ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID
By Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope
In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other’s weddings… no matter what. More than thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making “the long walk” for each other, determined to honor that vow. Libby Ruth, the hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage, believes — despite all evidence to the contrary — that her friends can find the same happiness. Headstrong Deedra’s “rock-solid” union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years has a wandering eye. Monette, flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends’ patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle. And salt-of-the-earth, tree-hugging Charlie discovers the hard was that marital bliss is not at the end of her rainbow — then panics when the opportunity presents itself.
Produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.
Recommended for all audiences.
Always a Bridesmaid will be performed at the Von Braun Center Playhouse on May 12-20, 2017. Tickets for Always a Bridesmaid are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors (65+), students, and active duty military and can be purchased by calling the box office at 256-536-0807, ask about group rates and handicapped seating.
Notes from our Director
Playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten (better known as merely ‘Jones Hope Wooten’) are a very prolific writing team of Southern Comedies, having over 15 plays being regularly produced by community theatre companies across the nation and around the world. Their plays have been produced over 4,500 times, with over 13,500 performances, in recent years. They are “America’s Favorite Comedy Writing Trio.” And our Huntsville audiences seem to like them too, which is why this is the fourth Jones Hope Wooten property to appear on a TH season slate… and why another, Farce of Nature, is slated for next season. Always a Bridesmaid particularly struck John’s funny-bone, which is why he decided to take a stab at directing his second production about ‘bridesmaids’ (the first being Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, four years ago).
John is extremely pleased with and thankful for ALL of the creative, technical and administrative support provided in pulling Always a Bridesmaid together… his production team—Assistant Director Heidi, Producer Margaret, Technical Director James, Stage Manager Savannah, Costumers Pam, Colleen and Marie, Sound and Sound Effects Techs Gordon and Sabian, Lighting Tech Cynthia, Makeup Lead Michael, Hair Lead Shannon, Props Mistress Patricia and Lobby Display Tech Lynda. Huge thanks also go to a marvelously talented and hard-working cast, who ‘went the extra mile’ to turn ‘a humble director’s initial vision’ into ‘OUR SHOW.’ In addition, very special thanks to all the folks who came to our rescue, at the eleventh hour, when we could no longer get their names in the program. “Thank you ALL! EVERY ONE of you made great contributions to bringing this show to life.”
DIRECTOR – John Hancock
John has over 25 years of experience acting, directing and performing technical wizardry with HLT, TRC, TH and several other Huntsville and surrounding area theatre companies. John still makes select appearances onstage—when he finds a role that excites him—but he now largely prefers the opportunities he’s afforded to lead collaborative efforts on theatrical projects as a director… and in this he has amassed a rather impressive resume. Some of his directorial highlights include Rumors (TH-2016); Leading Ladies (TH); Lend Me a Tenor (TH—Best Show & Best Director, ‘Noahs’ and ‘Wings’); The King & I (HCCA); Perfect Wedding (TH—Best Show & Best Director, ‘Noahs’ and ‘Wings’); Kiss Me, Kate! (HCCA); How the Other Half Loves (TH— Best Show & Director, ‘Noahs’); and Incorruptible (TH—Best Director, ‘Wings’). But John, like most good directors, started as an actor, and his portrayal of the lovable old Ben, in IMP’s The Secret Garden, a few years back, earned him a Wings Judges Choice Performance Award. Among his other favorite or more notable roles are Frank James in TH’s The Trial of Frank James in Huntsville, Alabama, Gandalf the Gray in FP’s The Hobbit, Captain Lawrence Oates in TH’s Terra Nova, Baron Mirko Zeta in AN’s The Merry Widow, Bishop Harold Clarke in TRTC’s The Moving of Lilla Barton, Count Carl-Magnus Magnum in WBS’ A Little Night Music, John Dickinson in IMP’s 1776, Jigger Craigin in HCCA’s Carousel and Lenny Ganz in HLT’s (1994) Rumors. Despite his impressive résumé of directorial, onstage and back-stage successes (over 70 community theatre productions), John is probably still best known to Huntsville audiences as the guy running around the Playhouse lobby, in his signature ‘Hawaiian’ shirts, interfacing with you patrons as Theatre Huntsville’s House Manager.
KARI – Brianna Bond
Brianna is a recent graduate of the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor’s in Theatre-Performance. While there, she garnered roles as Rosalind in As You Like It, Psyche in Metamorphosis, Gwendolyn Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest, and an Ancestor in The Addams Family Musical, just to name a few. A web series she was a part of on YouTube is currently being released (See Blue Run). She is also a member of a local improvisational troupe—Comic Science Improv. Getting back into theater in Huntsville, she was last on stage as Cassandra in TH’s Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike. She has loved getting to know and work with her current talented cast mates and crew. She is thankful to her family for all their support. As a parting note, Brianna hopes that you enjoy the show!
LIBBY RUTH – Tiffany Gray
This is Tiffany Gray’s second production with Theatre Huntsville. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to share the stage with these amazing, talented women! She is THRILLED to be working with John Hancock again! This cast and crew has been extraordinary and she thanks them for sharing their talents. Her favorite roles include Chris Gorman (understudy) in Rumors, Erma in Anything Goes, and Pauline in A Bright New Boise. When not on stage, you might find Tiffany with a microphone in her hand singing 80’s pop at the local karaoke bar. Recently, she completed her MBA. She wants to thank Christopher, her family and her friends for their love, support and encouragement.
MONETTE – Colleen McNabb Samples
Colleen is thrilled to be back on stage in “Always a Bridesmaid.” Some of her most recent roles were as “Violet” in TH’s It’s a Wonderful Life, Lexie in RT’s The Dixie Swim Club and Cecily Pigeon in LMP’s The Odd Couple. She also produced and performed in last year’s RT production of Don’t Dress for Dinner. She’d like thank her family and friends for their continued support and love.
CHARLIE – Joy Whitt
Joy spent her childhood wanting to act and then putting that dream away… until now. She is a social-worker-turned-barbecue-cook who enjoys hiking and kayaking—mostly in the fall and winter because summer’s not her thing. She likes to make art for herself, because making it for other people makes her nervous. She lives with two little old men who are covered with fur and make her life a lot better. They spend their nights together watching The Golden Girls. She is surrounded by lots of love from friends and family who also make her life a lot better.
DEEDRA – Nora Hickman
Nora Hickman, a lawyer in real life, recently served as Assistant Director for Sanders Family Christmas and was seen on stage as “Olga” in Seventh Symphony and “Yvette” Clue, all with Renaissance Theatre.
Nora is thrilled to be acting in her first show with Theatre Huntsville. Nora would like to thank John Hancock for giving her the opportunity to perform in such a fun show with such an amazing group of women. As always, she would like to thank Jay for his love, encouragement, patience, and general awesomeness.
SEDALIA – Robbie Shafer
A ‘veteran’ of the stage, Robbie has worked in both professional and community theatre venues for over 40 years. Locally, she has worked as a director and an actor for TH, RT, AN, and the former TRTC. Robbie is the recipient of four Wings Awards: TH’s Same Time Next Year (Best Director), RT’s Doubt (Best Actress), TH’s The Odd Couple—Female Version (Best Supporting Actress), and RT’s Barefoot in the Park (Best Supporting Actress). She welcomes the opportunity to work with John Hancock and this fun cast and crew.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Heidi Danae Crane
Heidi is a singer and actress from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Having completed her Masters of Music in Voice Performance in Denver, CO, she and her husband, Drew, moved to Huntsville in 2015. Heidi has performed lead and supporting roles with HCCA’s Concert and Chamber Choruses, LMP, IMP, the Tennessee Valley Music Consort, and TH. She has also performed several lead and supporting film roles in Atlanta. Along with performing, Heidi has stage managed and assistant directed several shows, including UAH’s The Medium, last season. This season, she looks forward to performing Velma in LMP’s Hairspray and Roper in the premiere of the Living Vee Web Series with B Reel Productions in Atlanta. Heidi currently teaches voice, piano, guitar and theater in the Huntsville, Jones Valley, and Hampton Cove areas. She would like to thank her husband for the being so patient through the endless hours of rehearsals, and John Hancock for the opportunity to assistant direct Always A Bridesmaid.
STAGE MANGER – Savannah Rutherford
– Savannah is one semester away from graduating from UAH with her degrees in Voice and Theatre Performance. No stranger to the stage, she was most recently seen as Caroline in UAH’s I and You. She was recently given an online Spotlight Award by Huntsville theatre Reviews for her work as Stage Manager for UAH’s ‘denity Crisis. This is her fourth show with TH and her second with John Hancock, who cast her as Audrey, the roller-skating waitress, in TH’s 2015 production of Leading Ladies. Savannah is proud to be working with these hilarious ladies. “Knockers High, girls!”