Randolph School will once again serve as a hub for the Huntsville community in celebrating National Arts in Education Week this September, 2018. In our second year, we feature Broadway's longest running Phantom Franc D'Ambrosio for a night of Broadway music, 3D chalkvisual artist Tracy Lee Stum, and musical artists of Jazz and Big Band music--The Nelson Riddle Orchestra. We invite everyone to the Thurber Arts Center on our Garth Campus to experience these arts offerings for 3 special evening events.

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Dearly Departed

David Bottrel

Jessie Jones

In the backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion.Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

Produced in special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 

October 20-22, 2017
Thurber Fine Arts Center
4915 Garth Road
Huntsville, AL 35802