What one local resident described as a show that’s better than the TV original will return to Hillsboro this month when the Highland County Senior Citizens Center presents its version of the Hee Haw Show.
The show, produced once or twice annually in recent years by the center’s members and staff, will take place Saturday, July 30. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.
“It’s better than the Hee Haw Show itself on TV,” said Gene Setters, a center member who’s also part of the show cast. “My sister brought some friends last year and they all just laughed so hard.”
Dinner, served from what’s billed as Granny’s Rodent Roadhouse, will be offered from 5-6 p.m. The dinner menu and other items like drinks and candy will also be served during the show’s intermission. The cost for dinner is $5.
The cost for the show is $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and $5 for children age 12 and under.
Granny’s Rodent Roadhouse will be serving what it’s calling chunk o’ possum, homemade cold slop, chips, sweet and unsweetened tea, and apple pie – or actually hamloaf and coleslaw. Center executive director Mechell Frost said the hamloafs will be shaped like opossums complete with eyes and a tail, “and Granny will be happy to slice a chunk off for you.”
On the more serious side, there will likely be an alternative meat to the hamloaf.
The show will include a combination of live band music and comedy skits. Frost said there will be old characters and dialogue with new characters and material mixed in.
“It’s exciting, entertaining and comical with good talent,” said Joanetta Setters, who is also a center and cast member. “My family that saw it last time wants to make sure they have tickets for this year.”
You do not have to buy dinner to watch the show, but local resident Ruth Dawson said she likes the whole experience.
“The food was great and the show was very, very funny,” Dawson said. “I had a good time last year and I’m looking forward to the upcoming show.”
Call the center at 937-393-4745 for more information.
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