The Foggy Valley Gang
"Sittin' Up With the Dead"
August 15-17, 22-24, 29-31, and September 5-7 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 P.M.
Saturdays - Matinee at 2:00 P.M.
Sundays - Matinee at 3:00 P.M.
Suggested Donation: $10.00 for Adults; $5.00 for Students
Free to children 5 and under
For groups of 20 or more, contact the box office at (423) 343-1766 for suggested rates.
The Foggy Valley Gang is synonymous with over-the-top slapstick comedy. The south’s favorite “redneck” family will once again bring another farcical episode to LampLight Theatre on Broad Street in Kingsport, TN. The comedic gang will bring the old creepy Appalachian tradition of “sitting up with the dead” back to life in this NEW uproarious side-splitting comedy.
Old Man Argil Blair is dead. Dark secrets swirl around the Goodin Family Funeral Parlor about the sordid family ties between the Blair’s and the Goodin’s. Argil’s widow, Cleopha Blair, and his sinister son, Nydifer, are forces to be reckoned with. Nydifer is convinced that the Goodin Family has gypt the Blair family out of their rightful inheritance and the family funeral home business. He is determined to take all measures to vindicate the family name. Not-so-grief-stricken Cleopha is determined to follow through with her husband’s last dying wishes including the tradition of... sittin’ up with the dead.
Things go “bump in the night” as funeral home security guards, Otis, Clovis, and Roscoe, are called to “wake” duty. Long lost nephew, Wormy Scrumps, joins the boys in their bone-rattling endeavor. Watching over the body through the night fetches all kinds of strange occurrences. Convinced that Old Man Argil Blair is haunting the funeral home, the boys try to convince the Goodin's to give up the family business and get out.
Funeral home director, Spoolie Goodin, is determined to stand his ground on the inheritance issue. All the while, he also tries to honor the last funeral wishes of his dead great uncle, Argil. The funeral service calls for the vocal talents of local celebrity, Clementine Hogg. Flo Rakestraw is present to offer her condolences and to share her spiritual gifts with the grieving family. She seems to be stricken by the dark, menacing ruses of Nydifer Blair. Whimsical Ura Goodin is always at hand to throw in her two-cent thoughts. The two rival battle axes, Mama Goodin and Cleopha Blair, are determined to fight to defend their families even if they have to put their dignity aside. There is fuel for the fire when Cleopha casts her eye toward the “seedy” Rev. Clyde as she is determined to pull him from the loving grasp of Clementine. Butler and maid, Marge and Cedric, are also on hand to serve the bereaved. What else could happen but a surprise visit from the health inspector?
In Foggy Valley style, a rip-roaring, shoutin’ time funeral service will take place hosted by the Goodin Family and Friends. In the midst of the clamor, the family finds out that some ghosts aren’t so holy. A surprise ending and a lesson learned are in store as the truth about the Goodin Family tree is finally laid to rest.
“Sittin’ Up With the Dead” will be presented every weekend, August 15 through September 7, at LampLight Theatre at 140 Broad Street in Kingsport, TN. Nightly performances will be at 7:00 p.m. except on Sundays. Matinees on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Doors will open one hour prior. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 Adults, $5 Students, and FREE for children 5 and under.
For reservations and information, please contact the LampLight box office at (423) 343-1766, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..