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BLUEGRASS THEATRE GUILD

The Bluegrass Theatre Guild has announced the cast for “Bad Year for Tomatoes.” Director John Morris says the cast features many seasoned performers.

Cast members are: Myra, Joyce Albro; Cora, Shelley Morris; Tom, Bill Payne; Piney, Johnathan Hart; Willa, Janet Meyer; Reba, Cathie Hoehner and Sheriff, Richard Abbott.

The dinner theater production of “Bad Year for Tomatoes” will be presented at the Capital Plaza Hotel Ballroom March 1 and 2 with dinner at 6 p.m., and the show starting at 7 and a matinee March 2 with lunch at 1 and the show at 2.

Tickets for dinner and the show are $25 and must be paid in advance. For tickets beginning Feb.1 call 223-2117 .

Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marlowe leases a house in the tiny New England hamlet of Beaver Haven and settles down to write her autobiography. She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent, but dealing with her nosy, omnipresent neighbors is a different matter.

In an attempt to shoo them away and gain some privacy, Myra invents a mad, homicidal sister who, she claims, is kept locked in an upstairs room, but occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors.

The ruse works well, at first, but complications result when the local handyman develops an affection for “Sister Sadie” (really Myra in a fright wig) and some of the more officious ladies decide it is their Christian duty to save the poor demented Sadie’s soul.

In desperation Myra announces that her imaginary sibling has suddenly gone off to Boston, which brings on the sheriff and the suspicion of murder. Needless to say, all is straightened out in the end but the uproarious doings will keep audiences laughing right up to the final curtain, and then some.

PLAYS NEARBY

If you’re interested in participating in an upcoming play in Versailles or Shelbyville, then below you’ll find information regarding audition opportunities. Or if you prefer to go enjoy an evening of drama, “Driving Miss Daisy” opens Feb. 1 in Versailles.

‘Driving Miss Daisy’

VERSAILLES – “Driving Miss Daisy,” by Alfred Uhry, will be on stage Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 at 8 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Feb. 3, 10 and 17. It’s staged by the Woodford Theatre at the Falling Springs Recreational Center, 275 Beasley Rd.

The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued widow of 72, is informed by her son, Boolie, that she must now rely on the services of a chauffeur.

Hoke is a thoughtful, unemployed black man and Miss Daisy immediately regards him with disdain. He, in turn, is not impressed with her patronizing tone and latent prejudice. In a series of absorbing scenes spanning 25 years, the two – despite their mutual differences – grow closer to and more dependent on each other.

Slowly and steadily the dignified, good-natured Hoke breaks down her stern defenses and they come to realize they have more in common than they ever believed possible – and that times and circumstances would ever allow them to publicly admit.

Rated PG, tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for children. For reservations call 859-873-0648.

‘The Odd Couple’ auditions Feb. 2, 3

VERSAILLES – Auditions for “The Odd Couple,” by Neil Simon, are planned for Feb. 2, 1-4 p.m., and Feb. 3, 6-9 p.m., at the theater, 245 Beasley Rd., in the Falling Springs Recreational Center. For more information, call 859-873-0648. Scripts are available.

Show dates are April 4-21.

This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him.

Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as “The Odd Couple” is born.

Cast of characters: Oscar Madison – slovenly, easygoing, 35-50; Felix Ungar – neat, uptight, 35-50; card-playing buddies –Speed, Murray, Roy, Vinnie, 35-50 and the Pigeon Sisters – Gwendolyn and Cecily, 25-35.

Auditions set for ‘The Diviners’

SHELBYVILLE – Auditions for Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of “The Diviners” will be held Monday, Feb. 18, and Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The play requires five men, five women and a theatrically experienced teenage male.

Interested actors are encouraged to bring a resume and be prepared to do improvs and readings from the script. Performance dates are April 19-21 and 26-28. The theatre is located at 801 Main Street in Shelbyville. For more information, call 502-633-0222 or visit www.shelbytheatre.org.

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