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Cherokee Civic Theatre closes season with 'Dearly Beloved'

RUSK, May 16, 2013--The Cherokee Civic Theatre will close the spring season with the dysfunctional, but lovable, Texas family in "Dearly Beloved," May 17, 18, 19, 24 and 25. The show, directed by Teresa Ragland and produced by Amy McCalister, is written by the same writers as last year's Cherokee Theatre hit, "Dearly Departed," and features much of the same cast.

Dearly Beloved by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten is a story of a completely dysfunctional but loveable Texas family in the throes of another series of life-changing events.

The Futrelle Sisters, Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink, are throwing a wedding. Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her daughter Tina Jo's antebellum-inspired wedding, and the rumor mill in their small town of Fayro, Texas, is working overtime.

In spite of her own marital problems, Frankie has held steadfastly to the hope that she can pull off one "final Futrelle occasion" with elegance and style with the help of the cantankerous wedding coordinator, Miss Geneva, who runs the local floral shop/bus depot. But on the day of the nuptials, Frankie's hope begins to dim when she discovers Twink's alternative solution to an expensive catered wedding dinner is a potluck supper sponsored by Clovis Sanford's House of Meat.

When the prodigal Honey Raye arrives at the church in skintight gold lamé, consumed by hot flashes and a steely determination to right old family wrongs, Frankie's hope is shaken. It is lost completely when word reaches the church that Tina Jo and her fiancé have fled Fayro and eloped.

Shows begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m., on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

This is the 40-year anniversary for the Theatre and promises to be an exciting one. The show will take place at the historic Cherokee Civic Theatre, 157 W. 5th Street, in Rusk.

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