Family comedy takes spotlight on stage

The story of three women who set out on a cross-country road trip to attend a family wedding, but encounter a bunch of wild characters along the way, comes to the stage soon in Seymour.

“Mama Won’t Fly,” a comedy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and will be performed by the Actors Community Theatre of Seymour at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sept. 9, 15 and 16. Doors will open for the shows at 7 p.m.

The theater is located in Suite 208 in the Shops at Seymour, 357 Tanger Blvd.

The story is about nosy mother Norleen Sprunt, her frustrated daughter Savannah Honeycutt and Sprunt’s soon-to-be daughter-in-law Hayley Quinn traveling from Alabama to California for Quinn’s wedding to Sprunt’s son, Walter.

During their journey, the women meet the curator of the bra museum, a crazy truck driver on his way to Las Vegas and even some of Norleen’s relatives in western Texas, including Great Aunt Pawnee, Cousin Chicken and his late wife.

However, the play is not just about people that the trio meets along the way, but also trouble and misfortune. The women become auto theft victims and suspects in a bank robbery and a murder.

Veteran director Betty Baute, of Brownstown, guides this hilarious comedy — the genre she most enjoys.

“We’ve got enough drama in our lives. We need to laugh,” Baute said.

Seymour resident Elyse McGill, recipient of the Theatre Alliance of Southern Indiana’s Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Laura Pudney in “I Bet your Life,” plays the role of Hayley Quinn.

Kat Baute, of Medora, plays Savannah Honeycutt, and Robin Nolan, of Franklin, stars in the role of Norleen Sprunt.

Tickets for “Mama Won’t Fly” cost $12 and can be purchased at the door, in advance by calling 812-498-2127 or online at

Actors Community Theatre of Seymour (ACTS) is a nonprofit organization composed entirely of volunteer actors who simply have a passion for acting.

ACTS is one of six theaters in the Theatre Alliance of Southern Indiana, a group of local theaters that support each other and encourage the growth of art within their communities.

The theater’s next show, “Kosher Lutherans” by William Missouri Downs, is set to be directed by Elyse McGill and performed in December. Auditions are 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the theater.

Ashley Browning is a senior at Jennings County High School.