Don't miss your chance to catch The Red Velvet Cake War by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten this coming weekend in Leavenworth, Kansas
The Verdeen cousins couldn't have picked a worse time to hold their family reunion. Their antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out.
It's a traumatic time for Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen. Her husband has run off with his girlfriend and, in retaliation, Gaynelle has "accidentally" run her car into the double-wide trailer home of that man-stealing woman. Gaynelle subsequently faces various legal charges as well as being observed by a court-appointed psychologist checking on her sanity.
All of this happens shortly before the annual Verdeen family reunion in Sweetgum, Texas, usually presided over by Gaynelle's overbearing Aunt La Merle.
La Merle wants to cancel this year's reunion because of Gaynelle's scandal, but Gaynelle and her cousins, sexpot Peaches and laid-back Jimmy Wyvette, insist that the reunion go forward.
Besides, Gaynelle bets her house with La Merle that she can make a better-tasting red velvet cake than her officious aunt, who annually takes home the prize for best cake.
With the psychologist lurking about, an amorous suitor suddenly appearing out of nowhere and a tornado heading straight for Sweetgum, Gaynelle must learn how to bake a really good cake in a really short time period to keep ownership of her house and keep herself out of jail and the insane asylum to boot.
As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax, you'll wish your own family reunions were this much fun!
Directed by Melanie Marcec.
Featuring Amanda Nguyen, Rachel Szmed, Nancy Mazzia, Sara Barber, Brian Resch, Kevin Albee, Tina Allen, Marianne Tennant, Carol Varner, Cape Rust, Jeff Swanson and Nancy Martin.
Adults $12; military ID card holders $10; seniors 62+, students & groups $10; and 12 & under $7.. Leavenworth Performing Arts Center, 500 Delaware St, (913) 651-0027, www.rccplv.com (Suitable for Everyone)
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