Open Call Auditions … Friday, 8/28/15 5:30pm-8:00pm and Saturday, 8/29/15 1:00pm-3:00pm
At Willow Oak Center for Arts & Learning
First Baptist of Ivy Gap by Ron Osborne
Characters: Edith Ellington: age 40-45; Mae Ellen Rafferty: age mid-20’s; Olene Wiffer: age mid-20’s; Luby Moore: age 45-55; Sammy Porter: age 16-20; Vera Reynolds: age 40-45
During WWII, six women gather at the church to roll bandages and plan the church’s 75th anniversary. Overseeing things is Edith, the pastor’s wise-cracking wife who dispenses Red Cross smocks and witty repartee to Luby, whose son is fighting in the Pacific; Mae Ellen, the church’s rebellious organist who wants to quit but hasn’t the courage; Olene, who dreams of a career in Hollywood; Sammy, a shy newcomer with a secret; and Vera, an influential Baptist with a secret of her own. When Luby learns her son has been wounded, she confounds the others by blaming the vulnerable Sammy.
Twenty-five years later, our “First Baptist Six” reunite. Back to reconcile with Luby – whose son died of his wounds – is Sammy, whose own son is now in Vietnam; and Olene, whose flashy show business career will set the town on its ear. There to welcome them are Vera, her secret still safe; Mae Ellen, still rebellious and still looking for an escape; and Edith, whose biggest challenge isn’t the church’s upcoming centennial but revelations that shake relationships formed over a quarter of a century. With humor and pathos, these six very different women find comfort, forgiveness and redemption in each other.