Open Auditions for The Red Velvet Cake War

Auditions for the Sumter Players production of the hilarious redneck comedy, The Red Velvet Cake War, will be held on July 30 and 31 at 7:00 pm each night at the Fine Arts Building on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University.

Directed by Derrick Bryant, this popular play offers roles for three (3) men and seven (7) women. Performances will be at the Rylander Theatre in downtown Americus September 13, 14, 15 and 16 to open the 49th season for the community theater.

In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins—Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette—could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. Having “accidentally” crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide, Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Peaches, a saucy firebrand and the number one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, is struggling to decide if it’s time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette, the rough-around-the-edges store manager of Whatley’s Western Wear, is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgum’s newest widower. But the cousins can’t back out of the reunion now. It’s on and Gaynelle’s hosting it; Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette have decided its success is the perfect way to prove Gaynelle’s sanity to a skeptical court-appointed psychologist. Unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gathers on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. Things spin hilariously out of control when a neighbor’s pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love and a jaw-dropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax, you’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun!

Auditioners should expect to perform cold readings from the script, both alone and with others, and may have the option of reciting other material of his or her choice. All persons interested in performing or working backstage are invited to attend. The casting of Sumter Players’ productions is based on talent only without regard for race, color, religion, ethnicity or any other defining characteristic.

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