WINONA LAKE — Lakeland Christian Academy’s drama department will present The Bachelor King April 28, 29 and 30. This is a comedy by Martin Follose.
The Bachelor King is a spoof of several popular reality TV shows. When poor King Evian uses his last dying words (as he falls out the window) to pass royal succession not to greedy Prince Daft, but to Yokel, a foolish hillbilly. Everyone agrees Yokel needs a wife to help him run the kingdom.
Reminiscent of reality TV’s The Bachelor, his staff brings in eligible young ladies to vie for the new king’s hand, including Agatha Peabody, a high-society matron, Priscilla Tradewells-Ayers-Hollander-Morley, a four-time-married gold digger, Sally Valley, a ditzy cheerleader from L.A., Crushin’ Kanisha, a New York City gangster-type and Jane Claxton, a true-hearted cowgirl from Texas.
The five ladies are tested on their abilities in true American Idol fashion (no talent necessary, of course), followed by a Survivor challenge. Of course, Yokel has other problems to deal with; the price of gasoline has skyrocketed, jobs are being outsourced overseas, the stock market has tumbled and his self-appointed personal advisor Frederick Pilfer is busy draining the royal treasury. Worst of all, the vengeful prince hatches a slew of unsuccessful, harebrained assassination plots against the new king. Yokel eventually sorts through the contenders to find his true love and save his kingdom from ruin.
Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets will be sold at the door, adults $6, students and senior citizens $4, and preschoolers are free. LCA is located at 1093 S 250 E, Winona Lake. For more information, call (574) 267-7265.