Theater-goers who come to see “Honky Tonk Angels” at the New Horizon Community Theater in West Point next month may recognize a familiar face.
Karen Cagle, who spends her days as an assistant superintendent for Troup County Schools, has one of the main roles in the mostly musical production.
“I work,” Cagle said. “This was just something different and fun.”
As a former school principal, she’s been musical director of a few plays and helped cast plays at New Horizon. But it’s her first big role.
Cagle, Chelcy Cutwright and Steffi Ledbetter play Angela, Sue Ellen and Darlene, three women who find themselves on the same eastbound bus to Nashville to become country singers.
Angela lives in a doublewide in Texas with Bubba, her beer truck-driving husband and six children. Sue Ellen is a secretary in Los Angeles who has been divorced twice and, as a career woman, has to put up with a harassing boss who wants to date her.
Darlene comes from a cabin in rural Mississippi where she lives with her father after her mother’s death.
The stars of the show aren’t daunted by the fact it’s mostly musical. They perform about 30 songs with a band cast into the show at a fictional Nashville café similar to the Bluebird Café, that launched many a Nashville career.
“I’ve been doing this my whole life,” said Ledbetter.
Cutwright has been in three previous New Horizon productions.
“I’d like to make (acting) a career, but we’ll see,” she said.
The three characters decide to form a trio on the bus and the second act of the play is their tour. They sing mostly Dolly Parton songs, theater director Bill Nixon said, although there’s some Loretta Lynn and even Nancy Sinatra mixed in with other well-known country tunes and gospel songs.
The show runs April 25-27 with shows starting at 8 p.m., along with a 2 p.m. show on the 27th. Tickets are $15 and $12 for seniors 55 and older and students with a student ID.
For tickets, call the theater at 706-643-7529.