Actors at Glencoe High School will bring a little Texas twist on comedy to Hillsboro beginning this weekend. “Southern Hospitality” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten opens Friday, Nov. 8.

In this farce, residents of Fayro, Texas, will do just about anything to save their jobs and their little town. When the city tries to entice a salsa factory to move to Fayro, residents scramble to create a festival complete with a beauty pageant, petting zoo, barbeque and Civil War battle reenactment. Chaos ensues and things don’t go as planned.

Creating realistic Texas accents and bold characters has been a challenge for the cast. Luckily, director Lori Lee Daliposon grew up in Texas and could share the linguistic style and attitudes of people from that proud state.

According to Daliposon, what makes the play so wonderful — besides a strong cast and witty dialogue — is the commonality of the characters’ experience with what many families are experiencing today. Businesses are closing, and people are leaving their small town, desperate to find jobs. The Futrelle sisters, played by Taya Dixon, Maddie Ogden, Emily Upton and Shi Jones, will do just about anything to keep from moving away and breaking their family apart. The themes of family, community and pulling together in a crisis touchingly resound in the midst of an uproarious comedy that is appropriate for all audiences.

Advance tickets are available from cast members and at the high school office. Ticket sales directly pay for the next production by Glencoe theatre.

For more information, contact Lori Daliposon at [email protected] or call the high school office at 503-844-1900.

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