Classic comedy sketches to take place on Alpine Stage


Carol Burnett & Friends entertained a national television audience for more than a decade. The Jackson County Players are revisiting the popular show by bringing the on-stage version to Jackson County.

Eight fast-moving comedy sketches are presented during “The Carol Burnett Comedy Hour” at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 11, in Ripley’s historic Alpine Theatre. Admission is $10 and seating is limited.

Director Christina Iman says she’s excited to share some of TV’s most iconic comedy skits with a live, local audience.

“Carol Burnett’s comedy is timeless,” she said. “What was funny then (the show aired from 1967-1978) is still funny now. From the skits we had to choose from, I tried to select ones that would appeal to a broad audience.

“We will be presenting characters who are funny as well as touching and others who are over the top, but still recognizable in our culture.”

The cast includes a combination of performers who are familiar with JCP productions along with a few newcomers making their debut.

Laughable sketches to be featured include “Old Folks” with Suzette Lowe and Mark McComas. “Alice & the Bank Robbers” has a cast of Marie McCauley, Cam Matheny, Lakin Plott, Josh Donohue and Neil LoPrinzi.

Inept bank robbers, Neil LoPrinzi, Cam Matheny, Lakin Plott and Josh Donohue are surprised by fireside girl Marie McCauley.

“The Coffee Commercial” is performed by Anne Blizzard, Amanda Blizzard, Plott and LoPrinzi. Missy Harbin and McCauley are “high school classmates.”

Amanda Blizzard, Harbin and McComas are featured in “Car Rental” and McCauley is “the fireside girl” conversing with LoPrinzi with a surprise visit by Anne Blizzard.

Fireside girl Marie McCauley gives a sale pitch to a reluctant Neil LoPrinzi.

The show is a Charity Challenge event in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Jackson County.