Goodin family misadventure comes to Kingsport's LampLight Theatre

Jessica Fischer • Aug 7, 2013 at 7:56 AM

While traveling to Nashville to record a new album, the Goodin family singers’ vehicle breaks down at the DoWaDiddy Diner in the quiet little town of Norville, Tenn.

The Goodins’ misfortune turns out to be a blessing in disguise for struggling restaurant owners Lucy and Melvin in “Foggy Valley Breakdown,” opening Friday at LampLight Theatre. Curtains up is 7 p.m.

“Foggy Valley Breakdown” marks the first of the Foggy Valley Gang’s slapstick comedies since LampLight relocated from Fall Branch to the former Strand Theatre at 140 Broad St in downtown Kingsport.

In this latest installment of the Goodin family saga, Lieutenant Justice and the rest of the Norville locals are thrilled to have the singing celebrities in their town. Through interviews by local reporter Kent Clark and hit radio DJ Tom from WDUH, audiences learn all about the Goodins: “How they got HERE, because they ain’t all THERE.”

“Foggy Valley Breakdown” is a wonderful way to catch up on the back stories of the wacky Goodin family and their friends, including Scooter, the narcoleptic mechanic, and Clovis Bodine, a “bonafide” Elvis Impersonator.

Audiences will be treated to some good ol’ mountain gospel music when the Goodin family — Spoolie, Ima, Ura and Virgil — goes live on the radio. Mama Goodin and song interpreter Flo Rakestraw are guaranteed to get into a scuffle or two, and family friend Clementine Hogg will mesmerize audiences — not to mention the Goodins’ road evangelist, the Rev. Clyde T. Humperdink — when she takes the stage. Bus driver Otis Purdy, and butler and maid Marge and Cedric are also along to lend a helping hand on the family’s latest misadventure.

Perhaps, amidst the chaos, there is a greater purpose and lesson to be learned by this breakdown in the unsuspecting town of Norville.

Performances of “Foggy Valley Breakdown” will continue at 7 p.m., Aug. 13-16; 2 and 7 p.m., Aug. 10 and 17; and 3 p.m., Aug. 11 at the theater. Doors open one hour prior to showtime.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 6.

For reservations or more information, call the LampLight box office at (423) 343-1766 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit www.lamplighttheatre.com.

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