The Northern Starz Theatre Company in Ramsey will present the hilarious sequel to last year’s comedy “Southern Fried Funeral” in “Southern Fried Nuptials,” which is playing through July 21.
Written by Osborne and Eppler, the sequel follows a Mississippi clan preparing for the wedding of a daughter, Harlene (Sheree Froelich).
After Dewey Frye died in “Southern Fried Funeral,” the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces. That is, if they don’t kill each other first. Not only does matriarch Dorothy (Sam Rosen) have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she’s also faced with church-committee harpy Ozella Meeks (Kathy Boecher) sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey’s snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. Funerals can bring out the worst, the best and the funniest in people, and the Fryes are no exception.
“‘Southern Fried Nuptials’ is a classic and is a whole lot of fun,” director Ben Layne said. “At the heart of this story it’s really about family, and I think that’s something audiences can relate too.”
Layne said audiences who didn’t catch “Southern Fried Funeral” last year can still understand and enjoy the story in the sequel.
The play is being performed by Northern Starz Players, the theater’s community theater troupe. The cast also includes Andrew Nawrocki (Atticus “Attie” Van Leer), Ian Glenn (Beecham Lefette), James Campbell (Dewey Frye Jr.), Kira Pontiff (Sammy Jo Frye-Lafette), Leeann Hiltner (Martha Ann Fox), Megan Primus (Fairy June Cooper), Patrick Campbell (Vester Pickens) and Joe Marcella (Carter Canfield).
“This cast has had a whole lot of fun with these comedic plays, and luckily for ‘Southern Fried Nuptials’ we were able to bring back most of the original cast,” Layne said. “All these actors came back because they really enjoyed it the first time, and everyone has a lot of chemistry from working with each other. ... It’s amazing to see how far this cast has developed as actors, and they’ve done an incredible job developing their characters over the course of two plays.”
“This cast is amazing, and there is a lot of chemistry there,” said Ian Glenn (Beecham Lefette). “I knew right away that I wanted to return for this sequel. We are much more of a team this time around, and it’s a very different dynamic.”
Joe Marcella (Carter Canfield) and Sheree Froelich (Harlene) are the only new cast members. They were cast after the original actors were unable to return.
Marcella and Kira Pontiff (Sammy Jo Frye-Lafette) described “Southern Fried Nuptials” as a “hilarious” comedy with slapstick, farce, physical and witty humor.
“There are so many types of comedy that it appeals to everyone,” Marcella said.
Pontiff added, “It’s rare to find roles that are this much fun.”
The crew for “Southern Fried Nuptials” includes Layne, executive director Rachel Bohnsack, artistic director Kyle Frederickson, tech director Ron Stewart, lights and sound director Matthew Walsh and costumer Tierney Stewart.
“Audiences should come see ‘Southern Fried Nuptials’ because they’ll have such a great time,” Pontiff said. “People will see themselves and their family in these characters, and you’ll belly laugh.”
For more information on “Southern Fried Nuptials,” visit northernstarz.org.
If you go:
What: “Southern Fried Nuptials”
When: 7 p.m. July 18-20 and 2 p.m. July 20-21
Where: Northern Starz Theatre Company, 5300 Alpine Drive NW, Ramsey
Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for children age 18 and younger and seniors age 55 and older
Info: northernstarz.org, 612-326-6158