McKINNEY (Aug. 2, 2015) — Its August and McKinney Repertory Theatre’s annual popcorn-throwing melodrama is here.

Fred Griffin (left) and Kasey Bush as Sheriff Prettyfoot and Ivory Keyes.

Photo by Nicole Holbert

Fred Griffin (left) and Kasey Bush as Sheriff Prettyfoot and Ivory Keyes.


The 2015 show is Cheerio, Y’all by Whitney Ryan Garrity. Part of the Calamity Gulch series, this hilarious play sends Ivory Keyes and Sheriff Prettyfoot to England to claim Ivory's inheritance. The family solicitor plots to keep the estate to himself by proving Ivory to be "unvirtuous," but his plans are foiled when his handsome nephew, falls for a pretty secretary instead of Ivory. Before too long, a terrible rainstorm begins and someone is murdered. Can Sheriff Prettyfoot solve the crime and clear Ivory's name?

With cues from Robert Wiseman on the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe organ, the audience is encouraged to cheer for the heroine, swoon at the tender moments, and boo, hiss and throw popcorn at the villain. An annual tradition for many, this is good old-fashioned family fun!

The play opens Friday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m., with performances Aug. 8, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m. and a matinee Sunday, Aug. 16 at 2:30 p.m. Each patron will receive one free bag of popcorn, additional bags cost .25 or are free with a donation to the North Texas Food Bank.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for students/seniors and $12 for children. For tickets, visit or call 214-544-4630. The McKinney Performing Arts Center is located on the historic square in downtown McKinney at 111 N. Tennessee St. For more information on McKinney Repertory Theatre and their season, visit


About McKinney Repertory Theatre

McKinney Repertory Theatre was incorporated with the State of Texas in January 2003 by a group of local amateur actors that have worked together for several years. Their mission is to provide education in all aspects of drama and theatre management creating leaders not only in theatre but in the community as well. Its productions are funded in part by the City of McKinney through the City of McKinney Arts Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, visit