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Greater Tuna Comes to Mason
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009

Portions reprinted with permission of author Debbie Cooper Kistler

The Mason community is invited to enjoy a live performance on Friday, June 19, of the renowned outrageous, wacky comedy Greater Tuna by the “BackStreet Players” from Junction. It is a delightful show featuring 20 characters played by two area actors, Jeff Gentry and Jimmy Kistler (along with the assistance of an army of folks who try to keep all the costumes, high heels and wigs straight!). Their performances are “farm fresh and chicken fried crisp”. For an evening of great entertainment, gather your friends and attend the one time showing at 7pm on Friday, June 19th at the MISD Auditorium.

The outrageous characters of Tuna, Texas (the third smallest town in Texas) will seem mighty familiar to anyone raised in a small town....like, say, Mason. A few of these quaint, loud, ridiculous, dear people who make appearances are Didi Snavely, a crusty broad who runs the used weapons store. She assures that her merchandise “is guaranteed to kill”. Others are Elmer Watkins, local grand leader of a certain “sheeted society” and Phinas Blye, a perennial candidate for local office. Petey Fisk, the humane society spokesman, never saw an animal he didn’t love, nor a cause he didn’t champion.

You will also meet the long-suffering Bertha Bumiller and her extended family: the delinquent son Stanley; her frustrated, dying-to-be cheerleader daughter Charlene; and her philandering husband Hank. The eccentric aunt Pearl is the maker of strychnine-laced “bitter pills” that she uses to “dispense” with more than a few neighborhood dogs.

A crowd favorite is the snooty Vera Carp, who oozes honey as she snipes. The Very Reverend Spikes, who can’t open his mouth that a cliche doesn’t tumble out, leads his flock (the Smut Snatchers Club) to ban “dangerous books”.

All are pulled together by circumstance, their shared history, and some additional characters who complete this parody of a small Texas town. They are our kith and kin. They are US!

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an evening of live entertainment. Light refreshments will be available as the doors open at 6 p.m., with the performace to begin at 7 p.m. With the proceeds benefiting the Senior Center, tickets are $12 for folks over 10 years of age and for this event, special reserve seating will be available for $20 each.

The funds collected for the Center will serve as the one-and-only fundraiser for the Summer of 2009, as the Young at Heart Festival will not be held again until August of 2010. The Senior Center Staff and Site Council Members look forward to providing this wonderful entertainment for the community, and especially to the generous supporters of the YAH in “Caring for those who cared for us”. For more information, please contact the Senior Center at 325/347-6242.

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