State Theatre production puts ?fun? into funeral preparation


Four SDSU officials have literally landed a part to die for in State University Theatre’s opening production, “Dearly Departed.”

The comedy tells the story of southerner Bud Turpin, who keels over at the breakfast table in the opening scene. A different actor plays Bud’s part at each performance, which runs Oct. 13-17 in Doner Auditorium on the South Dakota State University campus.

Landing the mortal role on opening night, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, is Ray Peterson, director of SDSU Theatre. Peterson is followed by Stuart Melby, a community actor and owner of Melby Photography, Thursday, Oct. 14; Brett Monson, president of the Students’ Association, Friday, Oct. 15; Jerry Jorgensen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Saturday, Oct. 16; and Chris Guyotte, director of the production, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17.

Their role is a simple one 8212; drop dead before having grits and gravy. There are no lines to memorize.

The humor comes from Turpin’s dysfunctional family, whose problems take center stage when they try to pull matters together for the funeral.