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2012/13 Season

NOVEMBER 2012

Aladdin by Ben Crocker

posterPrepare to be whisked off to ancient lands occupied by the usual assortment of nutty characters, including the ditzy “dame”, the oddball emperor and his equally odd police officers, a savvy Kung Fu princess, her clever and handsome beau and not one but two magical genies and a deliciously wicked wizard!

Directed by Mark Smith

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APRIL 2013

2013 One-Act Play Festival

Four one-act plays pushing the boundaries and exploring the hilarity, drama, jealousy, romance and occasional insanity of “relationships”.

Boise, Idaho by Sean Michael Welch

boise idahoPerformed by Nadine Acosta, Nick Heather, Miranda Holmes and Paul O’Sullivan. Directed by Jean Wyenberg

Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage) by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman

Post its Performed by Margaret Litt and Nick Squires.  Directed by Jean Wyenberg

 The Exquisite Hour by Stewart Lemoine

Exquisite HourPerformed by Donna Deacon and Darien Edgeler. Directed by Jean Llewellyn

 The GrandDesign by Susan Miller

Grand designPerformed by Catherine Andersen and Michael Kirkpatrick. Directed by Steve O’Neill

APRIL 2013

Enchanted April by Matthew Barber (from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim)

Enchanted April Cast and Crew

Cast and crew, standing, left to right: Rose Jones (Costanza), Michael Kirkpatrick (Mellersh Wilton), Steve O’Neill (Antony Wilding), Madeleine Ani (Lady Caroline Bramble), Nick Squire (Frederick Arnott), Nancy Jenner (Mrs. Graves), Catherine Andersen (producer), BJ Godson (stage manager). Seated: Jean Llewellyn (director), Margaret Litt (Rose Arnott), Alisa Perry (Lotty Wilton).

A Readers Theatre performance of the delight story of four very different women who decide to leave the cares of London behind to spend April 1922 in a rented Italian villa.

Directed by Jean Llewellyn

MAY 2013

The Gin Game May 18 19Neither Weller Martin (Mark Smith) nor Fonsia Dorsey (Lesley Hazeldine) have any visitors at the chronic care residence in which they live, so during one Visitor’s Day they meet and play gin and talk about their lives and children and spouses. They want to become friends, but their differences soon become apparent. What starts out as a relaxing card game and friendly talk becomes a serious cut-throat business. Is Weller just a wonderful player/businessman only in his imagination? Is Fonsia just a nice person/mother only in her imagination?   We all want to do the best we can. But do we see how we truly live our lives? We do have illusions, too. How can we keep them intact? Should we? What would happen to us if we lose them?

Directed by Anne Drozd

JUNE 2013

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

UnderMilkWoodIn our most ambitions Readers Theatre production to date, we peek into the lives of the folk living in Dylan Thomas’s fictional Welsh fishing village, Llareggub. The story is woven together by two ‘voices’ who invite the audience to share the dreams and innermost thoughts of the characters: Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard who relentlessly nags her two dead husbands; Captain Cat reliving his seafaring days – haunted by the souls of his lost sailors; the polygamous Dai Bread the Baker; Organ Morgan, obsessed with his organ… music; Mae Rose Cottage – 17 and never been kissed, but thinks she’ll explode with her thoughts of sin; Mr. Pugh – with an icicle for a wife, who studies the lives of great poisoners! Every one of the 58 characters – 16 actors playing multiple roles – has a story to tell and unrealized dreams to ponder.

Directed by Jean Llewellyn

PS If you’re wondering how Dylan Thomas came up with the name Llareggub, just read it backwards!

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