Prepare to Laugh

Have you ever laughed so much that you started to tear up a little bit?  The cast of The Man Who Came to Dinner experienced just that at rehearsal this week.  With cockroaches, penguins, convicts, and singing choir boys flooding the Stanley residence, it was only a matter of time before the chaos cracked our actors.  When three powerhouse comedic actors shared the stage on Monday, it was game over.

As seen pictured, Sherry (John Reynolds) and Maggie (Taylor Nelson) are delightfully reacting to Beverly’s (Troy Wold) spirited impersonation of Lord Bottomley.  Not seen pictured are the remaining cast and crew laughing from backstage and in the audience.  What’s so hysterical about this impression?  You’ll have to see the show to find out.

Tickets for The Man Who Came to Dinner are on sale now for patrons and members.  Tickets will open to the public soon.

Rehearsals Going Wheel

We are one week closer to the opening of our second production, The Man Who Came to Dinner.  Rehearsals continue on as our actors maneuver their ever-growing set.  In this sneak peek, Sherry (John Reynolds), in a rare showing of amiability, gives June (Darian Hodge) advice on her forbidden romance.  Will she obey her father or marry her unionizer beau?  You’ll have to see the show to find out.

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The Man Who Came to Rehearsal

With our first show of the season out of the way, the cast of The Man Who Came to Dinner has already taken the stage to begin rehearsals.  Directors Cassey Bernstein & Moira O’Connor have assembled an eager cast (cast announcement coming soon!) of volunteers ready to bring this classic comedy to our community.

Fast-paced timing is the name of the game with this show, so blocking is this week’s major task.  Characters constantly enter and exit throughout the scripts first few pages.  As seen in the picture, everyone had a brief moment to collect themselves before Sherry begins firing off insults.

The Man Who Came to Dinner is our second production of our historic 90th season of continuous live theatre.  This show opens to our community in early November!

The Man Who Came to Dinner Auditions

Auditions for our second production of the season have been announced!  Directors Cassey Bernstein and Moira O’Connor are looking for a large cast of comedic actors for the fast-paced, witty classic The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 7th at 6pm with callbacks on Wednesday, September 8th.  You may submit a video audition if you are unable to make the audition date.  Videos will be accepted until 9pm on September 8th.

For auditions please prepare a 1 minute monologue in the style of the show. The show is a fast-paced comedy with witty dialogue and quick banter. It is based in the 1940’s.  If you have any questions, please contact one of the directors or Donna at the box office.

A list of characters can be found on our Auditions page.  Join the Facebook event to ensure you don’t forget!

Our 90th Season: The Man Who Came to Dinner

Our second show of the season is the classic comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.  Making its Broadway premiere in 1939, this play has continued to entertain audiences for decades.

The Man Who Came to Dinner centers around the famously outlandish New York City radio wit Sheridan Whiteside (‘Sherry’ to his friends). Upon arrival to the home of Ernest W. Stanley and his family in Mesalia, Ohio, Sherry slips on a patch of ice outside the Stanleys’ front door and injures his hip. Confined to the Stanleys’ home for a month, Whiteside proceeds to wreak havoc on the lives of his hosts. A rotating cast of colorful characters find themselves in Sherry’s presence including Dr. Bradley, the absent-minded town physician, the eccentric Professor Metz and his glass-encased cockroach colony, and the glamorous and loose-living actress, Lorraine Sheldon. Sherry’s attempt to thwart a love triangle causes a series of additional schemes that eventually leads to someone getting trapped in an Egyptian mummy case.

After the success of the original Broadway run starring Monty Woolley, The Man Who Came to Dinner saw Broadway revivals in 1980 and 2000. The Ellis Rabb-led 1980 production garnered Drama Desk Award nominations for Roderick Cook and Carrie Nye, and the Nathan Lane-starring 2000 revival saw both a Drama Desk Award nomination for Lewis J. Stadlen and a Tony Award nomination for Jean Smart.

The play also found success through its film adaptation starring Woolley, Bette Davis, and Ann Sheridan in 1942. Woolley also starred in the first radio adaptation in 1942.

The Man Who Came to Dinner is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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