British farce is community theatre troupe's second production

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 06:37 PM.

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Crestview community theatre in the 1960s

View from the Stage is the city's newest community theatre troupe. Longtime resident Bob Lynn fondly recalled The Crestview Curtain Pullers, a 1960s group organized by Bill Barnhill and Rogine Hasty, among others.

One of the troupe's first productions, Lynn said, was "A Womanless Wedding,” a drag farce, performed at the former Crestview High School, today’s Richbourg ESE School.

"We did all kinds of things in that show," Lynn said. "Durell Lee, who was a Buick dealer, was in it, and (then U.S. Rep.) Bob Sikes was the preacher. (Former Mayor) George Whitehurst and Judge Charles Wade were in it.

"It was a lot of fun. Durell Lee played the part of an infant and they had him in a wheelbarrow that was supposed to be his stroller. We had a long plank and pushed him up the plank onto the stage, but after he fell out a few times, we found one person couldn't push it."

Contact News Bulletin Arts & Entertainment Editor Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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