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.

We are pleased to have Director Shelley Aubrey at Winnsboro Center for the Arts. Aubrey has exceptional experience in theater, having worked for ten years as Performance Director on “Barney and Friends,” as well as numerous roles with Dallas Summer Musicals and local community theaters. “Doublewide, Texas,” was her debut show as Performing Arts Director with WCA.

Upcoming Performances

Always A Bridesmaid

A Jones Hope Wooten Comedy

Showtimes:

September 16 & 17 at 7:30PM
September 23 & 24 at 7:30PM

Matinees:

September 18 & 25 at 2:00PM

Tickets Available Soon!

In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other’s weddings…no matter what. More than thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making “the long walk” for each other, determined to honor that vow. Libby Ruth, the hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage, believes—in spite of all evidence to the contrary—that her friends can find the very same happiness. Headstrong Deedra’s “rock-solid” union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years not only has a wandering eye, but the hands to match. Monette, flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends’ love and patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle. And salt-of-the-earth, tree-hugging Charlie discovers—the hard way—that marital bliss is not the end of her rainbow and panics in outrageous style when the opportunity presents itself. Hop on this marriage-go-round for a laugh-out-loud journey with these beleaguered bridesmaids as they navigate the choppy waters of love and matrimony. Libby Ruth, Deedra, Monette and Charlie are committed to the notion that careers, waistlines and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime. Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides and the mistaken, and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves on the first day of hunting season. ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question, “Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?” If you’ve ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride’s bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “I do” or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny JONES HOPE WOOTEN COMEDY is definitely for you…and your dearly beloved!

Past Performances

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.