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The ACT 1 cast of 'Red Velvet Cake Wars' is working hard to prepare for Thursday's opening show.

A one-eyed worm and wig salesman.

Two relatives, including one famous for her inability to cook anything correctly, determined to make the best cake.

A desperately lonely widow. An equally desperate wife who is trying to convince the court-appointed psychiatrist that despite her unusual attack on her husband and his mistress, she is not crazy.

Take all of this. Then add lots of bad hair and a variety of romantic pursuits (also quite desperate at times). It all adds up to a screwball family reunion.

That's just a taste of "Red Velvet Cake Wars," the play which ACT 1 director Doug Martens and his crew of veterans (along with a newcomer or two) is preparing to open Thursday night.

"This play is a comedy meant to entertain – no intellectual plot lines to follow, no dirty words – just a hilarious look at the Verdeens, a Texas family planning their family reunion. Chaos ensues with a threatening tornado, a dog who eats everything, and a high stakes Red Velvet Cake Contest," says Martens, a long-time ACT 1 performer who is now directing his very first play.

The performances take place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The cast includes:

Cee Cee Windham: Melody Spence

Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen: Bonnie Beyer

La Merle Verdeen Minshew: Caroline Dick

Aubrey Verdeen: Jim Hilliard

Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen: Allison Watkins

Peaches Verdeen Belrose: Mandy Barker

Bitsy Hargis: April Seitz

Newt Blaylock: Rich Hainstock

Sheriff Grover Lout: Mitch Mensen

Elsa Dowdall: Mary Jo Hainstock

Mama Doll Hargi: April Seitz

Purvis Verdeen: Alex Vasquez

Order tickets HERE.

See more photos from the Monday night rehearsal HERE.



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