The Plaza Theatre in downtown Wharton just presented its first production of the 2018-19 season, a Mel Brooks musical, The New Young Frankenstein.

The Plaza’s second production of the season is also a comedy. Red Velvet Cake War, to be directed by Sarah Bailey, will be presented Feb. 8 through Feb. 17. The show will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Red Velvet Cake War is a funny Southern-fried comedy where three Verdeen cousins - Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette - could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics delight local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum and the eyes of Texas are upon them.

Having “accidentally” crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide, Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a meltdown. Peaches, a saucy firebrand and the number one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, is struggling to decide if it’s time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette, the rough-around-the-edges store manager of Whatley’s Western Wear, is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgum’s newest widower. As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax, you’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun.

Next up is August: Osage County directed by Burke Wilkins. Performance dates are April 5 through April 14, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

The story centers around a vanished father, pill-popping mother and three sisters harboring shady secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up matriarch, this is a play that exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.

Litefooter Summer Youth Workshop & Production will be Disney’s The Lion King Jr. directed by Hailey Roberson. Performances are June 27 through June 30, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

In Disney’s The Lion King, an African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again.

The musical Mamma Mia! coming to the Plaza in August is being directed by Betty Vick. Performances are Aug. 2 through Aug. 18 with Friday and Saturday show times at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

People worldwide have fallen in love with the characters in Mamma Mia, an ultimate feel-good show. ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. The tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

For information or to order tickets, call 979-282-2226 or visit: http://www.whartonplazatheatre.org/

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