Tina Marie Hosey sings as Dolly Parton in Hee Haw. | Submitted
Tina Marie Hosey sings as Dolly Parton in Hee Haw. | Submitted

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Local entertain as part of Hee Haw cast

Published 10:46am Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hee Haw ran for almost three decades in new episodes and reruns, entertaining millions with jokes, music, dances and skits. A tribute show came to the stage in Millbrook recently, and two Dadeville natives were part of the cast.

“It was awesome,” said Tina Marie Hosey, who sang in the show and also helped produce it. “We had the whole Hee Haw gang.”

Kimberly Aldridge Benson sings as Jeannie C. Riley in Hee Haw. | Submitted
Kimberly Aldridge Benson sings as Jeannie C. Riley in Hee Haw. | Submitted

Hosey and her sister, Kimberly Aldridge Benson, joined a cast of colorful characters for the show’s four performances, one of which was sold out and the other three of which featured packed houses.

“My sister had been in a show at the theater before, so they invited me down to clog, and then I ended up singing also,” Benson said. “I met so many good people, and it was just hilaroious and going out there and practicing and trying to remember your lines.”

Benson said although she has been clogging about 30 years, Hee Haw was the first play she had been in since grade school. The cast practiced twice a week and then rehearsed nearly every night as the show dates neared.

“I was thrilled to be asked to do this,” Hosey said. “Singing and playing has been my passion since I was a child.”

Hosey was cast in dual roles – she took the stage both as Lulu Roman and Dolly Parton.

“Lulu Roman wore a pretty blue gown with her hair done and earrings,” Hosey said. “For Dolly, of course, I had to grow to a triple-E cup.”

Hosey said her stage bust was created from borrowed bras and balloons. It drew some attention from attendees.

“I had one little girl – she might have been 5 or 6 years old – who said ‘Are they real?’” Hosey said. “We all just laughed.”

Benson portrayed both Kim Hicks – of the Moonshine Cloggers – and Jeannie C. Riley.

“I would love to do it again,” Benson said. “You have people come up to you and say, ‘Oh it was so good.’”

Benson said the commendation of one little girl particularly struck her.

“’You’re just so pretty, you ought to be a Disney princess,’” Benson said, repeating the little girl’s compliment. “That makes it all worthwhile.”

But Benson said the best part was the night her family was in the audience.

“It was amazing when I got to get out there and clog and they got to see me,” Benson said.

Although Benson has hopes of doing another show with Millbrook Community Theater, for Hosey that goal is a reality. She will produce and direct a Patsy Cline show in August.

She and Benson urged everyone to support the Millbrook Community Theater.

“They really have good shows,” Hosey said. “People can bring their children and, for about an hour and a half, just enjoy really good wholesome entertainment.”