Pittsfield Players to perform Mama Won’t Fly beginning Friday

  • The Pittsfield Players will put on five productions of “Mama Won’t Fly” at the Scenic Theatre beginning Friday. Courtesy

Published: 5/8/2019 5:17:13 PM

The Pittsfield Players will stage five performances of Mama Won’t Fly at the Scenic Theatre beginning this Friday.

The story of Mama Won’t Fly involves an outrageously hilarious race against the clock that begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly.

With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive cross-country with her equally willful mother, Norleen Sprunt, in Mama’s vintage sedan. As Savannah steels herself for this hastily conceived road trip, another outrageous complication arises: the bubbly, over-eager bride-to-be arrives unannounced. Hayley Quinn, delighted to finally meet her future in-laws, is convinced that traveling together to her wedding is the perfect way to bond. The folly of her decision quickly becomes apparent when the journey begins and comedic chaos ensues. Every conceivable – and inconceivable – mishap that can occur does, including the theft of their car and all their clothes, a near-fatal encounter at an underwear museum, the accidental homicide of an ancient Texas relative, a mad dash across the desert in a hijacked 18-wheeler and a riotous detour to Vegas that ends in a brawl with an ordained showgirl/minister.

As the misadventures multiply, the beleaguered trio rapidly develops the urge to ditch each other anywhere along the way. Eventually the race to get to the church on time takes its toll and the overwhelmed bride calls off the wedding. Rising above their age-old mother-daughter issues, Norleen and Savannah work together to get the nuptials back on track. In a surprising and heartwarming resolution, they forge an exciting new path for their own relationship and welcome Hayley into their delightfully wacky family.

The show is directed by Marty Williams and costumed by Cathy Williams, who is also appearing as Mama in the show. Vicki Watson takes on the role of Savannah, and Melanie Perkins plays Hayley. Appearing in various other roles are Heather Bradley, Mike Bunie, Beth Champagne, John Chinn, Maye Hart, Lena Luongo and Coy McCarty.

In addition to Friday’s opening performance at 7:30 p.m., there will be shows on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. There will also be shows May 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased by visiting pittsfieldplayers.com or calling 435-8852.

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