Third place finisher at the 2013 American Association of Community Theatre National Festival with a production of Cradle and All

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The Spring 2019 Production

 

Directed By Linda Garski

PARTS AVAILABLE FOR: Up to 7 men and 8 women, with room for numerous extras. Watch this page for audition information

Production dates:
Friday and Saturday, May 10–11;
Thursday - Sunday, May 16–19, 2019
(Sunday show is a 2:00 PM Matinee; all other shows: 7:30 PM)

 
 

THE STORY: In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

WRCT first produced Dearly Departed 20 years ago. It was such a hit that we've decided to do it again, with another cast!

 
   
 
WRCT Auditorium
Rapids Mall
220 3rd Ave. S.
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
 

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