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A breezy, fun, and emotional comedy-drama play
What a stellar performance! Always a Bridesmaid, by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, is a production based on four friends who met in school and made a promise to be at each other's weddings as bridesmaids. The play was fun, brilliant, emotional, and showcased how women have a way of sticking together in lifelong friendships.
It was also loaded with humour, endless relatable moments, memorable characters and featured an all-female cast!
The four southern friends (of a certain age), Deedra Wingate (Penny Johnson), Charlie Collins (Leigh Scanlon), Monette Gentry (Meredith Jacobs), and Libby Ruth Ames (Gina Willison), took the audience on an incredible journey of friendship, love, fashion, and being a bridesmaid!
The play also featured Kari Ames-Bissette (Chantel Vavasour), who is the first bride we meet. Sparkling in a wedding dress, just as glittering as the champagne she is sipping, Kari begins with her bridal speech and continues in between-scene snippets throughout the play.
While Sedalia Ellicott (Annette Snars), the wedding organiser at the stunning wedding reception venue, Laurelton Oaks, Virginia, sweeps around the bridal room, finalising preparations, fussing and advising. She has a stellar reputation of all brides saying 'I do'.
Each cast member executed their character with perfection, including the southern American voice modification.
This hilarious comedy-drama presented each character's unique personality with excellence. Monette, the cheeky serial bride, the gentle and hopeless romantic, Libby Ruth, Deefra the clam, intelligent judge, and tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing Charlie. And Sedalia the flamboyant Maitre d' Wedding Planner and the young inebriated bride, Kari.
Monette is at her third wedding and her school friends have come to support her once again. She is stylish, confident, a bit arrogant, and cheeky.
Libby Ruth is very organised and motherly. And the drama plays out where we see her being the conciliator who the others turn to for a sympathetic ear.
This "funtastic" production also featured spectacular lighting and music effects, as well as incredible costumes and stage setup.
Overall, Always a Bridesmaid is a funny, relatable and spectacular production to watch. It was packed with laugh-out-loud moments, sensational acting, and it was a whole "lotta" fun!
It certainly did mix things up with its wide variety of genres and kept the audience entertained throughout the evening. It is one of those plays that you don't want it to end.