Mildred on a ladder, dressed as Juliet

Nutty Mineola residents return to Renaissance Center in Faith County II

Release Date: 2/16/2006. Expired: 3/26/2006

The nutty residents of Mineola are back and attempting to produce their own community production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the Renaissance Players production of An Evening of Culture: Faith County II at The Renaissance Center in Dickson March 10-26.

The sequel to last spring’s successful production of Faith County brings the same colorful characters back to the stage for performances at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children under 13.

There will be an opening night reception beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 10, with refreshments in the rotunda.

A special lunch matinee will be on Saturday, March 18, with a buffet at noon and the show at 1 p.m. Tickets for the lunch matinee are $17 and include lunch, drink dessert and the show.

Written by Mark Landon Smith, Faith County II features the same group of Mineola citizens who created a laughfest at the annual county fair in last year’s production of Faith County (except, of course, Gladys Pimbelton, who passed away during a dramatic poetry recitation in the first show).

The Mineola Council for Cultural Recognition is presenting a community theatre production of Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Mineola busy body Mildred Carson, who’s not a day younger than 50, and dim-witted Bubba Bedford, who delighted audiences with his correspondence course triangle-playing skills, are cast as the title characters.

Naomi Farkle Carson, owner of the Bee-Luv-Lee Beauty Salon, insists on contributing some new dialogue to the Bard’s age-old story while begrudgingly agreeing to portray Juliet’s mother. Faye McFaye, the flirtatious checker from the local A&P, brings her own unique style to the role as the nurse.

Ruthann Barns, wife of the local preacher and president of the Mineola Council for Cultural Recognition, fills the roles of a servant and the friar. Luther Carson, owner of Luther’s Lube ’N Tune, plays Benvolio and local pig farmer Delbert Fink is the set-builder for the show.

Meanwhile, sweet and innocent Violet Farkle, the only person in Mineola with any sense, is attempting to direct the production, only to discover on opening night that the actors don’t know their lines, the set isn’t finished and nobody seems to be able to stop the dog that keeps barking offstage.

It makes for an evening of laughs shared with familiar characters that shows how horribly wrong the best-laid plans can sometimes go.

Many of the actors from last spring’s production of Faith County will reprise their roles in the sequel.

Beth Burch of Bellevue returns as Mildred Carson in her 15th Renaissance Players production. Charlotte’s Tom Whiting is appearing in his 13th show at The Renaissance Center as he returns to play Bubba Bedford.

Teresa Hodge of Fairview made her Renaissance Players debut as Naomi Farkle in Faith County, which culminated with her marriage to Luther Carson, played by Carey Thompson of Dickson. Hodge returns to the role of Naomi Farkle-Carson while Thompson is back for his 12th production.

Tina Smith Romine of Dickson returns to the role of Ruthann Barns in her seventh Renaissance Players production and Timothy Southerland of White Bluff is back as Delbert Fink in his fourth show at The Renaissance Center.

Teena Haskins of Centerville takes over the role of Faye McFaye in her third Renaissance Players production and Charlotte’s Trudy Whiting steps into the role of Violet Farkle in her sixth appearance on The Renaissance Center stage.

For more information on An Evening of Culture: Faith County II, call (615)740-5600. To purchase tickets, call (615)740-5570.

The Renaissance Center is a fine arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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