CCAC Night of Chocolate is Set

Thursday, February 7, 2019

According to sources within the Clay County Arts Council, the Feb. 9, Night of Chocolate dinner theatre production should be of great entertainment to those attending. “The non-stop hilarity of this farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Ark.,” it was noted. Whether anyone in Clay County has ever heard of Mayhew, Ark., is beside the point. It’s located in the Ozarks and it’s home to Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks, owned by Gene Wilburn, known as Ron Spence in everyday life.

“Lately, however,” according to Tonya May who plays Wilburn’s wife Wanelle, “business is down, tourists are few, and the only guest who just checked in is an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca from Chicago, played to the hilt by Kenny Smith.” Tonya laughs as she thinks of Smith in the Witness Protection Program.

Popular local director, Quinton Mauldin, asks, “Doesn’t anyone want to just fish anymore?” He encourages everyone to set aside this one night, Feb. 9, for “a deliciously funny romp where the residents of the lodge hide, disguise themselves, cross-dress and slam doors chasing one another.”

Another problem occurs when everyone tries to figure out the source of an increasingly awful stench. By then it’s too late and the lodge is surrounded by vicious critters, human and animal.

“There’s no need to leave town to go fishing in February — just come on down to the Rector Community Center and visit The Reel 'Em Inn, a little fishing lodge right in the middle of town,” noted CCAC board member Larry Norred. “It has all the amenities-fishing, hunting, a maid who packs heat, rampaging animals and maybe a few gangsters from Chicago thrown in for good measure!”

CCAC board member John James and president Gail Burns worked with the organizers of this past weekend's Daddy-Daughter Dance in Piggott to assure a conflict was avoided. “It’s important for all our Clay County communities and organizations to support one another and we are grateful that Feb. 9 remained available.” James said, “Tickets are available at the Rector Water Office and at The Nest on the square in Piggott, and for Will-Call through CCAC board member Linda Robinson at 870-595-3035.” On-line ticket sales are through the website claycountyartscouncil.org

Silent Auction and traditional auction items for the event include a rod and reel, an overnight at Wilson (Ark.) Guest House and a dinner certificate for the Wilson Inn along with several certificates for fish dinners. In addition, Barry Johnson has donated a tri-set of hand-carved wooden bowls measuring in the medium range, the largest being about nine-inches in diameter. Michael Hollis will offer the items for bidding along with several tasty pastry items for good measure. Traveling Wisk’s buffet dinner will be far healthier than “Southern-fried,” but this uproariously funny comedy, Farce of Nature, should have you splitting your sides in laughter.

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