No Bones About It: A story of love and barbecue

No Bones About It: A story of love and barbecue
No Bones About It: A story of love and barbecue
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No Bones About It: A story of love and barbecue
Leah Williams

A local production is about to get saucy — with barbecue sauce that is.

The Jackson County Stage Company presents “No Bones About It,” a comedy about finding love in the highly competitive barbecue cooking competition. The musical opens on Friday, Oct. 13, and continues on Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15. A second chance to see the show will also occur next week with shows on Oct. 19, 20, 21 and 22.

The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. while the Sunday matinee performances start at 2 p.m.

The premise of the play is what might happen when two star-crossed lovers try to negotiate their relationship around their feuding food-loving families.

“It’s a Romeo and Juliet type situation,” Director Brandyn McGhee said. “It is about two families who have been competing for years and what happens when they bring their two kids who end up falling in love.”

McGhee said the material in “No Bones” winks at its original material but at the same time brings its own

“There are subtle references throughout,” he said. “Like the last names, the Caps and the Montagues. There is also this scene when where he sings ‘A Light Through Yonder Window’ and he is standing under the trailer window.”

The cast includes Kaleb Triplett as Larry Friar, Lori Carpenter as Karen Montague, Bennet Speith as Ronny Montague, Brent Sherrard as Adam Capp, Aubrianna Rathunde as Julie Capp, James Allen as Ken Munson and Samantha Ridenour as Kelly Jansen.

The production team also has musical director Rebecca Newburn and stage manager Jodie Salazar.

McGhee said those involved in the production passed out fliers to the show during the recent barbecue competition weekend in Murphysboro for the Praise the Lard event last month.

He added that the musical is a family-friendly show and new with the Jackson County production being the third time that the show has been put on.

“It’s really cute, and it’s really funny,” he said. “I just about laugh out of my seat sometimes. It’s a good time.”

Tickets are $15 and students are $8. Discounted admission for the Thursday, Oct. 19, show is $7. Barbecue dinner plates by R.E. & Sandy’s Catering Company in Cobden will be available while supplies last for $8 a plate.

For more information about the play, check out the Jackson County Stage Company’s website at