By: Bonnie Davis Guy
Heritage Hall has been enjoying a great 10th anniversary year, celebrating with top notch productions and music and their recent production of Honky Tonk Angels certainly fits in with that line up. This production by the Johnson County Community Theatre combines both a touching yet hilarious story line with wonderful traditional country music. The play was written by Ted Swindley, an award winning writer, and director of plays such as Always Patsy Cline and Carnal Knowledge.
Honky Tonk Angels was directed by Kathy Terrill who did a wonderful job bringing both band members and actresses/singers together in a limited time frame. These dedicated folks learned 20 plus songs, scripts, and dances in just over a months time. The crew even had a part in this production due to a mid-act scene change executed to some good ol fiddle and slide guitar music.
This two stepping crew entertained as they worked. The band was excellent with band members John Winer on piano and banjo, John Mann on bass guitar, Greg Russel on drums, Ronnie Nichols on steel guitar, Trevor McKenzie on fiddle, and Len Ray on guitar. Country classics such as Stand by Your Man, Ode to Billy Joe, These Boots are Made for Walking and Youre Good Girls Gonna Go Bad were just a few of the great songs that are the backbone of the play.
The actresses who sang, danced, and joked their way into the hearts of the audience are Jacqueline Mann, who played red haired Angela, pronounced Angel-a. Angela is a Texas house wife with a litter of children, a beer truck driving husband named Bubba, and a mother who is willing to let her daughter chase her dreams.
Kristen Branch played Darlene a sweet, innocent young girl who started life as a coal miners daughter but after the loss of her mother ended up on a cotton farm in the Mississippi delta caring for her father. Rounding out the trio is Sue Ellen played by Dorinda Walters. Sue Ellen is beautiful and presents herself as a L.A. career gal but is really just an ex-beauty queen from Texas that has never found satisfaction in love or her career.
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