Goff's Betterfield returns to the big screen with 'Martha Betterfield's Wedding Belles,' featuring an all-local ensemble Saturday, Aug. 11 in Grove.
GROVE - Wedding bells will ring in early August, as the next offering from Josh Goff's Martha Betterfield, arrives at Grove Cinema 6.
The film, which features an all-local ensemble, will hit the big screen on Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets for the production, Martha Betterfield's Wedding Belles, are now available for $10 each at the Grove movie theatre.
Originally scheduled to premiere around Valentine's Day, the movie's debut was pushed back into the summer, after Goff and his wife, Chloe, left Grove to pursue their dreams working in Branson's entertainment industry.
Goff, who recently joined the cast at Silver Dollar City, designed this film to focus on Betterfield, a 64-year-old southern belle and Savannah socialite and what happens when her southern-born son decides to marry a New Jersey native.
"The news is anything but moonlight and magnolias," Goff said with a laugh, joking that the film features "unhappy in-laws north and south of the Mason/Dixon."
The crux of the film revolves around a central question - can true love make a way - and will the couple actually make it to the altar.
The cast includes Goff, who plays both Martha Betterfield and Mason Beauegard; Lorri Bacon, who appears as Betterfield's nemesis Virginia Margret Mitchell; the late Linda Fracek, who completed the work for Saundra Walsh before her death; Chloe Goff, who appears as Brook Walsh; Bob Brogdon, who appears as Betterfield's love James Beauregard, and Patti Beth Anderson and Linda DuBois, who appear as Betterfield's sisters, Dixie and Charlotte Betterfield respectively.
Branson comedian Terry Wayne Sanders, returns to the film once again as Betterfield's friend and confidant Grandma Beulah.
Goff describes the film as "Sweet Home Alabama, but from the parent's perspective."
"I began writing the sequel for Martha Betterfield's Sweet Southern Attitude before the red carpet had time to be swept," Goff said. "From my earliest drafts of the film, I had decided that it would involve and take place during a wedding.
"Little did I know, that in just four short months I would be engaged and planning my own. I had no idea how my own experiences would inspire my story."
Goff said the adage that it takes a village to raise a child, rings true for producing a movie.
"From the moment the sequel was announced, local businesses and organizations were very quick to lend their support," Goff said. "I say that it takes an entire town to make a movie."
Goff believes Wedding Belles is "one of the most fun and exciting projects" he has been part of.
He said the movie is a bit bittersweet, because it marks one of the final projects for long-time Grove educator and theatre lover, Fracek.
Goff said he had the honor of knowing Fracek not only as a teacher, but also as a director, actress, mentor and friend.
"Long after high school she continued to be one of my biggest supporters. I can't think of a single production that she couldn't be found in the audience," Goff said.
Having Fracek join the cast of Wedding Belles, Goff said, gave the pair the opportunity to switch roles.
"Directing and writing for someone who had taught me half of what I knew about both subjects was quite the humbling experience," Goff said. "She was a constant professional, always pouring herself into her work.
"We were so privileged to capture that on camera."
Goff said he will always remember Fracek giving 100-percent to the film, and pushing others to do the same.
"Linda demanded perfection, but only because she knew that we had it in us all along," Goff said. "I truly believe that many dreams began in Linda's classroom, my own included, and in all of those dreams she will live on for years to come..."
Goff said he appreciates all of Betterfield's fans, who waited as life changes meant the movie's premiere was delayed.
"I can assure you that the work done by this incredibly talented cast is well worth the wait," Goff said. "We hope to see all of you on the red carpet on August 11."
Books for Linda Campaign
In an effort to remember long-time mentor, teacher and friend Linda Fracek, Goff is organizing a memorial book drive as part of the Martha Betterfield's Wedding Belle's premiere.
Moviegoers will have a chance to make a donation to purchase books, in Fracek's memory, through the Grove Education Foundation For Excellence.
The books, for use within the Grove Public Schools system, are available for $25 for one, or $100 for five (one for each campus).
Donations during the movie premiere and afterparty must be made using cash or check (made out to GEFFE) only.
Donations may also be made anytime online, using a credit card or PayPal through the foundation's website at www.geffe.org.
During the donation process, donors have the ability to add a note, to indicate the funds are for the "Books for Linda Fracek" campaign.
For more information about GEFFE, or how the books are used within the Grove school system, persons interested may visit www.geffe.org, call 918-791-1974 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.