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Showtime at First Baptist - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Showtime at First Baptist

Ron Osborne

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

6f

ISBN: 9780573696466

"Good natured religious jokes aplenty and drama  ... A serious play and a delightful comedy" - Bristol Herald-Courier
First Baptist of Ivy Gap's 100th anniversary picnic was a smashing success, except for one little thing: the bolt of lightning that struck the church's steeple, igniting a fire that destroyed the sanctuary and so much more. In the wake of the disaster, key women of the church – led by Edith, the pastor's take-charge wife – gather in what's left (the fellowship hall) to commiserate and try to put things back together.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Faith-based

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1970s

Settings Of Play - The majority of the action takes place in the church's fellowship hall located in a fictional town in east Tennessee; several short scenes are set in a hospital waiting room and homes in Ivy Gap.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Church / Religious Groups

The sequel to the hugely popular and widely produced First Baptist of Ivy Gap

First Baptist of Ivy Gap's 100th anniversary picnic was a smashing success, except for one little thing: the bolt of lightning that struck the church's steeple, igniting a fire that destroyed the sanctuary and so much more. In the wake of the disaster, key women of the church – led by Edith, the pastor's take-charge wife – gather in what's left (the fellowship hall) to commiserate and try to put things back together. To raise spirits and funds for rebuilding, the women plan an evening of entertainment designed to showcase the congregation's talent. Could it be that some of Edith's gang plan a song and dance number that may shock the congregation? If so, how will they circumvent the authority of the all-male conservative board of deacons, not to mention, one of their own? Change is in the air as these six diverse women challenge institutions as well as each other. Along the way, there are laughs to be shared, battles to be fought, love to be won, relationships to be mended, and losses to be grieved.

The play features music (in the form of hymns played on an organ or piano) as well as additional hymns and traditional music song by characters to advance the story, define character and entertain.

"Good natured religious jokes aplenty and drama...But the real meat is a gentle, warm story about six good women and how they came together despite times that are, 'a changing'...A serious play and a delightful comedy...I sure enjoyed it." - Bristol Herald-Courier

"Sure to be an instant classic...This touching comedy is full of laughs, realistic characters and thought-provoking issues...The Southern women who inhabit the world of Ivy Gap are amazing! Osborne can definitely write great women characters...It's small-town politics at its most entertaining...Bring the whole family." - Washington County News

"It's a comedy first, but a comedy with bite and those moments of seriousness make the funny moments even funnier...delves into some thought-provoking topics while making you laugh too hard to feel offended...you can't help but be taken in." - A! Magazine For The Arts

Premiered on the main stage of Barter Theatre, the LORT-member State Theatre of Virginia, on June 11, 2009, running 40-plus largely sold-out performances.
Characters

CASTING

6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Ensemble cast, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Has proven to be a terrific showcase for an all-female cast.

EDITH - the pastor's take-charge wife, mid-60s
VERA - the opinionated wife of the church's most powerful deacon, mid-60s
MAE ELLEN - the church's rebellious organist with a dream, 50
OLENE - a former member with a flashy past who just returned to Ivy Gap, 50
ANNIE - a northerner living with her in-laws while her husband serves in Vietnam, early 20s
LUCILLE - Annie's mother-in-law, a tried and true Baptist, early-50s
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MUSICAL STYLE

Folk

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

Author

Ron Osborne

Ron Osborne's plays - including the six full-length plays published by Samuel French - have been produced by hundreds of theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as recognized in more than 90 national playwriting competitions. A number of monoloques from his plays appear in books published by French (Exceptional Monoloques for Men and Women-2) and Smith & Kraus (The Best Monoloques For ... view full profile

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