Make us your home page
Instagram

'Guacamole Queens' shows a side of high school that never was

CLEARWATER

No matter how you feel about high school reunions, you're going to want to attend this one.

The new comedy, Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens, tells the story of three cousins from Sweetgum, Texas, — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette — and their plans to put on the ultimate high school reunion before the old school gets torn down.

But Peaches, the top mortuary cosmetologist in the area, is desperate for a date; Gaynelle aims to become the last Guacamole Queen of Sweetgum High and Jimmie Wyvette, who owns a bridal shop for big ladies — the Wide Bride — is under arrest.

Throw in a lecherous nonagenarian who goes all the way on first dates (because he may not live long enough for second ones), a sanctimonious aunt, a crazy former classmate and his creepy friend, an oddball televangelist, two old biddies, and you have the recipe for a tasty Southern-fried farce.

The play runs through June 19 at the West Coast Players Theatre; tickets are $19 with discounts available for students and groups.

The production is the Florida premier of Last Round-up, said director Ashlie Johnson, who does double duty as the theater director at Palm Harbor University High School.

"This is the third and final chapter of the Verdeen Cousins Texas Trilogy," she said. "They are the small-town Texas family that puts the 'fun' in dysfunctional."

The theater troupe previously produced parts one and two of the trilogy, The Red Velvet Cake War and Rex's Exes that were "absolute sellouts," she said.

The casting for the three cousins has been consistent throughout with Cherie Albury as Peaches, Janice Creneti as Gaynelle, and Colleen Coughenour playing Jimmie Wyvette.

Some of the other players in the ensemble reprise their former roles while some can be seen in new ones.

"Please let people know they don't have to have seen the first two shows to understand what is going on in the third. It will be quite apparent," said Johnson.

By the way, red velvet cupcakes sold during the performances of the previous shows proved just as popular as the plays themselves, so they plan to offer them again.

The trilogy playwrights are Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, collectively known as Jones Hope Wooten. Their shared writing experience includes hit movies, Off Broadway comedy and classic television sitcoms including The Golden Girls.

Reach Terri Bryce Reeves at treeves@tampabay.rr.com.

>>If you go

Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens

When: Tonight through June 19. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater

Tickets: $19; Students $15; Group discounts available. Call (727) 437-2363 or visit wcplayers.org to get directions and to purchase tickets.

'Guacamole Queens' shows a side of high school that never was 06/09/16 [Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 12:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Recipe for Chicken Wings with Coconut Sweet Potato Puree

    Cooking

    This dish is an homage to one of my favorite Epcot International Food and Wine Festival dishes: Grilled Beef Skewer With Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree from the Patagonia kiosk. A boniato is a sweet potato with whiter flesh and a typically sweeter flavor. I use standard sweet potatoes in this recipe, plus a little …

    Chicken Wings with Sweet Potato Puree. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  2. The 'Total Eclipse' song from the '80s you never knew you loved

    Blogs

    Depending on when you read this, you are eagerly awaiting the eclipse or have seen all the commotion come and go for the first total solar eclipse across America since 1918. Without any doubts, sometime today you will probably have a chance to hear Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse Of The Heart, but here at Stuck in …

  3. Hollywood lost a serious filmmaker in Jerry Lewis

    Movies

    The day the clown died, Hollywood lost a serious filmmaker in Jerry Lewis.

    Jerry Lewis in 2005. Lewis, the comedian and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91 (New York Times)
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 22

    Events

    Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: With live music, vegetables, fruit, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants, crafts and handmade jewelry. 9 a.m., Gulfport, along Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. (727) 902-2326.

    SP_347707_KEEL_NAYMARKETS_SCOTT KEELER (12/20/2011 GULFPORT) 1. Shoppers choose various produce items recently at the Gulfport Fresh Market. The market is held on Tuesday mornings.      TIMES PHOTO SCOTT KEELER
  5. My plan for the #solareclipse at 2:51 pm today

    Blogs

    "Marion, don't look at it. Shut your eyes, Marion. Don't look at it, no matter what happens!"