The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

August 7, 2013

Auditions set Saturday for PCT comedy

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — This fall, the Palestine Community Theatre will bring a Southern-fried comedy “The Red Velvet Cake War” to the stage of the historic Texas Theater.

The PCT will hold auditions for the show at 10 a.m. Saturday at the theater, located at 213 W. Crawford St. in downtown Palestine.

“Our theatre family is always growing and we look forward to seeing new faces and old faces at auditions on Saturday,” Director Dana Goolsby said.

Goolsby advises actors and actresses who want to audition to embrace their "Southern drawl" and warm up their East Texas twang.  

“’The Red Velvet Cake War’ is based in East Texas, and embraces the culture of the Pineywoods. You will recognize the characters as your own family members, neighbors and friends,” Goolsby said.  “If you are Southern and love to laugh then this show is for you.”

In “The Red Velvet Cake War,” 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 No. 1 mortuary 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!” Goolsby said.

Show dates for “The Red Velvet Cake War” are Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13.

For more information, contact Goolsby at