‘Food Fight’ set to hit Dixon Center stage May 3

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Audiences are “sure to burn off a few calories in the most enjoyable way” as they laugh themselves silly during the Covington Arts Council’s last performance of the season – “Food Fight: A Musical Comedy for Waist Watchers.”

CAC president Paula Harr said the show follows four women as they “sing and dance their way through various battles with food, exercise and body image issues.”

“It tackles everything from plastic surgery to self esteem,” Harr said. “It’s a lot like ‘Menopause: The Musical.’ You’ll hear lots of familiar tunes with a few distinct changes. Two of my favorites are ‘I Heard it through the Grapevine’ changed to ‘Went through the Buffet Line’ and Fiddler on the Roof’s ‘Wish I were a Rich Man’ changed to ‘Wish I Were a Size Two.’

“This show is hilarious,” she said. “All of us as some point or another have struggled with weight issues, and this show just puts it all in perspective.”

Set in Miss Cook’s Women’s Gym, “Food Fight” takes audiences through the familiar ups and downs of survival in a weight- and beauty-obsessed world. Led by Carla Cook as an energetic personal trainer at the gym, Cheryl, Connie and Cindy try to get in shape, and all four of their stories and personal struggles with food are played out through madcap humor and infectious melodies.

The show is set for May 3 at 7 p.m. at the LBW Community College Dixon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults, and event goers are asked to bring one can of non-perishable food.

“It’s easy to make fun of the situation, our obsession with food,” Harr said. “But for a lot of families right here in Covington County, food – or the lack of – is not a funny subject. That’s why we’re asking for a donation to the Christian Service Center’s food bank, to help our local community.”

Additionally, the CAC is raffling off two memberships to USA Gym. Chances are $1 each and are available at Ansley Place, Harold’s Furniture and Brooks’ True Value Hardware.

At the end of the night’s performance, audience members will be asked to fill out a survey to help choose next year’s performances, Harr said.

Those selections will be announced in the coming weeks, she said.