Hawkins ISD will be hosting a production of Jones, Hope and Wooten’s, “The Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens,” and all proceeds will go directly to a scholarship fund. The fund will be split among the Class of 2019 graduates that are involved in the production. Shows are set for July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 in the Hawkins High School Auditorium.
Four high school theatre directors and teachers in east Texas are acting in this scholarship production; Terri Dievendorf from Mineola ISD, Ben Patrick from Gilmer ISD and Candace Brooks and Mary Miller from Hawkins ISD. This production features talent from current students, as well as members from the east Texas community.
“This show has given us students the opportunity to work alongside adults before we get to the real world,” said Brenna Bogard, graduate of the Hawkins High School Class of 2019 and actor in this production. “Although I am not pursuing a career in theatre, I think that the experience of getting to work with this cast will benefit me in my future endeavors.”
According to a summary by dramatists.com, in this deliciously funny Southern-fried comedy, the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas — Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette — are up against the clock as they frantically attempt to produce the ultimate high school reunion before the old building is demolished. But they’ve got a bushel of obstacles to overcome before they can pull off this miracle: Gaynelle is reeling from the humiliating demise of her loathed ex-husband; Peaches’ romantic life has tanked because the older her dates get, the more horrified they are by her job as a mortuarial cosmetologist; and Jimmie Wyvette is trying to live down her on-camera catfight with a local televangelist. To top it all off, the cousins have got to impress a governor’s aide with their party-planning capabilities, so that they can nab the plum job of throwing the governor’s birthday bash — and keep their business afloat. ‘Last Round-UP of the Guacamole Queens’ is the third and final comedy in the Verdeen Cousins Texas Trilogy that begins with ‘The Red Velvet Cake War’ and continues with ‘Rex’s Exes’. “You’ll laugh so hard you might even consider attending your next high school reunion!”
“In having such a large group of seniors graduate who have held such big roles in our theatre department over the last four years, we wanted to provide them with the best opportunity to receive scholarships,” said Candace Brooks, Theatre director at Hawkins ISD. “We are very fortunate that members of the east Texas community are willing to participate in this production and fundraiser. This production brings back cast members from Lake Country Playhouse’s ‘Red Velvet Cake Wars,’ which many people enjoyed, so a night of laughter is guaranteed. We would love for the east Texas community to show support for our promising young students and actors by attending this production.”
“I’ve spent several years doing plays at Hawkins, and getting to do one last show where the proceeds will go towards a scholarship for me and my classmates is really special,” said Bogard. “I am so excited to get one last performance on the stage I have acted on since middle school, and getting to do it alongside teachers and community members has been bittersweet for all of us.”
Productions of “The Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens,” will be held on July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 in the Hawkins High School Auditorium — Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8:00 PM and Sunday shows will begin at 2:00 PM. Concessions will be offered during a brief intermission between Act 1 and Act 2. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for those 12 and younger, and free for 3 and younger.