INDUSTRY — Family dynamics highlight The Sparrow’s Nest Theater’s latest production, “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will,” with performances starting Thursday, July 16.

Evening performances take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with a matinee planned for Sunday, July 19, at the theater located at 1114 West Mills Rd.

Set in Texas, the comedic play written by Del Shores was performed on Broadway and was then made in to a movie, cast member Valerie Huebner, said.

“Daddy, who is about to die, is surrounded by his children. The clan has reunited to support their elderly dad and, more specifically, to find out the contents of his will. With boyfriends, fiancés and significant others in tow, the four siblings are not-so-patiently waiting to hear who will inherit what. The only problem is that Daddy seems to have lost the will,” according to released publicity on the play’s plot.

Directed by Fred Liebfried of Anson, the local cast includes Anne Smith, Bob Lovelace, Christopher Smith, Crystal Dorr, Diane Leeman, Donny Dorr, Michelle Stinson, and Huebner. 

A former church on Route 148 was converted in to the Sparrow’s Nest Theater a few years ago with help from Mission at the Eastward campers, Huebner said. The out-of-state campers work on different projects around the area as a summer mission trip.


Since then several productions have been done at the theater including “On Golden Pond” and some children’s productions including “A Christmas Carol,” she said.

Some of the cast for this July’s production also appeared in last year’s “On Golden Pond,” she said.

The play features humor, family squabbles and a few scuffles with a small smattering of swear words, Huebner said.

The Sparrow’s Nest Theater is 12-miles east of Farmington and just beyond the Industry Food Cupboard on the left, she said. The theater can seat about 80, she said.

For ticket information, call 696-4323.

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