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

Unwrapped

Unwrapped

Written By: Charlie Lovett
Published By: Pioneer Drama Services, Inc.
Production Date: October 24-26, 2008
Location: The Byng Community Theater

Director: Nancy Byng
Assistant Director: Scott Kirst
Technical Director: Brandon Byng

What happens when the world’s worst movie producer, David O. Dimwit, decides to travel to Vansyltrania to produce his next horrible horror movie? A string of mysterious murders plagues the set and baffles the aptly named Chief Inspector Idiot. With the help of some local talent (like a green-faced monster and a hunch-backed laboratory assistant), director Otto von Strongman and his cast manage to triumph over murder, a werewolf and an unwrapped mummy to wrap up the film and solve the mystery. This hilarious send-up of 1930s Hollywood is populated with zany characters from tourist director Ivan Hoo (whose every conversation sounds like an Abbot and Costello routine), to gossip columnist Hedda Gobbler, to screen hero North Dakota Smith. You’ll be laughing all the way to the red carpet with this sure-fire winner!

Original Cast:
Hedda Gobbler……………………………………………………………….Stephanie Sheedy
David O. Dimwit………………………………………………………………..Scott Ahlswede
Patron #7 / Yes-Person #1………………………………………………………..Suzie Wons
Yes-Person #2………………………………………………………………………..Leah Wons
Danielle Dickens………………………………………………………………….Erin Thompson
Sarah Shakespeare………………………………………………………………Kelsey Kutska
Otto von Strongman……………………………………………………………..Brandon Byng
Maxine……………………………………………………………………………..Linda Druckrey
Norma Desmond………………………………………………………………..Kris Thompson
Elliot / Ernst……………………………………………………………………….Logan Konitzer
Billy Bob Walton…………………………………………………………………..Willy Koehne
Jack Quincy………………………………………………………………………Josh Kozlowski
Lacy Donahue………………………………………………………..Cherran Dea Rasmovicz
James Huntington……………………………………………………………..Matthew Stueber
Ivan Hoo……………………………………………………………………….Brennan Druckrey
Dr. Frankenstein……………………………………………………………………….Diane Sohr
Monster…………………………………………………………………………………..Scott Kirst
Eegor………………………………………………………………………………………Talor Sohr
Inspector Idiot……………………………………………………………………………Bill Wons
Margaret von Welby………………………………………………………………Janet Koehne
Patron #1……………………………………………………………………Samantha Joe Lasee
Patron #2……………………………………………………………………………..Katie Kutska
Patron #3……………………………………………………………………………Drew Demeny
Patron #4……………………………………………………………………………..Garret Wons
Patron #5…………………………………………………………………………Alisha Ahlswede
Patron #6………………………………………………………………………………Olivia Lasee

Spotlight Spectacular I

Spotlight Spectacular I

Written By: Brandon Byng
Production Date: May 16-18, 2008
Location: Morgan Town Hall Theater

Director / Musical Director / Technical Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director: Nancy Byng
Choreographic Director: Linda Druckrey

Spotlight Spectacular I is based on the first five years of Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc.’s history. The story begins as the group prepares for its tenth show, they find themselves remembering all the fun times and all of the great shows they have produced since they began in 2003. You are taken on a journey through the most memorable scenes from each of the nine plays and musicals that Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc. has performed so far; all leading up to a never before seen song and dance number that is sure to please children and adults of all ages.

Original Cast:

Emmerella – by, Nancy Byng & Brandon Byng
Nancy…………………………………………………………………………………..Nancy Byng
Brandon……………………………………………………………………………..Brandon Byng
Emmerella…………………………………………………………Roxanna (Westcot) Running
Lukor……………………………………………………………………………….Josh Kozlowski
Old Women……………………………………………………………………….Kris Thompson
Prince’s Page…………………………………………………………………………..Leah Wons
Prince Jonathon………………………………………………………………….Logan Konitzer

The Snow Place – by, Nancy Byng
Nancy…………………………………………………………………………………..Nancy Byng
Becky……………………………………………………………………………………Becky Wolf
Brandon……………………………………………………………………………..Brandon Byng
Willy…………………………………………………………………………………..Willy Koehne
Janet…………………………………………………………………………………..Janet Koehne
Showlowe……………………………………………………………………..Lenny Klarkowski
Yolandee……………………………………………………………….Cherran Dea Rasmovicz
Keely………………………………………………………………………………………Talor Sohr
Snowman……………………………………………………………………………….Leah Wons

The Saga of the Prospector’s Daughter or She Was Only a Miner’s Minor – by, Pat Cook
Nancy…………………………………………………………………………………..Nancy Byng
Roxy……………………………………………………………….Roxanna (Westcot) Running
Wiley Schlink………………………………………………………………………Brandon Byng
Sheriff Hilda……………………………………………………………………….Kris Thompson
Indian……………………………………………………………………………….Josh Kozlowski
Constance Purdy……………………………………………………………………..Becky Wolf
Mary Carnation……………………………………………………………………….Suzie Wons
Piano Player……………………………………………………………………………Leah Wons
Judge……………………………………………………………………………Lenny Klarkowski

Broadway Lullaby – by, Craig Sodaro
Linda………………………………………………………………………………..Linda Druckrey
Brandon……………………………………………………………………………..Brandon Byng
Leonard……………………………………………………………………………Josh Kozlowski
Ginny Hobbs………………………………………………………………………..Janet Koehne
Shirley……………………………………………………………..Roxanna (Westcot) Running
Della………………………………………………………………………………………Leah Wons
Stella…………………………………………………………………………………Kelsey Kutska
Betty………………………………………………………………………….Samantha Joe Lasee
Carla…………………………………………………………………….Cherran Dea Rasmovicz
Tina………………………………………………………………………………….Erin Thompson
Freddie Fink………………………………………………………………….Lenny Klarkowski
Elliot St. John…………………………………………………………………………..Peter Budz
Nola Labola……………………………………………………………………………Suzie Wons

The Legend of Robin Hood…Sort of – by, Pat Cook
Nancy…………………………………………………………………………………..Nancy Byng
Josh…………………………………………………………………………………Josh Kozlowski
Witch Waye…………………………………………………………………………….Diane Sohr
Friar Tuck…………………………………………………………………………..Brandon Byng
Sheriff of Nottingham…………………………………………………………………Peter Budz
Robin Hood……………………………………………………………………….Logan Konitzer

Aladdin – by, Craig Sodaro
Nancy…………………………………………………………………………………..Nancy Byng
Samantha…………………………………………………………………….Samantha Markham
Aladdin…………………………………………………………………………………..Peter Budz
El Kashid………………………………………………………………………Lenny Klarkowski
Cave Creep……………………………………………………………………………..Talor Sohr
Genie of the Lamp………………………………………………………………..Brandon Byng
Violet………………………………………………………………………………..Kelsey Kutska
Aster…………………………………………………………………….Cherran Dea Rasmovicz
Rosepetal…………………………………………………………………………..Erin Thompson
Daisy…………………………………………………………………………Samantha Joe Lasee
Iris……………………………………………………………………………………..Janet Koehne

Look Out, Olympus! – by, Jeffrey Smart – Music & Lyrics by, Scott Keys
Nancy…………………………………………………………………………………..Nancy Byng
Artemis………………………………………………………………………………….Becky Wolf
Zeus…………………………………………………………………………………Scott Ahlswede
Poseidon…………………………………………………………………………….Brandon Byng
Hades…………………………………………………………………………………….Peter Budz
Hera…………………………………………………………………………………Linda Druckrey
Hermes…………………………………………………………………………….Josh Kozlowski
Ashley…………………………………………………………………………………….Talor Sohr
Persephone……………………………………………………………………………..Diane Sohr
Olive………………………………………………………………………….Samantha Markham
Chorus…………………………………………………………….Roxanna (Westcot) Running
Kelsey Kutska
Cherran Dea Rasmovicz
Suzie Wons
Janet Koehne
Samantha Joe

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Written By: Tim Kelly
Music & Lyrics By: Bill Francoeur
Published By: Pioneer Drama Services, Inc.
Production Date: October 26-28, 2007
Location: Abrams Town Hall Theater

Director / Musical Director / Technical Director: Brandon Byng
Assistant Director: Nancy Byng
Choreographic Director: Linda Druckrey

All our old friends are here in this marvelous musical adaptation. We’ll meet the captivating princess, the mischievous dwarfs, the prince and, of course, the evil queen. There’s also a hilarious palace cat and an enchanted vixen. Following the traditional storyline, there’s enough toe-tapping tunes to delight young and old.

Original Cast:
Cat……………………………………………………………………………………Kelsey Kutska
Queen………………………………………………………………………………..Arvilla Rusnak
Walking Talking Magic Mirror………………………………………………Linda Druckrey
Princess Snow White…………………………………………………….Samantha Markham
Prince Robert………………………………………………………………………Brandon Byng
Huntsman / Chorus……………………………………………………………..Josh Kozlowski
Enchanted Vixen / Chorus…………………………………………………………Falicia Folts
Sarge……………………………………………………………………………….Scott Ahlswede
Gabby………………………………………………………………………………Logan Konitzer
Gloomy Gus…………………………………………………………………………….Peter Budz
Ticklish…………………………………………………………………………………..Leah Wons
Spritely……………………………………………………………………………………Talor Sohr
Snore……………………………………………………………………………………Raelin Smith
Slowpoke…………………………………………………………………………….Willy Koehne
Esmeralda / Chorus………………………………………………………………….Suzie Wons
Crone…………………………………………………………………………………….Diane Sohr
Chorus………………………………………………………………………………………Liza Leja
Janet Koehne
Charlotte Sohr
Dakota Winkler
Katie Kutska
Matthew Stueber
Bethany Voelker
Erin Thompson