The “Mama Won’t Fly” cast includes (front row, left to right) Stephanie Hellmann, Jan Bixler, Nichole Elam and Lydia Brown; (back row, left to right) Bill Robarge, Barb Ford, Shellie Bayne, Lindsay Obendorf, Lisa Newlin, Kelley Hoagland and Bailey Black. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
The “Mama Won’t Fly” cast includes (front row, left to right) Stephanie Hellmann, Jan Bixler, Nichole Elam and Lydia Brown; (back row, left to right) Bill Robarge, Barb Ford, Shellie Bayne, Lindsay Obendorf, Lisa Newlin, Kelley Hoagland and Bailey Black. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
The Madison Community Players will present a three-night showing of the comedy "Mama Won't Fly" at Red Bicycle Hall, 125 E. Main St.

The show will run today and Friday at 7 p.m. and again Saturday at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $10 and students are $8.

"Mama Won't Fly" is a race-against-time story that follows a family's cross-country trip to a wedding. The play was written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

The story follows Savannah and her effort to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother's wedding. But there's one problem: Mama refuses to fly.

After a failed attempted at boarding an airplane, the pair is surprised to run into the bubbly bride-to-be, who convinces everyone traveling together would be a good way to bond.

The group runs into trouble with the law, a strange family reunion in Texas and has a rather interesting stop in Las Vegas.

"Then everything that can happen does happen," said Stephanie Hellmann, board member of Madison Community Players and cast member in the play.

The show has two acts, with a 15-minute intermission. The showtime is about two hours.

"It's very, very funny," Hellmann said.

The production has 11 cast members, who have been preparing for about 10 weeks. Many of the cast members carry multiple roles.

The next Madison Community Players' production will be at the end of August at John Paul Park. The exact dates have not been set, but the show will be "Spoon River Anthology," a collection of short poems originally published in 1915 by Edgar Lee Master. The works narrate the epitaphs of residents of the fictional town of Spoon River.

Cast

• Lindsay Obendorf as Savannah Honeycutt

• Jan Bixler as Norleen Sprunt

• Lydia Brown as Tanya Dudley and Edweena

• Bill Robarge as Denton Crawford, Cousin Chicken, Mitch and Ronald

• Nicole Elam as Hayley Quinn

• Bailey Black as Essie, Great-Aunt Pawnee and Fanny

• Lisa Newlin as Aunt Ardale and Sybil

• Barb Ford as Aunt Rema Jean and Kiki

• Shellie Bayne as Uncle Ferd, Mickey, Officer Dugger, Red and Kevin

• Stephanie Hellmann as Juliette and Teeta

• Kelley Hoagland as Spud Farley