Riverside Theatre Presents: Honky Tonk Angels

(Vero Beach, FL) Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell,  Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, and Director of Special Initiatives/CFO Patti Rooney,  concludes its 50th Anniversary season by presenting a celebration of the women of country music with Honky Tonk Angels. Sponsored by Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers Group, Honky Tonk Angels performs on the Stark Stage from May 30 – June 18, 2023. 

Three women, leading dull and thankless lives, dream of making a name for themselves in Nashville, Tennessee. Angela is a larger than life housewife from Texas with a truck driving husband and six kids; Darlene is a young woman from the a small coal mining town in West Virginia; Sue Ellen is a career girl from Los Angeles who calls herself a “citified” country girl. These three decide to cut loose and board a bus headed for Music City USA to pursue their dream of becoming country singers. 

Once they meet up, they form an instant bond. As they share, they begin to realize that while they come from disparate backgrounds, their goals of success are all the same. So, they combine to become the singing group, The Honky Tonk Angels. 

With a mixture of laughter, a few tears and lots our southern sass, the ladies share over 30 country pop favorites including: “These Boots are Made for Walking,” “Stand by Your Man,” “Delta Dawn,” “9 to 5,” “Amazing Grace,” “Harper Valley PTA,” and many more. 

Ted Swindley, creator of Honky Tonk Angels, is the founding artistic director of Stages Theatre in Houston, Texas and  internationally know as the writer and director of the popular musical, Always…Patsy Cline. Celebrating a 40 year career, Mr. Swindley continues writing plays and musicals, mentoring playwrights, and directing at various theaters throughout the country and abroad.

Riverside Theatre’s production is Directed and Choreographed by DJ Salisbury and stars Natalie Charle Ellis (Angela), Bailey Purvis (Sue Ellen) and Kylan Ritchie (Darlene).

The production crew includes: Brent-Alan Huffman (Music Director), Gianfranco Tio (Assistant Music Director), Cliff Simon (Scenic Designer), Steven Stines (Costume Designer), Christopher Arthur (Wig Designer), Julie Duro (Lighting Designer), Craig Beyrooti (Sound Designer), Lisa Stafford (Production Stage Manager) and Lydia Runge (Assistant Stage Manager). Casting was done in New York City by Wojcik Casting Team. 

Honky Tonk Angels performs May 30 – June 18, 2023 on the Stark Stage at Riverside Theatre. Tickets start at $45. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com. 

Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; with matinees on Wednesdays, select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.  

Performance Schedule:

May 30, 31, June 1, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15 @ 7:30pm

May 31, June 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17 & 18 @ 2pm

June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 @ 8pm

Honky Tonk Angels is presented by Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers Group: Brad and Fran Anderson, Anonymous, Lois Appleby, Linda Aronberg, Anita Astrachan^, Carol Atkinson, Barbara Baldwin, David and Cynthia Bardes, Paul and Jayne Becker, Sam and Susie Bell, Dick and Sue Bergeman, Ted and Debbie Berghorst, Eric and Fuzzy Billings, Jerry and Anne Blatherwick, John and Anita Brennan, Peter and Susie Brinckerhoff, Camille Broadbent, Bill^ and Laura Buck, Tim and Carol Buhl, Tony and Joyce Caldarone, Bill and Karen Campbell, Chris and Faris Chesley, Don and Rose Ciampa, Dottie Currie, Dick and Maryanne Davis, Willem and Marion de Vogel, Don and Vicky DeMuth, John and Sue Dobbs, VJ and Veronica Dowling, Bill and Laura Frick, Michael and Mary Fuller, Bob and Wheatie Gibb, Jennifer Grant, Mary Jane “MJ”^ Grant, Herb and Anne Gullquist, Bill and Eva Gurley, Duke and Gael Habernickel, Robert and Pat Hall, Dick and Rosemary Haverland, Calvin and Sally Hills, Joan and Michael Hoben, Dave Horner and Constance Pitcher, Ron Hunt and Lisa Amorosa, Pete Justi, Dave and Barb Kaytes, John and Pam Kean, Robert and Nell Kleinschmidt, Judy and Lou LaFage, Bill and Joy Lane, Charlie Long^, Betty MacMillan, Jacqueline Malloy, Jim Marver and Shirin Kaufman, Marilyn McConnell, Ray and Sonia McGowan, Mike and Sandy McManus, Brooke Megrue, Ted and Dawn Michael, Cliff^ and Sheridan Morris, Bob and Susan Morrison, Wally and Peggy Nelson, Jay Newman and Elissa Kramer, Bobbie Olsen, Don and Connie Patterson, Pat and Ed Pavlish, Michael and Kathie^ Pierce, Helen Post, Ted and Carol Price, John and Barbara Reed, Bill and Peg Regan, Michael and Anne Rhoads, Bob and Karen Ritter, John Roberts and Juli Blunt, Mary and Randy Rogers, Randy and Sandy Rolf, Ron and Nancy Rosner, Bill and Judy^ Schneebeck, Van Schreiber, Virginia and Warren Schwerin, Ned and Emily Sherwood, Dick and Nancy Shoemate, Anna Bain Slater, Joe and Mary Alice Smith, Stephanie Smith, Dick and Stephanie Solar, Charlotte Stifel, Bill and Carolyn Stutt, Doug and Dhuanne Tansill, John and Tobey Taylor, Charlie and Sue Thomas, Janet Tribus, Marjorie P. Turley, Steve and Anne Warhover, Heidi Waxlax, 

Lorne Waxlax, Pat and Carol Welsh, Liz and Ken Whitney, Gail D. Williams                                                                                                               ^ deceased

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963. Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Tiffany Bent