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Always a Bridesmaid is a costume lovers dream

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

The Johnson County Community Theatre is currently commanding the Heritage Hall stage with their first performance of the 2015 season.
Always A Bridesmaid, a Jones, Hope, Wooten classic is the laugh-out loud-tale of four women who made a pact to always be each others bridesmaids –for better or worse. The ladies had no way of knowing that their pact would lead to a lifetime of hijinks.

Director Michael Eggers chose Always A Bridesmaid to be preformed by the Johnson County Community Theatre after he and his wife, Brenda, watched the Johnson City Community Theatre perform it. “I was impressed with the costuming,” said Eggers who is the president of the JCCT as well as a seasoned stage veteran. His adoration of the costuming is unsurprising because other than the sarcastic comments that flowed out of the characters mouth like a river – Always a Bridesmaid is all about the costuming.
The cast was largely responsible for their own costuming, which was certainly no small feat. From French maids to hospital gowns to Marie Antoinette – the ladies wore each costume with their heads held high never once pausing to crack up at the ridiculousness of it all.

Many of the cast members of Always a Bridesmaid made their Heritage Hall stage debut but you’d never know it. The chemistry between the cast members was phenomenal, never leaving one to question the validity of their rollicking friendships.

Trish Burchette acted the role of Libby Ruth Ames. Throughout is all, Libby Ruth is a dreamer that believes in love no matter how paradoxical the circumstance. Burchette was magnificent as the nurturing but ditzy Libby Ruth. Her smile gave the stage such warmth it could have melted the heart of even the coldest skeptic of love.
Kristi Richardson acted the role of the no nonsense Sedalia Ellicott. Sedalia owns the wedding venue that has essentially become a permanent fixture in the lives of the cast. Richardson was hilarious as Sedalia who simply doesn’t take no for an answer when it comes to walking down the isle. But if by chance, no is the answer and you slip by her – perhaps William Congreve said it best when he wrote, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
Kandas Motsinger acted the role of the starry-eyed Monette Gentry. The star of the show in terms of costuming –the tale begins as Monette prepares for her third wedding. Not to worry, however. This marriage is certain to be different than the others as Monette states because she’s known the groom to be an entire two weeks. Motsinger was uproarious as the sassy, sultry and hopelessly (and always) in love Monette.

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