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Playhouse at McConnellstown Presents "The Sugar Bean Sisters"

We’re not saying it’s aliens…but there might be some extraterrestrial beings lurking around The Playhouse this September when “The Sugar Bean Sisters” takes the stage.

Written by Nathan Sanders, this oddball Southern Gothic comedy is filled with romance, murder, and alien abduction. The Nettles sisters are determined to escape spinsterhood—Willie Mae by going to Salt Lake and finding a good Mormon husband and Faye by hopping on the spaceship when the "space people" return for another visit.

We meet Faye and Willie Mae as they return home to their ramshackle swamp dwelling in Sugar Bean, Florida. They had a disastrous daytrip to Disney World where Willie lost her prized Eva Gabor wig on Space Mountain. That isn’t even the worst of it. Having witnessed the landing of an alien space craft some 25 years ago in her daddy's sugarcane field, Faye prepares for the return of her celestial visitors on this night, the very anniversary of that fateful day.

A disturbance in the sugarcane field lures the sisters outside to investigate, and Faye recalls how their infamous daddy claimed to have witnessed dead folk walking through Sugar Bean on a similar night many years before. A strange bird-like woman suddenly appears out of the darkness of Buster Swamp, setting in motion a chain of extraordinary events. Lies begin to unravel, and the truth is revealed as the Sugar Bean Sisters hatch a diabolical plot to ensure the space people's return.

Anita Burkhart is Faye Nettles, and Jeanne Nagurny is Willie Nettles. April Feagley makes her Playhouse debut as Videllia Sparks. Terry Ayers is Bishop Crumley, and Jennifer Powell is the Reptile Woman.

“Performing in a play at the playhouse has been an aspiration of mine for many years,” commented Feagley. “I always managed to find some reason not to audition, but when I saw the notice for Sugar Bean Sisters, I couldn't resist. I'm so glad to be learning from a team of seasoned actors and actresses who are absolutely wonderful mentors. The show is so quirky and fun. I can't wait for opening night.”

“The Sugar Bean Sisters” is directed by Keith Sutton and stage managed by Hunter McVey. Set design is by Keith Sutton and Don Dietz with sound design by Rick Brown. Lighting is by Keith Sutton with technical assistance by Barbara Hughes.

“I have enjoyed working with this talented cast,” added Sutton. “This is a zany but touching production, quite different from our usual offerings. It should prove to be a most entertaining evening.”

“The Sugar Bean Sisters” opens on September 13th and continues its run on September 14th, 19th, 20th, and 21st at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee showings are September 15th and 22nd at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for regular admission and $13 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students (age 6 and older). For reservations, please call 814-627-0311.

Dates: 09/15/2019 - 09/22/2019
Start Time: 2:00 pm
Location: The Playhouse at McConnellstown
Address: 11680 Raystown Road, Huntingdon, PA, 16652 (map)
Phone: 8146270311
Email: [email protected]
Occurs: Ongoing from September 15th to September 22nd 2019 at 2:00 pm
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