Local church to feature Jon Joy play

February 10, 2019

HUNTINGTON - Reservations are being taken through Monday, Feb. 11, for the almost famous, 27th annual First Church Dinner Theatre, which is a production of the First United Methodist Church, 1124 5th Ave., Huntington.

The Valentine’s weekend dinner and show is set for Thursday, Feb. 14, through Saturday, Feb. 16, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s performance will be a world premiere of “The Bitsy and Boots Radio Hour” by well-known playwright Jonathan Joy, who has written eight of the “Bitsy and Boots” comedies to be performed at the church. Joy teaches English at Ashland Community and Technical College. His plays have been performed in 17 states and in France and Dubai.

His latest Bitsy and Boots has the intrepid aunts embarking on a new career in local media. Radio will never be the same as a zany cast of characters spices up the programming.

This year’s cast is: Bitsy - Jane Morse, Boots - Loretta Hetzer, Faye - Mary Poindexter Williams, Bertie Lou - Sheila Redling, Bridget - Cara Hedrick, Roger Giordano - Todd Green, Raul - Michael Haglee, Gertrude Rosenblitz - Sara Tschop, Burglar - Jennifer Naglee, Nigel Smellington - Antwon Williams, Buck Travers - Levi Joy, Pauletta - Diana Maue and Virginia Davies - Schauna Chambers.

First United Methodist Church’s First Night Dinner Theater began as a part of Downtown Huntington’s First Night in 1991. The Dinner Theater was started to provide alcohol-free entertainment and a fine meal, and to help raise money for mission projects locally, regionally and world-wide. The Dinner Theater has since become an integral part of First Church’s mission program, raising more than $64,000 for mission projects through its first 26 productions, through 2018.

Beginning in 2005, the Dinner Theater changed its name to First Church Dinner Theater, and changed “venue” from New Year’s Eve to Valentine’s Day.

“Our shows are typically light entertainment, including comedy plays, variety shows, and musicals. Past productions have included, among others, ‘Mr. Scrooge,’ ‘Inspecting Carol,’ ‘Godspell,’ and four of the ‘Nunsense’ shows,” said director Jerry Morse. “Our casts often include, but are not limited to, our own members. Many of our productions have proven to be amazingly multi-denominational.”

Call 304-522-0357 or 740-867-8576 or email firstchurchdinnertheater@gmail.com to make reservations for the dinner and show. Tickets are $27, $8 for children under 12 and $5 show only (if space permits). Babysitting available on request for all shows (advance notice required).

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