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Midland Drama Club presents comedy "Aunt Ollie's Home Away from Home"

Hometown hospitality? ... You can laugh until you choke, or get choked, during the Midland Drama Club’s performance. The residents and guests of “Aunt Ollie’s Home Away From Home” are a cast of real characters. No, any refreshments for the audience between the two acts will not include samples of Earl’s moonshine.

The cast and crew of the Midland Drama Club are in the last stages of dress rehearsal for their performances of "Aunt Ollie's Home Away From Home."

The two-act comedy is to be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th, at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 30th, at 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Midland.

Director Linda Schofield has transformed these volunteer actors and actresses into a zany collection of residents and visitors at a hillbilly inn. At least its an inn this week, after being a host of other failed businesses previously. Within the plot are some things that seem to be consistent. One is the determination of the inn's owner, Ollie, played by eight-year veteran actress Audrey Jones, to keep some kind of business running. Of her changing business, Ollie says, "We can be anything you want, we aim to please." Her rustic brother, Earl, played by Dennis Sinkey, in his ninth year, is still trying to get away with operating a moonshine still in the nearby woods. He is argumentative and can brag about anything at the drop of a hat. His one real nemesis is the feisty cook, played by fifth-year club actress Rayma Reimann. The two have a running confrontation going, with him usually running from her mean swinging of a frying pan.

The drama club continues their tradition of poking fun at local people and establishments. Their disclaimer is: The references we make of the people and places in this production are for entertainment only. These people are our friends, and our intention is not to put them down or condemn their businesses, but to make them laugh. And laugh they will.

The craziness and shenanigans really begin when a possible investor arrives and actually survives getting by the dogs. JD Pomeroy is played by Nancy Schofield. She has only one year experience with the Midland Drama Club, but takes on this snooty and overbearing character, who changes drastically after finding a pitcher of fresh moonshine. Is it dancing, or hand-to-hand combat?

Six-year veteran Brenda Jensen plays Pomeroy's secretary. She may be subservient, but don't take your eyes off of her.

Arriving at the same time is a psychology major who uses high-faluting words. With four years experience in Midland, Jamie Dolezal makes this detective-type character fun. She will get her man.

Claiming to be investigating reports of weird lights in the woods, a "UFOlogist" shows up. Matthew Jones breaks into Midland acting with this yuppy professor character. That character, sorry to say, falls in with Earl's schemes and runs afoul of the psycho, I mean psychology, major.

Using six years of experience, John Dolezal plays the crusty mule trainer who happens to have a metal plate in his head. Don't stand too close to him in a lightning storm, even if its white lightning.

Justin Freeman, in his third year of acting in Midland, plays a competing hotel owner and a conman. He really turns on the slick and sleaze in trying to get the investor on his side, but falls into the trap of not believing a single thing that Earl says.

The poor sheriff, played by Joe Woitte in his third year, has to figure out the still, the con and the UFO all while trying to get homemade pie and attention from the cook.

And then there is Cleopatra.