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This week's Bonnie Kate play features Jonah, the whale and the pirates

John Thompson • Sep 10, 2019 at 9:59 PM

ELIZABETHTON — There are some pretty big and some pretty colorful characters that should make the next production at the Bonnie Kate Theater a fun experience.

“A Whale of a Tale” is a retelling of the story of Jonah and the Whale, with a band of pirates thrown in for good measure and an excuse for theater-goers to dress up like Capt. Jack.

The play was written by local playwrights John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks. It debuted in Illinois last Christmas and this is the first time it has been on the Bonnie Kate stage.

John Thomas Oaks said he and his father, Tommy Oaks, always try to work on a biblical story in the projects they are working on.

‘We are usually working on a lot of things and we like to include a biblical project on our plate,” he said.

But their Jonah tale started with a more modern setting. The whole setting was a big city subway system.

When the story returned to its oceanic theme and the whale, it just seemed like the pirates seemed to fit right in. The pirates have encouraged audience members to dress up as pirates. Dressing as a whale seems a lot less fashionable.

The play will be presented on Friday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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