Bowery Theater

Bowery Players

Winnsboro Center for the Arts is well known for its theater productions and strives to offer two or more productions each year.  Suite Surrender received exceptional reviews and was named “Best Play on the Upper East Side” in 2019 by County Line Magazine.

Auditions Are Coming!

Dr. John Price will be conducting open cold readings on November 14th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Callbacks will be on November 15th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Sides will come from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” (pending cast availability) and Agatha Christie’s “Mousetrap”.
Performance Dates: April 21st – 23rd and April 28th – 30th.
If you would like samples of the sides they will be available at WCA’s front desk beginning November 1st. 
For any questions, please contact Gale Gilbert at wca.artscenter@gmail.com

Past Performances

Always A Bridesmaid

Written by Jones, Hope, & Wooten

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Four Old Broads by Leslie Kimbell

Directed by Shelley Aubrey

Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation – and NOT another trip up to Helen, Georgia to see that “precious little German village for the umpteenth time.” A Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can just convince her best friend, Eaddy Mae Clayton, to stop praying and go with her. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. The newest resident, Imogene Fletcher, is suddenly losing her memory. Maude Jenkins is obsessed with her favorite soap opera and planning her own funeral. Sam Smith, retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart the evil Nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to “the dark side,” what exactly IS that mysterious pill, and what happened to Doctor Head? Hilarity ensues as Imogene goes undercover and Maude enters the Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen Pageant to throw Pat off their trail. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.

Cast
Beatrice Shelton-Sheila Brown
Eaddy Mae Clayton- Gale Gilbert
Imogene Fletcher- Sharon Whitrock
Pat- Leana McGuire
Maude Jenkins- Karen Snedecor
Sam Smith- Jim Dax
Ruby Sue Bennett- Pam Greenberg
 
Production Cast and Crew
 
Director- Shelley Aubrey
Stage Manage/Props/costumes -Jan Faiszt
Lighting and Sound- Tim Mitchiner
 
We would like to extend our gratitude for the following businesses for their generous help with our production:
BT Medical 
God’s Closet in Pittsburg Texas
 
 

"DOUBLEWIDE, TEXAS"

DIRECTED BY SHELLEY AUBREY

 
The Bowery Players’ first production of 2021 was a success! With each show either selling out or approaching maximum capacity, “Doublewide, Texas” had a fantastic run! Thank you to all who joined us! If you unable to attend, enjoy some photos from our dress rehearsal below. 
 
We would like to thank Beaty Law for sponsoring this production. “Doublewide, Texas,” would not have been possible without your generous support!
 

2019 Past Performances

"Suite Surrender"

April 2019

A farce by Michael McKeever

It’s 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel – assistants, luggage, and a legendary feud with one another in tow.  Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance. That is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendre, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.

Directed by Bob Hibbard.