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Comedy 'Southern Hospitality' comes to Averitt Center's Emma Kelly Theater

Southern Hospitality is directed by Tony Phillips and sponsored by CORE Credit Union
Southern Hospitality
The cast of the Statesboro production of Southern Hospitality (Courtesy of Averitt Center for the Arts)

The crazy characters of Fayro, Texas return to the Emma Kelly stage on May 5-8 in Southern Hospitality, the second in the trilogy of laugh-out-loud, knee-slapping comedies which follow the escapades of the wacky Futrelle Sisters.

A popular all-local cast performed Dearly Beloved, which was the first play of the series, last season and the response was so overwhelming that the only next logical step was to bring back the hijinks for a second time.

In Southern Hospitality, Frankie (Rachel Elkins), Twink (Nichole Deal), Honey Raye (Julie Moody) and Rhonda Lynn (Christie McLendon) are on a mission to save their beloved hometown. Ever since the Super SmartMart and the rendering plant closed, folks have been leaving Fayro in droves.

It seems a salsa manufacturing factory is looking to relocate, and a company representative is headed to the small town on a scouting mission. Honey Raye makes promises that are not to be believed in order to woo the rep to choose Fayro.

In fact, Honey Raye has told them that on the very weekend of the rep’s visit, the town just happens to be having their biggest celebration of the year - “Fayro Days.” So now it’s up to the citizens of Fayro to quickly make her promises a reality.

Other beloved cast members include Alan Tyson, Eileen Baynes, Lee Walker, Pam Baggett, Jamey Saunders, Tate Miller, John Oglesby and Dena Walden.

The slap-stick comedy will also be presented in the Twin City Auditorium on May 14.

Southern Hospitality is directed by Tony Phillips and sponsored by CORE Credit Union (Statesboro performance) and Durden Banking Company (Twin City performance). The May 14 Twin City performance is in the ECI Auditorium and is a fundraiser for the school's Drama Club.

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Tickets: $25
Members/Military/First Responders/City & County Employees: $23
Students: $15