“They’ve become a family, so it’s very sweet,” said Kathleen Day, who has directed the trilogy.
She’s seen the actors become more comfortable in their roles and welcome newbies into the fold.
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Annette Black has gained a “reputation” with her character, Peaches. A teacher at Springfield High, she gets teased by fellow staff as the reputation girl and has fun with it.
Black will put on her Southern voice in class for the students, and staff members look forward to coming to the shows.
“I’m going to miss this whole family and the way we feed off each other,” she said.
For Krystal Phillips it means no longer donning pantsuits for Sweetgum’s version of Oprah Winfrey, CeeCee Windham.
“I’m surely going to miss those,” she said with a chuckle.
With her character Bitsy finished in the previous play, Nancy Mahoney gets to do a cameo in a beehive wig and graduation gown to transform into televangelist Sister Dixie Davenport in the final story.
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If there’s a scene-stealer it’s Uncle Aubrey, the oldest living graduate of Sweetgum High, who pops in and out of scenes. Despite carrying around an oxygen tank, he’s one of the hardest characters to keep track of, chasing down two sisters to romance among his moves.
“It’s been great working with these guys,” said Mike Hanson, who portrays Aubrey.
The old saying goes actors always want to direct. In between acting stints as Gaynelle, Connie Strait has directed her first two plays, but says she prefers acting, especially in shows like this.
Though this chapter in the Civic Theatre family saga is closing, the next may be on the horizon.
“This is the end of this cycle,” Day said. “Now we’re looking for the next.”
HOW TO GO
What: “Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens”
Where: John Legend Theater at The Dome, 700 S. Limestone St., Springfield
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14; 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14
Admission: $10 to $12
More info: http://springfieldcivictheatre.org/events/list/