Dearly Departed

Directed by Teresa Ragland
Produced by Camille Jones

In the backwoods of the Deep South, the beleaguered Turpin family find that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy, but always hysterical! Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: As funeral bills mount, firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself into a stupor; Junior, the younger son, while juggling financial ruin, and a gaggle of devil-children, has a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with life and death matters the only way she knows how - eating junk food. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric group, who somehow manage to pull together, and help each other through their hours of need, and ultimately, the funeral.

Production dates were: May 18, 19, 20, 25 & 26th at the historic Cherokee Civic Theatre, 157 W. 5th Street in Rusk.
All Show Times were 7:30pm, Except for the Sunday Matinee, Which Was Held at 2:00pm

The Cast & Crew:

Bud Turpin - Don Parsons
Raynelle - Melva Ecker
Ray-Bud - David Weaver
Lucille - Monica Kelley
Junior - Tim Howell
Suzanne - Alea Clay
Marguerite - Frances Green
Royce - Caleb Summers
Delightful - Tristin Kelley
Reverend Hooker - Michael Young
Veda - Betty Thompson
Norval - Jon Paul Kelley
Nadine - Annette Young
Clyde - Don Parsons
Juanita - Jane Parsons

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Cherokee Civic Theatre ~ 157 West 5th Street ~ Rusk, Texas 75785