This place is quite a bit like our place.
This place is Faith County — somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the South, where the beehive hairdo is still in style, where Saturday nights are reserved for a tractor pull in the nearby town of Pickler.
Faith County and its characters, in all their glory, take the stage this weekend at the North Platte Community Playhouse. We predict there will be an abundance of laughter in the audience.
In the play, a colorful collection of country folk gather round for the annual Faith County Fair, with stiff competition in the arts and crafts category, where the bake sale booth is stationed near the livestock barn.
If that sounds like someplace you know, it is. It is like a lot of places.
The nine characters in the play are not characterizations, Director Lori Evans said.
Many of them have known each other since kindergarten. They are congenial, but also brutally honest with each other. They get through the day at the fair like a dysfunctional family, something Mama’s Family would, if Mama’s Family (the Carol Burnett spin off show) went to the county fair.
“These are characters you will recognize,” she said. “After the first few minutes, you will feel like you’ve known them for years.”
Evans and the cast have had fun getting ready too, working together on the sets and props as well as rehearsals, sort of like a family too.
“It’s been a blast,” she said. “The play itself is so funny. I’ve seen it several times and I still laugh at the lines and the physical comedy. This is an experienced cast. Everyone is easy to work with.”
There are three men – a mechanic, a pig farmer and a gas station owner – and six women — a beautician, a checker at the grocery store, a pastor’s wife, a pregnant woman, a busy body and a woman with some sense, Evans said.
The debut performance is Friday night at 8 p.m. at the downtown Fox Theater, Fifth and Bailey. The matinee is at 2 p.m. Sunday. The show plays again next weekend, April 27-29, on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and students, and can be purchased at the Playhouse box office, or at the door before each show, or online HERE.
Faith County is made possible, in part, by Nebraskaland National Bank, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council.
The cast: Mildred Hayworth Carson — Courtney Gillock Faye McFaye — Ashley Aloi Ruthann Barns — Sue McKain Naomi Farkle — Lou Cox-Fornander Delbert Fink– Tyler Cronin Luther Carson — Seth Vapenik Violet Farkle — Connie Huebner Gladys Pimbleton — Traci Sawyer Bubba Bedford — Morris Turner
Crew: Stage Manager — Justin Morgan Sound — Sam Fornander Lights — Adam Sabatka Girl Friday — Carolyn Clark