Welcome back, J. Deschene!

Standing in the front of the theater and leaning on the stage, J. Deschene fully embodies the role of Director. She's precise, decisive, calm, and creative - fully honoring the words and intent of the playwright while giving the actors room to find their feet and use some creative flair. As she pulls together the many actors and details for the upcoming production of Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution," it's a bit puzzling that she hasn't always been at the helm of the plays in which she's participated. In fact, she was an actor and singer first - and came to directing because she was eager to have creative control of the productions of "Pirates of Penzance" and "Patience." "Pira


Ahhhkword. AWWWkward. Joe Stallone prompts the cast through the correct pronunciation, based on precisely where the character falls in the world: country, class, gender, role. Recently, the cast of Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution" has been running lines and concentrating on the exact proper diction. It takes time and arduous work, but the company, including the director Jaie Deschene, are determined to make it as accurate as possible. Also, as thrilling and surprising. Cuz it is Christie after all...

Dirty rotten, maybe. Talented, for sure. Most excellent cast announced...

We are thrilled to announce our cast for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" May 3-19, directed by Ryan Began with music direction by James Haupt and choreography by Daisy Giunta! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who auditioned! Lawrence Jameson: Nicholas Mann Freddy Benson: Jeff Mitchell Christine Colgate: Heather Pruiksma Andre Thibault: Craig Howard Muriel Eubanks: Karen Fanale Jolene: Vanessa Calantropo ENSEMBLE Kelly Duffy Cara Guappone Jocelyn Hesse Liz Ruark Joel Hersh Nate Krantz Dan Murray Nick Stevens

Oh, auditions.

Thanks to EVERYONE who came out this chilly week to audition for our upcoming production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." You're adorable, and immensely talented! Here's our adorable production staff: Directed by Ryan Began Musical Direction by James Haupt Choreography by Daisy Giunta Production by Sandy Armstrong Audition Greetings by Evelyn Corsini

Pip, pip, Witness

Our gorgeous cast for "Witness for the Prosecution" by Agatha Christie (yes, that's the full title we must use) is in the house! And learning how to speak Practically Perfect British in every way. Joe Stallone is tutoring all the speaking role speakers in how to clip, roll, land every vowel and consonant just so. On Monday evening (1/7/19), he led a quick class to lay out the basics. The production promises to be, undoubtedly, quite a corker.

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