GECA play opens Thursday

The cast of ‘The Red Velvet Cake War’

Special to Atmore News

The Greater Escambia County Council for the Arts (GECA) opens a new show this week – “The Red Velvet Cake War” opens Thursday, April 25, and runs for two weekends. Shows will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 28, and at the same times and days the following weekend, Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 5.
Tickets are $12 each and available at the door or online at There will be a short intermission and all concessions are $1.50.
Directed by Scotty White, this Southern style comedy involves three mischievous cousins who, bent on hosting the annual family reunion, resort to criminal tactics to win a “best red velvet cake” bet with the matriarch of the family amidst chaos and a failing A/C on the hottest day in July in the middle of Texas tornado season.
Please note: There is some adult humor.
The cast members by character are as follows:
Nancy Richardson as Cee Cee Windham
Courtney Jade Bonie as Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen
Teresa Embry as LaMerle Verdeen Minshew
Tom Jeter as Aubrey Verdeen
Charity Strength as Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen
Anna Donald as Peaches Verdeen Belrose
Malary Goldman as Bitsy Hargis / Mama Doll Hargis
Vinson Ollie Jaye as Newt Blaylock
Gene Embry as Sheriff Grover Lout / Purvis Verdeen
Gretchen McPherson as Elsa Dowdell.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.
Upcoming auditions
Auditions for the summer production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at GECA. Male and female roles for children ages 6 and up, plus some adult roles available. Performances set for mid- to late June.
The Greater Escambia Center for the Arts is located at 100 S. Trammell Street, Atmore.