Mary Baldwin Theatre Presents The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

November 11, 2002

Mary Baldwin University presents The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas November 15-16 and 20-23 at 8 p.m. and November 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. The musical, in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Deming Hall, is a fast-paced, high-energy, rollicking evening of good clean fun.

Said Virginia Francisco, the Mary Baldwin professor of theatre who is directing the production: “I like the fact that this musical records a piece of Texas women’s history. It’s about, well, a service business, one famous for its high standards of conduct for both ‘guests’ and residents. There is some adult content and a bit of spicy language. As the song tells us, though, &lldquo;it’s just a piddly squatin’ ole time country place, nothin’ too high tones. Jes lots of goodwill, and maybe one small thrill. But there’s nothin’ dirty going on.” Miss Mona, proprietor, wouldn’t allow anything like that!”

Francisco brings her own style and flavor to this true story about a quaint little “house” on the outskirts of town. A place that cares about the people that keep it in business. A place that has gone through as many changes as it has years — from proprietors, to girls. The house has served high class, blue collar, congressmen, and even college students.

With a cast of 29, the musical hosts a lot of talent. Be sure to look for Miss Mona played by Ash White, and Sheriff Ed Earl, played by Lou Dolive. Other key roles include Christina Sayer as Jewel, Donny Middleton as Melvin P. Thorpe, and John Van Pelton as the governor. With musical direction by senior Leslie Rueff, Dee Dee Brokenborough as the stage manager, and Terry Southerington as producer, the musical promises the best entertainment for the night.

Reservations for this intimate theatre evening of lively entertainment are strong recommended. The campus box office is open for credit-card reservations Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (540) 887-7189. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

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