By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Rural Area Theater (RAT) welcomed the Independence Day holiday in a little early this year with their side-splitting performance of Red, White and Tuna.
Snickers, guffaws and outright laughter filled the small theater as the troupe presented the play.
Justin Webb performed the parts of Arlis, Didi, Petey, Stanley, Vera and Leonard.
Donn Smith played the parts of Thurston, Elmer, Bertha, Joe Bob and R.R.
Alberto Rosalio portrayed Pearl, Rev. Spikes and Garland.
Judie Baldwin and Jessica Webb played the parts of Helen and Inita, who run the Hot to Trot Catering Service and manage to accidentally give everyone in town food poisoning.
In the play, the small town of Tuna, which is supposed to be the second smallest town in Texas, is planning their 4th of July holiday. Vera Carp is set to win the title of Reunion Queen when Joe Bob swishes in and gets the crown while Vera is stuck in a car with Pearl.
The play was directed by Jessica Webb, who deserves a big hand, as do all the actors, especially the three men who had the ominous task of playing so many different roles.
Cheryl Abercrombie prepared an excellent barbecue picnic. The potato salad was delicious and did not poison the audience, like the potato salad in the play did.
Judie Baldwin did a fine job as the costume designer, allowing the actors to actually come off as the different characters they were portraying.
The technical crew of Dawn Renner as the stage manager, Teagan Dunn as the stage assistant and Tim Dunn as the tech coordinator also deserve a big round of applause.
The next performance at the Rural Area Theater will be one loved by children of all ages as “Rapunzel, the Puppet Review” will take center stage. Please visit www.rattpact.com or call (850) 973-9585 for more information on upcoming performances, or to learn how you can help he Rural Area Theater.