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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

"Bitsy and Boots On The Move" Interview with Jerry Morse

   This weekend only you can enjoy a new comedy starring local icons Bitsy and Boots, as created by Huntington playwright Jonathan Joy.

   The two sisters are On The Move, and you can enjoy the show, have a great dinner and support a great cause all at the same time. 

   Here to tell us more about it is the show’s director, the talented and hard-working Jerry Morse:

Q: Who the heck are Bitsy and Boots?

Jerry: Bitsy and Boots are two elderly sisters who raised their nephew Tommy. The sisters are, to say the least, eccentric, and end up in a lot of adventures, and misadventures. They are the product of the creative mind of Jonathan Joy, a local playwright and theater instructor. 

Q: What is "On the Move" about?

Jerry: It is the sixth in Joy’s Bitsy and Boots series, and, simply put, is just the latest set of adventures and misadventures that seem to befall the two sisters. To say any more would spoil the suspense, and the fun. The real answers to that question are only days away. Call now for reservations, so you don’t miss out – 304-522-0357, or 740-867-8576. Best meal in town for the price, funniest show in town, too.

Q: What is your part in the production?

Jerry: I have the distinct honor to be directing this newest romp of Jonathan Joy’s.

Q: What's the secret of the success of this series of plays?

Jerry: Jonathan’s delightful sense of humor, mingled with the flavor of local people and places, and wonderfully brought to life by a bevy of accomplished actors.

Q: People who attend this show are also helping out a great cause - tell us about it.

Jerry: All proceeds from the production go toward the Mission work of the United Methodist Church. That Mission work is as close as Ebenezer Outreach Center, and Blessings in Backpacks at Central Elementary School, both in Huntington; it’s at other Mission Projects throughout the state of West Virginia; it’s at Christmas in Nicaragua, or Volunteers in Mission in Belfast, Northern Ireland, or Cherokee, North Carolina, to name only a few. Over 23 years of Dinner Theater productions, we have raised over $52,000 dollars for this Mission work. 

Q: What's your background in theatre?

Jerry: From Julius Caesar in high school (eons ago), to Community Players (almost as many eons ago), to Huntington Outdoor Theater, Musical Arts Guild, Summer Motion, and ARTS Resources for the Tri-State, onstage. Directed for Musical Arts Guild Children’s Theater, later First Stage Theater Company, and Church chancel dramas. 

Q: Why would you recommend this show?

Jerry: A lively show with lots of laughs and surprises, accompanied by an excellent meal. Come see what Bitsy and Boots and their friends are up to this time!

   Thanks, Jerry!

   Bitsy and Boots on the Move is presented by First Church Dinner Theater at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 1124 5th Avenue in Huntington on Feb. 12, 13 and 14. The dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., nd the show at 8 p.m. Tickets for adults are $25 for dinner and the show. Children under 12 are $8 for dinner and the show. Tickets for the show only are $5 for all ages. Reservations are required - call 304-522-0357 or 740-867-8576.

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