CAREY - Happy Hollow is a laid-back community where time passes at a leisurely pace for humans, frogs, chickens and other critters. Gram Hawley and her granddaughter, Cindy Lou, run the Happy Hollow general store/boarding house/ post office, where plenty of eccentric characters do business and catch up on the latest gossip.
This is the scene as the Carey High School curtain rises on "Hollywood Hillbillies." Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with two shows Sunday at 2 and 6 p.m.
The peace is broken when Hollywood filmmakers come to visit, hoping to base a film on the lives of the hill folk, along with snobby relatives forced to "get to know" their relatives. Then, the state survey crew shows up to see about purchasing land for a four-lane highway that has been talked about "for years" but never actually constructed.
PHOTO BY KYLE HUNTER
“Hollywood Hillbillies” characters include (from left) Levi Hill, Johnathan Fahl, McKenzie Stover, Kate Yeater, Ellen McDougle and Hannah Vaughn.
If that's not enough, two crooks have just robbed the bank in Ditch City and decide to hide out in Happy Hollow. When natural gas is discovered on Gram's property, the pair plan to con Gram to get cash for themselves.
This triple trouble stirs Happy Hollow into an uproar. Director Jennifer Hill has added more complications by having two separate casts of students portraying the quirky characters.
The student actors include Ellen McDougle, Jonathan Fahl, Jackie Fletcher, Jessica Wyatt, Kayla Wood, Briana Scott, Maddie Kromer, Hannah Vaughn, Evan Rymer, Michael Patton, Christy Wickiser, Allison Keller, Dakota Conley, Sarah Goble, Kate Yeater, Katie Driggers, Taylor Young, McKenzie Stover, Levi Hill, Jonathan Fahl, Ben Kromer, Taylor Fletcher, Alyssa McDonald, Matthew Fruth, Zach Logsdon, Bailey Griffin, Jacob Montz, Devon Huffman, Evan Hyatt, Joanna Worst, Anthony Driggers, Kayla Keller, Sarah Walter, Aubrie Fletcher, Dalton Billock, Sam Welty, Kayla Wood Taylor Fletcher, Shelby Seifert, Sadie Vaughn, Sarah Walter, Raven Moloney, Uriel Garcia, Joseph Myers, Carly Nordyke, Diana Nordyke, Savannah Day, Kristina Nusbaum, Serenity Hooper, Brionna Imhoff, Ally Ruehle and Brianna Woldrich. Heather Harley serves as assistant director.
The rustic set at Gram's establishment is dotted with wildlife trophies, wagon wheels, wooden barrels, sacks of potatoes and rocking chairs. Banjo music breaks out during scenes changes. Look for Lily, the live chicken that the Bubba character carries around.
This irreverent comedy picks up where Jed Clampett left off. Loaded with stereotypes and redneck jokes, it jabs at many segments of society - but all in fun.
All seats are $7 at the door.