Orcutt Community Theater’s comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, Mama Won’t Fly opens April 13th at the Righetti High School for a two-weekend run, now in rehearsal.
The two-act play follows Mama played by Jo Grande, and her daughter Suzanne played by Dixie Arthur, joined by bride-to-be, Hayley, played by Emily Zaas. The trio travels cross-country from their home state of Alabama to California for the big wedding. Along the way, comedic chaos ensues. Their car is stolen, they visit an underwear museum, Mama poses as a nun, they high-jack an eighteen-wheeler driven by a crazed redneck who hasn’t slept in three days. In Vegas the trio sets off a brawl with an ordained showgirl/minister played by Kelly Greenup.
Director David Campbell says, “Plays don’t get any funnier than this one! It’s fast-paced, energetic, hilarious. Situations are so ridiculous and crazy–like everyday life sometimes.” Campbell praised the fifteen actors in the play as “near professional, all having a good sense of comic timing.” Campbell has extensive acting and directing experience in both film and stage, having started theater groups in Chico, California, acting in dozens of plays, and in more than 20 movies.
Campbell played in Orcutt Community Theater’s inaugural play, Bedford Falls, a musical directed by Dixie Arthur earlier this year. Arthur is President of the fledgling organization and drama teacher at Righetti High School. She arranged rental of the Righetti drama classroom for rehearsals and performances for Mama Won’t Fly as the group looks for alternative performance venues for future shows.
Theater-goers in the Orcutt-Santa Maria area may recall previous productions of Jones-Hope-Wooten plays, notably The Dixie Swim Club, Southern Hospitality, Dearly Beloved and Christmas Belles, all done by SMCT before the Orcutt group was founded. The fun-loving trio who wrote those plays primarily mine the rich characters and colorful language of America’s southern states.
Mama Won’t Fly opens Friday April 13 at 7 p.m. and plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. through April 22nd.
Tickets are $15 for Adults, and $10 for Students and Military. For information or sponsorship call 805-937-3738.