On Stage

Double the Fun

MDT presents a southern-fried trailer park comedy


HILLSBORO — The next main stage production in Myers Dinner Theatre’s 26th anniversary season will be Doublewide, Texas, opening Friday with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m., and running through Nov. 6. This production is being directed by Jeff Haffner.

In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas — four doublewides and a shed — are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. And it’s not as if they don’t already have enough to deal with. Joveeta Crumpler has had it up to here, having been passed over again for a promotion at work. On top of this, she has an ongoing battle to keep her feisty mother, Caprice, out of the local bar and worries that her good-ol’-boy brother, Baby Crumpler, is taking his participation in a womanless beauty pageant way too seriously.

Joveeta’s big-hearted best friend, Georgia Dean Rudd, is struggling to keep her diner and finances afloat, but she just can’t curb her impulse to take in every stray cat, possum and armadillo that wanders by. Then there’s Big Ethel Satterwhite, who is nobody’s fool. But tough as she is, she’s continually frustrated by her clients at Stairway To Heaven Retirement Village as well as her mule-headed husband, O.C., who shows far more affection for his BarcaLounger than he does for Big Ethel.

And all the residents are plagued by Haywood Sloggett, the curmudgeon from across the road, who loathes their “trailer-trash” ways, especially their keeping a life-size illuminated nativity scene up year round. But these friends, enemies and neighbors realize they’ll have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they — and their way of life — have a snowball’s chance to survive being swallowed up by “the big guys.”

The rollicking mayhem of this flat-out funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy escalates as the residents attempt to secede from Texas, discover a traitor in their midst, and turn the tables in a surprising and side-splitting finale. So grab your Stetson and come on over to Doublewide, Texas, where life is double the fun, double the joy, and where audiences double over with laughter. This show will feature some MDT veterans in Emmie Wright, Don Hart, Ginny Spillman, Tyler Bowlin and Dion Stover. Making their MDT debuts will be Donna Schulte, Rebecca Evans and Mindy Shaw.

Doublewide, Texas opens Friday and runs through Nov. 6, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees with the meal at noon and curtain at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening performances offer meals at 6:30 p.m. with curtain at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee has the meal at 1 p.m. and curtain at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 765-798-4902, ext. 2, or by visiting the MDT website at www.myersdt.com. Performance dates vary, so consult the online calendar for show dates and times. Theatre prices are $49.50 for dinner and theatre, $35 for students (ages 4-18), and show-only for $33. Prices do not include taxes, handling fees or gratuity. Season tickets, group pricing and bus parking are also available.

Myers Dinner Theatre is located at 108 Water St., Hillsboro, and is handicap accessible.