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OMG, the talent you'll see when "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" open on May 3! Get your tickets now and beat the rush!
Nicholas Mann ( the elegant Lawrence Jameson ) and Jeff Mitchell (the scruffy Freddy Benson) bring to life the movie characters created in the 1988 movie on which this delightful and irreverent musical is based.
Nick has appeared in such shows as "Big Fish" at the Umbrella Community Arts Center, "Homemade Fusion: A Musical" at The Opposite of People Theatre Company, and "Into the Woods" at Little Theatre of Stoughton.
Jeff made his AFD debut in this season's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" as the snaky and sneaky Claudius. His acting chops include Stage Manager in "Our Town," for which he won the 2018 DASH Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Black Stache in "Peter and the Starcatcher," Snoopy in "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown," all at the Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain. An actor who can play a king AND a beagle? We love this guy.
Heather Pruiksma has created a lot of theater, but this is her first time on the AFD stage and we are rejoicing. Her acting credits include Annie Oakley in "Annie Get Your Gun," Hedy LaRue in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," and Janet van de Graff in "The Drowsy Chaperone," all at The Cannon Theatre in Littleton; Gertrude McFuzz in "Seussical, The Musical" at Open Door Theater in Acton; and some exciting ensemble roles in "The Addams Family" at Theatre III in Acton, "Cabaret" at River’s Edge Players in Hudson, "Chicago" at Nashoba Players in Westford, and "Spamalot" at the Concord Players.
What can we say about Vanessa Calantropo (Jolene Oakes) except "WOW"? She's returning to AFD after appearing as Cassie in "A Chorus Line" in 2015. Current productions include American Repertory Theater’s production of "The Donkey Show," playing Dimitri on Saturday nights in Cambridge. Favorite Boston credits include: With the Gold Dust Orphans, "GREECE," "Whatever Happened to Baby Jesus," and "Brokelahomo;" with The Umbrella theater, Yitzhak in "Hedwig and The Angry Inch," Kate in "The Wild Party," and Shelia Franklin in "HAIR." More Boston-area credits include "Homemade Fusion" (The Opposite of People), Gussie Carnegie in "Merrily We Roll Along" (FUDGE Theater), and Mrs. Walker in "Tommy" (The Footlight Club).
We're thrilled to welcome back AFD favorite Karen Fanale (Muriel Eubanks) who returns to us after her outstanding performances as Margaret Johnson in "The Light in the Piazza" and Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate." Additional recent credits include "The Most Happy Fella" (concert) and "Anything Goes" at Reagle Summer Music Theatre, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" at Theatre-To-Go, and "Company" with the Burlington Players.
Craig Howard (Andre Thibault) has performed with numerous community theatre companies in the last 30+ years. We are delighted that he's making his full-length-play debut at AFD. You may have seen Craig in “Peter Pan” (Hook), “Spamalot” (Arthur), “Urinetown” (Lockstock), “The Producers” (Max Bialystock), “1776” (John Dickinson), “A Christmas Carol” (Scrooge) and “Fiddler On The Roof” (Tevye). He recently appeared as Marcus Lycus in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at Carlisle’s Savoyard Light Opera Company, Gomez Addams in “The Addams Family Musical” at Acton’s Theatre III, and as Narrator for Concord Players’ “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Talent in the Ensemble and off-stage, too? Please. We've got some heavy-hitters here. Watch this space for more details about them.