Auditions for Boys Next Door at Blue Ridge Community Theater


No previous experience necessary!

The Boys Next Door

by Tom Griffin


Tuesday, February 13
6 pm


Directed by Karrie Jones

The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly “burned out” young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.

7 Men
2 Women

Rehearsals begin February 14 (dependant on casting)
Generally Mon. – Thurs. 6 pm – 9 pm
Occasional Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays possible.

Show dates: April 12 – 29, 2018 (ThursdaySunday)

Director Info:
Karrie Jones

Sides from the play will be read for auditions.



2591 East First Street

Blue Ridge, GA  30513

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Auditions for Dearly Departed at Blue Ridge Community Theater



Dearly Departed

by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones

 Monday, May 22

Tuesday, May 23
6 pm


Directed by Sonia Smith

In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, “When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you.” Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.


7+ Males
3+ Females

We can age up or down depending on the character.

BUD TURPIN – father

RAYNELLE – mother

RAY-BUD – oldest son

LUCILLE – Raybud’s wife

JUNIOR – second son

SUZANNE – Junior’s wife

MARGUERITE – Bud’s sister

ROYCE – Marguerite’s son

NORVAL – youngest son


VEDA – elderly lady in town husband

NADINE – very young lady in town

CLYDE – Raybud’s boss

JUANITA – pretentious lady in town



Rehearsals begin May 23 (dependant on casting) Generally Mon. – Thurs. 6pm-9pm
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays possible for scene work and full cast rehearsals
Show dates: July 13 – 30, 2017 (ThursdaySunday)

Director Info:
Sonia Smith

Scripts will be available now.

Scenes from the play will be read during the audition or you may bring a prepared monologue of your choice.

Call the box office for information. 706-632-9223


Don’t Miss Beauty and The Beast!






Beauty and the Beast
February 3 – 12
Fri – Sat; 7:30 PM
Sun; 2 PM


The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.


Don’t miss the tale as old as time!




2591 East First Street

Blue Ridge, GA  30513

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Blue Ridge Community Theater 2017 Schedule. “The Count of Monte Cristo”


2017 at the Blue Ridge Community Theater. Live music  Back in the Saddle
Saturday, January 7th, 7:30 pm and The Band Kelley
Saturday, January 21st, 7:30 pm. Sunny D Children’s Theater presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast February 3 thru February 12. On the Main Stage “The Count of Monte Cristo” March 2 – March 19 Directed by: Joey Roderick. Auditions The Count of Monte Cristo
Adapted by Charles Morey from the novel by Alexandre Dumas January 9 & 10, 2017 6 pm
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‘Wild Guys’ Encounter Bear at Blue Ridge Community Theater


Luckily, they were able to hold the bear back with sticks and screams.

‘Wild Guys’ is in its last weekend at Blue Ridge Community Theater.  Four men are out for a “man’s weekend” somewhere in the woods – somewhere because they are actually lost.  One guy believes he can access his primal man inside himself; one guy wants to reconcile with his son; one guy wants an excuse to ditch his girlfriend for the weekend; and, one guy wants a promotion beyond produce manager at a local grocery store.  Ill-prepared, they set off on a hike without food, compass and map, relying on directions from the produce manager who heard the directions from a friend.  Luckily, for entertainment, they have a six pack between them, two guys that play a mean karaoke harmonica and guitar.  It’s a recipe for a crisis.  That is where the bear comes in and lurks around backstage, a metaphor for their fear about finding answers in life’s emotional wilderness.

As crazy as their predicament sounds, their comical approaches to solving the outdoor predicament and the predicaments of their lives makes the show crazy funny.  The play encourages the audience that everyone can re-examine the disconnect between how they look on the surface versus the deep pains in their heart.  And, it reminds the audience that getting lost is sometimes the best way to find yourself. ‘Wild Guys’ got a standing ovation for the performance the night FetchYourNews was in the audience.

Hilarious lines delivered with perfect timing is the surface comedy that the audience gets; the costumes are the deep comedy.  The produce manager desperately seeking a more successful life wears his dream vision of himself in the form of a blue t-shirt with a big, triangular superman logo plastered across his chest.  The “primal man” is dressed like a hippy-dippy New Age complete with slightly shaggy hair, leather and hemp necklaces and a huge crystal he uses to channel the energy of whatever New Age philosophy he is believing at this time.  The 50-something lawyer, who is ditching his 20-something girlfriend for the weekend, has not a hair out of place and wears olive green  monotone “camping” clothing that looks like it comes from an Orvis catalog.  The fourth man, the one who arranges the experience, has every look of a very successful man who wants to prove to people he is just an everyday guy.  His “everyday guy” camouflage shorts have not a rip or dirt splotch upon them.  His “everyday guy” t-shirt looks more like a t-shirt that wicks up sweat, has copper threads so no “manly” smell lingers on and may have its own built in air-conditioner.  Of course, his backpack is completely image appropriate and probably the most expensive backpack at the store.

Sonia Smith directs ‘Wild Guys’, and Renee Roberts is the Assistant Director.  The four wild guys are played by Bill Szarowicz, Rick Siefken, Steve Burton and Mike Dunham.  Remaining shows are Friday, Oct. 14  at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 pm.




World-Premiere Play, Super-Gran, Shakespeare and Sheep that Rap at Sunny D


Eric Morris, assistant teacher, stands with some of his Little Bits super-stars.  Mr. Morris helped the 5-7 year-olds memorize their lines.  He is very proud of all the Little Bits and how well  learned their lines.

Friday and Saturday, Sunny D campers will stage their performances at Blue Ridge Community Theater.  Sunny D is the annual children’s theater camp run by Blue Ridge Community Theater volunteers.  Other Fannin organizations help round out camp logistics. Kiwanis Club provides extra space. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church provides free breakfast, and Faith Presbyterian prepares the free lunch and snacks.

This year, the camp will put on four plays and two musicals around the central theme “Heroes and Villains”.   Each year Sunny D picks a new theme and new plays.  Patricia Webb, Executive Director of Sunny D, chooses themes and situations that help campers learn something more about being human than just the lines in the play.

Little Bits, actors aged 5-7, will perform Rappin’ Fairytales around the character theme of helping each other turn “zeros into heroes.”

The Super-hero-ish good guys practice their victory song.

The Super-hero-ish good guys practice their victory song.

A mystery family connection between Super Gran and Super Girl is revealed by Tweens Actors, ages 8-12 in their play Super-hero-ish.  In this play, daughter of Super Gran and mother of Super Girl doesn’t know of the family’s secret super-powers since it skips generations. Gran and Girl unite to save the Queen of England whom Mad Maniac stole and imprisoned somewhere.  No word yet on the true identity of Super Gran during her daily Fannin life.

Pamela Smith, who is assisting with the Tweens, says that the experience teaches kids many real-life skills that they will continue to pull on.  The children learn how to work as a family, respecting other kids’ differences and abilities to work together.  Theater  also develops confidence and memorization skills.




The Teens authentic production of The Tempest includes costumes designed after 16th century British style.

The Teens authentic production of The Tempest includes costumes designed after 16th century British style.

The Teens, ages 13-18, are putting on The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  They have accomplished a feat that adult actors find difficult.  Within two weeks, the teens have memorized lines in Elizabethan English, matched their lines to their body movements and have full confidence in putting on a play written by the supreme master of English-language theater.

Paul Smith enjoys watching the Teens practice The Tempest in his down time from ferrying  food for volunteers and actors between the different venues.  He admires that the Teens have put in some serious practice time studying different renown directors’ version of The Tempest.  “only teenagers can pull off The Tempest within two weeks… and walk away this summer with a good knowledge of Shakespeare, the foundation of our language.

Sunny D also offers  beginning and advanced musical camps.  This year the two different productions are Beauty and the Beast and Afternoon in the Park with Heroes and Villains. Heath Burnett, lead director of Afternoon in the Park with Heroes and Villains, wrote the play especially for Sunny D. This is the first time the ever the musical has been performed.

Friday’s plays begin at 6 pm and Saturday’s at 2 pm with the Little Bits’ Rapping Fairytales.  On Friday, the Tweens perform at 7:30 and at 3:30 on Saturday.  The Teens perform at 9 pm on Friday and 5 pm on Saturday.  The musicals are on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday the introductory musical is at 7:30 and the advanced at 9:30.  On Sunday, the introductory group is at 2 pm and the advanced at 3:30.  Tickets are $5 per play.  Family members and friends that are going to see their special super-stars who are in different productions will need to buy a ticket for each production.  Ms. Webb encourages buying the tickets through the theater rather than on the theaters’ website since the websites’ transaction fee is roughly the same cost as a ticket.  For more information, call Blue Ridge Community Theater at 706-9223.


Sunny D also puts on two children’s plays during the year.  The fall play will be Peter Pan.  The children’s plays during the year are separate from the summer camp.  But, you can bet that many summer Sunny D campers caught the theater bug and can’t wait for the fall productions.



Radio TBS Lives on Laughs


It’s the final weekend for the Blue Ridge Community Theater’s run of Radio TBS.

A play in two acts, this show provides a comic relief to your week that may remind you of more than one person in your own community. The show opens in Central Florida in a trailer park known as Luna Del Mar with the local radio broadcast. You meet the hosts and sit through a little bit of the show before exploring a little more of the park to meet some, shall we say, “interesting” characters.

I will admit the second half to be a little faster paced than the first, but this doesn’t say much as the humor carries you through both acts.

Don’t expect a lot of depth in the story or characters, though, as the show is meant solely to make you laugh through a little slapstick and a lot of farce. And in its purpose and mission? I must say it’s one thing to hear a crowd laugh, and another entirely to hear them cackle like they did on Thursday.

Pay close attention to Christian E. Mims-Wolfe’s portrayal of Vesta Poteet who made me laugh more with her facial expressions than spoken jokes. A talent that helped her to steal parts of the show even if she wasn’t speaking.

Also, Carol Smith’s portrayal of Mary Eunice Wheaton, a character that provides most of the depth of the show, brought life to the “holier-than-thou” super-strict church goer that we all currently have in the back of our minds because we know someone like that. A flavor that was brought to its peak by her plays on the exaggerated, somewhat boisterous, boom in her voice that this type of person can get.

If you need a good laugh, make sure you make it down to the Blue Ridge Community Theater this weekend to see the final run of Radio TBS before the current falls on July 26.

Check out the website for times and tickets and to prepare for the next show,  A Night in the Theater, in late August.


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