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Article Date 11/4/2016

Title PTAG Announces Auditions For "Southern Fried Funeral


Even though the busy members of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild (PTAG)  have just led their audiences on a spooky visit to "Sleepy Hollow" and the mysterious "House of Usher," the local performers are busy with plans for their next production.  "Southern Fried Funeral" by Osborne and Eppler, a rollicking two-act comedy, will take to the stage later this winter.
In order to bring the play to life, the first step is enlisting the talents of a cast of six women and five men to portray the Frye family and their relatives and friends.  Veteran Guild director, Terry A. Fye, will hold open auditions from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. November 9 and 10 at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.  The easy process involves the completion of a brief questionnaire and then reading a scene or two aloud with the director.  The results of the casting will be announced the following week.

Commenting on the upcoming production, Fye said, "'Southern Fried Funeral' is one of those rare plays that made me laugh out-loud from the moment I first started reading it. The zany characters, the dynamics of the fractured family's relationships, and the surprising developments in the plot make the show an ideal fit for our local theater-goers. I'm excited about casting the show and beginning rehearsals after the holiday season."

He concluded, "The roles for the adult cast (mid-20s through seniors) are designed to make certain each character has his or her moment to be the center of at last one scene.  I am hopeful that a large number of candidates try out so we can have the very best line-up of performers that we can.  Since this is a fun-filled play, both to rehearse and to perform, PTAG invites newcomers to the auditions, too. No prior stage experience is required.  For more details, phone 814.938.6928."

The plot of "Southern Fried Funeral" begins shortly after Dewey Frye has passed and his family is left to pick up the pieces---that is, if they don't kill each other first.  Not only does his wife Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she is also faced with church committee women and friends who want to stick their noses into the family's business.  Dewey's snake-in-the-grass brother is making a grab for Dewey's house.  Dorothy's two grown daughters have come home, only to relive their childhood rivalry. 

Funerals can bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in people, and the Fryes are no exception.  This is a big-hearted comedy about family---Southern style.