EASLEY — Easley’s Foothills Playhouse will take a jaunt back to syndicated television with the opening of “The Beverly Hillbillies” on the main stage Sept. 2.
For the uninitiated, this show will be a fresh idea having never watched the show when it aired in the 1960’s or the myriad of reruns through syndication. The show ended its television run in March 1971 after the show took to the airwaves in September 1962.
It’s hard to imagine this iconic TV show would be unfamiliar to anyone but in case you missed it all of these years, here’s the synopsis in a nutshell.
Jed Clampett and his poor mountain family discover oil through an accident and become a member of the super wealthy overnight. Once the money begins to roll in Jed and family head to Beverly Hills — Californy, not California.
It’s when the family arrives at their new expansive digs the hilarity of the show ensues.
“The Beverly Hillbillies” is a classic fish out of water story and with an entire family of “hillbillies” in a place such as Beverly Hills, the comedic opportunities are endless. High society, fashion, technology, and societal norms are completely different from the down home lifestyle the Clampetts are used to and their inability to fit in will be a highlight of the show for many.
Not only is social conformity a source of humor, when it comes to romantic relationships this clan has hilarious adventures, and their naivete shines through. In the end, it’s their simplicity of perspective and attitude which will win the hearts of theatregoers.
Foothills Playhouse’s production of “The Beverly Hillbillies” will run two weekends opening Sept. 2-4 and concluding the weekend of Sept. 9-11. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee is available each weekend at 3 p.m.
Tickets are available at www.fhplayhouse.com or by dialing the box office at 864-855-1817.
Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.