The cast of A Doublewide Texas Christmas is Andrea Moore-Director, Bryan Linkins-Haywood Sloggett, Michael Duke-Harley/Nash Sloggett, Tonya Hancock-Big Ethel Satterwhite, Kailey Cahoon-Georgia Dean Rudd, Alyssa Kilpatrick-Director, Curt Pace-Norwayne "Baby" Crumpler, Angel Weems-Caprice Crumpler, Jennifer Prince-Patsy Price, Alisha Savell-Lark Barken, Stacy Thomas-Joveeta Crumpler
The cast of A Doublewide Texas Christmas is Andrea Moore-Director, Bryan Linkins-Haywood Sloggett, Michael Duke-Harley/Nash Sloggett, Tonya Hancock-Big Ethel Satterwhite, Kailey Cahoon-Georgia Dean Rudd, Alyssa Kilpatrick-Director, Curt Pace-Norwayne "Baby" Crumpler, Angel Weems-Caprice Crumpler, Jennifer Prince-Patsy Price, Alisha Savell-Lark Barken, Stacy Thomas-Joveeta Crumpler
The stresses of the holiday season loom large as a town no bigger than a trailer park works to prevent incorporation while at least one character occasionally has to fend off some bullying from a pack of vengeful racoons. Sound familiar? Probably not. 

A Doublewide Texas Christmas (rated PG), a one-of-a-kind play written in Texas by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten in 2017, will make its way to the Neshoba Central Elementary Auditorium this weekend. The cast recently sat down to discuss local theatre, food, and how much fun they’ll have performing the comedy. Alyssa Kilpatrick is taking on a new role as director for the production and has found herself managing a quirky storyline and a motley crew of characters, all engaged in various adventures. 

The nine real actors, however, are nothing short of skilled and enthusiastic. “It’s hard to get through rehearsals without everyone cracking up,” Alyssa said as she discusses the challenges of working with a comedy.

In the play, the residents of a trailer park community called Doublewide, Texas, deal with a variety of hilarious events. Some events may be so funny that they just barely tip the scales to a PG rating. “There was nothing really bad in it,” says Alyssa of the script,”but we decided to clean it up a little bit for the kids.”

Of course, a play like this will be drawing heavily on some deep-fried Texas foods. From the start, food will be making the cast hungry throughout the play. Tonya Hancock plays Big Ethel Satterwhite, a nurse who begins the play with a seminar at the local nursing home, titled “Good Eats versus Death-Trap Plates.” The reasons for healthy eating quickly boil down to interesting nuggets of wisdom about family life and the need to outlive certain relatives. 

Certainly falling under a less-than-healthy option would be the “Dreamy Potted Meat Thumb Rolls” that also make an appearance in the play. Their story is, perhaps, better left told on the stage.

Taking a role requires some composure and experience often found in rehearsals. Some of the cast is brand new, while others will be familiar faces. Alisha Savell who plays Lark Barken in her first appearance in an Arts Council play agrees. She says she was nervous at first, “but we have practiced so much that I only have a little bit of jitters, but not that nervous.” As they’ve practiced, Alyssa says the cast of 9 has brought each other up, and they’re confident in each other going into the weekend. 

Stacey Thomas enjoys her role as Joveeta Crumpler, the Mayor of Doublewide. She’s been in productions before, but this role marks a substantial increase in lines and time on stage. Stacey appears ready, “there’s no small part...you are off and onstage the whole time.” Stacey describes the costumes as a hoot and can’t wait for audiences to view the set, the mayor’s trailer. Overall, she says the play is “guaranteed to make you laugh.”

Alyssa and the cast have worked through the challenges of about a two-hour play. The nervousness, the character development, it all builds an appetite. They’re eager for the post-performance cast meals. And, just like their characters in the play, the cast may take their bows and have Christmas Dinner awaiting them backstage to complete the story.

A Doublewide Texas Christmas (rated PG) will be presented by the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Arts Council on Saturday, November 9th at 2:00PM & 7:00PM as well as one Sunday, November 10th show at 2:00 PM. The performance will be held at the Neshoba Central Elementary Auditorium with $10 General Admission, $5 Arts Council Member Admission and $3 Students Admission.





Missisippi Chicken (Alyssa Kilpatrick - Director)

INGREDIENTS

3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 packet au jus gravy mix

1 packet ranch dressing mix

½ cup butter

6 peperoncini peppers



DIRECTIONS

Add chicken to the bottom of crockpot.

Sprinkle au jus and ranch over chicke

Top with butter and peppers and a little of the pepper juice from the jar

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours

Shred chicken with forks and serve on sub rolls or over rice



Homemade Popcorn Balls (Alisha Savell - Lark Barken)

INGREDIENTS

2 cups sugar

½ cup corn syrup (light Karo)

? tsp salt

1 ½ cups water

? cup vinegar

1 tbsp Vanilla

5qts popcorn



DIRECTIONS

Boil water, sugar, syrup and salt until a small ball forms when dropped in water

Add vinegar and vanilla

Boil it to 264 degrees Farenheit

Pour slowly over popcorn using a spoon to turn the popcorn, so that it is evenly coated

Make into balls, let stand in a cold place until brittle

Serve and enjoy



Peanut Butter Squares (Alisha Savell - Lark Barken)

INGREDIENTS

2 sticks butter

1 cup of peanut butter

1 lb bag of powdered sugar

1 cup of graham cracker crumbles

1 8oz Hershey’s Bar



DIRECTIONS

Melt butter in large sauce pan, add peanut butter and powdered sugar until well blended, then add graham cracker crumbles.

Press mix into a sheet pan, melt Hershey’s bar and pour over top. 

Allow pan to cook, cut into squares and serve!



Aunt Barbara’s Easy Chicken Pie (Stacey Thomas - Joveeta Crumpler)

INGREDIENTS

4-6 Boneless skinless chicken breast

2 cans cream of chicken soup

8oz sour cream

2 sticks butter melted

2 sleeves Ritz crackers, crushed



DIRECTIONS

Boil chicken with salt and pepper to taste until done. Shred cooked chicken and set aside. In mixing bowl, combine sour cream and cream of chicken soup, add in shredded chickenn. Place mixture in a 9x13 baking dish. Melt butter and mix with crushed crackers, pour over top of chicken and bake at 350 degrees 30 minutes or until bubbly and brown.



Mamaw Barbara’s Depression Frosting (Tonya Hancock - Big Ethel Satterwhite)

This frosting is BEST used on butter yellow cake mix, bake as directed, add 1 tsp of vanilla

INGREDIENTS

¾ cup of milk

3 ½ Tbsp flour

¼ cup Oleo

½ cup Crisco

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla



DIRECTIONS

Mix milk and flour in a small pan on low heat, stir constantly with a whisk until the consistency of school paste. Set aside to cool.

Combine Olea, Crisco, sugar and vanilla with a mixer until creamy.

Add milk and flour to the mixture.

Beat with mixer until creamy (approximately 10 mins total mix time)