Southern Fried Funeral hits the stage Nov. 15-17, 2019
FAIRBURY – Tickets are now on sale for Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School’s annual fall stage production, Southern Fried Funeral, which will run for three performances on the third weekend of November.
The show features 11 eighth through twelfth graders on stage and several stage crew members. It follows last year’s South Pacific, which drew over 185 to each performance in Fairbury’s own Burkley Fine Arts Center that accommodates about 350.
Directors Joseph Fitzgerald and Natalie Julin-McCleary began their planning in the summer months preceding school after narrowing down from several show possibilities. “When picking a show, we have several considerations in mind,” Fitzgerald explained. “We like to offer variety to students from year-to-year, but we also have to consider if we are going to be able to adequately meet the casting requirements.”
Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces — that is if they don’t kill each other first. Not only does matriarch Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she’s also faced with church-committee harpy Ozella Meeks sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey’s snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in people, and the Fryes are no exception. A big-hearted comedy about family — Southern-style.
Cast members include Hailie Nicholson as Dorothy Frye, Lauren Patton as Ozella Meeks, Taylor Runge as Uncle Dub Frye, Natalie Rogge as Sammy Jo Frye-Lefette, and Kacy Starck as Harlene Frye.
Show times are Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the general public are $8 and $6 for students. VIP tickets are also available for $15 and guarantee a reserved seat plus a souvenir. Purchase available tickets at the door or ahead of time by calling 402.729.6116 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If interested in volunteering your abilities, time, or efforts please email email@example.com.
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