Macon Little Theatres newest offering, Always a Bridesmaid, will bring a hilarious story about love, friendship, life and marriage to the stage when it opens Friday.
Its a comedy with six women in the cast, said Weldon Ledbetter, the shows director. The authors, Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, write a lot of Southern comedies. This play is very popular regionally, and all over the U.S., but it features Southern characters. Its about four best friends since grade school. They make a vow to be in each others weddings, no matter what. Of course, none of them imagined the what that they were no mattering.
This play is truly funny. Were calling it a hootin and hollerin comedy, and while it has some elements of farce, its not a door-slamming kind of show. The funny thing about this play is that weve been there.
The story is framed by the young daughter of one of the friends who is giving a speech at her own wedding.
We get to see the lives of these women at each of their weddings, Ledbetter said.
The whole play takes place at Laurelton Oaks. Its an old home that has been converted into an upscale wedding venue. The woman who runs it is quite a character. Shes the Southern hostess with the mostest!
The shows cast includes new and seasoned actors.
None of them are new to the stage, although some of them are new here. They are all doing a fabulous job at a play that could to easily become nothing but a bunch of caricatures, Ledbetter said.
Rose Fredrickson plays the young bride, Kari. The woman playing her mother, Libby Ruth, is Anna Deignan. Lauren Ray Day plays the character Monette. Charlie is played by Liane Treiman. Annette Anderson plays the character Deedra. The proprietress, Sedalia, is played by Pleona Bell.
Each of the characters represents a strong personality type that everyone will recognize, Ledbetter said. At the same time, I think all of the actors are doing a fabulous job of finding how to make these characters big and funny, yet still make them real. This show has a lot of heart and is a great show about women and friendship. This is a great girls night out show. Its a great show for mothers and daughters. Its a great show for men, who will recognize the women in their lives on the stage. Its just a great show.
While not wanting to give away too much of the plot, Ledbetter said she believes the story will speak to people on a lot of levels.
Its about loving each other and being there for each other. Its about love and how different people love and how each of these friends finds a way to love and live in the world. Everyone is different. We see all varieties of people and how they choose to love. This is about the love of people who have been there for you, she said.
Always a Bridesmaid
When: 8 p.m. Aug. 23-24 and 28-31; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and Sept. 1
Where: Macon Little Theatre, 4220 Forsyth Road
Cost: $18 adults; $15 seniors; $10 students
Information: 471-7529; www.maconlittletheatre.org