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Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre Presents Showtime at First Baptist.


Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre Presents Showtime at First Baptist.

The sequel to last year’s hit, First Baptist at Ivy Gap, is a delightful comedy.

Ferrum, Va. July 15, 2011 -- First Baptist of Ivy Gap’s 100th anniversary picnic was a smashing success, except for one little thing: the bolt of lightning that struck the church’s steeple ignited a fire that destroyed the sanctuary and so much more. In the wake of the disaster, key women of the church – led by Edith, the pastor’s take-charge wife – gather to put things back together.

Could it be that Edith’s gang plan a musical revue that may shock the congregation? If so, how will they circumvent the authority of the all-male conservative board of deacons, not to mention, one of their own? Change is in the air as these six diverse women challenge institutions as well as each other. Along the way, there are laughs to be shared, battles to be fought, love to be won, relationships to be mended, and losses to be grieved.

Showtime at First Baptist by Ron Osborne previews at the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre on July 19th. Matinees follow on July 20, 21, 26, and 27 with evening performances on July 23, 29, 30. The cast features Emily Rose Tucker as Edith, Rachel K. Blankenship as Mae Ellen, and includes Mary Allison, Kayla Kennedy, Mallory Stehle, and Susanna Allen.

When asked why include a sequel to last season’s First Baptist at Ivy Gap, Artistic Director R. Rex Stephenson observed “Showtime at First Baptist is funnier and more poignant.” 

The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre is located on the campus of Ferrum College.  A three-course buffet precedes the performance.  The actors in the company serve as waiters and the meal is designed around the theme of the play.  Since this play is set in Tennessee, the best of Southern foods will be featured. 

Call 540-365-4335 or go to our website www.blueridgedinnertheatre.com for reservations.  The comedy is underwritten by Carter Bank & Trust.