"I think audiences will just love this show," said Angel Goodwin who plays Glendine Slocumb in "Wedding Belles."
The comedy opens at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, April 21 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.
"The four in-their-sixties garden club ladies have been together for 35 years, planning the annual gala and engaging in each other's lives," said Barbara Biddison. "I play Violet, Bobrita's sister. It's an interesting role for me because I don't have a sister and don't think of myself as 'a frail, little dumpling.' I love engaging in Violet's attempts to bring order to Eufala Springs Garden Club meetings. It is, as Thomas Putnam often reminds us, 'the actor's privilege to crawl around in someone else's skin.'
"There is also in this little play manifestation of the need to tell your own story…something we have been observing recently in Hamilton-Gibson productions," Biddison said. "Ima Jean Tatum (played by Sophie Vayansky), our 18-year-old bride-to-be, has her stories to tell. One reveals in vivid detail how she lost her sandwich on the bus. And, Ima Jean is the one who listens as Violet tells her story of 'that awful hurricane in Matagorda' and how it affected these women's lives."
"'Wedding Belles' explores a number of themes," said Director Thomas Putnam. "One is how we deal with grief. One character's husband - a first responder - is lost rescuing a family stranded in a flood. That character takes us on her journey. The exploration is very subtle but powerful as these four friends work their way through it," he said.
"This play is warmly humorous and wonderfully nostalgic as it is set in the summer of 1942 as America is charged with helping the war effort by recycling everything," said Putnam.
"'Wedding Belles' reminds me to be grateful for what and whom I have in my life," said Linda Iseri, who is Bobrita Tolliver.
"This is the first play I've ever been in," Goodwin said. "Glendine is real flirty and not ready to admit she's 60. Our cast has been together five days a week for rehearsals. I am going to miss them when this is all over."
Join the garden club ladies as they impulsively decide to throw Ima Jean an elaborate wedding the afternoon of the day they meet her, pushing their already strained friendships into turmoil.
Ward Manufacturing is the sponsor.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $7 for children and full-time students of any age for the 7:30 p.m. performances on Fridays, April 21 and 28 and Saturday, April 29; $12 for adults and free for children and full-time students of any age for the 7:30 p.m. First Saturday show on April 22 and Pay-What-You-Can for the 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 23.
For tickets, call 570-724-2079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://hamiltongibson.ticketleap.com.