Sister act: ‘Dearly Beloved’ will be last play of season for Cherokee company
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The Futrelle sisters are brought to life on stage at the Canton Theatre by Donna Young, Laura Phillips, and Audra Lopez in the final production of the spring for the Cherokee Theatre Company. <br> Special to the Cherokee Tribune
The Futrelle sisters are brought to life on stage at the Canton Theatre by Donna Young, Laura Phillips, and Audra Lopez in the final production of the spring for the Cherokee Theatre Company.
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Ginny Slifcak and Nina Frankle work on a scene for the Southern comedy ‘Dearly Beloved,’ opening this weekend at the Canton Theatre. <br> Special to the Cherokee Tribune
Ginny Slifcak and Nina Frankle work on a scene for the Southern comedy ‘Dearly Beloved,’ opening this weekend at the Canton Theatre.
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Director Rich Goodman, center, gives notes to Elliot Grenier, left, and Duane Willoughby during a rehearsal of ‘Dearly Beloved.’ <br> Special to the Cherokee Tribune
Director Rich Goodman, center, gives notes to Elliot Grenier, left, and Duane Willoughby during a rehearsal of ‘Dearly Beloved.’
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CANTON — Cherokee Theatre Company opens its final show of the 2013-14 season at 8 p.m. tonight at the Canton Theatre.

The show, “Dearly Beloved,” is a Southern comedy by the same playwrights who wrote “Divorce Southern Style” and “Hallelujah Girls,” and promises to be full of even more laughs, its director said.

“At our first read through of the script with the cast, we all laughed out loud,” said Rich Goodman, director of the show.

The show was not a surefire hit from the start though, the director said. When he first got the script, he had doubts that it was humorous.

However, after CTC’s Reading Committee looked it over, it was obvious this would be fun to produce and a crowd pleaser, Goodman said.

The play’s assistant director agrees.

“They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Well, you can’t always judge a play by a solo read through either. So much of what makes a show great is the chemistry between characters, the timing and atmosphere. It can be hard to get all that when you read a script by yourself,” said Assistant Director Lindsay Sparks.

“Dearly Beloved” is the first of three plays about the fictional Futrelle sisters from Fayro, Texas. The comedy is fast and furious as the play tells the story of a wedding day, involving the sisters and the members of their family.

Everything that can go wrong does in this two-act fast paced play.

“The production team and I knew it would take actors who had a knack for comedic timing to get it right,” Goodman said. Along with Sparks, and Peggy Waylor, the producer, Goodman held auditions to find the cast members who will be on stage.

“The cast has been great — talented and dedicated,” Waylor said. The cast includes many local theater veterans including Nina Frankle, Laura Phillips, Donna Young, Audra Lopez, Jessie Kuipers, Ginny Slifcak, Michael Adamson, David West, Eliott Grenier, Duane Willoughby and Jeff Bennett.

Performances are today to Sunday and May 16 to 18 at the historic Canton Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $15, senior/student is $12 and group rate (10-plus seats) to $10.

Visit cherokeetheatre.org or call (770) 591-0282 for tickets.

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