Let’s go on with the show

Theater troupe plans 4 performances of ‘Southern Hospitality’

Each fall, the WOWSPACE in Wittenberg is transformed from an art gallery to a theater that can accommodate 80 people.

This year, Crossroads Community Theatre — the performing arts arm of Walls of Wittenberg — will transport audiences from Wittenberg to Fayro, Texas, where the Futrelle sisters are on a mission to save their hometown.

The theater troupe will present “Southern Hospitality” on Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal St.

It is the final play of a comedy trilogy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. With stores in Fayro closing and people are moving away, the sisters – Rhonda Lynn, Honey Raye, Twink and Frankie – join forces to lure a salsa factory to town.

Proceeds from the show will be used for future productions, building maintenance and the free Third Thursday Concert in the Art Park Series.

“We’re lucky to have this as a fundraiser,” said Elaine Knab, Walls of Wittenberg president. “It’s a fun option for our WOW members and for those who support our efforts.”

Scheduling problems with cast members almost dropped the curtain on the show before it opened. But veteran troupe member Paul Pehlke’s willingness to jump in at the last minute and newcomer Dan Young’s willingness to change roles saved the day, according to director Miriam Nelson.

Each performance begins at 7 p.m.

“Ticket sales have been brisk this week,” stated Lois Anderson, who plays Twink Futrelle. “If you’re looking for tickets this Friday and Saturday, call 715-253-3525 until noon on Friday, or come on down to the WOWSPACE and take your chances that a seat will be available.”

Tickets are $10 and are also available at the Enterprise & News office, 600 S. Webb St.