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'Catfish Moon' rises at Community High

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The cast of "Catfish Moon." Left to right, Tony Garrette who plays Gordon, Carol Garrette, who plays Betty, Dalton Reeves as Frog and Tim Miller, who plays Curley.
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Some anglers believe night fishing is the best way to catch a big catfish; others rely on the phases of the moon to predict the best time to reel a fat cat.

It's under such a moon that four old high school friends reunite this weekend in the Smokestack Summer Theatre's production of Catfish Moon.

For the acclaimed theater group of Community High School, the summer production provides an opportunity for school alumni to return and remain involved in the school's drama department.

Carol Garrette, who plays Betty in "Catfish Moon," rehearses a scene with Tony Garrette, back left, who plays Gordon and Dalton Reeves, back right, who plays Frog.
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Cast members

Last summer's production of Butterflies are Free featured an almost all-alumni cast, while this season only alumni Dalton Reeves returns. The rest of the cast includes Tim Miller, principal of Community Elementary as Curley, and married CHS teachers Tony and Carol Garrette who play the newly-dating Gordon and Betty.

"Just thought we'd try something a little different," said Anthony Davis, who directs.

Gordon, Curley and Frog are three high-school friends who spent many hours building memories at the end of the fishing pier at Cypress Lake. Their relationships have deteriorated over the years, as each man has experienced life's ups and downs.

Undaunted, Curley wants to buy the property from a widower and tries to convince Gordon and Frog to end their truce long enough to go in on the deal by arranging one last overnight fishing trip - just like old times.

Set in a small-town, the friends are entering middle-age ungraceful and uncertain. On the pier, the trials of adulthood are lifted by their mutual love of fishing, and along the way the group recaptures their friendship. That is, until, Frog discovers Gordon is dating his ex-wife Betty, who is also Curley's sister.

Reality intrudes

Dalton Reeves, left, Tony Garrette, center, and Carol Garrette, right, rehearse a scene for "Catfish Moon."
(T-G photo by Jim Davis)
In the process of catching the 'biggest fish of all time,' life brings them back to a painful reality, bringing the characters to the realization that life is too precious and too short to allow friendships to slip away.

Written by Laddy Sartin, the play features rustic Southern comedy and ends with an ode to life's second chances. Directed by Davis, the crew includes assistant director Leah Bishop, Mark Gregory on sound, Sydney Casteel on publicity, Samantha Smith with props, lighting by Jake Garrette, scenery by Cody Baxter, costumes by Jenny Grissom and support from stage manager Ashley Reece.

Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

If you go

Tickets are $4 and may be purchased through any cast or crew member as well as by calling 212-7867. Seating is limited for this "theatre-in-the-round" production.