SKITS to present fall production, 'Jack and The Frankenbeanstalk'

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Play to include characters from YMCA's Village People

The community theatre group Shell Knob in the Spotlight (SKITS) has announced the title of its forthcoming, fall production, "Jack and The Frankenbeanstalk."

"If the play title sounds like the tales of 'Jack and The Beanstalk,' and' Frankenstein,' you guessed correctly," said Barb VanDusen, SKITS president. "This play mashes the two tales together to bring you many chuckles and giggles."

Along with the catchy title, the play, which is the group's seventh, will also feature characters from the YMCA's Village People and the Marx Brothers.

"These characters and even more wild and zany ones will appear on stage," VanDusen said.

Interest in the group's productions has been steadily increasing since it began offering a fun, family-friendly, theatrical experience each fall and spring for Barry Countians about three years ago. What's unique about the group is that the cast is made up of local community members, and acting experience is not required, just a dedication to learning one's lines and the character.

"Our audiences have been expanding, and we now draw from the surrounding communities for sold out performances," VanDusen said.

Rehearsals for what VanDusen is calling the witty and wildly funny play are already underway at the Central Community United Methodist Church in Shell Knob. Director Kim Przybyl, Co-Director Deb Lay and Stage Manager Patty Ellison, are directing characters and managing the stage, set designs, sound, lights and costumes.

The cast of 15 has been set and includes: Susan Ramonette as Dr. Frankenbean; Karin Stanley as Ogre; Anne Hoffmann as Indian; Jim Robinson as Cowboy; Randall Walker as Construction Worker; Connie Figgins as Mum; Heather Andres as Jack; Pastor Bill Kenagy as Moo-Moo; Don Herbert as Garbonzo Bean; Heather Andres as Favo Bean; Deb Lay as Pinto Bean; Barb Van Dusen as Harp; Bill Richardson as Giant; Tara Green as Police Officer Friendly; and Michayla Hoffman as Chicken.

"In addition, the play requires a hard-working crew of about 10 to support the many behind-the-scenes functions," VanDusen said.

The play will be held Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m., and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Shell Knob. Advance tickets can be purchased for $7 in Shell Knob at Arvest Bank, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and Jug 'n' Plug. Children 12 and under are free. Guests can also order tickets to be picked up and paid for at the door will call at the $7 ticket price.

People may call VanHusen at 417-858-9590 to hold tickets. Tickets are limited in number for each performance.

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