Dinner and a show in Picayune

Published 7:00 am Friday, April 3, 2015

REHEARSAL: Members of Picayune on Stage rehearse for next week’s dinner theater performance of the “The Big Five-Oh.” Photo submitted

REHEARSAL: Members of Picayune on Stage rehearse for next week’s dinner theater performance of the “The Big Five-Oh.”
Photo submitted

Next Friday and Saturday, the members of Picayune on Stage would like to invite the public to join them for an evening of laughter.
The group is hosting a dinner theater where local thespians will perform in Brian Mitchell’s production of “The Big Five-Oh,” Director Donna Aguilard said.
According to a release from Picayune on Stage, the comedy is about the terrible week George Thomas has before his 50th birthday on Saturday. His wife is neurotic, his dog is sick, his son is a slacker and his daughter wants to marry a man twice her age.
Aguilard, who has directed several plays, said the cast is a mix of new and veteran actors.
Ben and Tara Poolson will be portraying George and his neurotic wife. Hunter Williams will assume the role of the slacker son and Sara Cohen Howell will play George’s daughter. Keghan Odom will play the boyfriend and the widowed neighbor lady will be played by Rhonda Butler. Serena Sile will portray the character of the stalking student, the release states.
According to the release, the “The Big Five-Oh” is an amusing account of an adult man coming to terms with his age, his family, parental responsibilities and the results of his latest health physical.
“Audience members should watch for George Thomas’ rants, such as calling AARP ‘the old age Mafia,’ or Eric Thomas being linguistically challenged,” Aguilard said in the release. “You will not come away from this play without laughing.”
The dinner theater will be held on April 10 and 11 at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 408 Carroll St., Picayune.
Doors open at six p.m. and the meal will begin at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available for purchase at Family Furniture, located at 3305 Hwy. 11 N., Picayune or by contacting Aguilard at 601-397-6883.
The tickets cost $33. Proceeds will cover the cost of production and the remainder will be put towards the establishment of a permanent home for the group, Aguilard said.
According to previous Item coverage, the group started a GoFundMe account in February to raise funds for a permanent theater. Since the group’s inception 35-years ago, the actors have not had a stable home to host rehearsals and plays.
Picayune on Stage meets the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Family Furniture located at 3305 Hwy. 11 N. For more information, contact Bonnie or Gladys Hughes at 601-799-1714.
Follow the group on Facebook at Picayune on Stage
The GoFundMe account can be found at www.gofundme.com/mydjqk.

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