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“Greater Tuna” Onstage at Main Street Theater in Six Performances Sept. 6 – 15

L. to R. Brian Deterding and Director David Woody (Loyd Turney not shown)

The hilarious stageplay “Greater Tuna” by Samuel French is the first in a series of four comedic plays, each set in the small town of Tuna, Texas the ‘third-smallest town in the state’. The play was written in 1981 and debuted in Austin with Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. It debuted on Broadway in 1982. Although having presented two others in the Tuna series in recent years, the Sulphur Springs Community Players is now presenting the original comedy at Main Street Theater on September 6,7, 8 and 13, 14, 15. Director David Woody and local actor Brian Deterding visited the KSST Good Morning Show to invite everyone, teens to adults, to the show!

Deterding plays Arles Struvie and Loyd Turney plays Thurston Wheelis, the announcer team on OKKK, a 275-watt radio station serving ‘the Greater Tuna area’. Between them, these two actors also portray twenty other eccentric characters, both men and women, requiring a variety of voices, costumes and special effects. What do Struvie, Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye, Vera Carp and Rev. Spikes have in common? In this hilarious send-up of small-town morals and mores, they are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas’ third-smallest town. A nimble backstage crew assists with quick costume and prop changes, keeping the action, and the laughter, going non-stop! Reserve your seats at communityplayersinc.com or at 903-885-0107. Tickets are $10 each.

Jaston Williams as Vera Carp and Joe Sears as Pearl Burras in 2009

Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of ksstradio.com.

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