’Catfish Moon’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

It’s a classic story: When things get tough, good ol’ boys go fishing.
Tupelo Community Theatre will introduce you to Curley, Gordon and Frog, a trio of old friends who aren’t as close as they once were.
“They grew up together, and they used to go to this fishing hole when they were kids,” said Jennifer Cummings, director of “Catfish Moon.”
Life is more complicated these days. For instance, Frog was once married to Curley’s sister, Betty. Now, Betty and Gordon are interested in each other.
“There’s a little tension going on there,” Cummings said. “Curley is kind of the big brother of the group. He wants them to all get back together. He wants them to go on a midnight fishing trip like they used to go on.”

The script by Brookhaven native Laddy Sartin delves into some deep waters at times, but there’s also plenty of fun to be had.
“People will identify with these characters. They’re real and true-to-life,” Cummings aid. “People will recognize people they know.”
That real-life feel will spill over into the dialogue.
“There’s some colorful language, but nothing too bad,” Cummings said.
“It’s Southern decorative words from the old fisherman’s dictionary,” said Stacy Smith, who plays Betty.
To add to the realism, TCT volunteers have constructed a pier on the Jess Mark Stage at the Lyric Theatre. The sounds of bugs, birds and frogs will be piped in to create the world of “Catfish Moon.”
“There is the funniest fishing scene that you will ever get to see,” Cummings said.
Among the fishing, fighting and frivolity, there’s a story that should resonate beyond the stage.
“Curley is wanting to buy a boat. He’s wanting to buy the pier. He’s wanting to catch a lot of fish,” said Judd Wilson, who plays Curley, “but the main thing he wants is to bring Gordon and Frog back together. That’s what’s important.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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