Southside Theatre Guild presents Mama Won’t Fly

The fast-paced comedy, “Mama Won’t Fly,” opens Thursday, July 11, at the Southside Theatre Guild in Fairburn. Written by the team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, and presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, and directed by Chris Shellnutt and Gloria Wright, this comedy is suitable for all ages, a great summer event for the entire family!
“Mama Won’t Fly” tells the story of how an outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way across the country for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly.


• WHEN: July 11-21; 8 p.m. Thurs-Sat; 2:30 p.m. Sun

• WHERE: Southside Theatre Guild, 20 W. Campbellton St., Fairburn

• TICKETS: $20 adults online at; $25 at the door; $5 off adult tickets on Thursdays

With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive cross-country with her equally willful mother, Norleen Sprunt. Rising above their age-old mother-daughter issues, Norleen and Savannah work together to get the nuptials back on track. In a surprising and heart warming resolution, they forge an exciting new path for their own relationship and welcome the new bride into their delightfully wacky family. This family-friendly comedy will have you laughing your way across the country and all the way down the aisle!
“This show is a great opportunity for Southside Theatre Guild to showcase a diverse group of our talented actors,” says Chris Shellnutt, director. “The play is almost like an old fashioned variety TV show where you get to see an assorted group of interesting and sometimes bizarre characters in different settings and situations throughout the cross country journey that ‘Mama”’and her daughter share. We are delighted to showcase some of our veteran favorites like Susan Gillespie and Jill Coleman along with some new actors making their first appearances on the STG stage.”
Peter Ustinov said, “Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.” “Humor is unavoidable,” says Director Gloria Wright. “It’s everywhere in life, and in the theatre it’s the most difficult to get right, both as an actor and a director. The characters of Mama Won’t Fly are seriously funny. Their outlandish situations and dialogue make for a great comedic evening at the theatre.”
Actors from Fayette, Coweta, Clayton, and Fulton counties are in the cast for this show. Many are veterans to the stage at Southside Theatre.
“It has been fun and challenging to direct this cast of great characters,” Gloria says.
Mama Won’t Fly runs July 11 – July 21 with performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 and a Sunday matinee at 2:30.
Adult tickets are $20 if purchased online and $25 at the door.
Special ticket prices for Thursday night performances are $5.00 off – only $15.00 for an adult ticket. Special discounts are available for children under 12 and groups of 15 or more, purchased at the same time. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online at
This is the last show of Southside Theatre Guild’s 46th season. The 47th season opens with the very popular, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Ken Kesey. Auditions for Cuckoo’s Nest are July 15-16 and are open to the public.
Southside Theatre is a 501(c)3, non-profit and is staffed 100% by volunteers. Everyone is invited to attend the organization’s monthly business meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the theatre at 7 p.m.
We would love to have you become a member of our theatre family. Family memberships are only $20.00 (unlimited number of family members) and $10.00 for individuals annually.
Auditions are always open to the public and if you have a talent you’d like to share, whether it be carpentry, sewing, lights or sound, we have a place for you. If you’re interested in learning, we’ll teach you. We would love to have you come play with us at STG.