March 28, 2011
The Blinn College Theatre Arts program closes its “year of monsters, magic, mayhem and mothers” with the comedic play “The Kitchen Witches,” by Caroline Smith. Performances of this savory play run April 8–9 in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center’s MRW Studio Theatre on Blinn’s Brenham campus.
The show centers around Isobel and Dolly, two motherly cooking show hostesses, who have disliked each other for more than 30 years. When Dolly’s television-producing son puts them together on a TV show called “The Kitchen Witches,” the insults are flung harder than the food. Their show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer.
Blinn student Amber Duque of Eagle Lake plays one of the witches in the kitchen, Dolly Biddle, and Maddie Haas of Georgetown is the other cook, Isobel Lomax. Caleb Gould of Eagle Lake plays the television producer-son Stephen Biddle; Melissa Hackett of Hempstead plays Roberta, the camera girl; and Katie Moss of Eagle Lake is the stage manager.
Performances are April 8–9 at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the Student Center ticket office. Blinn students receive two free tickets with their Blinn ID. The Kitchen Witches will be presented as part of the Blinn College Theatre Arts Student Showcase.
The actors will also perform two staged readings of original one-act plays each evening, April 8 and April 9, after their performance of “The Kitchen Witches.” One play, entitled “Memoirs of the Worst Kind” is written by theatre arts major Iowa Hawkins of Schulenburg and directed by theatre arts major Carolyn Lacy of Katy. The other play is entitled “Black and White and Dead All Over” and is written by Lacy, but directed by Hawkins. These staged readings will feature various Blinn College theatre arts majors supporting Hawkins and Lacy’s plays.
To reserve a seat, call the O’Donnell Center at 979-830-4024. Theatergoers can find out more about the Blinn College Theatre Arts Program at www.blinn.edu/odonnell or www.blinn.edu/finearts/theatre.html or by calling 979-830-4269.