SMAC Sept. 2019 shows scheduled

The Lake Players will perform two one-act plays in September, presented by the Smith Mountain Arts Council.

Submitted by Susan McSlarrow

The Lake Players of the Smith Mountain Arts Council will present two one-act plays on both Sept. 19 and 20 at Celebration Square, Suite 101, lower level, in Downtown Moneta. Performances will start at 7 p.m. and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Beverages and light snacks will be available for purchase.

“Claudine, the Evolution of a Redneck Goddess” is written by local author, Linda Kay Simmons. Simmons has deep roots in Franklin Countyand is a member of SMAC’s Lake Writers. The setting is the early 1960s on Claude Wrathborn’s farm in Franklin County. Claudine can’t wait to get off of her Pa’s farm. She sees an opportunity when Tom Cat Crawley comes to buy some of her Pa’s shine. Claudine sweet talks Tom Cat into taking her for a ride in his Mustang, True Blue. As a result, life gets out of hand for everyone in this hilarious, but heartbreaking, play. Members of the cast are Tim Ernandes, Linda Kay Simmons, Matt Uselton, Nancy King, Larry Helms, Pat Bechtler, Chris Bechtler, Charlene Maresca, Ginny Brock, Jim Morrison, Tim Beard and Kristi Mason.

“The Last Stand” is written by Joyce Armor, a former television writer for such shows as “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “The Love Boat.” Armor lives in Mentor, Ohio. The setting is present day on a person’s property. Lily, a feisty, elderly woman, chains herself to a tree. Woody Bleck, a lumberjack, has the job of taking down the tree and making her leave. It’s a mano a mano conflict both are enjoying, until a novice TV reporter shows up to complicate matters. There is somewhat of an O’Henry-type of twist at the end. Members of the cast are Sue Halloran, Mike Dittrich, Zayne Swain, John Maresca and Al Fuzi.

Tickets are $17 ($15 for SMAC members) and can be purchased at or by sending a check: SMAC, P.O. Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121. If sending a check, include name, email address and number/type of tickets requested. A confirmation notification will be mailed. For more information, email Anne at

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