Mark Twain’s the Diaries of Adam and Eve

Show is cancelled due to COVID 19

This play is a light-hearted look at the world’s first love story through the eyes of America’s greatest humorist- Mark Twain.  Throughout this play, the Garden of Eden bursts with wit, laughter and the lyric poignance of the first love and the first loss.  Based upon Mark Twain’s book from the early 1900’s titled the same name, this play is sure to hit home with all audiences!

First produced for PBS “American Playhouse,” The Diaries… is a uniquely American theatre piece. Since that time, the show has enjoyed well over 200 productions, in both extended runs and touring engagements at regional theatres, college and university theatres, and performing arts centers on both coasts and across the country.

Director Tim Rutten-Kempees

Numbers by Day, Director by Night

ASPI is proud to present “Escanaba in da Moonlight” as the “After Dark” Production for the 2019 season.

Ever have a disappointing hunting season where nothing seems to be going your way? In Jeff Daniels’ play “Escanaba in da Moonlight”, that’s exactly what huntsman Reuben Soady feels like. Except his unlucky streak will make him the oldest Soady in history to not shoot a buck.

Director Tim Rutten-Kempees
Director Tim Rutten-Kempees

Meet the Director who will bring the Yooper hunting experience to life, Mr. Tim Rutten-Kempees!

Accountant by day, director by night, Tim comes to ASPI with years of experience wearing multiple theater hats. On top of having a bachelor’s degree in theater, Tim has acted in over 20 shows. “Escanaba in da Moonlight” will be the seventh show he has directed and the second second he has directed with ASPI, his first being “Barefoot in the Park”. Tim also played Warren in ASPI’s production of “Meet Me in St. Louis”.

The cast of “Escanaba in da Moonlight” is what Tim believes will really draw the audience to the show.  The production is early in the rehearsal process, but it has already been filled with lots of laughs and a lot of fun!

Did we mention that the play takes place in Upper Michigan? So, this production is sure to hit close to home to many in the audience! Get ready for some slang and references only a true “Yooper” would know.

Will Reuben Soady go down in history as the oldest Soady to not shoot a buck by the end of hunting season? Buy your tickets now to find out! Performances will be September 12-15 and September 19-22.

The Newlywed Game: ASPI Edition. Play the couples game before you see ‘Barefoot in the Park’

Barefoot in the ParkLet’s meet the couples! First, we have Corie and Paul Bratter, of “Barefoot in the Park.” Still in the honeymoon phase and living on love. And we also have you, our audience! See how well you and the special person in your life know each other. Whether you have been married for one week or 50 years, how well do you really know your spouse? So, grab your partner and let’s play The Newlywed Game: ASPI Edition.

How to Play: This game is intended for couples. The questions are separated into three rounds. For the first two rounds, the goal is for each spouse to correctly guess the other spouse’s responses. For round one, the wife will first answer the question, and then after, the husband will try and guess the correct answer. For round two, the husband will answer first, and then the wife will try and guess the husband’s response. For round three (the bonus round), both spouses will answer each question at the same time.

The more the answers that match up, the better you know your spouse. Good luck to each couple!

Round One (Wives answer first)
How many pairs of shoes does your wife own?
What color are your wife’s eyes (no cheating ?)?
What is your wife’s biggest pet peeve?
If you were cleaning out the closets, what is the one thing of your husband’s that you would throw away?
When it comes to replacing the toilet paper roll, should the paper go over or under?

Round Two (Husbands answer first)
What is the last movie you saw together?
What is your husband’s least favorite household chore?
Is your wife always late, always early, or always right on time?
If your wife is texting someone, who is she most likely texting?
What was your wife wearing on your first date with her?

Bonus round
Who do you trust more behind the wheel?
Who is the more romantic one in the relationship?
Who is the biggest procrastinator?
Who said “I love you” first?
When the two of you are in the car together, who controls the radio?

Need a unique date night idea? Come see Corie and Paul Bratter in ASPI’s production of “Barefoot in the Park,” which will be performed June 15-17 & 22-24. Tickets are on sale NOW! For more information on “Barefoot in the Park” or to order tickets, go to www.abramstheater.com or call the box office at 920-826-5852.

(Questions taken from: https://funattic.com/newlywed-game-questions/ & https://www.theknot.com/content/shoe-game-wedding-reception-game-questions)

The Odd Couple

Production Dates: August 12-14 & 19-21, 2016

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.

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

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


Book by Neil Simon

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

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