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The Spring 2019 Production


Directed By Linda Garski

Production dates:
Friday and Saturday, May 10–11;
Thursday - Sunday, May 16–19, 2019
(Sunday show is a 2:00 PM Matinee; all other shows: 7:30 PM)

With thanks to our sponsor: Bank-A-Count Corp


Meet the cast!

Vito Giardino
"Bud Turpin"
Deb Ciszewski
Timothy James Young
Natiana Huckbody
Jesse Voit
Emmali Hambrock
Ellen Roeseler
James J. Malouf
Jordan Haumschild
Gary Spencer
"Reverend Hooker"
Susan Edgren
Steve Hagen
Sarah Reeves
Ken Pelo
Emma Bertotto

And featuring...

Bev Hendershot

Holly Kurtz

Rachel Frizzell

Benjamin Chitek
Diane Wenzel
Martha Bawara
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Linda Garski

Dearly Departed

Debbie Linzmaier
Stage Manager
Dearly Departed

THE STORY: In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud frets as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their brother, Delbert, copes with death as he does life, by devouring junk food; holy-roller Marguerite is frustrated by her ne're-do-well son Royce; the Reverend Hooker tries to put on a good funeral despite...intestinal difficulty; Juanita never misses a chance to boast about her wonderful life; and all the friends and neighbors add color and more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

WRCT first produced Dearly Departed 20 years ago. It was such fun that we've decided to do it again, with an all-new cast!

WRCT Auditorium
Rapids Mall
220 3rd Ave. S.
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495