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Red Velvet Cake War arrives at The Blackhorse Village Players

By Roxanne Thornton

Come on down to the Blackhorse Village Players Theatre this November to get your taste of that good old family reunion. You know the one I mean, “dirty laundry well aired” and tempers so explosive that you are sure someone put nitro glycerin in the bean salad.

“The Red Velvet Cake War", our ACT-CO Festival entry, by Jones, Hope and Wooten (Golden Girls) captures all of the love and drama of a dysfunctional family get together gone seriously awry.

This bawdy style comedy will certainly tickle your funny bone with its inoffensive sex humour and innuendoes – a hilarious mix that is sure to entertain the entire family- who might even recognize themselves in some of the scenes.

Veteran producer Margery Cruise and award-winning director Pamela Niesiobedzki-Curtis have again assembled a phenomenal community cast to bring alive this riotously funny “southern-fried” comedy.

The story centres upon three Verdeen cousins – Gaynelle (Jacquie Moore), Peaches (Sarah Simpson), and Jimmie Wyvette (Linda Smith-Earle) and their plan to keep Gaynelle out of the “crackerjack factory” by proving to the court appointed psychologist (Maria Elena Puigbonet) that she is quite sane and able to organize the upcoming family event.

Their outrageous escapades have gotten the old Sweetgum gossips' tongues a wagging, and as self-righteous Aunt Lamerle (Ann Smith) points out “the eyes of Texas are upon them” so SHE is definitely cancelling the reunion and 92nd birthday party for Uncle Aubrey (Vincent Ursini). The red flag is down, as LaMerle points out that “you could no more get a reunion organized in this filthy house than you could hang onto your husband.”

The results: an insane bet that requires Gaynelle to outdo LaMerle's famous red velvet cake or lose her house, which in turn sets a serious of calamitous events in motion where we meet a host of colourful characters: man-hungry neighbour Bitsy (Julie Kovach); her dotty mother (Mary-Jo Martin); the one-eyed bait and wig salesman (Dave Kouhi); the local TV personality (Christine Zeni); the local Sheriff (Stephen Reid) and of course, the perverted cousin (Mark Taylor).

You do not want to miss this hodgepodge of southern sass, shenanigans and charm as it plays out like a good old southern sitcom with Stage Manager Jenn Burns tightly holding the reins.

“The Red Velvet Cake War” runs at Blackhorse Village Players 17272 Mount Wolfe Rd. & Hwy. #9 in Caledon in the evenings at 8:15 pm and matinees* at 2:15, November 1, 2, 3*, 8, 9, 10*, 15, 16, 17*. For tickets call the box office 905-880-5002 or on line at

So, come join us as LaMerle says,” this is not a family reunion, this is a white trash jubilee!”



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