Driftwood Players

"Dearly Departed" May 2008

By David Bottrell & Jessie Jones, Director-in-Training Ben Hohman
Mentor Director Kathe Rowe

David Foscue: (Ray-Bud) Katie O'Brien: (Lucille)

Domini Sharp: (Suzanne) Jason Whited: (Junior)

Louise Hoover: (Marguerite) Bryan Blackburn: (Royce)

Jason Whited, David Foscue

Mike Sergeant: (Reverend Hooker) and The Joy of Life Singers
Betty Wyatt, Katie O'Brien, Louise Hoover, Judy Ball

Judy Ball: (Raynelle) David Foscue

Clyde Brown: (Norval) Betty Wyatt: (Veda)

Marli Robison: (Juanita)

Julayne Fleury: (Delightful)

Mike Sergeant: (Reverend Hooker)

Stacy Murphy: (Nadine)

The part Of Bud Turpin was played by Guest actors,
Hank Bilderback, Brad Duffy, Jim Eddy, Dale Hoover, Gary Morean and Bill Simpson

Pictures by Keith Krueger

From the Daily World Preview Friday May 2, 2008

Driftwood Players head south for laughter
The Daily World

When Bud Turpin, patriarch of the Turpin family, dies, his family comes together to pay their last respects.

But coming together and respect are not easy for the extremely dysfunctional Turpin family, the center of events in "Dearly Departed," a new production by the Driftwood Players that opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Driftwood Playhouse in Aberdeen. Directed by Kathe Rowe, the play is a light comedy in two acts (and 17 scenes).
"It's the south of the Mason-Dixon Line," says Assistant Director Debbie Scoones. "There's no sure reference to exactly where it is, but it's definitely in the South, somewhere."
In an interesting twist, Scoones says the part of Bud Turpin, who dies early on, will be played by a different, well-known cameo performer in each performance. She said the actors playing Turpin patriarch come from the ranks of local politicians, veteran Driftwood actors and other well-known local citizens.
"It's really about this family figuring out what they're going to do when old Bud dies," Scoones said. "And while they're doing it, all this dysfunction comes out in a funny way over the 17 scenes.
Performance dates are May 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 with a Sunday matinee on May 18. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for all shows, except the 1:30 p.m. matinee on May 18. Tickets are $10 and available at Valu-Drug in Montesano, Top Foods, City Center Drug and Captain's Cove in Aberdeen, Harbor Drug in Hoquiam and Our Place in Ocean Shores.
The cast is Judy Ball as Raynelle, Bryan Blackburn as Royce, Louise Hoover as Marguerite, Katie O'Brian as Lucille, David Foscue as Ray-Bud, Domini Sharp as Suzanne, Jason Whited as Junior, Mike Sergeant as Reverend Hooker, Julayne Fleury as Delightful, Betty Wyatt as Veda, Clyde Brown in dual roles as Norman and Clyde, Stacy Murphy as Nadine and Marli Robison as Juanita.

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