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The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

Book by Neil Simon

The Odd Couple is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Production Date: August 12-14 & 19-21, 2016
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director: Leah Wons
Stage Manager: Tanya Brehmer

This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assembled for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born.

Original Cast:
Speed……………………………………………………………………………………..Jim Klein
Murray……………………………………………………………………………..James Sopata
Roy…………………………………………………………………………………..Mural Adams
Vinnie………………………………………………………………………………Brandon Byng
Oscar Madison………………………………………………………………………..Bill Wons
Felix Ungar…………………………………………………………………………..Bill Koehne
Gwendolyn Pigeon…………………………………………………………….Megan Sopata
Cecily Pigeon……………………………………………………………………..Janet Koehne

The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays

The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays

Book by Ken Ludwig

The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Production Date: August 14-16 & 21-23, 2015
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director: Debra Jolly
Stage Manager: Tanya Brehmer

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Original Cast:
William Gillette (Sherlock Holmes)…………………………………………Brandon Byng
Martha Gillette………………………………………………………………Maureen Mannion
Felix Geisel (Moriarty)…………………………………………………………….Early Fuller
Madge Geisel (Marion)………………………………………………………….Karen Fuller
Simon Bright (Count Zerlinsky)…………………………………………………Bill Koehne
Aggie Wheeler (Alice)…………………………………………………………Megan Sopata
Daria Chase…………………………………………………………………….Linda Druckrey
Inspector Goring……………………………………………………………..Elizabeth Sopata

The Fox on the Fairway

The Fox on the Fairway

Written by, Ken Ludwig
Production Date: August 8-10 & 15-17, 2014
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director: Debra Jolly
Stage Manager: Tanya Brehmer

A tribute to the great English farces of the 1930’s and 1940’s, The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with…golf.

Original Cast:
Justin………………………………………………………………………………….Brandon Byng
Louise…………………………………………………………………………………..Shado Rose
Bingham………………………………………………………………………………….Early Fuller
Pamela………………………………………………………………………………….Karen Fuller
Dickie……………………………………………………………………………………Bill Koehne
Muriel………………………………………………………………………………Linda Druckrey

The Saga of the Prospector’s Daughter 10 Year Anniversary Edition

The Saga of the Prospector’s Daughter or She Was Only a Miner’s Minor
10 Year Anniversary Edition

Written By: Pat Cook
Published By: Eldridge Publishing Co.
Production Date: August 9-11 & 16-18, 2013
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director: Debra Jolly
Stage Manager: Tanya Brehmer

Here’s a hilarious melodrama spoof whose oddball characters seemingly ad lib their way through the wildest plot ever to come down the pike. Lovely, innocent Constance Purdy is about to lose her home to that villain-about-town, Wiley Schlink. Will hero Monroe Mannerly ride to the rescue in time? Will her long-lost prospector father show up and save the day? These questions aren’t really answered because we’re laughing too hard at the sheriff who has a mortgage on her own jail, a medicine man who ends up in a dress, and a saloon-smashing suffragette whose ax works great on cuticles. Add a piano player with an attitude and a grizzly old prospector/narrator who’d like a different ending to the play, and you get some idea of folks who populate this fool’s gold rush town. Great fun to watch and to perform, especially when the actors are caught napping and playing cards as Act II opens.

Original Cast:
Gabby……………………………………………………………………………………Early Fuller
Constance Purdy…………………………………………………………………….Karen Fuller
Wiley Schlink………………………………………………………………………Brandon Byng
Monroe Mannerly…………………………………………………………………James Sopata
Indian………………………………………………………………………………Preston Pelegrin
Sheriff Hilda…………………………………………………………………………Elizabeth Jolly
J. Barnaby Custard…………………………………………………………………..Bill Koehne
Freddie………………………………………………………………………..David Woosencraft
Catastrophe Kate………………………………………………………………..Ashley Keuken
Mary Carnation………………………………………………………………………..Faith Fuller
Elmira Plankton……………………………………………………………………Haley Meunier
Miss Clydesdale…………………………………………………………………Linda Druckrey
Waitress………………………………………………………………………….Cortney Meunier
Judge / Townsperson………………………………………………………….Michael Brunner
Piano Player……………………………………………………………………..Rachel Casleton
Townsperson……………………………………………………………………Elizabeth Sopata
Townsperson…………………………………………………………………………Katlyn Nohr

On The Air

On The Air

Written by, Greory B. Owens
Production Date: December 7-9 & 14-16, 2012
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director / Choreographer: Debra Jolly
Stage Manager: Karen Fuller
Assistant Stage Manager: Sharon Fischer
Choral Director: Scott Hunsberger

On the Air is set in a 1940’s radio studio. Lieutenant Jack O’Brien is just coming home for Christmas from the war to the radio station he used to work at. His love Rosie has been waiting three years for him to return and has been dying to see him. She has been very worried that over the time he was gone, he doesn’t love her anymore. He eases her fears until the famous Darla Davenport comes to the radio station for the annual Christmas Show broadcast and through a series of events Rosie starts to believe that Jack loves Darla and not her.

Original Cast:
Jack O’Brian……………………………………………………………………….Jerah Doxtator
Tate Carmichael……………………………………………………………………….Early Fuller
Hal Kencade……………………………………………………………………….Brandon Byng
Frankie………………………………………………………………………Matthew Courchaine
Gordy……………………………………………………………………………………Billy Kuchta
Casey………………………………………………………………………………Preston Pelegrin
Mr. Smiley……………………………………………………………………………..Bill Koehne
Genevieve / Photographer…………………………………………………………….Niki Petit
Rosie……………………………………………………………………………………..Faith Fuller
Kitty Kencade…………………………………………………………………Stephanie Sheedy
Maxine Hornbecker…………………………………………………………………Susan Blihar
Darla Davenport…………………………………………………………………Alexandra Peot
Katie Calhoun……………………………………………………………………..Molly Keuken
Maybelle Calhoun…………………………………………………………………………Liz Jolly
Darcy Calhoun…………………………………………………………………………Ali Carlson
Mrs. Smiley……………………………………………………………………….Linda Druckrey
June…………………………………………………………………………………..Haley Meunier
Eleanor…………………………………………………………………………………Jen Longsine
Shirley…………………………………………………………………………….Cortney Meunier
Oliver…………………………………………………………………………………….Lucien Petit
Violet………………………………………………………………………………..Haley Fournier
Oscar……………………………………………………………………………………….Solo Petit

The Band:
Piano / Organ……………………………………………………………………Rachel Casleton
Trumpet…………………………………………………………………………….Spencer Strand
Alto Sax 1……………………………………………………………………………..Ben Mitchell
Alto Sax 1 / Clarinet…………………………………………………………….Christine Lasee
Alto Sax 2……………………………………………………………………Brooke Friederichs
Tenor Sax………………………………………………………………………….Heather Strand
Drums………………………………………………………………………………….Trent Sinclair

Arsenic & Old Lace

Arsenic & Old Lace

Written by, Joseph Kesselring
Production Date: August 10-12 & 17-19, 2012
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director: Debra Jolly

The play is a farcical dark comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide”; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

Original Cast:
Abby Brewster……………………………………………………………………….Karen Fuller
The Rev. Dr. Harper / Mr. Gibbs / Mr. Witherspoon………………………Bill Koehne
Teddy Brewster……………………………………………………………………….Early Fuller
Officer Brophy………………………………………………………………….Conner Suddick
Officer Klein…………………………………………………………………David Woosencraft
Martha Brewster…………………………………………………………………Sharon Fischer
Elaine Harper………………………………………………………………………Megan Sopata
Mortimer Brewster……………………………………………………………………..Bill Wons
Jonathan Brewster………………………………………………………………..Brandon Byng
Dr. Einstein……………………………………………………………………….Preston Pelegrin
Officer O’Hara……………………………………………………………………..James Sopata
Lieutenant Rooney……………………………………………………………….Jerah Doxtator

On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond

Written by, Ernest Thompson
Production Date: August 12-14 & 19-21, 2011
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director: Debra Jolly
Stage Manager: Faith Fuller

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory-but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiance, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness-and slang-in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

Original Cast:
Norman Thayer, Jr…………………………………………………………………..Bill Koehne
Ethel Thayer………………………………………………………………………Linda Druckrey
Charlie Martin………………………………………………………………………….Early Fuller
Chelsea Thayer Wayne…………………………………………………………….Karen Fuller
Billy Ray…………………………………………………………………………..Preston Pelegrin
Bill Ray………………………………………………………………………………Brandon Byng

Arthur and Guinevere

Arthur and Guinevere

Written By: Steven Fogell
Published By: Eldridge Publishing Co.
Production Date: July 30-August 1 & August 6-8, 2010
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director: Elizabeth Jolly

The magic of Merlin can’t last forever, but with the help of the fairy Nimue, Merlin is soon transported back in time to remember the young boy Arthur, who was scared to become a knight; the young girl Guinevere, who was bored as a royal princess; and the young peasant girl Elyzabel, who dreamed of life in the King’s castle. These three meet in the enchanted forest and their fates are suddenly changed by the evil magic of Mordrid and his twin sister Morgana. In this charming tale you soon find out what happens when you get the wish you wish for and how it may not always bring the happiest of results. An enchanted owl and an evil raven are included on this journey of time and love. This delightful tale is full of Arthurian legend and magic, guaranteed to bring enchantment to all.

Original Cast:
Merlin……………………………………………………………………………………Bill Koehne
Pellinore / Archimedes…………………………………………………………..Brandon Byng
Morgana……………………………………………………………………………Erin Thompson
Mordrid……………………………………………………………………………Josh Kozlowski
Nimue / Clive / Root……………………………………………………………Linda Druckrey
Ban……………………………………………………………………………………Simone Safian
Flauge / Igraine………………………………………………………………….Elizabeth Donart
Desdemona……………………………………………………………………..Karen Townsend
Lady Guinevere…………………………………………………………………….Janet Koehne
Lady Lucille………………………………………………………………………Elizabeth Suarez
Lady Rochelle…………………………………………………………………….Caitlin Johnson
Lady Sabine / Garetta……………………………………………………………….Devon Gille
Lady Penelope………………………………………………………………Andrea Shamburek
Kailoken / Matilda………………………………………………………………..Amber Baeten
Claudette……………………………………………………………………………..Kristal Ellison
Nadine……………………………………………………………………………………Kay Runge
Arthur………………………………………………………………………………….Ryan Spaude
Lancelot………………………………………………………………………………Kelton Lepak
Gand…………………………………………………………………………………….Alex Fischer
Valmont………………………………………………………………………………Miguel Suarez
Baldolf……………………………………………………………………………………Alex Runge
Drudwyn…………………………………………………………………………….Rylee Krumrei
Marrok……………………………………………………………………………..Jerard Nighorn
Miranda……………………………………………………………………………..Lily Morrissey
Raylenda……………………………………………………………………………Sharon Fischer
Elyzabel…………………………………………………………………………….Steph Gortarez
Fiona…………………………………………………………………………………..Katie Spaude
Ewan………………………………………………………………………………..Nick Anderson

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

Written By: Gary Ray Stapp
Published By: Eldridge Publishing Co.
Production Date: August 14-16 & 21-23, 2009
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Scott Kirst
Assistant Director: Nancy Byng
Technical Director: Brandon Byng
Choreographic Director: Cherran Dea Rasmovicz

Armed with a sharply judgmental attitude and a pair of binoculars, homeowner Leona Crump is consumed with anxiety over her new neighbors. Will they be California beatniks? Or paroled drug pushers? Or more frightening yet, perhaps someone with children?! Her worst fears are realized when an odd-ball “hill-folk” family move in across the street. She quickly realizes that neither God, nor her favorite telephone psychic, has prepared her for the series of showdowns set to take place in her living room. Gafina Hambefferschmidt, an obnoxious, gum-chewing woman, together with her “Maw,” an old hill-betty crone; Gafina’s simple-minded, love-struck boyfriend, Turner; and her “trampy” sister Bambi, turn Leona’s neighborhood upside down. Threatened by the over-zealous friendliness of the women and “romanced” by the disgusting Turner, Leona vows to purge them from her cul-de-sac. But she has no support from her husband, the epitome of the couch potato, nor her other neighbor Judy, who is as sweet as pie and about as bright. Adding to Leona’s exasperation are her daily dealings with her refrigerator-raiding neighbor Paul, the local real estate saleswoman, the mailman, an Avon lady, and a police officer, all, she is sure, who were only put on this earth to annoy her. Outnumbered, but refusing to be outmatched, Leona suits up in fatigues and resolves to “mop up” the new neighbors all on her own. Ultimately, it’s a flock of pink flamingos that drives her over the edge and lands her in the local jail. But in the end, will she be victorious and drive her new neighbors away? Maybe, maybe not, it all depends on her weedeater!

Original Cast:
Leona Crump…………………………………………………………………………..Diane Sohr
Judy Harrison / Bambi………………………………………………………Stephanie Sheedy
Albert…………………………………………………………………………………Brandon Byng
Rose Bush……………………………………………………………………………Janet Koehne
Ava / Mawtilda Feeshenslelbafield…………………………………………Linda Druckrey
Paul Harrison……………………………………………………………………………Scott Kirst
George…………………………………………………………………………..Matthew Stueber
Gafina Hambefferschmidt……………………………………………….Kassandra Boehmer
Turner………………………………………………………………………………………Bill Wons
Officer Francis Doonan…………………………………………….Cherran Dea Rasmovicz
Intermission Dancers…………………………………………………………………Leah

The Rented Christmas

The Rented Christmas

Written By: Norman C. Ahern, Jr. and Yvonne Ahern
Published By: Pioneer Drama Services, Inc.
Production Date: December 6 & 7, 2008
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Josh Kozlowski
Assistant Director / Technical Director: Brandon Byng

John Dale hasn’t enjoyed a “real Christmas” for years. So, on the spur of the moment, he decides to “rent” a Christmas from Anne Weston, who owns the local rent shop. Anne is at first flustered with the requirements: a tree with presents, Christmas carols and also a wife and five children. Anne feels she has solved the problem of a Christmas family by calling the actors’ guild. But the young actors come down with the measles so she turns to the local orphanage. When the guild can’t locate a “mother,” Anne steps in to play the role herself. Based on the short story by J. Lillian Vandervere, the story of how John Dale’s rented Christmas turns into a new life for all concerned makes this a warm story for the holiday season.

Original Cast:
Anne Weston………………………………………………………………….Stephanie Sheedy
Jimmy……………………………………………………………………………….Logan Konitzer
John Dale……………………………………………………………………………Brandon Byng
Bridget……………………………………………………………………………..Linda Druckrey
Martha……………………………………………………………………………………Diane Sohr
Jean………………………………………………………………………………….Erin Thompson
Cynthia……………………………………………………………………………………Talor Sohr
Willie…………………………………………………………………………………Drew Demeny
Lettie……………………………………………………………………………………….Leah Sohr
Mrs. Alice Lindsey………………………………………………………………Kris Thompson
Fred……………………………………………………………………………………….Peter Budz
Christmas Carolers…………………………………………………………..Amber