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Lake Wales Little Theatre Offers Wild Comedy

A Large and Talented Cast Promises Laughs

A rollicking comedy promises lots of laughs as Lake Wales Little Theatre presents "The Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens." This "Southern-fried comedy" by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten opens Friday, Nov. 5 for a 3-weekend run.

"The cast is really clicking, and their talent is nothing short of amazing," said co-director Michael Baccus. "It's fast and physical with multiple costume changes. The play is challenging, but the performers are rising to the task."

"This is one of the funniest plays we've ever produced, so we expect a full house for most performances," added co-director Chevon Baccus. "People should order their tickets and choose their seats right away."

The cast includes veteran LWLT performers Dorinda Morrison Garrard as Jimmie Wynette Verdeen, Holly Murren as Peaches Verdeen Belrose, Micky Caban as Gaynelle Verdeen, Rhoda Beutler as Lamerle Verdeen Minshew, Tom McCance as Uncle Aubrey Verdeen, Ian Elliott as Dewey Davenport, Brad Breaux as Raynerd Chisum, and Natalie Murren as CeeCee Windham. New to the LWLT stage are Sandy Odom as Della Crowder, Laura Lease as Ennis Crowder Puckett and Sandra Wolf, playing dual roles as Dixie Davenport and Tanzie Lockhart. Rounding out the cast, playing Sheriff Grover Lout, is Brent Ours, who is a newcomer to the area, but an experienced actor and choreographer.

Longtime LWLT volunteer Karen Fewell will serve as stage manager, while LWLT Board President Terry Higginbotham will handle lighting and Board Member Michael Baccus will design and run sound.

Volunteers are still needed for set building and backstage crew during the performances. Interested people can call the theatre or email [email protected].

Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for those 18 and under. They can be purchased online at, by calling 863-676-1266, or visiting the theatre box office at 411 North Third Street. in Lake Wales. That location is one block east of Scenic Highway near Bok Academy North. The box office is only open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. The intimate theatre contains about 140 seats in raked rows, so visibility is good throughout the house.


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