Hayes play "Aaron Slick from Punkin' Crick"
The 54th Annual Hayes Play is the hillbilly romantic comedy "Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick". Performances will be in the Hayes Community Hall on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. CST.
The plot is about country bumpkin Aaron Slick who has been unsuccessfully courting pretty young widow Rosy Berry for years. Rosy yearns for a fling in the big city. Con artist Merridew and his niece Gladys are staying at Rosy's farm and boarding house. Merridew thinks there is oil on the farm. Slick, knowing otherwise, tricks him into buying the farm for a large sum. Rosy takes the money and runs away to Chicago. Merridew, realizing he was tricked, is in hot pursuit. Aaron arrives just in time to keep Rosy from letting Merridew take her money.
The cast includes Vince Bruce as Aaron Slick, a local "hayseed" who ends up not being as green as he looks. Annette Hand is Rosy Berry, a widow who runs a boarding house though dreams of living in the big city. She is Aaron Slick's love interest.
Crystal Neuharth plays Sis Riggs, a feisty tomboy who works for Mrs. Berry at the boarding house. Levi Neuharth is Wilbur Merridew, a crooked speculator from Chicago who tries to swindle Mrs. Berry out of her farm. Michelle Hand plays Gladys May Merridew, Wilbur Merridew's neice and partner in crime.
Diana Tibbs is Clara Green, an undercover cop who poses as a boarder and a waitress, trying to catch Wilbur Merridew in the act. Julie Hand plays "the woman in red", a local cabaret favorite in Chicago who is a con artist herself and "helps" Slick to "bunco" the city folk.
Dena McCaskell is the set director responsible for costumes and props. Duane Hand is the backstage manager responsible for lights and curtains, as well as an extra. Other extras are Mike Hand and Colton Langdeau.
Jennifer Neuhauser directs the cast of characters this year.
Written by Lieutenant Beale Cormack, this humorous production is billed as "a clean rural comedy in three acts". It will have an intermission between the second and third acts, during which raffle tickets will be sold for a host of items. The drawings will be on Sunday and patrons need not be present to win.
On Saturday between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. before the play performance, the Grace Lutheran Church of Hayes will hold its annual roast beef dinner. Matching funds for the play tickets sold and for the supper will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
All proceeds from the tickets, the supper and the raffle will go for the upkeep of the Hayes Hall.