally pregnant country girl.

Written by Mark Landon Smith, Faith County debuted in 1991 as a radio play and enjoyed a 35-week run on WLYX in Fayetteville, Ark. and was even featured on NBCs Dateline. Smith has written eight plays, including Faith County II: An Evening of Culture, A Dickens of a Christmas Carol and Radio TBS (Trailer Park Broadcast Scandals).

The nine-member cast includes Sloane True, Bridget Kearney, Jennifer May, Kelsey Tackett, Storey Slone, Kyle Brumley, Nick Cottrell, Bryan Haydon and Faina Ruble. The student directors are Lindsey Warnick and Mariah Bass.

The stage manager is Jessica Cox with Andrew Shipp and Jacob Marraccini at sound and lights. The producers are Leslie Grubbs and Mike Driscoll. Many other students and parents are involved backstage with set building, painting, make-up and hair, ushers, concessions and the carnival midway.

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