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The Verdeens declare war

DAILY LEADER / JULIA V. PENDLEY / The Brookhaven Little Theatre's second show of the season opens tonight. Peaches (Sherri Mathis), Gaynelle (Deanna Ezell) and Jimmie Wyvette (Sue Junkin) decide to host the Verdeen family reunion at the last minute.

DAILY LEADER / JULIA V. PENDLEY / The Brookhaven Little Theatre’s second show of the season opens tonight. Peaches (Sherri Mathis), Gaynelle (Deanna Ezell) and Jimmie Wyvette (Sue Junkin) decide to host the Verdeen family reunion at the last minute.

The Haven marquee will light up this weekend as Brookhaven Little Theatre hosts its second play this season, “The Red Velvet Cake Wars.”

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. and will be performed Friday and Saturday. The play will open again next weekend on March 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on March 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door.

Elsa (Shelley Harrigill) finds a surprise in the form of Newt (Ricky Myers) when she is assigned to perform a psychological evaluation on Gaynelle.

Elsa (Shelley Harrigill) finds a surprise in the form of Newt (Ricky Myers) when she is assigned to perform a psychological evaluation on Gaynelle.

The play, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and directed by Greg Russell, brings together a cast of locals to keep the audience laughing.

“It’s hilarious,” Russell said. “I like doing funny shows. There’s already enough drama in my own life.”

Russell’s preference for comedies isn’t just for his own sake. Russell said the theatre’s purpose is to serve as an escape for the audience.

Cee Cee (Chandra Nunnery) jumps into the middle of the Verdeen cake war.

Cee Cee (Chandra Nunnery) jumps into the middle of the Verdeen cake war.

“One of the goals when you come in the front door is to take you away from Lincoln County or Brookhaven,” he said. “Our goal is to transport you and take you away from your daily life.”

The show revolves around three cousins – Gaynelle (Deanna Ezell), Peaches (Sherri Mathis) and Jimmy Wyvette (Sue Junkin) – as they attempt to upstage their Aunt Lamerle’s (Lee Moore) Red Velvet Cake recipe. Russell said he chose the play because he believes everyone will be reminded of their own crazy family.

Jimmie Wyvette stands up to Aunt LaMerle (Lee Moore) as the family counts down to the Red Velvet Cake contest.

Jimmie Wyvette stands up to Aunt LaMerle (Lee Moore) as the family counts down to the Red Velvet Cake contest.

“It tells a story of a family, much like a family you know, where nobody’s perfect,” he said.

Russell explains that, although the show revolves around a baking competition, it’s really about the relationships between the three cousins. There are even a few romantic storylines to follow.

Jimmie Wyvette stands up to Aunt LaMerle (Lee Moore) as the family counts down to the Red Velvet Cake contest.

Jimmie Wyvette stands up to Aunt LaMerle (Lee Moore) as the family counts down to the Red Velvet Cake contest.