Theatre 7’s finale for its 2016-2017 “Family Drama” season is the hilarious Southern fried-comedy “Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens.” From an octogenarian love triangle to a malevolent hand puppet, this Texas-sized comedy by Jones Hope Wooten Playwrights is side-splittingly hilarious from start to finish. It is directed by Tanya Haubner and Kathy Zientara and runs at the Decatur Civic Center from April 21-30. Tickets are on sale now.
“When Theatre 7 was looking for family comedies, we went to the same writers of ‘Hallelujah Girls’ which we did two years ago,” said Director Tanya Haubner. “We know they write great plays and the community responded positively. This one fit right in for our season’s theme – Family Drama and non-stop laughs!”
The Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas ‒ Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette ‒ are up against the clock as they frantically attempt to produce the ultimate high school reunion before the old building is demolished. But they’ve got a bushel of obstacles to overcome before they can pull off a miracle. Gaynelle is reeling from the humiliating demise of her loathed ex-husband; Peaches’ romantic life has tanked because the older her dates get, the more horrified they are by her job as a mortuarial cosmetologist; and Jimmie Wyvette is trying to live down her on-camera catfight with a local televangelist. To top it all off, the cousins have to impress a governor’s aide with their party-planning abilities so they can nab the plum job of throwing the governor’s birthday bash – and keep their business afloat.
Their scramble to prepare the perfect event is interrupted by the exploits of their amorous uncle Aubrey, who is in danger of getting throttled by the two octogenarian sisters he is simultaneously romancing, and by threats from their self-righteous aunt LaMerle, who is determined to be crowned the final and forever Guacamole Queen of Sweetgum High. And that’s before one of Peaches’ former classmates arrives with a malevolent hand puppet and a score to settle, Jimmie Wyvette hog-ties the sheriff with police tape, the high school gym is blown away, and the desperate battle for Guacamole Queen heats up into an outrageous fight to the finish.
“There is always something unexpected happening,” Haubner said. “Explosions, secrets, dead bodies, whipped cream, pageants, parties, crazy puppets and so much more. Most nights after rehearsal my sides hurt from laughing so much!”
Opening night for the two-week run is Friday, April 21. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K Anderson Plaza. Tickets are $15. Select your seats by purchasing tickets in advance online at theatre7.net or in person at the Civic Center Box Office. The box office can also be reached at (217) 422-7300. General admission tickets will be available before each show.
Doors will open a half hour before curtain. Soft drinks, wine, beer and margaritas will be available at the cash bar before the show and during intermission. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for discounted ticket rates. Contact Emily Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Guacamole Queens is directed by Tanya Haubner and Kathy Zientera. The cast includes Molly Shade as Cee Cee Windham, Gina Tomlinson as Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen, Bekki Moore as Peaches, Ruth Ann Holmes as Gaynelle, Jan Hooten as Aunt La Merle, Bobby Lark as Uncle Aubrey, Terri Tate as Ennis, Abby Martin as Della, Eligio Guerrero as Sheriff Grover, Evan Miller as Dewey, Zach Stewart as Raynerd, Cheryl Laskowski as Tanzie and April Higgs as Dixie. The production team includes Producer Emily Steele, Set Designer and Master Builder Brian Haubner, Stage Manager Hayley Shaffer, Costumes Jane Lackie, Props Kathy Zientara and Hair & Makeup Keyli Morganthaler.
Theatre 7 is a non-profit, volunteer community theatre organization dedicated to fostering an interest in all aspects of theatre since 1964. You can find Theatre 7 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. This show is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.