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South Peace Players take to the stage for Red Velvet Cake

Show runs Feb. 23-26 at the South Peace United Church
John Carnahan and Roger Anderson (as salty old Uncle Aubrey), rehearse a scene of the Red Velvet Cake Wars at the South Peace United Church last week. The show runs Feb. 23-26 at the church.

It’s a southern-fried comedy with lots of heart and a sweet ending.

Later this month, local theatre group the South Peace Players will take to the stage for the Red Velvet Cake War, a raucous comedy set at a family reunion in the fictitious town of Sweetgum, Texas.   

Twelve actors are involved in the production, some of whom appeared in the Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens, another chapter in a series of plays following the misadventures of the Verdeen cousins  

“It went over quite well, and so now we’re having another episode with a brand new story,” said Mary Beaulne, one of the players.  

The three Verdeen cousins are the leads in the story. Pat Finkle plays Gaynelle, who, in the lead-up to the events in the play, “accidentally” crashes her minivan through the wall of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide trailer.

Terri Foster appears as Jimmie Wyvette, a local Western Wear magnate, and Louise Rogers is Peaches, a mortuary cosmetologist.

Roger Anderson is back as Uncle Aubrey, Beaulne plays Aunt LaMerle and Everett Beaulne directs and appears as Sheriff Grover Lout. Margaret Anderson, Jeannie Matthews, Judith Chinn, Annie Barton, Julie Ortynsky and John Carnahan round out the cast.  

The show runs Feb. 23-26 at the South Peace United Church. Showtimes are at 7:30, with a 2 p.m. matinee on the Sunday. Tickets are available at Simple Pleasures.