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|Tuna, Texas comes to the Princess Theatre|
The Princess Theatre will be the site for yet another of its popular annual dinner theatre events. Greater Tuna, set for March 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14, is the tale of one day in the life of the small, fictitious, Eastern Texas town of Tuna.
The play opens with the local radio station signing on, ends with the station signing off, and all sorts of craziness in between. Theatre director Gene Thompson said it is going to be one of the most unusual plays ever staged at the Princess.
"It is very dialogue and character driven as opposed to emphasis on set and props," Thompson said. "In fact I think there are only about 10 or 11 props in the whole play." Thompson, also the director of "Tuna," says the play was originally written for just two people. "There are 20 characters in the production and we've intentionally cast only 11 people, so you can see that we have some people playing two parts. We've done this to add to the humor and surprise of the story. I made all the cast members swear to secrecy that "who's playing who" would not get out on the street. We really want an element of surprise during the performances," said Thompson, who also is a cast member. "We have some very strong veterans of the stage in the show, as well as a few new comers."
The show includes Craig Gill, Clark McCain, Leigh Jonson, Honny Eldridge, Faith Stephens, Sherry Anders, Judge Jimbo Stephens, Bill Jonson, Tony Dougherty, Caleb Smith and Gene Thompson. Bill Jonson along with Wade Walley make up the stage and lighting crew. In addition to the production a great meal will be served.
"We're lucky enough to have local great chef Scott Knight back with us again this year," said Thompson. "In keeping with the theme of Texas, he'll be preparing a wonderful King Ranch Chicken along with his world famous string beans." Thompson also stated that the Princess is trying something new this year by splitting the show between two weekends instead of just one. "We think it will give everyone a chance to come."
The play is set for March 5, 6, 7 and then one week later on March 13, and 14 starting at 6:00 pm every night. Tickets are by series membership or $25 per person and are on sale now. For more information contact the theatre at 318-435-6299 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs of the Princess Theatre are supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council.
Pictured in the top photo are cast members, Jimbo Stephens, Leigh Jonson, Clark McCain, Faith Stephens, Honny Eldridge, Craig Gill, Sherry Anders, Bill Jonson and Gene Thompson.