Community News Local theater production company and Harrison Ruritans partner for dinner show

Community News Local theater production company and Harrison Ruritans partner for dinner show

October 22nd, 2017 by Heather Newlin in Community East Hamilton
Ed Huckabee and JC Smith are in "Greater Tuna."

Ed Huckabee and JC Smith are in "Greater...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Even if you've never been to Texas, the themes in "Greater Tuna," a play set in the Lone Star State's fictitious third-smallest town, will feel familiar.

"It's a straightforward Southern comedy — a backwoods, homebred Southern comedy in its finest," said JC Smith, executive director of Closed Door Entertainment, which is partnering with the Harrison Ruritan Club for the upcoming production.

Being shown Nov. 3 and 4 at the clubhouse, the show includes dinner catered by Elegant Moments Catering.

It also includes a belly full of laughs.

"Our first read-through, we got through it, but what is ordinarily an hour and 45 minutes took us more than two hours because we kept laughing," Smith said.

The show is a satire, filled with characters like the Reverend Spikes, president of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order, and Phinas Blye, who runs for city council every election. But the true hilarity is in the playing of these characters — with all being played by just Smith and fellow local community theater veteran Ed Huckabee.

"The key to this particular show is that it's two grown men playing all 26 characters," Smith said. "We have to have a new voice, a new personality, face, body language. Trying to remember each character's voice was almost as funny as the lines."

Having performed it before, they expect it to be well-received.

"The great thing about this particular show is Ed and I have both been trained in improvisational theater," Smith added. "Something funny may happen onstage, you never really know. One night we were onstage, and in the middle [of the show] the table broke in half while I was sitting on it and it had to be played off."

And then there's the setting, which Smith said will enhance the show.

"Food makes people feel relaxed and helps them have a good time. Relaxed, full bellies [People with] ease laugh and enjoy themselves, and that helps us as performers," he said.

The show is family-friendly and rated PG, though "a couple of jokes will go over the kids' heads," Smith said.

To purchase tickets, which cost $24 in advance or $30 at the door, visit cdoorent.com/box-office. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and the show at 7:30. The clubhouse is at 5709 Tyner Lane.


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