When the national tour of "Greater Tuna" rolls into town on Sunday, April 19, audiences will be treated to an astonishing tour de force of comedic acting.
Two performers who are part actor and part quick-change artist dominate the hilarious, and often strange, activity that comprises a typical day in Tuna, Texas, the Lone Star State’s "third-smallest city."
In fact, it takes a team of lightning-fast "dressers" backstage to help create the 20-odd oddballs who represent the population of the entire Greater Tuna Area -- men, women, children, animals and space aliens. Some quick-changes occur in fewer than four seconds.
"Greater Tuna," presented by the Fort Hays State University Special Events Committee, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus.
The show opens with the morning news report from the low-power radio station (275 watts) hosted by two slow-talking broadcast celebrities, Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie, who keep the town up-to-date on Tuna's late-breaking news.
The play then quick-changes to all the various news scenes and crime scenes around town. For instance, Judge Buckner dies under mysterious circumstances, Vera Carp and her censorship club (the Smut Snatchers of the New Order) meet to censor the dictionary, town drunk R.R. Snavely spots a UFO shaped like a bean burrito, the Tuna Little Theatre performs "My Fair Lady" using the scenery and costumes from "South Pacific" and the town's one-man Humane Society launches an urgent campaign to rescue homeless ducks.
Tickets for the show are $8 for reserved seats or $10 at the door for the general public, $9 or $7 for seniors and $8 or $6 for FHSU students, and are on sale now at the Student Service Center in the Memorial Union. Call (785) 628-5306 to charge tickets by phone.