Fall Dinner Theater
November 9, 10 and 11
November 16, 17 and 18
Great River Arts is proud to present the wildly popular and hilarious Greater Tuna. Directed by Jason Schommer, the GRA Fall Dinner theater production of Greater Tuna is a hilarious look at life in a small town, through the lens of the fictional Tuna, Texas. Dinner will be catered by A.T. the Black & White Restaurant and there will be beer, wine & soda available for purchase.
It’s 1981 and just another day in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never die. With radio hosts Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie bringing the not-so-breaking news to the greater Tuna area on Radio OKKK (broadcasting on a whopping 275 watts) the expected is surprisingly unexpected, along with the incompetent yet dedicated weatherman Harold Dean Lattimer and brash talk show host Leonard Childers, it is amazing the radio station even stays on the air.
Greater Tuna is a fast paced comedy that highlights the many unforgettable citizens of this little town that time and the world forgot. Didi Snavely of Didi’s Used Weapons is suffering yet another humiliation by her husband, R.R., who claims to have seen something otherworldly shoot across the night sky. Bertha Bumiller is struggling to keep her wits about her as she deals with her three challenging children Stanley, Charlene, Jody, her absent husband Hank and a reporter looking to expose the secrets of this backwards little town. While fighting a losing battle to save the ducks and fish, Petey Fisk is trying to find a home for a little Chihuahua named Yippy that just won’t ever stop barking. Power hungry Vera Carp is gearing up to seize control from Rev. Spikes at the Coweta Baptist Church and Pearl Burras has come to pay her final respects to a man from her past. Phinas Blye is launching yet another disastrous bid for City Council; Sheriff Givens is trying to keep the street safe in town, and E. Watkins fighting the powers that be. Ten actors play twenty larger than life characters in this hilarious send up of small town life and all of their outrageous and absurd antics as they careen through life sharing their irreverent views on life, politics, and the world outside their beloved Tuna, Texas.
Directed by Jason Schommer and assisted by Kimberly Perry and Melissa Peterson Greater Tuna is a fast-paced, high energy comedy showcasing the incredible acting talents of Rick Converse, Lindsey Derry, Linda LeBlanc, Allen Riedeman, Jason Schommer, Rhonda Schmidt, Patty Scott, Kenny Simon, Patricia Soltis and Maria Warhol as they bring to life the many men, women, children and even animals that reside in this infamous little town.
Greater Tuna is written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard and produced through special arrangement by Samuel French, Inc.
Catered by A.T. the Black & White
- Bourbon BBQ Pork Loin
- Roast Beef
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Honey Glazed Carrots
- Signature Salad
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
Rick Converse – Thurston Wheelis & Hank Bumiller
Lindsey Derry – Phinas Blye & Pearl Burras
Lisa LeBlanc – E. Watkins, Ronnie & R.R. Snavely
Allen Riedeman – Arles Struvie & Stanley Bumiller
Jason Schommer – Leonard Childers & Rev. Spikes
Rhonda Schmidt – Harold Dean Lattimer & Vera Carp
Patty Scott – C. Hartford & Yippy
Kenny Simon – Didi Snavely, Jody Bumiller & Coach
Patricia Soltis – Bertha Bumiller & Sheriff Givens
Maria Warhol – Petey Fisk & Charlene Bumiller
Dinner Theater is a great opportunity to spend a fantastic night out in downtown Little Falls with food, friends, and the arts!