Stage Center is getting a little bit country with the comedy musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The show opens at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on the campus of Centenary College on Thursday, July 26, 2018, and runs two weekends, concluding on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Set in the late 1970s, Whorehouse follows Miss Mona Stangley – the proprietor of a long-standing brothel in the fictional town Gilbert, Texas – who comes up against the threat of exposure by a crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe. The story was modeled after a real place called the Chicken Ranch in LaGrange, Texas and is based on the short story by Larry L. King which was adapted into a novel by King and Peter Masterson. The famous 1982 film adaptation starred Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, and Dom DeLuise.

The local team responsible for this production team also produced the well-received production of Fun Home which was presented by Stage Center earlier this summer. Jared Watson (director of last year’s fantastically whimsical Peter and the Starcatcher) is directing with choreographer Katie Lerchie who interpreted Stage Center’s Tarzan in 2013. Seth Taylor, continuing his role at Stage Center as musical director, will be conducting a live band during the show.

Stage Center’s production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas stars Anna Maria Sparke as Mona Stangley, Meade Patton as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, and Jason Shidiskis as Melvin P. Thorpe rounding off a fantastic cast with 26 members.

“It’s been a fun time putting together this musical,” said director Jared Watson. “What’s cool is that it’s almost a 100% locally based show for cast and crew.” Watson noted that the stage musical differs in some ways from the more familiar film version, which will give audiences familiar with the story something new to enjoy.

The production includes witty dialogue and catchy tunes like “Hard Candy Christmas” and “The Sidestep.” It’s a humorous take on a risqué topic! Don’t miss the opportunity to see this entertaining musical!

Performances will take place at Marjorie Lyon Playhouse beginning Thursday, July 26th at 7:30pm and will run for two weekends:

Thursday, July 26th at 7:30pm
Friday, July 27th at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 29th at 7:30pm
Sunday, July 30that 2:00pm
Thursday, August 2ndat 7:30pm
Friday, August 3rdat 7:30pm
Saturday, August 4that 7:30pm

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