“Farce of Habit” delivers adventure-filled fun

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 25, 2018

By Lynn Hall
For the Clemmons Courier

Huddle Fisk has lived a very uneventful and ordinary life. After a mild heart attack, he’s decided the time has come to explore the world and enjoy new adventures. Tossing a dart at a map of the United States, Huddle finds himself in Mayhew, Arkansas, in the ruggedly beautiful Ozark Mountains, with reservations at the Reel ‘Em Inn, a small family-owned fishing lodge on Lake Lorraine.

The resort owners are currently hosting a group of nuns enjoying an outdoor retreat and a famous radio personality, known as the “relationship guru,” who’s in hiding until his divorce is final.

Unfortunately, at the same time, the lodge owners Wanelle and D. Gene Wilburn are struggling with their own problems. Wanelle is hopelessly addicted to caffeine and D. Gene, who has an unusual fear of nuns, can’t stop scratching. As they struggle to overcome their addictions, they must also deal with the drama of a local community theatre production gone wrong, marital problems between their son and daughter-in-law, the arrival of an “avid fan” in search of the famous radio personality, and last, but not least, an axe murderer on the loose.

With a terrible storm approaching and evidence that the serial killer is now on the property, the fast-paced comings and goings of this group of unlikely housemates guarantees an adventure-filled vacation that Huddle Fisk he isn’t likely to forget and lots of fun and laughter for the audience.

Welcome to the Davie County Arts Council Brock Players’ production of “Farce of Habit,” opening on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Brock Performing Arts Center in Mocksville. The show will also run Oct. 27 and 28, as well Nov. 1-4. The evening performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

The play was written by the writing team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, who specialize in laugh-out-loud shows and “Southern fried comedies.” They are the writing team behind the Brock Players’ spring’s production, “The Dixie Swim Club,” a hugely popular offering this past March. Jones, Hope and Wooten are known for their creation of vivid, strong female characters in particular.

Donna Bissette is directing the show, her second for the Brock Players. “I’m thrilled to be back at the Brock after a rousing run of ‘The Dixie Swim Club’ this past spring, and again working with a wonderful cast. The cast members put a lot of work into this show, and I think the audience will enjoy the results.”

Lynn Hall is once again serving as assistant director and stage manager for this show.

Cast members include Andrea Cornatzer as “Wanelle Wilburn,” Dave Wanucha as “D. Gene Wilburn,” Lynn Vogler as “Maxie Wilburn Suggs,” Ted Burcaw as “Jock McNair,” Shannon Grimes as “Jenna Wilburn,” Chuck Taylor as “Ty Wilburn,” David Piner as “Huddle Fisk,” Robin Ball as “Barbara Stratton,” and Nancy Lima as “Sister Myrtle Agnes.”

Tickets are available at the box office by calling 336-751-3000.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors.