By David West
NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Summer Dinner Theatre will perform the musical “The Honky Tonk Angels” June 13-16 and 20-23 and the murder mystery “Here’s Killing You Kid” July 25-28 and August 1-4. Both shows will be presented on the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium stage at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and advance reservations are required. For information or reservations, call (318) 357-4218.
“We are excited about this summer’s offerings,” said Scott Burrell, coordinator of theatre and dance. “If those who saw and loved our summer production of ‘Always Patsy Cline’ a few summers back, then wait until they see ‘Honky Tonk Angels.’ The show is filled to the brim with great country-western standards sung by some of the department’s best talents. If you like Dolly, Loretta and Tammy, then you will love Honky Tonk Angels.”
“The murder mystery dinner theatre is always a big hit too. The audiences always love interacting with the characters and have tons of fun solving the mystery. The murder mysteries are always hilarious and a crowd favorite.”
“The Honky Tonk Angels” was written by the creator of “Always….Patsy Cline” and combines more than 30 classic country tunes with a hilarious story about three gutsy gals who are determined to better their lives and follow their dreams to Nashville.
The all-hit song list includes “I’ll Fly Away,” “Stand by Your Man,” “9 to 5,” “Coal Miners’ Daughter,” “Ode to Billy Jo,” “These Boots Are Made for Walking,” “Rocky Top” and “I Will Always Love You.”
The cast is Payton Hartwick of Edmond, Oklahoma, Cassidy Giddens of Shreveport and Hannah Conrad Bradley of Princeton, New Jersey.
Burrell is director and Michael Rorex is musical director with set design and technical direction by Robert Richoux. Paul Pharris is lighting and sound designer with costume design by Hartwick and choreography by Dwight Robinette, Maci Burt and Alphonse Engram. Sam Wright of New Orleans is stage manager and Bethany Lee of Baton Rouge is assistant stage manager. The crew includes Thomas Hadzeriga of Edmond, Oklahoma, Connor Loar of Covington and Emmanuel Dunn of Baton Rouge.
Members of the band are Jonathan Andino of Cortes, Honduras, Jose Colon and Juan Santos of Cartegena, Colombia and Austin O’Carroll of Kinder.