WHAT: Blue Springs High School presents the comedy “Dearly Departed,” by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, directed by Lisa Lowman.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Opening night was Thursday.

WHERE: Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive, Blue Springs.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $7.

WHAT'S THE SHOW ABOUT: In the Baptists 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 Turpins' other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly 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 spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add 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. (from dramatists.com)


Character: Actor

Raynelle: Kaity Johnson

Bud/Norval: Francis Gatdula

Ray-Bud: Tre Ellebracht

Lucille: Lindsey Ziefle

Junior: Aidan Henry

Suzanne: Zoe Edgar

Juanita: Avery Saxton

Veda: Alana Nyhart

Clyde: Vincent McAbee

Delightful: Kymburlyn Allen

Marguerite: Kaitlyn Williams

Royce: Noah Hinton

Reverend: Trey Vermillion

Nadine: Destane Jackson

Joyful Life singers/funeral guests: Abi Bray, Ben Campbell, Jack Dolan, Sydney Edie, Ellie Fusion, Haliey Holt, Sophie Kelly, Stephanie Marcella, Torri Vorwork