Three performers – Bennett Gale, Connie Croad and Kim Nile – played 22 different characters, changing 44 different times during the performance.
Bringing back the old comedy satire ‘Greater Tuna’ that debuted in the 80s, the new Frontier Theatre Company made this wacky performance more relevant today than when it first started entertaining audiences almost 40 years ago.
Three performers – Bennett Gale, Connie Croad and Kim Nile – played 22 different characters, changing 44 different times during the performance. Kim Nile goes from behemoth Bertha Bumiller to an Elvis look-a-like Leonard Childers in 55 seconds. “We’re continuing finding more attire and new discoveries adding to the show,” Nile said.
Starting and ending at the OKKK Radio Station in Greater Tuna in Texas, sponsored by the Greater Tuna Humane Society promoting Yippy, the pet of the week for the fifth time and ducks (the animal and also the verb). The antics and funny quips of life at the radio station and home life of the dogs that live there keep the audience laughing throughout.
A case of cainus sidle thumbitus, an egg sucking poodle, Petey being a puppy pusher being the norm, and, according to the character Charlene, the world outside Greater Tuna is bizarre. Then there is the mismatched drunken fiddler, but do they figure out how the judge died in a bikini? How do you lose the news?
Through the five performances since July there has been standing ovations "and it wasn’t just for the intermission," says Gale.
Visiting from the Bay Area with her family, Rory Brown says of the performance, “I love the music and the characterization. It is still appropriate after all these years. We saw this show in the eighties.”
There are two more performances to be held at the historic McCloud Mercantile Hotel on Sept. 12, and on Oct. 3, all at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (530) 232-5431 or at Banner Bank in Mount Shasta, Nature’s Kitchen in Yreka or at the McCloud Mercantile Hotel or at the start of the show.
Upcoming shows include the Oldest Living Confederate Widow on Oct. 4 and 6 and Shirley Valentine on Oct. 25 and 27, both playing at the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir and “Scrooge! An evening with Charles Dickens” with two performances on Dec. 21 at the McCloud Mercantile Hotel.
Gale is also the director of the Actor’s Workshop. It is a program for beginner and advanced thespians that meets on a weekly basis. He works with those looking to overcome their fear of public speaking.
For more information call (530) 232-5431 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.