Newton, NC – Always A Bridesmaid is a Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten comedy that it is both funny and heartwarming. It moves along at a brisk pace and answers the question of “Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?”
Jeanne Laws is the director of the women in this small cast with a clear eye to the comedy and the relationships of the four Southern bridesmaids who have been friends since their school years. There’s a great scene highlighted by a game of “bridesmaid’s revenge,” and so many of the sight gags are based in the costuming that hits the mark.
Callie Cope is back on stage with role of the bride Kari Ames-Bissette, the daughter of Libby Ruth Ames. The hopelessly romantic Libby Ruth (Misty Harrington) always seems to be doing her best to keep the weddings in motion. Libby Ruth makes you love her from the first line. Adrienne Shea is playing the role of Charlie Collins who is referred to as a “Earth Nugget” who loves to dig in the dirt. Deedra Windgate (Sherry Johnson) is a hardball judge who is referred to as to a “foreign exchange student” when she transferred from the state of Connecticut. Monette Gentry (Pam Farnsworth) is described as a woman who is: “kinda flashy, kinda trash, and a Southern-to-the-bone flirt.” Rounding out the cast is Anne Wepner who plays in the role of the venue owner Sedalia Ellicott. Her performance is indeed terrifyingly funny.
The opening night performance, a sell out at limited capacity, was attended by patrons who sat at a discreet social distance and enjoyed laughing through the two acts as they took their minds off the reason why they did so. It was a little ironic that the first wedding featured a character with a cold that the bride is afraid she will catch and miss her honeymoon.
This week is the last 4 chances to catch a performance of this fun play. We all need to laugh and become engrossed in some comedy for a couple of hours. Always A Bridesmaid is produced by Interstate Foam & Supply and is performed in the McCreary Theatre in the Old Post Office Playhouse, 10 South Main Avenue, Newton NC. Shows are set for May 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on May 16 at 3 pm. We have added a Thursday performance for this show to host more patrons.
There will be limited seating in the McCreary Theatre as we are operating at limited capacity in order to maintain social distancing. The theatre doors will open 30 minutes before the show, and masks are required throughout the show. General seating will be used for this production.
Get your seats by calling the Box Office at 828-464-6128. Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are $18 for Adults, $16 for Seniors (60+), $14 for Students (13+), and $8 for Children age 12 and under. All ticket prices include NC sales tax. Purchase tickets online at www.thegreenroomtheatre.org. Questions? Call 828-464-6583 or visit our website at www.thegreenroomtheatre.org
Photo: L-R: Pam Farnsworth and Misty Harrington). By Ken Burns.