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The Kitchen Witches is a wicked funny treat
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The cast of The Kitchen Witches includes, from left: Chloe Gibson as Roberta, Ruth Van Pelt as Isobel, Jeff Gibson as Stephen and Teresa Frieb as Dolly. - photo by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

If you want to go

Great Bend Community Theatre’s production, “The Kitchen Witches,” a comedy by Caroline Smith, will be presented Feb. 11-14, with encore performances Feb. 19-20, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave., Great Bend. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. except for the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Feb. 14.
There are a limited number of tickets for a wine and cheese pre-show event on opening night, Feb. 11, and a limited number of tickets for a pre-show dessert theater on the Sunday matinee on Valentine’s Day.
Tickets are available beginning Monday, Feb. 8 by calling the Crest Theater Ticket Office, 620-792-4228. Ticket office hours are noon to 1 p.m. All reserved seats are $12. Tickets will be available at the door one hour prior to each performance. Doors open one half hour prior to each performance.
“The Kitchen Witches” is Great Bend Community Theatre’s 100th production,” Director K.B. Bell noted. “We normally do four performances but we have added two more performances for this special occasion. There will be refreshments and door prizes at each performance to celebrate what we think is a wonderful milestone.”

Great Bend Community Theatre’s 100th production is “The Kitchen Witches,” winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights contest.
Isobel Lomax (Ruth Van Pelt) and Dolly Biddle (Teresa Frieb) are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other.
Now stuck working together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, flinging insults along with food. Dolly’s son Stephen (Jeff Gibson) and camerawoman Roberta (Chloe Gibson) don’t have a chance of keeping peace between the two divas. Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly’s dressing room is 1 inch closer to the set than Isobel’s, it’s a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer.
The theater audience is also cast as the studio audience, Director K.B. Bell said. “Because it’s a live TV show, we ask for the audience to get fire up.”
Paul Martin is the assistant director.