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Entertaining Since 1966

by David Bottrell & Jessie Jones. Directed by Joe Del Balzo


Dearly Departed

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


Performance Dates

May 5-20, 2006


Synopsis

The beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the backwoods of the Deep South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their fatherís funeral, the Turpinís other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. The whole occasion would be downright sad if it werenít so doggone funny. Poor Raynelle tries to bury her husband while juggling one overworked and hard drinking son, another unemployed and possibly unfaithful son, and a daughter with a serious eating disorder (she canít stop.) Amid the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull themselves together and help each other through their hours of need.

Cast

Ray-Bud
Ray Fulton
Ray Fulton

Raynelle Turpin
Debbie Samek
Debbie Samek

Delightful
Brigette Marchand
Brigette Marchand

Lucille
Barbara Webber
Barbara Webber

Junior
Daniel Gavigan
Daniel Gavigan

Suzanne
Dina Bennett
Dina Bennett

Marguerite
Joanne Bauer
Joanne Bauer

Royce
Same DePriest
Sam DePriest

Reverend Hooker
Mike Dunlop
Mike Dunlop

Veda
Jerri Shelton
Jerri Shelton

Clyde/Norval
Craig Miller
Craig Miller

Nadine
Gail Kerns
Gail Kerns

Director's Notes

To Be Announced.


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Dearly Departed

by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. Directed by Dan Kavanaugh


Catch Me If You Can

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Performance Dates

February 3-25, 2006


Synopsis

Daniel Corban is on his honeymoon in the Catskill Mountains of New York when his wife suddenly disappears. Frantic to locate her, he contacts Inspector Levine. While the two are discussing Elizabeth Corbin's disappearance, in comes Father Kelleher who magically produces Elizabeth. Daniel Corban denies that this woman is his wife, even though she can answer the Inspector's questions about her husband down to the last detail. Is she his wife? Has Daniel gone mad? Is the Priest involved in a scheme with Elzabeth to get life insurance? What does the deli man, Sidney have to do with it? Is Daniel's boss Everett Parker and his wife part of it as well? We find out with a twist ending that surprises everyone.

Cast

Daniel Corban
Geoff Wilner
Geoff Wilner

Elizabeth Corban
Liza Herschel
Elizabeth Herschel

Inspector Levine
Todd Cunningham
Todd Cunningham

Father Kelleher
Greg Coale
Greg Coale

Sidney
Zareh Mozian
Zareh Mozian

Everett Parker
Bryant Centofanti
Bryant Centofanti

Blonde/Mrs. Parker
Stacey Hook
Stacey Hook

Director's Notes

The "mystery" genre has its beginnings in the riddles told in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Similar stories were told in the middle ages, but the genre didn't really begin to develop until the detective stories of Edgar Allen Poe. What is it about this genre, whether in play, film, television, or novel form that still intrigues us and captures our imagination today? Is it the personal challenge of trying to solve the puzzle even though we know the answers will be revealed at the end? Why do we not like to just skip to the end? Is it the challenge of trying to solve something before our friends and neighbors do so we can get bragging rights? I remember that after the movie "The Sixth Sense" came out, everyone who saw it was competing for the prize of how early into the movie they figured out that the Bruce Willis character was actually a spirit that did not know he was dead. And for those who have not seen "The Sixth Sense," you are probably angry at me right now because I just broke a sacred rule about mysteries-never give the ending away to others! We want to experience the fun and challenge of trying to figure out the truth for ourselves rather than having it handed to us. I speak for the cast and production staff when I say that I hope we have provided you with an evening of fun, mystery, and intrigue.

Oh, and by the way, Elizabeth Corban is missing because ...

Thank you, Dan Kavanaugh, Director


Reviews


Baltimore Sun Review: A good 'Catch' filled with twists and turns

Bay Weekly Review: Bowie Community Theatre's 'Catch Me If You Can'


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Catch Me If You Can

by Elihu Winer, based on Robert Traver's novel. Directed by Estelle Miller.


Anatomy of a Murder

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Performance Dates

October 14-29, 2005


Synopsis

"Defeated for re-election after serving six years as District Attorney of Iron Cliffs County, Paul Biegler is dispirited at the prospect of having to establish himself as a defense attorney. But the first case that comes his way is a sensational one: he takes on the defense of an army lieutenant accused of the cold-blooded murder of a bartender, who had allegedly raped the lieutenant's wife. Biegler's handling of the case is complicated by the intense dislike he develops for his client, as well as by the distractions provided by the lieutenant's seductively attractive wife. Aided only by an aging, retired, boozing lawyer friend, Parnell McCarthy, Biegler fights desperately against the forces of the state, as represented by a shrewd member of the Attorney General's staff from the state capital, as well as by the slick young man who has taken away Biegler's job as D.A.. It is a see-saw battle all the way, one dramatic courtroom confrontation following another, as Biegler uses every device available o him I evidence and in law o save the lieutenant's neck. Victory or defeat? The irony is that there's a measure of both for the new attorney for he defense."

Elihu Winer, Copyright ©, 1964, 1966, 1992, 1994


Cast

Parnell McCarthy
Sam Shelton
Sam Shelton

Paul Biegler
Jose De La Mar
Jose De La Mar

Lt. Frederic Manion
David Thompson
David Thompson

Laura Manion
Jodie Calvert
Jodie Calvert

Alphonse Parquette
Craig Mummey
Craig Mummey

Mitch Lodwick
Craig Miller
Craig Miller

Claude Dancer
Richard McGraw
Richard McGraw

Clovis Pidgeon
Herschel Klueter
Herschel Klueter

Judge Weaver
Michael Gilmore
Michael Gilmore

Dr. Hoper Raschid

Sam DePriest
Sam DePriest

Warren Burke & Mr. Lemon
Greg Coale
Greg Coale

Det. Sgt. Julian Durgo

Ted Tuck
Ted Tuck

Dr. W Harcourt Gregory
Myron Cramer
Myron Cramer

Dr. Matthew Smith
James McDaniel
James McDaniel

Grover Gleason
Norman Alt
Norman Alt

Director's Notes

The courtroom drama may not be as it seems. We're not quite sure if what we are hearing and seeing is the truth. What was Lt Manion's real motive for murder? What of Mrs. Manion? Is she the morally upright person that she claims to be? And what about the Defense Attorney? Does he really believe Lt Manion was justified in his actions and should get off or does he want to win at any cost?

Our dear audience you be the jury!

Estelle Miller, Director


Reviews


Baltimore Sun Review: The verdict is in: it's gripping

Baltimore Sun Review: 'Anatomy of a Murder' production a mystery to die for

Bowie Blade Review: The jury is in: 'Murder' makes a killing for BCT


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Anatomy of a Murder

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