“Christ­mas Belles” pre­mieres in Rock­mart

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1­[email protected]­hoo.com

It was a suc­cess­ful night for the Futrelle sis­ters that bonded to­gether and saved their Christ­mas pro­gram in a re­cent per­for­mance of Christ­mas Belles.

The pro­duc­tion was made pos­si­ble by the Rock­mart Com­mu­nity The­atre, Pete’s Back­yard Play­ers, the Rock­mart Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter, di­rec­tor Michael O. Crowe, and the nu­mer­ous pa­trons who showed their sup­port.

Built around south­ern hu­mor, Christ­mas Belles tells the tale of a Texas fam­ily whose in­ter­nal squab­bles and an­tics threaten to ruin the an­nual Christ­mas pro­gram. Though the event doesn’t go as planned, the con­flicts ul­ti­mately help the group get closer to each other as a fam­ily.

The story’s wacky char­ac­ters were brought to life by tal­ent such as Kelly Gates as Honey Raye Futrelle, Britt Hens­ley as Frankie Futrelle Dub­berly, Abby Avery as Twink Futrelle, Chelci Deems as Rhonda Lynn Lam­p­ley, Bar­bara Jer­rett as Gina Jo Dub­berly, Brian Stephen­son as Geneva Mus­grave, Don­dra Craw­ford as Patsy Price, Joshua Baines as Dub Dub­berly, Oliver Mer­ritt as Justin Waverly, Frank Har­ris as John Cur­tis Bunt­ner, and Clark Willing­ham as Rayn­erd Chisum.

Pro­duc­tion staff and other helpers in­clude RCAC Art Di­rec­tor Peggy Cline, sound and light­ing tech­ni­cian Rex Gar­ner, house man­ager Cathy Mathews, house man­ager Mar­garet Ja­cobs, stage man­ager Donna Duff, and mar­ket­ing/stage­hand Dan Guinn.

Spe­cial thanks were also ex­tended to aid­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers and busi­nesses such as Pirkle’s Deli’s Brett Pirkle who served as the ticket out­let, Now and Then an­tiques who of­fered props, Build­ing Wealth Corp’s Dan Guinn who de­signed the pro­gram, WGAA Ra­dio’s Frank Burgess and The Polk Stan­dard Jour­nal’s Kevin Myrick who helped with pro­mo­tion.

The De­cem­ber 7 per­for­mance of Christ­mas Belles also served as the premiere pro­duc­tion of Pete’s Back­yard Play­ers. They wrapped up four per­for­mances over the week­end on Satur­day and Sun­day.

The act­ing troupe is cur­rently look­ing to grow, and those who love to act, sing, play an in­stru­ment, or can per­form in other ways are urged to look out for fu­ture events at https://www.face­book.com/rcac.ga/.

/ Sean Wil­liams

“Christ­mas Belles” held four shows in Rock­mart over the week­end as the first per­for­mances for Pete’s Back­yard Play­ers from Dec. 7 through Dec. 9.

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