Residents of Tuna return to HCP stage

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By Becca Owsley

Best friends take the stage once again at Hardin County Playhouse for the fourth play in the Greater Tuna series, “Tuna Does Vegas.”

Bo Cecil and Josh Logsdon each play about 12 different roles in the two-man comedy.

The story involves Arles and Bertha, a couple featured in the three previous plays, who are heading to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows on Valentine’s Day and residents of the town of Tuna decide to go with them, Cecil said.

A play like this has challenges, but is fun for these two friends to do together.

“It’s really been a blast doing these shows with my buddy,” Logsdon said.

Cecil is glad the playhouse had been able to produce all four plays and is honored to be in each with his talented best friend.

“How many friends get to share an experience like that?” he said.

The biggest challenge for Logsdon in these plays is trying to keep a straight face, he said.

“The quick changes are also a big obstacle but we have an awesome crew backstage,” Logsdon said. “Bo and I have always said when you do a Tuna show, there’s a show onstage and backstage.”

Each actor has two dressers who keep them moving by having costumes ready to step into as they exit the stage.

Cecil said an example of a costume change goes like this: “Pants off, shirt off, wig off, shoes off, bra on, dress on, shoes on, wig on, jewelry on, glasses on.” That process takes less than a minute, he said.

Often, after completing a scene for one character, they’ll be dressing for a second character and, still, delivering a third character’s lines from off stage.

“It can be chaotic,” Cecil said.

There also are two stage managers and two running lights and sound.

“In other words, we have eight technicians for a two-person show,” he said.

In the middle of the chaos, Cecil said his biggest challenge is making each character distinctive in look, posture, attitude and voice.

Hardin County audiences have grown attached to these characters through the previous three shows because they are relatable, Logsdon said.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Feb. 6-8 with 3 p.m. performances on Sunday and Feb. 9 at Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater complex in Elizabethtown.

Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors, students, military and groups of 10 or more.

For more information, call 270-351-0577.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.