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JCCT says 'I do' to 'Always a Bridesmaid'

Entertainment Staff • Jun 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Johnson City Community Theatre hopes audiences say 'I do' to its production of the side-splitting Jones Hope Wooten comedy "Always a Bridesmaid," opening Friday.

In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other's weddings ... no matter what. More than 30 years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making "the long walk" for each other, determined to honor that vow.

Libby Ruth (Joy Nagy), the hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage, believes — in spite of all evidence to the contrary — that her friends can find the very same happiness.

Headstrong Deedra's (Laura Berry) "rock-solid" union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years has not only a wandering eye but the hands to match. Monette (Stacey Bracey), flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends' love and patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle. And salt-of-the-earth, tree-hugging Charlie (Paige Mengel) discovers — the hard way — that marital bliss is not the end of her rainbow and panics in outrageous style when the opportunity presents itself.

JCCT invites audiences to hop on this marriage-go-round for a laugh-out-loud journey with these beleaguered bridesmaids as they navigate the choppy waters of love and matrimony.

Libby Ruth, Deedra, Monette and Charlie are committed to the notion that careers, waistlines and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime. Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides and the mistaken, and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves on the first day of hunting season.

"Always A Bridesmaid" is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question, "Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?"

Directed by Melanie Yodkins, the show also stars Nora Beth Moran as Kari and Vicky Livesay as Sedalia.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, with matinees at 2 p.m., June 22 and 28. The theatre doors open 45 minutes prior to show time.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, military, MSHA employees and groups of 15 or more.

For reservations or more information, visit www.jcct.info or call (423) 926-2542.

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