In a place where sweet tea and neighborhood gossip reigns, it only made sense for CTC to choose “Divorce Southern Style” by Jennifer Jarrett as their final show of the season, theater company members say.
“Divorce Southern Style” is a fast-paced, wildly funny farce that centers on the zany schemes of a middle-aged divorcee who decides that the time is ripe to get back together with her ex-husband.
The play features a cast of seven, three men and four women, who light up the stage with the interesting characters and lively dialogue.
Divorced for 15 years and running low on cash, Eleanor Bander, played by Martha Kennedy of Woodstock, decides reconciliation with her ex-husband, whose second wife died the year before, is her best hope.
Martha Kennedy, who plays the lead character, Eleanor, has a passion for acting, she says. Even though she is relatively new to film acting, she has more than 20 years experience on the stage.
“I relate to Eleanor, sharing some personality traits. We both hate being told what to do,” the local actress said.
Martha has volunteered in the past as a CASA for Cherokee County and resides in Woodstock.
New to the stage is Peter den Boer who is portraying Eleanor’s ex-husband, Walter Bander.
“While I have film and television experience, I find that it takes an extraordinary amount of discipline to be a stage actor,” he said. A longtime Cherokee County resident, den Boer spends his days selling real estate for Prudential Georgia Realty.
CTC Director Richard Goodman says he has enjoyed working with this cast and crew. Goodman is well-known to local audiences for bringing a number of hit productions to the stage at the Canton Theatre.
“The professionalism and talent has taken a great script and turned it into one of the most thrilling productions I have ever worked with,” Goodman said.
Performance dates are May 11 to 13 and 18 to 20. For tickets, call (770) 591-0282 or order online at www.cherokeetheatre.org. The box office will open one hour before show time.