With a shoestring budget and a southern drawl, Fitch drama club performers are saddling up to present "Southern Hospitality" at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 in the high school auditorium.
Drama Club advisor Irene Flowers is in her fourth year of working with talented Fitch performers. She also serves as the Fitch French teacher, which makes for a long day.
"I come from the classroom right to the auditorium," Flowers said.
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Dub, played by Fitch junior Logan Pasqual, and his wife Frankie, played by Fitch sophomore Emily Kollar, have a friendly argument during their rehearsal for the performance of “Southern Hospitality” that will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 at the Fitch High School auditorium
She said she loves directing the performances, which may go along with with her teaching subject. She said that in Ohio, a good number of drama club advisors are French teachers.
"Southern Hospitality" focuses on a small Texas town that just lost its largest business and is experiencing a population drop as people leave for greener pastures. In an effort to save the little town, a group of sisters try to lure a salsa company to locate in their town. The stage is set with all the problems of small town life and characters who each deal with their own problems and vices. It all adds up to a comedy that is sure to leave the audience laughing.
"It takes place in Texas, so the kids are having fun with their Southern accents," Flowers said. "I also get a kick out of teens trying to play 50- and 60-year-olds."
The performance will include a cast of 13 with a stage and house support staff of more than 30. Flowers said she has even had some former students come back to help her.
She gives the drama club members a lot of credit for not only getting into character, but for their dedication. She has a set of understudies whom, she said, have done a great job.
"We have a tremendous bunch of understudies who learn the lines knowing they may never get to be on stage," Flowers said.
Fitch senior Paul Farbman, who plays the lead role of Deputy John Curtis Buntner in the play and is also the club publicity chairman, said the hope is to sell enough tickets to help fund the spring performance of "Music Man."