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New show opening at Rogers City Community Theatre

January 16, 2012
The Alpena News

Christmas Belles Ring on Rogers City Stage January 20-22 and 27-29

The first production of the Rogers City Community Theatre's 2012 season opens this Friday at the Rogers City Theater, 257 N. Third. "Christmas Belles" is a side-splitting tale for all seasons and runs Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. through Jan. 29.

The show Christmas was written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, and chronicles the trials and tribulations of the three Futrelle Sisters. Honey Raye Futrelle, played by Donna Klein, is trying to put on her first Christmas show at the Tabernacle of the Lamb.

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Appearing in Rogers City Community Theatre’s upcoming production of “Christmas Belles Ring” are Donna Klein, Pennie Kelly, Laura Winkle, Ed Perrault, Emily Perrault, Robert Starnes IV, Donna Mullen, Chris Flewelling, Theresa Gibson, Denise Perrault and Charlie Harp.

Frankie Futrelle, played by Pennie Kelly, is sick and fed-up with being overdue to deliver twin boys, and has a deep, dark secret.

Twink Futrelle, played by Laura Winkle, is in jail for burning down half the town of Fayro, Texas, after setting her ex-boyfriend's mobile home alight because he dumped her after 20 years of dating. Frankie's husband, Dub Duberly, played by Ed Perrault, is a tired and less than happy camper while he moonlights as Santa at the Super SmartMart.

Frankie and Dub's daughter, G.J., played by Emily Perrault, is helping her Aunt Honey Raye put on the Christmas show while ducking the advances of Interim Pastor Justin Waverly. Pastor Waverly, played by Robert Starnes IV, works along side Dub at the Super SmartMart, and just can't understand why G.J. won't accept his proposals, since he's prayed long and hard on the matter.

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Rogers City

Community Theatre

'Christmas Belles Ring'

Jan. 20-22, Jan. 27-29

Geneva Musgrave, played by Donna Mullen, is the town's florist and recently fired Christmas show director after 27 seasons at the Tabernacle of the Lamb. John Curtis Buntner, played by Chris Flewelling, is the sheriff in charge of making sure that Twink doesn't escape police custody to take revenge on her ex.

Rhonda Lynn Lampley, played by Theresa Gibson, owns and operates the Dairy Dog, and is wearing out her welcome with Honey Raye and Twink. Patsy Price, played by Denise Perrault, is the social/fashion maven of Fayro, and isn't happy to be related by marriage to Frankie and Dub, since her son married their older daughter.

Last but not least is Raynerd Chisolm, played by Charlie Harp, who loves Christmas, pulls a red wagon behind him, works at the Dairy Dog, and has an I.Q. slightly lower than Forrest Gump. As a result of throwing these characters and circumstances together, the mixture makes for a fantastic comedy.

The set will be very minimalist in nature, with invisible walls delineated only by where the lit space ends. Action takes place on separate sides of the stage, making for a fast progression of scenes.

The play is the third directed by Bob Starnes. The producer is Lawrence Anderson, and the assistant director/stage manager is Karen Maher.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for students, and are available at the box office, Presque Isle Advance and Rogers City Area Chamber of Commerce. Season tickets are also available.

This season's offerings also include "RCT Pinafore," "Contempt of Court" (dinner theatre, not included in season tickets), "Bugsy Malone, Jr." and "Lend Me a Tenor."



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