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Brooke Hills Playhouse to present comedy

SOMETHING FUNNY GOING ON — Russ Welch and Kimberly Winters rehearse a scene from “The Red Velvet Cake War,” a comedy to be presented by Brooke Hills Playhouse at 8 p.m. Friday and Aug. 22, 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. Aug. 23 and Aug 30. In order to comply with recommendations for safe distancing, reservations are required by calling or texting (304) 737-3344. -- Contributed

WELLSBURG — Brooke Hills Playhouse will present the comedy, “The Red Velvet Cake War,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Aug. 22 and Aug. 28 and 29 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 23 and Aug. 30.

In order to comply with recommendations for safe distancing, reservations are required by calling or texting (304) 737-3344.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $8 for children.

The play centers around the wild preparations for the Verdeen family reunion and complications surrounding it. It was written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, the team behind “Farce of Nature,” a favorite production from 2018.

The cast, which includes many playhouse veterans, is headed by ReGina Pino of Steubenville as Peaches Verdeen Belrose, Connie Knollinger-Wendel of Glen Dale as Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen and Sheila Cavalette of Weirton as Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen.

Playing assorted relatives will be Kimberly Winters, Sarah Elizabeth Tennant and Rob DeSantis, all of Follansbee; Russ Welch of Wellsburg; Crystal Sharma of Bethany; Kara Zanes of Tiltonsville and Joseph Pino of Steubenville.

Uncertainty spurred by the pandemic forced the playhouse to present a shortened season this year.

But with financial support from Municipal Mutual Insurance Co. and Traubert’s Pharmacy, it has been able to stage the comedy while organizers look forward to a full season next year, which will mark its 50th anniversary.

They have launched the Save the Barn 2 campaign to pay utility bills and maintain the pre-Civil War apple barn that has its home since 1972.

Julia Barnhart, president of the Brooke County Arts Council, the playhouse’s nonprofit parent organization, is challenging anyone involved with the playhouse from its first season in 1972 to the present to donate at least $5. “Please tell us the productions in which you were involved and in which years, so all of us can get together for our fiftieth anniversary to celebrate all the talented people who’ve made the Brooke Hills Playhouse the wonderful place that it is,” she added.

Anyone can make a contributions in any amount to “Save the Barn 2,” P.O. Box 186, Wellsburg, WV 26070, writing “Save the Barn” on the memo line of a check or money order. Checks should be made out to the Brooke County Arts Council or BCAC.

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