There's Nothing Like 'Southern Hospitality'

Article Published: May. 5, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
There's Nothing Like 'Southern Hospitality'

Max Schrum and Marsha Fletcher star in Blue Ridge Community Theatre's production of 'Southern Hospitality.'

Photo by Bill Barbour

Chances are most High Country residents are familiar with Southern hospitality - some more than others.

The performers and crew of Blue Ridge Community Theatre are among them, as the community-based company presents the Texas-sized comedy, "Southern Hospitality," May 13-15.

Written by Asheville-based playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, "Southern Hospitality," is the third play in the comedic Futrelle family trilogy, other titles including "Christmas Belles" and "Dearly Beloved."

In this last installment, the town of Fayro, Texas, is economically dying, but the four Futrelle sisters refuse to let it fade into the night. Instead, they cook up a last-ditch scheme involving a salsa factory to save their beloved Fayro, along the way encountering a dead aunt, a Civil War reenactment and a mid-life crisis.

Blue Ridge Community Theatre describes the play as "a hilarious disaster with a feel-good ending."
"Southern Hospitality" is directed by Trimella Chaney with permission of Dramatists Play Service Inc. It stars area residents Earl Morgan, Bill Barbour, Sandra Mitchell, Andrea McDonough, Ben Crowe, Melissa Caudill, Martha Davis, Shelia Deal, Marsha Fletcher, Kay Stacy, Max Schrum, Dusty Stacy and Sharon Brooks.

"Southern Hospitality" hits Appalachian State University's Valborg Theatre Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20, include a thematic "salsa" snack, and are available through the Valborg box office one hour prior to the show or online at

For more information on Blue Ridge Community Theatre, visit

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