2016-2017 Season (70th)

Drinking Habits

Artwork for Drinking HabitsBy: Tom Smith
October (2016) 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22
Directed by: Fran Carroll

SYNOPSIS:

(Comedy) Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

CAST:

Bobby Harris as George
Sara Stepnowski as Sister Augusta
Kara McCormick as Sister Philamena
Caren Cronin as Mother Superior
Colleen Mackle as Sally
Tom Settefrati as Paul
Paul McCarthy as Father Chenille
Laura Berntsen as Sister Mary Catherine

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The Murder Room

Artwork for Murder RoomBy: Jack Sharkey
January (2017) 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28
Directed by: Keith Maliszewski

SYNOPSIS:

(Comedic Mystery) Two days after their wedding Edgar discovers that Mavis – a nasty piece of work – is being unfaithful. After her first attempt to kill him by poisoning his cocoa when the cat dies instead, Mavis resorts to shooting him and then returning to her lover. Chaos and complications reign when it transpires that the shots were blanks and that Edgar’s body has vanished.

CAST:

Steve Niles as Edgar/Able
Allison Schrader as Mavis
Lorie Baldwin as Lottie
Tim Schumann as James
Brianna Lynn as Susan
Rob Caso as Barry

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Artwork for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's NestBy: Dale Wasserman & Ken Kesey
March (2017) 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25
Directed by: Ashley Lora-Lee

SYNOPSIS:

(Drama/Comedy) Dale Wasserman’s stage adaptation of Ken Kesey’s classic novel about Randle P. McMurphy, a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce artinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb patient talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies.

CAST:

Nick Teti as Randle P. McMurphy
Maia Baird as Nurse Ratched
Jessica Mousley as Nurse Flinn
Mark Brown as Dr. Spivey
Steve Niles as Aide Turkle
Tim Schumann as Aide Warren
R. O. Scott as Aide Williams
Tom McFarland as Ruckly
Frank Mazzella as Martini
Mike Jenks as Dale Harding
Jim Palmer as Chief Bromden
Matt Dalton as Billy Bibbit
Glen Karpowich as Cheswick
Eric Schaefer as Scanlon
Sonia Ouro as Sandra
Jess Heller as Candy Starr

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Sex Please, We’re Sixty

Artwork for Sex Please We're SixtyBy: Michael & Susan Parker
June (2017) 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24
Directed by: Jim Kirkwood

SYNOPSIS:

(Comedy) Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many years. Her Guests (nearly all women) return year after year. Her next door neighbor, the elderly, silver-tongued, Bud “Bud the Stud” Davis believes they come to spend time with him in romantic liaisons. The prim and proper Mrs. Stancliffe steadfastly denies this, but really doesn’t do anything to prevent it. She reluctantly accepts the fact that “Bud the Stud” is, in fact, good for business. Her other neighbor and would-be suitor Henry Mitchell is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called “Venusia,” after Venus the goddess of love, to increase the libido of menopausal women. The pill has not been tested.

CAST:

Kimberlee Arnott-Weidman as Mrs. Buttercup Stancliffe
Tim Wade as Bud Davis
Doug Tague as Henry Mitchell
Linda Walsh as Victoria Ambrose
Joan Kerber as Hillary Hudson
Valerie Carson as Charmaine Beauregard

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VPH Summer Show

Epic Proportions program art

“Epic Proportions”

By: Larry Coen and David Crane
August (2017) 4, 5, 6, 11, 12
Directed by: Gina Lutz

SYNOPSIS:

(Farce) Set in the 1930s, Epic Proportions is a tale of sumptuous theatricality and grandiose hijinks. Two brothers, Benny and Phil, take the chance of a lifetime to go to the Arizona desert to be extras in the huge Biblical epic, Exeunt Omnes. Peppy though frazzled Louise Goldman has the monumental task of wrangling the hapless extras. Between gladiator battles, jealous Egyptian queens, the Ten Plagues, and a cast of thousands portrayed by twelve other actors, the brothers soon find themselves in the peculiar position of running the entire production. Produced on Broadway starring Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Tudyk, and Jeremy Davidson, the play features farcical, Mel Brooks-esque humor a la History of the World Part 1 and unimaginable amounts of silliness.

CAST:

Kevin Christian as Benny
Tom Settefrati as Phil
Ashley Lora Lee as Louise Goldman
Eric Rupp as D.W. Dewitt, ensemble
Cameron Guile as Jack, Octavium, Brady, ensemble
Jacob Cauthron as Shel, Roman General, ensemble
Monica Fleurette Robinson as Queen, ensemble
Allison Schrader as Cochette, Egyptian Dancing Girl, ensemble
Fran Carroll as Conspirator, Egyptian man, Stagehand, Cochette’s Assistant, ensemble
Steve Niles as Conspirator, Egyptian man, Egyptian Slavemaster, Executioner, ensemble
Tim Schumann as Conspirator, Egyptian man, Queen’s attendant, Gladiator, ensemble
Søren Madsen as Stagehand, Guard, Gladiator, ensemble
Thomas Bisset as Stagehand, Guard, Gladiator, ensemble

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