• 4/15/06 - 'Something to Hide' dubbed a 'must-see' (OBS)
• 2/7/06 - Theatre of Dare continues winning streak with 'Little Shop of Horrors' (OBS)
• 1/28/06 - Feed me Seymour! [Little Shop of Horrors] (OBS)
• 1/21/06 - Theatre of Dare presents 'Little Shop of Horrors' (OBS)
• 4/9/05 - Play drawing audiences, laughter [Over the River...] (OBS)
• 3/16/05 - Theatre of Dare working on new production [Over the River...] (OBS)
• 2/2/05 - Theatre of Dare to present 'Annie' (OBS)
• 3/30/04 - Theatre of Dare casts 'The Boys Next Door' (OBS)
• 1/23/04 - "Life Goes On" cast is announced (OBS)
• 10/14/03 - Theatre of Dare opens season (OBS)
• 1/18/03 - Theatre of Dare casts its winter show [Diary of Anne Frank] (OBS)
• 10/26/02 - 'The Pajama Game' to be performed in November (OBS)
• 8/24/02 - How do you look in jammies? [Pajama Game] (OBS)
• 2/27/02 - Theatre of Dare's 'See How They Run' blends chaos, comedy (OBS)
• 2/20/02 - 'See How They Run' opens Friday (OBS)
• 4/4/01 - 'Deathtrap' cast named for spring production (OBS)
'Something to Hide' dubbed a 'must-see'
Outer Banks Sentinel (4/15/06)
Every once in a while something comes to the Outer Banks that is a "must see" event. The Theater of Dare's production of Leslie Sand's "Something to Hide" certainly falls into this category. It is a very well scripted play with clever dialog, a very strong cast and a plot line that takes many twists and turns as it follows a tale of deceit, blackmail and murder.
Set in the 1960 English countryside a novelist and his wife try to hide an accident involving the husbands mistress from the local police investigator. The play centers on the investigation of the accident by the local Inspector Davies as he questions both the husband Howard and his wife Karen.
Jay Brumbeloe plays the husband Howard with just the right touch of arrogance mixed with a cavalier attitude towards the crime. His depiction of the husband who cares only about himself is strong and well received by the audience. Dona Grim brings Karen to life and grows on stage from a woman barely able to cope with the accident to a woman who can challenge both her cheating husband and the relentless investigation. The scenes where she confronts Howard with his relationships with other women hold the audience on the edge of their seats wondering what is going to happen next.
Inspector Davies as played by Jay DeVore is a joy to watch as he dances around all the lies poking and prodding for the truth in a bumbling bulldog kind of way. The interaction of these three main characters is fun to watch as one lie is told and then another and another. The acting is strong, believable and tightly focused.
Phyllis Porcher provides a comic relief as the nosey next door neighbor who sees all and can't wait to tell all and is instrumental in unfolding the plot. Michael Daly as the hard working local mechanic and Diane Forbes as the somewhat nosey maid also provide strong performances to support to the storyline. Brittany Forsythe gives a stellar performance as Julie, the girlfriend of Howard.
"Something to Hide" is presented by the Theatre of Dare at the Outer Banks Music Showcase in Kitty Hawk with shows this Friday and Saturday nights and closing out with a Sunday afternoon 2 p.m. performance. If you like live theater this is an outstanding murder mystery in a local Outer Banks location with a very strong cast so do yourself a favor and put a little drama in your weekend.
Theatre of Dare continues winning streak with 'Little Shop of Horrors'
Outer Banks Sentinel (2/7/06)
The Theatre of Dare opened the musical production of "Little Shop of Horrors" last weekend in a new venue at First Flight High School auditorium. Another TOD first and another hit! Upon the curtain opening, the enormity of the set designed by Jerry Maloney whisks theater-goers into a dreamland where they begin to believe plants need "special" nourishment to survive!
The show opens with the supernatural voice of Michael Daly, also the voice of the plant, Audrey II, providing an introduction to the setting similar to that expected in a Star Trek movie. As the curtain opens with looming stage fog, 25 cast members enter the set and bring it to life with a rousing version of the song "Little Shop of Horrors."
This is the story of a downtrodden nerd named Seymour, played by Ed Montgomery, who lives in the basement of Mushnik's Skid Row Flower Shop. His co-worker is the ditzy blond, Audrey, played by Melissa Dale, with whom Seymour has fallen hopelessly in love. Audrey secretly fantasizes about a life with Seymour but doesn't reveal her dreams because her boyfriend, a sadistic dentist named Orin, played by Bill Fenner, wouldn't like it. Then one day a strange and amazing plant purchased Seymour and named Audrey II, blossoms into something the likes of which no one has ever seen. Suddenly, the plant is the talk of the city and Mushnik's flower shop is flooded with customers.
Montgomery proves his singing and acting talent by singing through his poor history. Musician Tommy Midgett is superb in creating a musical background indicative of many more instruments.
Shortly after the opening number, the Da Doo Girls make themselves known. Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon, played by Jessica Ruth Hinke, Roberta Graves and Pennylayne Sullivan, respectively, provide lead and background vocals and harmony throughout the show reminiscent of the 1960's girl group, The Supremes.
Most scene changes for this production are accomplished with lights out, but no curtain. However, at this point, the curtain is closed and the flower shop renovated, with a display of colorful flowers and the third transformation of Audrey II, plant manipulator Alan Hooper, now standing more than four feet tall. The show continues with the arrival of the black leather-clad Fenner. Fenner belted out his introductory song, "Dentist", with the aid of the ever-present Da Doo Girls, and brought down the house with his Elvis Presley-like closing stance.
Anyone who misses this musical is missing an opportunity to be entertained and amazed at the variety of local talent in the community theater group.
This production was a pleasure from beginning to end with very professional lighting by David Miller from Roanoke Island Festival Park. The standing ovation of the Sunday matinee crowd echoed sentiments from all attendees that the Theatre of Dare won the Super Bowl Pre-Game show! Hats off to directors Gene Webster, Helen Cocke and Jerry Maloney. TOD continues this show for its final weekend on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Feb. 10, 11, and 12, at First Flight High School. Tickets are still available at Gray's Department Store in Kitty Hawk, Manteo Booksellers in Manteo, SurfSound Records in Nags Head, and Barrier Island Fitness Center in Kitty Hawk. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors over 55, and $6 for students. TOD can be contacted at 261-4064 or at their website, theatreofdare.org.
|Mushnik, played by Tommy Boggs, melodically vocalizes the changes in his fortunes in the beginning of the song, "Ya Never Know."
Feed me Seymour!
Outer Banks Sentinel (1/28/06)
by Paul Gorzkowski, Sentinel Staff
The Theatre of Dare has received delivery of Audrey II -- the plant used in the Off-Broadway production of "Little Shop of Horrors" -- just in time for dress rehearsals.
Bruce Spalding, vice president of Theatre of Dare and co-producer of Little Shop of Horrors at First Flight High School, said Audrey II was trucked from Music Theatre International in New York City to Hardy Moving and Storage in Harbinger. And from there the two large crates were delivered to First Flight High School.
Spalding said that it took four men to carry the small crate weighing 300 pounds and the large one at 600 pounds into the school auditorium.
The prop consists of four versions in four different sizes, beginning as a small house plant, known as Pod 1. Each of the Pods is progressively larger to represent the plant's growth as it eats its way through the play. Pod One and Pod Two are each operated by hand by Seymour, played by Ed Montgomery. Pod Three and Pod Four are operated by Alan Hooper who will actually be inside the man-eating plant. The largest Pod Four, which is Audrey II full grown, weighs 200 pounds, and Pod Three tips the scales at 110 pounds.
Audrey II was designed by Martin P. Robinson of New York City and constructed by Character Translations Inc. for Music Theatre International.
Little Shop of Horror, one of the longest running Off-Broadway plays of all times, was written by Howard Ashman. It is the story of a downtrodden nerd named Seymour Krelbourn who lives in the basement of Mushnik's Flower Shop, where he works and who falls hopelessly in love with his co-worker, Audrey (Melissa Dale). Mushnik, the flower shop owner, is played by Tommy Boggs.
Audrey secretly fantasizes about a life with Seymour but doesn't reveal her dreams because of her boyfriend, a sadistic dentist named Orin (Bill Fenner), wouldn't like it.
One day, Seymour buys a plant named Audrey II that has a blood-thirsty secret that threatens the entire planet and blossoms into something the likes of which no one has ever seen. Michael Dailey provides the voice for Audrey II.
There are 22 cast members in the production.
Spalding said the auditorium at First Flight High School seats approximately 600 and, with six nights of worth of shows, they are hoping for a great turn out.
Pat Heezen is the co-producer of the production that will be held Feb. 3, 4, 5 and Feb. 10, 11, 12, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Manteo Booksellers, Surf Sound Records in Nags Head and Gray's Department Store in Kitty Hawk. Advanced tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors over 55; and $6 for students.
|Audrey II eats Mushnik played by Tommy Boggs during a scene in Little Shop of Horrors. Paul Gorzkowski photo
Theatre of Dare presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'
Outer Banks Sentinel (1/21/06)
The Theatre of Dare (TOD) has been rehearsing for their upcoming musical presentation, "The Little Shop of Horrors" since November of last year.
Cast members were selected from all age groups for this fabulously funny, and sometimes scary, show that holds the record for the longest running off-Broadway musical in New York history! As with most TOD presentations, theatrical experience ranges from the novice to the professional.
There are many "firsts" for TOD with this show. This is the first time this community theatre has presented a musical in consecutive seasons. It's the first time TOD has performed in the wonderful theater at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills. With such a large production, it's the first time TOD has used three directors to stage a show. Gene Webster, Helen Cocke and Jerry Maloney share these duties. Also a first, TOD has rented the actual off-Broadway prop for the plant, Audrey II from the builder in New York City. Those who have seen the show know how realistic this man size plant must be! Providing the actual plant will guarantee a unique and professional looking set for this production.
No musical can be staged without music and TOD has been blessed with the likes of Tommy Midgett on the keyboard. Midgett has been playing for rehearsals and will provide live music for all six performances. Midgett also shared his musical prowess with the audience for last years hit musical, "Annie."
"Little Shop of Horrors" is based on the book by Howard Ashman and the film by Roger Carman. Ashman also wrote the lyrics to the music. The music was written by Alan Menken and the screenplay is by Charles Griffith. This is the story of a downtrodden nerd named Seymour Krelborn (played by Ed Montgomery) who lives in the basement of his workplace, Mushnik's Flower Shop (Mushnik played by Tommy Boggs), on skid row. The other employee at the forsaken shop is the sweet, but ditzy blond, Audrey (Melissa Dale), with whom Seymour falls hopelessly in love. Audrey secretly fantasizes about a life with Seymour but doesn't reveal her dreams because her boyfriend, a sadistic dentist named Orin (Bill Fenner), wouldn't like it. Then one day a strange and amazing plant, which Seymour recently bought and named Audrey II (voice by Michael Dailey), blossoms into something the likes of which no one has ever seen! Suddenly, the plant is the talk of the city and Mushnik's Flower Shop is flooded with customers. "Little Shop of Horrors" is charmingly tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Producer's Pat Heezen and Bruce Spalding are proud to announce show dates at First Flight High School on Feb. 3,4,5 and Feb. 10,11,12. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors over 55; and $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased at Manteo Booksellers in Manteo, Surf Sound Records in Nags Head and Gray's Department Store in Kitty Hawk. The Theatre of Dare can be contacted at 261-4064 or view their website (webmaster Randy Latta) at http://www.theatreofdare.org.
|Cast members for Theatre of Dares' musical presentation `Little Shop of Horrors' were scared silly at the surprise ending written specially for their show. Pictured, from left, back row, are Donna Grimm, Jonta Charrier, Hanna West, Becky Shinn, Megan Forbis, Barbara Minter, Bill Fenner, Stacy Williams, Jordan Fenner, Cayla Woodard, Allie Rosnato; on the sofa, Roberta Graves, Jessie Hinke, Pennylayne Sullivan and Emily West.
Play drawing audiences, laughter
Outer Banks Sentinel (4/9/05)
Continuing this seasons' record-setting pace, the Theatre of Dare's production of "Over the River and Through the Woods" opened last weekend.
Performed at the Outer Banks Music Showcase, this family comedy brought belly laughs and tears to all in the audience. In her directing debut with TOD, Cyd Knight has hit a home run!
Due to the illness of cast member Lee Fields, understudy Neal Ferguson stepped in on short notice to fill the role of the grandson, Nick. All six cast members rendered a touching portrayal of the challenges presented by the generation gap and its' effect on family ties.
Playwright Joe DiPietro captures the essence of the meaning of family in this down-to-earth comedy. Nick is a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey! In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents (played by Etta Lanuti, Susan Stacy, Jerry Maloney and Dave Jones) every Sunday for dinner.
This is routine until he has to tell them that he has been offered a dream job. The job would take him away from his beloved, but annoying grandparents. The news doesn't sit well.
Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around including bringing to dinner the lovely and single Caitlin O'Hare (played by Carrie Messenheimer-Antonacci) as bait.
This production is a "Must See" for live theatre aficionados and their family.
"Over the River and Through the Woods" will again be performed this weekend, April 8,9,10 at the Outer Banks Music Showcase in Kitty Hawk. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m. and the final Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.
Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 55 years and older, and $6 for students. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults/seniors and $6 for students. Tickets may be purchased at Gray's Department Store in Kitty Hawk, Jewelry By Gail and Surf Sound Records in Nags Head, and Manteo Booksellers in Manteo.
Theatre of Dare working on new production
Outer Banks Sentinel (3/16/05)
Following the wildly successful hit "Annie," the Theatre of Dare is currently rehearsing for the family comedy, "Over the River and Through the Woods," by Joe Dipietro.
The story line is that Nick (played by Lee Fields) is a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida.
That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of grandparents (played by Etta Lanuti, Susan Stacy, Jerry Maloney and Dave Jones) every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he has been offered a dream job. The job will take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. The news doesn't sit so well.
Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around, including bringing to dinner the lovely and single Caitlin O'Hare (played by Carrie Messenheimer-Antonacci) as bait. The remainder of the plot is left for your viewing pleasure.
The play will be performed April 1, 2, and 3 and again, April 8, 9 and 10 at the Outer Banks Music Showcase in Kitty Hawk. This theater has limited seating capacity so plan to come early to the 8 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday.
Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 55 and older, and $6 for students. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and seniors and $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased at Gray's Department Store in Kitty Hawk, Jewelry By Gail and Surf Sound Records in Nags Head, and Manteo Booksellers in Manteo. For information call 261-4064 or go to http://www.theatreofdare.org.
|The Theatre of Dare cast is rehearsing for the upcoming presentation of the fmaily comedy 'Over the River and Through the Woods.' Pictured, from left, are Lee Fields, Etta Lanuti, Susan Stacy, Jerry Maloney and Dave Jones. Not shown is Carrie Messenheimer-Antonacci. Andy Collis photo
Theatre of Dare to present 'Annie'
Outer Banks Sentinel (2/2/05)
Since early January Theatre of Dare has been in rehearsals for the upcoming musical comedy "Annie."
Set during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the story is based on the classic comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" about a spunky girl who winds up being taken in by the richest man in the world. Although it's "A Hard Knock Life" Annie is sure that "The Sun Will Come out Tomorrow."
Twenty-two local actors, singers and dancers make up the adult cast of this popular entertainment. In addition to the adults, there are 32 elementary and middle school age girls in the Orphan Chorus.
Rehearsals are literally day and night for this production. Children's director Lisa Bridge works with the girls on weekday afternoons at Barrier Island Fitness Center with musical direction by Penny Manolas. In the evenings adult cast director Don Bridge works with the adults at The Clarion Hotel with musical director Gretchen Bender and accompanist Tommy Midgett. Gene Webster attends both afternoon and evening rehearsals as choreographer.
The Orphans and the role of Annie are double-cast, designated Pink and Purple, and each group will perform for the public three times.
Annie is being played by Brianne Voyovich and Cayla Woodard. Other leading roles include Brooke Jacobson as Grace, Doug Dino as Daddy Warbucks, Neil Fergusson as Rooster, Manda Collis as Lilly, Jay DeVore as President Roosevelt, and Katherine Spencer as Miss Hannigan.
Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance, $10 for seniors and $6 for students. Advance tickets are available at Gray's Department Store, Manteo Bookseller, Jewelry by Gail and Surf Sound Records.
Additional information may be obtained by calling Theatre of Dare at 261-4064 or logging on to http://www.theatreofdare.org.
|"Annie," with lyrics by Martin Charnin, book by Thomas Meehan and music by Charles Strouse, will be performed Feb. 25, 26, 27 and March 4, 5, 6. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at Manteo Middle School.
Theatre of Dare casts 'The Boys Next Door'
Outer Banks Sentinel (3/30/04)
Rehearsals are under way for Theatre of Dare's (TOD) next production, "The Boys Next Door." Set to open May 7, director Jonathan Bender selected a cast after an unprecedented two weeks of auditions.
"This show is very demanding of its actors. I wanted to make sure I could include as many people who were interested and see as many talented actors as I could. Holding two weeks of auditions in different locations allowed people to attend who otherwise couldn't have due to scheduling or location. I ended up in exactly the position I wanted to be in. I had so many talented to choose from that selecting the cast was very difficult," he said.
The Boys Next Door, an off-Broadway smash by Tom Griffin, is the touching story of four mentally handicapped adults trying to integrate into society. The results are often both hilarious and heart breaking. Don Bridge, a TOD and Lost Colony veteran, plays Arnold, a mildly retarded depressive with a persecution complex. Said Bender, "I've enjoyed working with Don before and he was the first person I thought of for this role. When he came to auditions, he hit the nail on the head so I had no choice but to cast him."
Lucien is the most handicapped of the four main characters, being both severely retarded as well as physically challenged. Lucien will be played by Outer Banks newcomer Lee Fields. BND producer Tom Filkins had special praise for Fields. "He's a newcomer to TOD and I'm very impressed how he took a character and ran with it and kept his character alive every time he read."
Bill Fenner, a face well-known to TOD audiences, is Norman, the loveable doughnut shop employee who sees the world with a smile often covered in sugar glaze and/or chocolate sprinkles. "I think Bill's real-life experience brought a touching realism to the role. Bill is going to be one of the shining stars in this production," said Filkins.
Max Bridge, fresh from service in the Marine Corps, returns to his family's theatrical roots in the role of Barry, a schizophrenic convinced he's a golf pro. Barry challenges the young actor with his reunion with a mysterious father he hasn't seen in nine years. "Max is a young man with a lot of talent," said Bender, "and coming from a theatrical family might be one reason, but I think this role will allow Max's talent to shine in its own right."
Actor Neil Ferguson, last seen in TOD's "A Few Good Men," plays Jack, the increasingly frustrated caregiver, providing a calming counterpoint to the high-energy antics of the four other men. Filkins commented, "It's not enough to learn lines and Neil always does more than that. He always brings humanity to a role, comedy or otherwise, which is essential for the character of Jack."
KT Childress, a local massage therapist, delightfully plays Shelia, Norman's love interest. "KT could have played any of the women in the show, but her reading of Shelia carried such a warmth, simplicity and tenderness," commented Filkins. "She and Bill played off of each other, in a word, perfectly."
Charles Winstead, an Outer Banks native and freelance writer, is featured in three smaller roles in the show. He plays Mr. Corbin, Arnold's manager at the theater; Mr. Hedges, one of Barry's unsuspecting golf students and Senator Clarke, who heads the committee reviewing Lucien's disability benefits. Said Filkins, "These roles provide moments of comedy and drama and require one actor to create three distinct characters. From what we saw in auditions, we felt Charles could easily accomplish that."
Lisa Bridge, most noted for her role of Queen Elizabeth in the Lost Colony, also pulls triple duty in the roles of Clara, friend of Shelia; Mrs. Fremus, the deaf widow in whom Barry often confides and Mrs. Warren, an unsuspecting neighbor of the boys. "Lisa was able to bring depth and separation to every character. All of them came to life when she read."
Rounding out the cast is producer Filkins in the role of Mr. Klemper, Barry's father who visits his son after nine years in an explosive reunion. "Tom's versatility will be featured in this role. Tom is such a likeable guy, I think people will be surprised how much they dislike Mr. Klemper."
The Boys Next Door opens Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at Manteo High School followed by performances on the 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.
"Life Goes On" cast is announced
Outer Banks Sentinel (1/23/04)
The Theatre of Dare community theatre for the Outer Banks announces the cast for the upcoming production of "Life Goes On," written by North Carolina Judge James E. Ragan.
Director Janelle Parrish was pleased with the turnout for the auditions. Among the large cast, she selected several who are new to the Theatre of Dare stage. If early rehearsals are any indication this production promises to be a hit.
Playing the part of Judge George Smith will be Harry Herzer; his friends, Dr. Herb Witherspoon, the gynecologist, will be portrayed by Bill Brobst; Roger Norris the undertaker will be Jerry Maloney. Their wives: Harriet Smith will be played by Pat Webster; Ann Witherspoon will be portrayed by Betty Kelley; and Nellie Norris will be played by Shelia Diehm. The Judge's loyal assistant Bee will be played by Dot Hager; the bailiff Melvin Reid by Bill Fenner; the court reporter Tillie by Jennifer Phillips; Judge Hacker will be played by John Maloney; the officious Mayor by Mike Hunter; the attorneys Stallings will be played by Rachel Webb and Ward by Will Gregg; Agnes Brown by Becky Shinn; reporters will be played by Susan Maloney, Jackie Stefan and Donnie Johnson; photographers by Jonta Charier and Charles Winstead; and Alferd Pickles will be Bruce Spalding. Rounding out this large cast will be the cleanup crew played by Barb Minter and Bob Miller.
Production dates are Feb. 27, 28, 29 and March 5, 6, and 7. Curtain times for Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Advance tickets may be purchased at Grays Department Store in Kitty Hawk, Corner Stitch and Frame in Kill Devil Hills and Manteo Booksellers in Manteo. Tickets may also be purchased from cast members or online at http://ticketleap.com.
Theatre of Dare opens season
Outer Banks Sentinel (10/14/03)
The Theatre of Dare is proud to announce its 13th production season.
This year, Dare County will be treated to three wonderful shows. The season will begin with the long awaited revival of "Sorry, Wrong Chimney!" This yuletide farce complete with mistaken identity and chases around the sofa, will once again be directed by Julia Scheer. You will be able to catch this one in mid-November.
Once the laughter has died down from this, we will present "Life Goes On" in early March. This very funny comedy will be directed by Tom Filkins, who brought to life "The Sunshine Boys." "Life Goes On" is written by a retired judge from North Carolina. This funny look at the legal system, complete with a dead judge who keeps writing laws, is sure to have you laughing long after you have left the theater.
To finish out the 13th year in mid-May, theater-goers will be delighted with "The Boys Next Door." This comical look at a group of young men trying to find their way in the world will be directed by Jon Bender. Unfortunately, the boys are just a little different than society expects them to be.
You can purchase tickets in advance or at the door to any one show. The best way to ensure that you don't miss any Theatre of Dare shows is to purchase a season ticket. Season tickets are available at the door through the end of the first show or by subscription. To reserve your season ticket now, call Mike at 475-1825.
Theatre of Dare casts its winter show
Outer Banks Sentinel (1/18/03)
The Theatre of Dare has cast its winter show for the 2002-03 season. The production of "The Diary of Anne Frank," dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, will be presented Feb. 21, 22, 23 and 28, March 1 and 2 at the Manteo Middle School. The show is directed by Charlie Meyer, now directing his fourth show for the Theatre of Dare.
The story, based on the written diary of Anne during WWII from July 1942 through November 1945, takes place in three rooms of the top floor of a warehouse in Amsterdam, Holland.
The cast includes Manda Collis as Anne Frank, Jay DeVore as Mr. Frank, Stephanie Spence as Mrs. Frank and Allie Blackmon as Anne's sister Margot. Also cast and in seclusion are Tom Charity as Mr. Van Daan, Linda Molloy as Mrs. Van Daan, Damon Tatem as their son Peter and Bruce Spalding as Mr. Dussel. Their lifelines to the outside world during those years are played by Marv Hanson as Mr. Kraler and Kim Jolly as Meip Geis.
Advance tickets may be purchased at Gray's Department Store in Kitty Hawk, Corner Stitch & Frame in Kill Devil Hills and Manteo Booksellers in Manteo. For information, call 255-5965.
|The cast includes, bottom, from left, Kim Jolly, Manda Collis, Stephanie Spence, Allie Blackmon and Linda Molloy; top, from left, Jay DeVore, Bruce Spalding, Damon Tatem and Tom Charity. Photo By: Donnie Cocke
'The Pajama Game' to be performed in November
Outer Banks Sentinel (10/26/02)
The Theatre of Dare will present the musical comedy "The Pajama Game" Nov. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at Manteo Middle School.
"The Pajama Game" is the humorous musical story of labor-management disagreements taking place in a pajama factory during the 1950s. When the laborers demand a raise of 7.5 cents, management has other ideas.
"This is a very funny, energetic show," said director Gene Webster. "The songs from this show are such great fun."
The songs include well-known titles such as "Hernado's Hideaway" and "Steam Heat."
Webster, who has been involved in theater and dance most of her life, said that she is delighted to be able to direct and choreograph the musical for the Theatre of Dare. She is the director of the Fitness Center at Barrier Island Station in Kitty Hawk.
Tickets for the play are available at Gray's in Kitty Hawk, Corner Stitch & Frame in Kill Devil Hills and Manteo Booksellers in Manteo. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. For more information, call Julia at 441-6726.
|Sherry Wright, Bob Miller and Rick Wetzel rehearse a scene from 'The Pajama Game' to be performed next month. Photo By: Courtesy TOD
How do you look in jammies?
Outer Banks Sentinel (8/24/02)
Theatre of Dare will hold open auditions for the musical "Pajama Game" 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept 3-5 at the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Hills. This production, which includes such favorites as "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway," will require a cast of 20-60 between the ages of 10 and 85. There will be singing and acting auditions, and there is no need to prepare.
The show will take the stage Nov. 8-10 and 15-17 under the direction of Gene Webster. For more information, call her at 261-0100.
TOD also needs help finding pajamas for the cast, preferably the old style with long pants and button-up tops. If you have any or know someone who does, please call Gene Webster at 261-0100 or Helen at 261-4934.
|The Theater of Dare is once again planning a rip-roaring play. Those who enjoyed 'See How They Run" are sure to have fun attending the 'Pajama Game.' Photo By: Courtesy TOD
Theatre of Dare's 'See How They Run' blends chaos, comedy
Outer Banks Sentinel (2/27/02) by Stephanie Holmes, Sentinel Staff
Chaos is always more enjoyable when you can sit back, relax and watch the room spin.
That's what you do during the Theatre of Dare's production of "See How They Run." The show is playwright Philip King's impressionistic view of post-World War II England, which is presented in a storyline that squashes the belief that life in the stately English countryside lacks humor or interest.
The cast experiences a sequence of misunderstandings while the audience sees how many times the frenzy could have been quieted by quelling pride and communicating. But, as in life, hindsight is 20/20.
Many stories within stories unfold. And the most dynamic character of this story is the cheeky American actress, who has recently traded in her life of traveling with the United Services Organization (USO) for a more routine life as a vicar's wife.
In the midst of her transition, Penelope, played by Janet Bryant, receives a visit from a friend, who reminds her of the past and draws her out on the town to see a staging of "Private Lives," a comedy in which two ex-lovers reunite on honeymoons with their respective new spouses.
While the relationship between Penelope and the American actor-turned-soldier, played by Fred Due, hints at romance when they revive a passionate scene of a play they once acted in. Penelope keeps her shoulders square and asserts her new role as married woman, especially after learning the brief interaction was witnessed by the parish busybody, played by Linda Malloy.
The temptation to revisit the adventurous part of her past is obvious, and the two friends work out a plan to spend the evening together despite the limitations of their new social roles.
While Penelope ventures out with the soldier, the busybody sulks and befriends a bottle of wine, which reveals a love-starved woman carrying a candle for Penelope's husband.
Just when the vicar, played by Don Bridge, returns and almost uncovers answers to why the busybody is drunk in his living room and where his wife had gone for the evening, he is assaulted and robbed by a Russian spy, who has escaped from prison camp.
When Penelope returns and finds her husband disoriented and wearing nothing but boxer shorts and sock garters, in the company of the drunken busybody, she fears that her husband has cheated on her. With the onset of a few more misunderstandings, a four-door chase begins in and around the once-quiet home.
Even though she is often shushed because of her social position within the household, Ida, the maid (Michelle Leckie), serves as the knowing-yet-obedient center of the play. Her attention to detail teamed with her sense of duty during the time of chaos, draws her to help Penelope keep up the appearance of a sane household.
Ida is Leckie's debut role with the Theatre of Dare, and what an introduction it is. The Manteo native's English accent did not waiver even when faced with a late cue or one of the tense moments packed into the plot.
Tom Charity, who plays the Russian spy, is another actor whose physical comedy and comedic textbook Russian accent lightened the mood during the unraveling of chaos.
The stage was illuminated with basic lighting and the layout of the set provides plenty of space for the actors to operate. Blocking is simple and effective, and the audience is close enough to the action to feel intimately connected.
Costuming was another noticeable element, which develops social context with the 1940s comedy. The sensibly-dressed busybody, wearing a uniform of stiff brown skirt, white oxford shirt and man's tie, criticizes the vicar for bringing Penelope, the attractive trouser-wearing blonde, into the fold.
Even though Penelope's lifestyle has changed since she married, her brightly-colored trousers and shimmery metallic scarf serve as a reflection of her open mind, creativity and modernity. The busybody's ultraconservative look reflects her holier-than-thou attitude and repressed sexuality, which only unfolds when she is inebriated and comes undone both mentally and physically.
The men, mostly dressed in plain clothes, allow the women of all social classes to stand out and develop within the plot, which makes the viewer wonder if the emerging role of women and their sensibilities at the time was a social undertone of the play amidst humor.
Already heading into its second week of production, "See How They Run" will be staged at 8 p.m. March 1 and 2 with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on March 3, all at the Manteo Middle School Auditorium. Advance tickets are available at Manteo Booksellers, Gray's in Kitty Hawk and Corner Stitch and Frame in Kill Devil Hills. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $8 for students. For more information call 441-3088.
|The cast, left to right, front to back: Don Bridge, Tom Charity, Dave Jones, Michele Leckie, Janet Bryant, Linda Hughes, Mark Baker, Mike Hunter, Fred Due. Photo Courtesy Theatre of Dare
'See How They Run' opens Friday
Outer Banks Sentinel (2/20/02)
The Theatre of Dare's winter production, "See How They Run," opens Friday, Feb. 22, and continues Feb. 23 and March 1 and 2 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 24, and March 3 at 2 p.m.
All performances are at Manteo Middle School. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance, $9 for seniors in advance only, $8 for students. Advance tickets may be purchased at Gray's in Kitty Hawk, Comer Stitch & Frame in Kill Devil Hills, Manteo Booksellers in Manteo and from any cast member.
This popular community theater piece has come alive under the direction of first-time Theatre of Dare director, Jerry Maloney, who said, "There are some terrific characters and lots of action. The audience is in for a real treat."
The nine-member cast has been rehearsing for eight weeks. Cast as the American actress is Janet Bryant. The American actor, now soldier, is played by Fred Due. The role of the vicar is handled by Don Bridge. The role of the cockney maid will be played by Michelle Leckie. The parish busybody is Linda Molloy. Portraying the rather confused bishop is Dave Jones. A helpful clergyman will be played by Mike Hunter. Tom Charity is cast as the Russian spy, and the policeman to straighten it all out will be played by Mark Baker.
This farce promises to keep the audience laughing from curtain to curtain. Set in post WWII England, playwright Philip King has gathered an intriguing selection of characters.
For further information, call Kathy Morrison at 441-3088 or go to www.TheatreofDare.org.
|Ready for the opening of 'See How They Run, are cast members, seated, from left, Dave Jones, Fred Due, Janet Bryant, Don Bridge and Mike Hunter; standing, Michelle Leckie, Tom Charity, Mark Baker and Linda Molloy. Photo By: J. Aaron Trotman
'Deathtrap' cast named for spring production
Outer Banks Sentinel (4/4/01)
The cast for the Theatre of Dare's spring production of "Deathtrap" has been selected following recent auditions.
The cast of five, combined with a large technical staff, has begun work on this Ira Levin comedy-thriller, which will be directed by Jon Bender.
Bender has chosen a cast with a variety of backgrounds.
Set to play Sidney Bruhl, a once successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is Glen Cole. Cole, new to the Theatre of Dare, may be heard on morning radio on 102.5, The Shark.
Playing his wife is Lisa Cahoon, who spends her daytime hours working at Southern Shores Realty.
Mark Baker will return to TOD playing Clifford Anderson, a young writer who brings his own play to Bruhl for advice. Mark is currently involved acting in multi-media presentations.
Tricia Rivera will play Helga Ten Dorp, the psychic neighbor. Tricia is self-employed as a title examiner.
Portraying Bruhl's faithful friend and lawyer, Porter Milgrim, is Bruce Spalding, who spends his days far from a stuffy office, as the self-employed owner of Outer Banks Maintenance Service.
Bender said he is pleased with his new cast. "We had a very good turnout for auditions, and I was able to select a strong cast from a large group of talented actors. We are looking forward to a great show."
The Theatre of Dare will present "Deathtrap" May 11-20, 2001. Tickets will go on sale April 11. For information, call Kathy at 441-3088.
|This cast, according to the director of the Theatre of Dare's spring production, was chosen from an array of talented actors who turned out for recent auditions. From left, standing, they are Bruce Spalding and Tricia Rivera; seated, Lisa Cahoon and Glen Cole, and kneeling, Mark Baker.