McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) presents Murder in the Magnolias, written by Tim Kelly, October 13 – 15 and October 20 – 21 in the Courtroom Theatre at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC).
Performance times are 8 p.m. on October 13, 14, 20 and 21 with matinees at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 15 and Saturday, October 21.
What happens when you parody characters and plots from almost every Southern play imaginable, and sprinkle them with the flavor of Gone with the Wind? You get the hilarious Murder in the Magnolias.
Colonel Rance Chickenwing has kicked the bucket, leaving the secret of his buried treasure for a houseful of demented relatives to discover. His beautiful sister, Amanda Chickenwing, lives in the glorious past and plays hostess to the visitors. There's Thornbird, the flaky poet, whose personality is split so many ways, he's fractured; Bubba Kamrowski, who juggles bowling balls in a luncheonette; the movie queen, Princess Lotta Kargo, who claims she's the Colonel's wife; the delicate Blanche De Blank, whose fiancé drowned in the quarry behind the Veronica Lake Casino; and the cartoonish Lawyer Possum whose only paying client is an alligator. Soon, there's another death and the mystery at Belle Acres must be solved by Sheriff Billy Jerk. Toss in a prehistoric garden complete with murderous honeysuckle vines, yapping hound dogs, a Voodoo Woman, a menacing hurricane, a suspicious state engineer, a wary personal assistant and a series of devastatingly hilarious "monologues," and you've got a pretty good idea of the fun in this off-the-wall spoof.
Well-known director, Pamela Harden, has assembled a cast of local favorites as well as a few new faces in this fun comedy. Stephanie Kelly portrays Amanda Chickenwing, Chad Lowe plays Sheriff Billy Jerk, Dan Slay portrays Bubba Kamrowski, Sadie McCarley plays Lorraine Carruthers, Chris Biggs give his interpretation of Thornbird Chickenwing III, Sue Goodner portrays Princess Lotta Kargo, Fred Griffin plays Jezabel, Sarya Rajabali portrays Pete Bogg, Evelyn Davis gives her interpretation of VooDoo Woman, Jake Correll is Rance Chickenwing and Bert DeLaGarza portrays Lawyer Possum. Producers are Dale Gutt and Jacob Correll.
For tickets, visit www.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org or call 214-544-4630. Discounts available for Seniors and Students. Tickets are also available at the door. General admission. For more information on McKinney Repertory Theatre and their upcoming season, visit www.mckinneyrep.org. Season tickets are available at a discount on the MPAC website and at the box office before performances.