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2010-2011

 

March 14, 2011


Cowley Music and Theatre Department provide laughs in witty spring musical

 

spring musicalPerforming the spring musical “Lucky Stiff” Thursday through Saturday in the Robert Brown Theatre, Cowley College music and theatre students kept the audience entertained in the witty, comedy caper.

“Lucky Stiff” was the first collaboration for the team of Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music). The show is based on the 1983 novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth. It was created and performed at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway in 1988, and won the Richard Rodgers Award for that year.

The story centered on Harry Witherspoon (Bryce Sund), an unassuming English shoe salesman, who lives an uneventful life in East Grinstead, England. His life takes a dramatic turn when he learns that his uncle Anthony Herndon, a casino manager from Atlantic City, has been accidentally killed by his lover. Harry learns that he stands to inherit $6,000,000 from his uncle – but only if he agrees to take his Uncle’s corpse on an all-paid, prearranged vacation to Monte Carlo. Otherwise, the money will all go to his uncle’s favorite charity, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. In a quest to gain his uncle’s inheritance, Harry sets out to fulfill Anthony’s dying wish. However, in Monte Carlo, he meets a host of quirky characters who are also in hot pursuit of his uncle’s money.

At the end, it is discovered that Harry’s uncle Anthony was not the one shot and killed by his lover, Rita LaPorta (Amy Dunlap), when in fact it was Anthony’s friend Luigi Gaudi. The twist in the story leads to Harry receiving only $500 from his uncle Anthony and a $10,000 check being given to Annabel Glick (Shaelynn French) to go to Luigi’s favorite charity, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.

In the mayhem that occurs in Monte Carlo, Witherspoon and Glick find love amidst all the chaos.
The student actors excelled at the funny, fast paced show, which was similar to the movie Weekend at Bernie’s.

Jamison Rhoads, technical director of theatre, and the students that worked on the sets did a tremendous job setting the scenes for the musical. While the singing, dancing, and acting in the play shined thanks to the work of MacLaughlin, Connie Donatelli, and Jennifer Blatchford.

There were 16 cast members and more than 30 individuals involved with the production of the musical.

Lucky Stiff Cast

  • Harry Witherspoon………….............……Bryce Sund
  • Annabel Glick………………………Shaelynn French
  • Rita LaPorta…………………….......……Amy Dunlap
  • Vinnie Larusso……………....…………Aaron Brooks
  • Luigi Gaudi…………………....…………Eric Denning
  • Dominique Du Monaco …...........………Jade Sparks
  • Dead Guy…………………….......………..Bert Hutson

Men’s Chorus of Characters:

  • Jordan Hill: Telegram Deliverer, Mr. Loomis, Tourist, Bartender, Homeless Guy
  • Josh Scheuermann: Punk, Bellhop, Tourist, French Waiter
  • Brandon Patterson: Solicitor, Tourist, Clothes Salesman, Dealer, Arab
  • Aaron Kucharik: Lorry Driver, Prosperous Man, Emcee, Tourist, Gambler, Old Texan

Women’s Chorus of Characters: 

  • Jessica Coldwell: Nurse, Southern Lady #1, French Dancer
  • Rachel Curtiss: Spinster, Tourist, Dancing Portrait, Drunk Maid
  • Anne Harmon: Miss Thorsby, Tourist, French Dancer, Nun
  • Rebecca Munoz: Southern Lady #2, Human Roulette Wheel
  • Kalon Steinaway: Landlady, Tourist, French Airline Voice
  • Stage Manager: Andrea Workman
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Deborah Rickey
  • Costumes – Jillian Turner, Jessica Hayden, Beth Pudden, Travis Spangler
  • Hair & Make-up – Scarlett Davis, Travis Spangler
  • Running Crew – Timothy Kennedy, Jackson Curtright, Hannah Barrett, Octavio Matamoros, Brooke Cullum
  • Props – Rebecca Munoz, Jilysa Daniel
  • Lights Board Operator – Lane Russell
  • Follow spots – Krista Whittemore, Kyle White
  • Sound: Charley Garrison, Micah Fry, Lindsey Thomas
  • Construction/Scenic Crew - Jackson Curtright, Tim  Kennedy, Octavio Matamoros, Anne Harmon, Aaron Kucharik, Jordan Hill, Eric Denning, Brandon Patterson, Jessica Coldwell, Jade Sparks, Josh Scheuermann, Krista Whittemore, Kalon Steinaway, Rachel Curtiss, Rebecca Munoz, Aaron Brooks, Amy Dunlap
  • Publicity, House Management, and Lobby Display – Brooke Cullum, Brandy McFall, Paige Givens, Shelby Scott, Raven Ortiz, Angela Shockey, Tracey Marr