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Actors return to Tuna-verse, Garnett stage

By The Herald Staff | 6/6/2014

GARNETT — Theater-goers who missed the Garnett Chamber Players’ first two “Tuna” production have more time to see the comedy about the “third smallest town in Texas.”

“Red, White and Tuna,” the third installment in the saga of “Tuna” plays, features actors Ken Amaya and Gary Stapp — both of whom have a history with “Tuna,” having now performed in three of the four plays, including the first two, “Greater Tuna” and “A Tuna Christmas.”

GARNETT — Theater-goers who missed the Garnett Chamber Players’ first two “Tuna” production have more time to see the comedy about the “third smallest town in Texas.”

“Red, White and Tuna,” the third installment in the saga of “Tuna” plays, features actors Ken Amaya and Gary Stapp — both of whom have a history with “Tuna,” having now performed in three of the four plays, including the first two, “Greater Tuna” and “A Tuna Christmas.”

The Chamber Players are set to take the stage 6:30 p.m. today, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Thursday and June 14, and 12:30 p.m. June 15. All performances are at Thelma Moore Community Playhouse, 140 W. Fifth Ave., Garnett.

“Red, White and Tuna” is the story of a Fourth of July in the “Tuna” universe. The story features all the “Tuna” favorites, including social star Vera Carp, store owner Didi Snavley, farmer Pearl Burras, and Tuna’s theater director Joe Bob Lipsey, among others.

All 20 characters are portrayed by Chamber Players veterans Amaya and Stapp.

“I am, once again, in Tuna, Texas, and I am without a doubt either a slow learner or a complete moron. Quite possibly both,” Amaya said in jest. “I can’t speak for Gary, but obviously he is not any brighter than I am in this regard. This probably explains why we even get along, because if you want to know how the two of us carry on a conversation, you need look no further than R.R. and Petey together on stage. That’s us in a nutshell. Joking aside, I am glad he is up here on stage with me. I would not have it any other way.”

Stapp has enjoyed the Tuna productions, he said.

“Before ‘Tuna Christmas’ was even over, I had declared that I was retiring the dresses and the wigs and the set of ‘feminine enhancements’ and planned to never return to the stage in another ‘Tuna’ sequel. Never say ‘Never.’ And never take a bribe from Ken,” Stapp said. “That said, I really have had a lot of fun and laughs partnering with Ken on stage again in this madcap community of Tuna, Texas.”

Vicki Markham serves as director of the fast-paced and constant costume changing show.

“This is the first time a ‘Tuna’ show has had a director,” Markham said. “I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel to get to work with these two amazing men. They both bring their own unique perspective to each character and they bring them to life on the stage.”

Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students in high school or younger. Make reservations by calling the theater at (785) 304-1683 or by email at ChamberPlayersGarnett@gmail.com Advanced reservations are required.

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