Dramatic Comedy / 6f
Showtime at First Baptist is the sequel to the hugely popular and widely produced First Baptist of Ivy Gap.
First Baptist of Ivy Gap's 100th anniversary picnic was a smashing success, except for one little thing: the bolt of lightning that struck the church's steeple, igniting a fire that destroyed the sanctuary and so much more. In the wake of the disaster, key women of the church - led by Edith, the pastor's take-charge wife - gather in what's left (the fellowship hall) to commiserate and try to put things back together. To raise spirits and funds for rebuilding, the women plan an evening of entertainment designed to showcase the congregation's talent. Could it be that some of Edith's gang plan a song and dance number that may shock the congregation? If so, how will they circumvent the authority of the all-male conservative board of deacons, not to mention, one of their own? Change is in the air as these six diverse women challenge institutions as well as each other. Along the way, there are laughs to be shared, battles to be fought, love to be won, relationships to be mended, and losses to be grieved.
"Good natured religious jokes aplenty and drama ... But the real meat is a gentle, warm story about six good women and how they came together despite times that are, 'a changing' ... A serious play and a delightful comedy ... I sure enjoyed it." - Bristol Herald-Courier
"Sure to be an instant classic ... This touching comedy is full of laughs, realistic characters and thought-provoking issues ... The Southern women who inhabit the world of Ivy Gap are amazing! Osborne can definitely write great women characters ... It's small-town politics at its most entertaining ... Bring the whole family." - Washington County News
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.