Photos from staged reading of “Rhonda’s High-Class Roadkill Chili”

I held a staged reading of RHONDA’S HIGH-CLASS ROADKILL CHILI on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Showtimers in Roanoke. Here are some photos.

Heather Sexton shows how to make a stage armadillo -- one plastic rat, one pineapple fajita, minus the fajita.

Heather Sexton shows how to make a stage armadillo — one plastic rat, one pineapple fajita, minus the fajita. And something to bind them together.

Here’s the synopsis:

RHONDA’S HIGH-CLASS ROADKILL CHILI
Rhonda has never won anything in her life, so one of her sisters persuades her to enter a chili cook-off. Since time is tight, they decide on a roadkill recipe. Meanwhile, Rhonda’s husband is putting up Christmas lights out of season, because he’s determined to win the town contest that winter. When it turns out his light display is bright enough to be seen from outer space, things get more complicated. Aliens, and comedy, ensue. Cast: Nine, although two of those are bit parts at the end. The main cast is: Three adult females, two teen or pre-teen females, two adult males, and then the two small parts are two non-gender characters, although best played as males.

Now, let’s hit the highlights:

The cast reads over the script.

The cast reads over the script.

Everyone starts to figure out the stage.

Everyone starts to figure out the stage.

Dee Dee (Gwyneth Strope, left) and Cee Cee (Emma Sala, right) play two girls in modern-day Texas who desperately wish they were Old West outlaws.

Dee Dee (Gwyneth Strope, left) and Cee Cee (Emma Sala, right) play two girls in modern-day Texas who desperately wish they were Old West outlaws.

Stevie Holcomb read stage directions.

Stevie Holcomb read stage directions.

Rhonda (Heather Sexton) has a lot of aggression to work out. She tries to do this by smashing her way to a fruit salad.

Rhonda (Heather Sexton) has a lot of aggression to work out. She tries to do this by smashing her way to a fruit salad.

51Hunter (Joel Gruver) thinks he's spotted an alien.

51Hunter (Joel Gruver) thinks he’s spotted an alien.

Instead it's just Zeke (Tim Kennard) up on the roof, tied up in Christmas lights. It's April, we might add, but he's trying to get a head start on winning the town's contest for the best Christmas lights.

Instead it’s just Zeke (Tim Kennard) up on the roof, tied up in Christmas lights. It’s April, we might add, but he’s trying to get a head start on winning the town’s contest for the best Christmas lights.

Director Linsee Lewis. In the background are the three sisters -- Fonda (Kelly Anglim), Dronda (Kris Sorensen) and Rhonda (Heather Sexton).

Director Linsee Lewis. In the background are the three sisters — Fonda (Kelly Anglim), Dronda (Kris Sorensen) and Rhonda (Heather Sexton).

Rhonda has never won anything in her life. Fonda persuades her to enter a chili cook-off, but time is tight, so they go searching for roadkill. From left, that's Dronda (Kris Sorensen), Fonda (Kelly Anglim) and Rhonda (Heather Sexton).

Rhonda has never won anything in her life. Fonda persuades her to enter a chili cook-off, but time is tight, so they go searching for roadkill. From left, that’s Dronda (Kris Sorensen), Fonda (Kelly Anglim) and Rhonda (Heather Sexton).

Linsee Lewis looks on.

Linsee Lewis looks on.

Zeke's Christmas lights display turns out to be pretty bright. From left, 51Hunter (Joel Gruver) and Zeke (Tim Kennard).

Zeke’s Christmas lights display turns out to be pretty bright. From left, 51Hunter (Joel Gruver) and Zeke (Tim Kennard).

Fonda (Kelly Anglim) and Rhonda (Heather Sexton) cook up something.

Fonda (Kelly Anglim) and Rhonda (Heather Sexton) cook up something.

Cee Cee (Emma Sala, right) think they've found a gold mine. So she's hauls in dynamite, along with Dee Dee (Gwyneth Strope).

Cee Cee (Emma Sala, right) think they’ve found a gold mine. So she’s hauls in dynamite, along with Dee Dee (Gwyneth Strope).

Dronda (Kris Sorensen). Just imagine her bound and gagged -- because she objects to the ingredients.

Dronda (Kris Sorensen). Just imagine her bound and gagged — because she objects to the ingredients.

Now, for the detonation cord. Cee Cee (Emma Sala, front) and Dee Dee (Gwyneth Strope, back)

Now, for the detonation cord. Cee Cee (Emma Sala, front) and Dee Dee (Gwyneth Strope, back)

What is that up there anyway? 51Hunter (Joel Gruver) and Zeke (Tim Kennard).

What is that up there anyway? 51Hunter (Joel Gruver) and Zeke (Tim Kennard).

A government agent appears (Chris Shepard).

A government agent appears (Chris Shepard).

And another government agent (Spencer Meredith).

And another government agent (Spencer Meredith).

Director: Linsee Lewis

Cee Cee: Emma Sala
Dee Dee: Gwyneth Strope
Rhonda: Heather Sexton
Fonda: Kelly Anglim
Dronda: Kris Sorensen
Zeke: Tim Kennard
51Hunter: Joel Gruver
Government agents: Chris Shepard and Spencer Meredith

Stage directions: Stevie Holcomb

The full gallery of photos is here.

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