There are subjects considered taboo in polite society.
Politics and religion are chief among these but only slightly less well known is relative baking prowess of Southerners.
Many a county fair judge has found themselves caught in the midst of a culinary holy war when choosing one frosted delicacy over another.
Still, as part of their fall production, “The Red Velvet Cake War,” the Theatre Guild is wading into dangerous, yet sugary, waters.
They will be holding a community cake contest.
Local churches, organizations and individuals (no professionals please) are invited to participate. Proceeds from the November event will benefit M.A.T.S.
Unlike the baking competition in the play, this one is supposed to be friendly.
“That means no fighting, kicking or biting,” according to Theatre Guild Board Chair Dr. Bill Crawford. Audience members will cast votes for their favorites with $1 donations. There will be one semifinalist chosen at each performance. Those winners will bring another cake for the Grand Finale at the Nov. 17 to be judged by a Celebrity Judges Panel.
The production runs November 8-17, but cake contest application deadline is September 21. More information is available at 423-586-9260.
The Morristown Theatre Guild will hold auditions for “The Red Velvet Cake War” on Sept. 16 and 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rose Center.
In this riotously funny Southernfried comedy, three Texas cousins, Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette, could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion.
Their outrageous antics such as car wrecks, televised meltdowns and battles over love and marriage have the whole town and their large family on edge.
Unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric family and friends gathers on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of tornado season, and a jawdropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake.
Roles are available for seven women and three men, plus backstage and tech crews are also needed. Auditions will include cold readings from the script. The director is Joe Powell.
Performances are Nov. 8 – 17. Call the Theatre Guild at 423-586-9260 for more information.
-From Staff Reports