Only two weeks to this production. Get your tickets before they are all gone!
Here is a wonderful article on the upcoming production of
THE MYSTERY OF MIZ ARNETTE.
It’s just a little over two weeks away so…
get your tickets before it’s too late!
The Red Door takes us back with the charming “The Mystery of Miz Arnette”
by Perry Stewart
The Red Door Theatre located in historic downtown Union Springs will present the charming play, “The Mystery of Miz Arnette,” July 29-30 and August 1, 8, and 9. If you think today’s economy has you in a bind, be grateful you’re not living in the Oklahoma boondocks in 1934. In that Dust Bowl setting unfolds “The Mystery of Miz Arnette,” the newest play from Alan Bailey and Ronnie Claire Edwards. Both authors are associated with kinder, gentler and harder times. Bailey is known for the Sanders Family series of warm-hearted musical plays. Edwards won fame by portraying Cora Beth Godsey on television’s The Waltons.
Cora Beth may well have run into Reuben Landers at the general store in Hardesty, Oklahoma. Not that Reuben would have much money to spend there. He’s desperately trying to save the family farm, where he hasn’t made a crop since the dust storms dried up the land. He earns an occasional fee for delivering foreclosure notices to his neighbors, praying that the next such document will not bear his name. A few extra bucks come from renting the spare bedroom to Oleta, the hostess at Hardesty’s lone thriving business, a saloon. When a mysterious stranger shows up in search of accommodations, Reuben’s daughter, Floy Kate, is quick to volunteer her room.
The new boarder and the teenage girl bond quickly. Miz Arnette is flamboyant and eccentric; she’s rewriting the Bible. Floy Kate is brainy and ambitious, spending spare moments working on her essay contest entry. Gradually, the curiosity surrounding the visitor matures into mystery. And you may be fooled at how this aspect plays out.
Title rolist Kathryn Adams Wood hurls herself gleefully into Miz Arnette. She’s warm and maternal in scenes with Charity Smith, superb as Floy Kate. But she turns fierce in a standoff with Elizabeth Roughton, wonderfully coarse as Oleta. How different are these women? Miz Arnette quotes classical literature, Oleta quotes Burma Shave signs. Oleta has her cap set for Sheriff Trotter, stalwart Tim Gables. We know this because she applies her “marryin’ lipstick” in advance of his visits. Craig Stricklin, who played the Narrator in the Red Door’s staging of this spring’s production of Conecuh People, is the no-brainer casting choice for Reuben. Playgoers will delight in his nightly musings over Will Rogers’ newspaper column.
The cozy Red Door stage is perfect for this intimate comedrama directed by Montgomeryian Kim Mason. Running the last two days of July and the first weekend in August, a pre-show seated dinner is available the first weekend. Overnight accommodations are also available at a local hunting lodge. Performance dates and times are July 29 and 30 and August 1 and 8 at 7:30 and August 9 at 2:30. For information, contact the Tourism Council of Bullock County office at (334) 738-8687 or visit the website at www.reddoortheatre.org.