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Rocky Ripley (left) and Karen Todoschuk (right) are a little unsure about their new neighbors, the Cake's, played by Barbara Bowes and Dean Trueman. The Tantramar Theatre comedy troupe is currently rehearsing for the staging of Fruitcake Dynasty, which begins Nov. 28 at the Amherst Golf Club.
AMHERST - We've all heard stories about backwoods hicks getting rich, whether fictional or real.
The Beverly Hillbilly's got rich off of oil, the Duck Dynasty family got rich from making products for duck hunters, and now we have the Fruitcake Dynasty, which is a couple that got rich from Fruitcakes.
"It's a story about a couple named Cake who come from the Southern U.S.," said Bette Douglas, Fruitcake Dynasty director. "They came up with and idea to make a few dollars by selling fruit cakes and they went on to make millions."
Fruitcake Dynasty is a Tantramar Theatre Christmas Dinner Theatre musical.
The story features the Cake's, a couple that end up living in Amherst and become a curiosity to the couple across the street.
"They don't know them but they're watching their antics," said Douglas.
They don't meet until a Christmas holiday storm knocks the power out and the couple across the street cranks up their generator.
"The power goes out and the Cake's go over to their house and introduce themselves to get warm, and the fun breaks out from there," said Douglas.
The musical is written by Valerie Fahey and features four actors - Dean Trueman, Rocky Ripley Barb Bowes, and newcomer, Karen Todoschuk.
"It's a musical with really great songs, and with a cast like this it's bound to be good," said Douglas.
The group has been rehearsing for two weeks and Todoschuk says, "I'm enjoying it a lot and I'm learning from everybody."
Bowes said that Todoschuk is doing really well and added that she loves the play.
"I'm having so much fun and I guarantee the crowd is going to love it," said Bowes.
The musical includes spoofs on many Christmas classics, including The 12 days of Christmas.
Ripley plays guitar for the songs.
"It's always fun spoofing the songs up," said Ripley. "We're really interacting well together, which makes for a good team and a fun play."
The musical has about 20 songs and runs for two hours.
"There's some audience interaction," said Douglas. "And there's a 15-minute break at the halfway mark."
The play runs Thursday to Sunday at the Amherst Golf Club for four weekends beginning Nov. 28. The final weekend runs Dec. 19 to 21, with the last performance Jan. 4.
The cost is $35, with dinner being catered by Patterson's Family Restaurant.
Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m., and Showtime is 8 p.m.
For more information call the Tantramar Theatre box office at 667-7002.
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