Local Talent Shines in Theatre Production

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Local Talent Shines in Theatre Production

February 08, 2017 - 19:23
From left to right: Barbara Manuel, Pat Augustyniak, Sandra Roth, Carla Hayes, Valerie Ciaccio, Vince Vanni in "Nearly" Real House Wives of Hernando County

If you like spoofs of Reality television, broad farce and audience participation theatre, then The “Nearly” Real Housewives of Hernando County is just the “ticket.”

Written by local author and playwright Jerry Cowling and directed by Vince Vanni, the show was a hit to the audience that attended the production Saturday evening, February 4. If you missed the play you’ll have a chance to view an encore presentation February 11.

The performers, made up of three seasoned actors and three novices, delivered their lines flawlessly and kept the audience in stitches throughout the show.

The cast of characters included Andy C. Artist, played by Vince Vanni. Mrs. Dr. Rex Worthington (Penelope), a persnickety pompous society matron was portrayed by Sandy Roth. Carla Hayes played the part of Trixie, a biker babe. Pat Augustyniak portrayed Pearl, a former Weeki Wachee Mermaid. The part of Angela, a brassy Brooklyn broad, was performed by Valerie Ciaccio. Barbara Manuel, playing Scarlet, a Southern belle who seemed to be related to everyone in Brooksville, rounded out the cast.

The audience was invited to participate by voting on which of these bickering ladies was going to be chairperson of a fund raiser, what menu should be served at the event and which charity would benefit from their efforts.

The beneficiary of this event was Crescent Community Clinic, a facility that serves people who cannot afford healthcare.

Free desserts and beverages were included in the $25 admission price with all proceeds going to the clinic.

The next (and only other) performance will be held Saturday, February 11 at Towne Square Mall; 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, Florida 34606. For tickets call 352-650-9006.

For more information on the Crescent Community Clinic call 352-610-9916.