Welcome to Ivy Gap: POS presents ‘First Baptist of Ivy Gap’

Published 10:20 pm Saturday, August 2, 2008

Picayune On Stage will close out their summer season with a touching comedy about the interconnecting lives of six women set in a fictional town in Tennessee. The show is sure to bring back memories for some and add some perspective for others.

“First Baptist of Ivy Gap,” by Ron Osborne, will open next weekend as a dinner theater at the Hide-A-Way Lake Lodge before moving to the company’s home base in Picayune for the following two weekends. Director Gladys Hughes and her assistant Joseph Navoy are leading this strong cast of women, most of whom played leading roles in some of your favorite POS shows over the years.

The play, which is centered around two huge milestone celebrations of a little church called First Baptist of Ivy Gap, is divided into two acts and two very different time periods. The women will age 25 years before your eyes.

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Act I is set in the waning days of World War II. As the women come together to roll bandages for our boys overseas, we learn that each of them plays a pivotal role in the life of each of the others.

Act II is set in the 70’s during the height of Vietnam. Having aged, mostly gracefully, some of the women’s most coveted secrets are threatening to be exposed.

“First Baptist of Ivy Gap” features Bonnie Hughes as Edith, Toni Tucker as Luby, Tara Poolson as Mae Ellen, Liz Flynt as Olene, Ginger Schmidt as Sammy, and Jessica Lacour as Vera. Donna Aguilard will run the show as stage manager.

The Picayune On Stage theater performances will take place Fridays, August 15 and 22 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, August 16 and 23 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, August 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

The theater is located at 322 W. Canal Street in Picayune. Seating is limited, so reservations must be made in advance by calling 601-749-5551 or visit www.picayuneonstage.com.

Don’t miss your opportunity to laugh, cry and fall in love with the women of Ivy Gap. They’ll have the baked beans waitin’ for you!