Southern Hospitality

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

Directed by Hjalmer Anderson.
Performed by The Woodinville Repertory Theatre March 2nd – 24th, 2012 at Denali Slab & Tile Studio.

Here’s the story:

The Futrelle Sisters – Frankie, Twink, Honey Raye and Rhonda Lynn – are in trouble again.

This time, the problem is bigger than ever: their beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction. Ever since the Super SmartMart and the rendering plant closed, folks have been leaving Fayro in droves, but Honey Raye, with a major assist from her former nemesis, Geneva Musgrave, has come up with a possible solution. It seems a salsa manufacturing factory is looking to relocate and a company representative is headed to Fayro on a scouting mission. Honey Raye, as the president of the Chamber of Commerce, makes promises that are not to be believed in order to woo the rep to choose Fayro. In fact, Honey Raye has told them that on the very weekend of the rep’s visit, the town just happens to be having their biggest celebration of the year: “Fayro Days”, which includes a craft show, a pet costume parade, a beauty pageant and a huge Civil War battle reenactment. So now it’s up to the citizens of Fayro to quickly make her promises a reality.

The biggest hurdle to impressing the salsa representative is staging a Civil War battle reenactment with only fifteen participants. Added to this is the dilemma of Twink being so desperate to get married that she’s practically dragging the unwilling groom, Deputy John Curtis Buntner, to the altar. But this pales next to the financial problems the preacher and his wife are having – unless you don’t consider gambling away your mobile home a problem. Frankie, however, seems to have it worst of all, what with her husband, Dub, going through a major mid-life crisis at the same time her five-year-old twins are literally tearing up the town. And unfortunately for all of them, the ‘meanest woman in twelve counties’, Dub’s wicked, old Aunt Iney, is on her way for a visit. Iney’s arrival in Fayro is definitely cause for alarm for the sisters; but it’s nothing compared to their panic when the old girl drops dead in the Dubberly home just before the salsa rep shows up. But how the Futrelle sisters and the other citizens of Fayro, including sweet, simple, Raynerd Chisum, pull together and save their town is a testament to Southern strength and ingenuity – and a recipe for total hilarity.

A laugh-out-loud farce and a stand-alone play in its own right, SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY is the third play in the trilogy that began with DEARLY BELOVED and continued with CHRISTMAS BELLES.

Stage Cast

Melanie CalderwoodMelanie Calderwood (as Ronda Lynn Lampley)

Melanie is happy to be back at Woodinville Rep playing one of her favorite characters. Melanie also played Rhonda Lynn in Christmas Belles at the Phoenix Theatre and Geneva in Dearly Beloved at WRT. Melanie has appeared in various theaters in the Seattle area including Taproot Theater, Theater Schmeater, Driftwood Players, and Renton Civic Theater. It’s good to be back with this talented cast which includes many old friends as well as some new ones.

 

Jon HortonJon Horton (as Raynerd Chisum)

Jon Horton is not used to people writing words for him. He usually makes them up, as a founding member of {breakout} improv. Last year, he created an elaborate April Fool’s joke announcing a One Man Improv show to all his friends. The joke was on him as he did, in fact, perform that show called {the end} at the Phoenix Theatre and “My Made Up Life” at Wing-It Productions. Jon began his media career as one of the youngest announcers in pro sports when he called the action of the Dallas Sidekicks soccer team while still in college. After many years on radio, he became the voice of Pro Wrestling on ESPN where he first used his improv skills. After a short on-air stint locally with KSTW and Fox Sports Net, he moved behind the camera where he has won seven Emmy Awards for his production work. Jon would like to thank his family for their understanding and love, his therapist for maintaining his sanity to allow him to be here, and the first three rows of any wrestling event to help him get the Raynerd character down. I just love Fayro.

 

Susan ConnorsSusan Connors (as Honey Rae Futrelle)

Susan is fired up to reprise the role (and the hot flashes) of the over-sexed Honey Raye, the role she played in last season’s production of Dearly Beloved, the first play featuring the Futrelle sisters and again at the Edmonds’ Phoenix theatre in Christmas Belles, the 2nd in the series. Also at the Phoenix, she appeared as the mixed-up Marty/ Lottie in their latest haunted house Farndale folly, the indomitable Irish Ma in last season’s Da, and the German director in Once in a Lifetime. Locally, she has appeared with Woman Seeking…A Theatre Company, Open Circle Theatre, The Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Bathhouse Theatre, and the Tacoma Actors Guild as well as playing a surly Canadian in the locally shot TV series, Northern Exposure. She is a regular performer with the nationally syndicated radio drama series, Imagination Theatre, Sunday nights on KIXI.

 

Tracey CruzTracey Cruz (as Twink Futrelle)

Tracey is thrilled to be in another one of the Futrelle Sister’s escapades. She was first seen as Twink last Spring in Dearly Beloved and has enjoyed working with such a great cast. Other Woodinville Rep Shows include Prisoner of Second Avenue and Blythe Spirit. She is most thankful for her wonderful, supportive family, especially Matt, Alex and Jackson, who have been eating a lot of take-out the last couple of months.

 

 

Cindy FrenchCindy Giese French (as Iney Dubberly)

“You will unexpectedly meet an old teacher.” That was the fortune from Cindy’s fortune cookie just days after reuniting with her high school drama teacher, Hjalmer Anderson, for Southern Hospitality. After leaving Hjalmer’s tutelage in high school, Cindy studied theatre at WSU; then returned to Seattle to perform at Pioneer Square Theatre, Annex Theatre and other local venues. She wrote, produced, and acted in two musicals, one of which was named “Best of ’97” by The Seattle P-I. Cindy temporarily “retired” from theatre to raise her family and work full time. Currently she spends her days managing her two websites: lettersillneversend.com and theperspectivecollective.com, dabbling in real estate, writing, jewelry making and enjoying her family and friends. “I would like to thank my mom, Nancy, for all her support.” – I know, mom, it’s not an academy award speech…but at least it’s something.

 

Austin GregoryAustin Gregory (as Dub Dubberly)

Austin has performed with the Woodinville Rep in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as R.P. McMurphy, “The Odd Couple” as Manolo Constasuela, “Blithe Spirit” as Charles Condomine, Mel Edison in “The Prisoner of Second Ave, John Curtis Buntner in “Dearly Beloved”, and appeared most recently in “Once in a Lifetime”, “Bedtime Stories” and “Christmas Bells” at the Phoenix Theatre.
I wish to thank my muse and wife Sheila.

 

Laura HansonLaura Hanson (as Frankie Futrelle Dubberly)

Laura is just so durn delighted to reprise the role of Frankie which she played, first, here with Woodinville Rep in Dearly Beloved and in December with The Phoenix Theatre’s production of Christmas Belles. Other roles with Woodinville Rep include: Edna in last year’sPrisoner of Second Avenue and as Florence Unger in The Odd Couple-Female Version. In addition to theatre, she has appeared in numerous indie films, corporate videos, commercials and voice-overs. Next up: Laura is honored to have the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed playwright, Israel Horovitz, in his play, My Old Lady, with Harlequin Productions. Much love to E for always being there.

 

Melanie WorkhovenMelanie Workhoven (as Miss Geneva Musgrave)

A past Artistic Director and frequent performer for Woodinville Repertory, Melanie is delighted to be back on the boards in the Rep’s wonderful new home. After attending Northwestern University, where she won the Best Actress Award, Melanie performed in Chicago and throughout the Midwest before relocating to Los Angeles, where she worked on stage, in TV and film, and had the thrill of riding up an elevator in Century City with Jimmy Stewart. Favorite celebrities she has worked with include Mary Tyler Moore, Hans Conried, Inga Swanson and Martin Mull. Favorite Woodinville Rep roles include Vera Charles in Mame, Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Helga in Death Trap, and Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She was last seen as Mrs. Prynne in the Phoenix Theatre’s production of DA. Melanie has worked as an on-air radio personality and newscaster and is heard frequently as the voice of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. She would like to thank you for supporting Woodinville Rep and keeping Peg Phillips’ dream of a Woodinville Theatre alive.

 

Andrew CarrAndrew Carr (as John Curtis Butner)

Andrew is excited to return to the stage after a long hiatus to pursue a teaching career and raise his family. He was last seen on the small screen as the narrator in Growth & Greenways (produced by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust) and James in a joint production of KET TV and Stage One: The Louisville Childrens Theatre’s Jemima Boone. He also appeared at The Monomoy Theatre, First Frontier’s Blue Jacket, and the former Players Theatre Columbus. Andrew has numerous TV commercials and industrial films to his credit but by far his favorite role has been that of “Daddy” to his sons Elias, Bennett, and Kieran.

 

Cristina DevrinCristina Devrin (as Gina Jo Dubberly)

Cristina is pleased as punch to be making her debut with Woodinville Rep. Favorite past roles include Costanza in Enchanted April at the Historic Everett Theatre and Elma in Bus Stop at Carco Theatre. She would like to thank Hjalmer for the opportunity and the talented cast for keeping the bar high.

 

 

 

Nicole WinslowNicole Winslow (as D. Dayva Davidson)

Dusting off her chops for the first acting gig in 10+ years, Nicole is beyond excited to be involved with the cast & crew of “Southern Hospitality”. Indeed, acting with friends who tread the boards in High School together (only 5 years ago – ha!) and working with Mr. Anderson has been a “Time Warp” experience – one she will remember forever.Other than brushing up on her Texas drawl, Nicole enjoys spending time with her practically grown kids – when they schedule her in, working with her hands as a Massage Therapist in Woodinville, cooking, reading and dreaming of her next trip abroad. Without the love & support of family/friends, this would not be possible. Enjoy the show!

 

Brad WalkerBrad Walker (as Justin Waverly)

A recent graduate of the University of Washington, Brad has been on stage all over the greater Puget Sound area; Southern Hospitality being his first show with WRT. Some favorite credits: Jimmy Harper in Reefer Madness (BLT), Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly! (TMP), Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Merc Playhouse), Bat Boy in Bat Boy: The Musical (UW), and Fender in Hairspray (SMT). Brad is also a resident actor with the sketch comedy group Pork Filled Players, and with The Murder Mystery Company. Later this season: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors with New Door Theatrics.

 

Thomas WebberThomas Webber (as Buck Strickland)

Thomas is excited to return to stage with the Woodinville Rep. He has spend time figuring out what exactly he enjoys doing, and is pleased to be taking steps toward a HRM degree. His three passions in life are Improv comedy, Dancing and making other happy. He performs with the Bellevue College group, Stone Table Improv and enjoys keeping a busy schedule.

“Life is a roller-coaster. Ride it.”

 

 

Production Crew

Hjalmer AndersonHjalmer Anderson: Director

Currently Hjalmer is the artistic director for the Woodinville Repertory Theatre as well as the technical theatre and theatre manager of the Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell.

In 1998, he directed The Woodinville Repertory’s first production of Paul Rusnick’s “I Hate Hamlet” and over the years he directed WRT’s “Mame”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Odd Couple (Female Version), Noel Cowards’ “Blithe Spirit” and last season’s “A Prisoner of Second Avenue”.

He has directed over 200 productions in his career. Some of his favorites were “Death of a Salesman”, “Look Homeward Angel”, “The Crucible” and “Rumors”. At Second Story Repertory Theatre he directed “Same Time Next Year”. His most memorable musicals directions have been, “Kiss Me Kate, “West Side Story”, Guys and Dolls”, “Fiddler On The Roof”, and “Oklahoma!”

Hjalmer is an alum of the University of Washington’s School of Drama. He is a member of state and national theatre organizations beginning in 1975. Mr. Anderson served as President of the Washington Association of Theatre Artists, Governor of Region Nine (Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho) for the Secondary School Theatre Association, and Director of the Educational Theatre Association for Washington State. Finally in 2008, He was inducted into the Washington State Thespian Society Hall of Fame in 2008.

 

Julie BryanJulie Bryan: Technical Director

Julie is happy to be working at Woodinville Repertoryt Theater. She has been working in theater for 20 years now. She received her BFA in Technical theater with an emphasis in Stage management. She has most recently come back to the theater after taking a couple years to work as a Director of Domestic Affairs. Now, with her experience in technical theater, she has been working with the Bush School helping teach the Upper School students how to build the shows, designing and constructing the Middle School and summer shows, and working as teh Technical Director for the Middle School. Along with working on Southern Hospitality, Julie is also working as the Stage Manager on Harvey at Driftwood Players. Many thank you’s go out to her wonderful husband, Jeremy, for his support, her two kids, and all the helpers on the set and props.

 

Sarah rossSarah Ross: Stage Manager

Sarah Ross graduated from Whitworth University last year with a degree in Communication, but spent most of her time in the theatre. After a wonderful summer working with kids as an intern at Taproot Theatre, Sarah is beginning her career as a stage manager in Seattle and the surrounding areas.

 

 

 

Doug WalterDoug Walter: Props Master

Doug is a college student from Reed College, taking time off in Seattle to work. He accidentally discovered Theater a few years ago and hasn’t manage to leave it, and is now helping with the props for this show.

 

 

 

Marsha StueckleMarsha Stueckle: Costume Designer

Once again Marsha was called upon to help with WRT costumes and she could not resist the invitation! Working with the creatively wacky cast and crew has been a joy only a mother would understand–the first night of costuming could have been compared to a scene from “Christmas Vacation” and Marsha enjoyed every minute. She is proud to be part of group that knows the value of team work, producing quality performances, and staying true to the vision of Peg Phillips. And some day she hopes she can have Raynerd’s hat. Break a leg you wonderful people!

 

 

About the Authors

  • Jessie Jones co-authored the award-winning classic, Southern-fried funeral comedy, “Dearly Departed,” and its feature film adaptation, “Kingdom Come.”
  • Nicholas Hope was Director of Casting for Theatre Communications Group in New York, The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and ABC Television in New York and Los Angeles.
  • Jamie Wooten spent many seasons as a writer/producer on the classic television series, “The Golden Girls.”

 

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