Dessert theatre begins Thursday at First Baptist
© Darrell Cole – Amherst Daily News
Don Miller looks closely at a pie made by Carol O’Regan. The Amherst First Baptist Youth Group is holding its spring dessert theatre at the church beginning Thursday.
AMHERST – Don Miller considers himself a connoisseur of pie.
Miller expects to put his taste buds to the test beginning Thursday when the Amherst First Baptist Youth Group hosts its dessert theatre with a series of humorous sketches and homemade pies on the menu.
“I’m an expert when it comes to pie, especially those made by Carol O’Regan,” Miller quipped as he looked over one of O’Regan’s creations. “I’ll be the official pie inspector and taste tester when she begins baking for the dessert theatre, and I know I won’t be disappointed.”
The youth group is holding its 33rd dessert theatre at the church beginning Thursday and running through Sunday with a series of sketches featuring members of the youth group, Miller and some tasty pies courtesy of O’Regan.
“I’m always teasing Carol about quality control, using smaller pieces and cheaper ingredients, but she insists on doing things from scratch,” Miller said joking about O’Regan’s dedication. “When this started it was a contest to see who could make the best pie, but it didn’t take long for me to realize I’m not very good when it comes to making pies. She’s the pro. That doesn’t stop me from sneaking a bite just for quality control reasons.”
Miller said the theme, Sunshine and Lollipops, will resemble the Carol Burnett Show with a number of sketches taking a comical look at Sunday school, a game show, how the pope is really picked and the Royal Family getting a family portrait taken.
“There’ll be some really crazy stuff,” Miller said. “We’ll wrap it up with a few dance numbers and there’ll even be a surprise number at the end.”
Fifty of the 80 members of the youth group will perform and serve patrons a variety of pies. Proceeds from the event will support youth group activities and fund an end of the year trip.
For O’Regan, she has been baking sweets and pies for the dessert theatre for 15 years. O’Regan said she has already begun making the shells for the pies and will be making the filling from scratch the day of each dessert theatre. With between 150 and 180 people attending each of the four nights, O’Regan knows she will be busy making what she estimates will be about 100 pies ranging from apple, to chocolate, to coconut cream and lemon meringue.
She admits she’ll probably make more pies in one weekend than most people will make in a lifetime. But, she wouldn’t change a thing.
“I’ve always enjoyed baking and the kids are fantastic. I love working with them,” she said. “People talk about how bad kids are, but I see the other side of them. They’re great to work with and they’re great kids.”
Tickets can be purchased by calling the church at 667-2001.