‘Always a Bridesmaid’ auditions begin Dec. 1

Play seeks six women, 5 with a certain Southern charm

* Facebook event page: Confirm your intent to audition
* Richmond Community Theatre Facebook page
* “Always a Bridesmaid” rehearsal schedule

While audience members are still basking in the glow that was “Love Letters,” Richmond Community Theatre has scheduled auditions for its next play, “Always a Bridesmaid.”

Auditions are set to run from 7 p .m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 for the second of the theater’s three-play season. “Always a Bridesmaid” goes live before audiences Jan. 22 through Jan. 25 and Jan. 29 through Jan. 31.

RCTThis all-female cast will feature six women with strong comedic chops, ranging in age from the 60s to late 20s, including:

* Kari: late 20s, kind-hearted, spirited Southern charmer Libby Ruth’s daughter;
* Libby Ruth: late 40s, hopeless romantic, sweet country woman, plain spoken and guileless; Kari’s mother
* Sedalia: 60s, gregarioius, energetic Virginia hostess and life force
* Monette: late 40s, kinda flashy, kinda trashy; Southern-to-the-bone flirt;
* Charlie: late 40s, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, acerbic Southern free spirit
* Deedra: late 40s, headstrong with a dry wit; no-nonsense judge; Northern transplant

A synopsis of the play from the writers’ website:

“In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other’s weddings … no matter what. More than 30 years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making “the long walk” for each other, determined to honor that vow. Libby Ruth, the hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage, believes – in spite of all evidence to the contrary – that her friends can find the very same happiness. Headstrong Deedra’s “rock-solid” union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years has not only a wandering eye but the hands to match.

Monette, flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends’ love and patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle. And salt-of-the-earth, tree-hugging Charlie discovers – the hard way – that marital bliss is not the end of her rainbow and panics in outrageous style when the opportunity presents itself.

Hop on this marriage-go-round for a laugh-out-loud journey with these beleaguered bridesmaids as they navigate the choppy waters of love and matrimony. Libby Ruth, Deedra, Monette and Charlie are committed to the notion that careers, waistlines and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime. Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides and the mistaken, and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves on the first day of hunting season. Always A Bridesmaid is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question, “Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?”

If you’ve ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride’s bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “I do” or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy is definitely for you … and your dearly beloved!” 


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