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What Happens When the Family Reunion Goes Wrong?

The Fly Community Theatre will be presenting a production of the Jones Hope Wooten comedy, "The Red Velvet Cake War" on March 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10 at The Fly Arts Center, 204 S. Main Street, Shelbyville, TN 37160. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 16.

When a family reunion goes hilariously wrong, a wager is made on which family member can make the best red velvet cake. This is the premise of the hilarious, southern-fried play, "The Red Velvet Cake War".

The show is directed by Linda Wyant and features a brilliant ensemble cast of eccentric characters that are sure to make any family out there look a little saner by comparison.

Andrea Nix, Jody Barnes Turner and Tabby Stem play the "Verdeen Cousins" — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie, respectively. Gaynelle is a walking nervous breakdown, who "accidentally" ran her mini van through her husband's girlfriend's double wide trailer. Peaches is a loud-talking, fun-loving mortuary cosmetologist. She must decide if it's time to have her long missing trucker husband legally declared dead in order to deal with her "urges" to get back out into the dating pool. Jimmie is a hearty good ol' girl with an unfortunate unibrow, who loves to dress in classic men's Western wear.

Aunt LaMerle and Uncle Aubrey, played by Jeanne Edwards and David Butner, add extra drama to the family affair with their constant need to "one up" each other that has spanned several decades. While cousin Purvis, portrayed by Keith Davis, is a man obsessed with taking photos — of dead relatives.

Bitsy the two-faced, neighbor, played by Dianne Clanton and her forgetful, but lively mother Mama Doll, played by LeAnn Wenzel, and Newt, a newly widowed wig and bait shop owner, played by Michael Burtram, create extra drama for the family. While the characters of Elsa, portrayed by Jennifer Dawn Smith, and Sheriff Grover, portrayed by Jeff Wyant, and Cee Cee, portrayed by Kimberly Kalish, attempt to keep the family members in check, but end up being pulled into the chaos.

With such a talented cast, The Fly's production of "The Red Velvet Cake War"is sure to be a laugh out loud good time that you'll want to avoid missing.

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