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Cast gears up for ‘Faith County’

Community Playhouse production is June 20-22

There’s a weddin’ and a ceramic competition. A poetry readin’ and a love story at a fairgrounds somewhere in the South.

These comedic events and more play out in the Sun Theatre when “Faith County,” takes the stage June 20 through 22.

“Only come if you want to laugh,” said Jill Rubenthaler who plays Naomi Farkle, a local beautician with a beehive hairdo.

Besides being funny, Pam Slack (Ruth Ann Barnes) said “Faith County” is good, clean humor.

Director Kaitlyn Clark described all of the characters as hilarious.

“With the combination of all of them, there’s always something interesting to see or hear,” Clark said.

Naomi runs the beauty shop and Bubba Bedford (Josh Clark) the local gas station. Luther Carson (Devin Brundage) has a mechanic business.

Ruth Ann Barnes (Slack) is in the mix as the minister’s wife and local moral majority leader.

Then there’s Faye McFaye (Khris Jinks) who’s employed at the local A & P grocery store and Mildred Carson (Lorri Weiss) who spends her time gossiping about everyone and everything.

Violet Farkle (Carey Harder) is on the verge of giving birth in a circle of characters that also includes pig farmer Delbert Fink (Blake Streeter) and piano accompanist Gladys Pimbleton (Carol Mapa).

“Faith County” was performed several years ago at a dinner theatre fund-raiser for the Senior Center.

Matt Weiss, who is producing this summer’s play, was the producer of the first one as well.

Lorri Weiss, Slack and Rubenthaler were cast members in the first local production.

Clark said she wanted to do the play again on a larger stage for a full theatre production.

The Lexington High School history teacher and Gothenburg native is not new to directing.

She co-directed “The Odd Couple” which was performed at the Sun during the summer of 2012.

As far as challenges, she said pulling a good cast together took some time initially and noted that the wait was worth it.

Jinks (Faye McFaye) said she didn’t realize how funny the cast was until they started practice.

“Everyone is so talented,” Jinks said.

Jenny Daup, with help from her daughter, Maddie, helps with props and the stage set.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale at First State Bank, Gothenburg State Bank, The Times or by calling the Sun Theatre at 537-3253.

The box office opens an hour before the show and doors open half an hour before the show.

“I hope we get a good crowd because it’s so funny,” Clark said. “People will really enjoy it.”

The play will be the first one in the theatre since the installation of new seats.

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