Bowie Community TheatreBowie Community Theatre
Entertaining Since 1966

By Daniel Sullivan. Directed by Joe Thompson.

Inspecting Carol by Daniel Sullivan

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates

March 20-April 4, 2009


Synopsis

When a regional theater company, whose members are made up of various eccentric characters are informed that their annual endowment grant is in question and an inspector will be coming to decide their fate, a case of mistaken identity turns a young aspiring actor of questionable talent into the star of their own interpretation of "A Christmas Carol." Actors' egos and a riotous version of a classic favorite provides for nonstop laughter.

Cast

Zorah Bloch
Carole Long

Carole Long

Sidney Carlton
Bill Jones

Bill Jones

Dorothy Tree Hapgood
Nina Harris

Nina Harris

Larry Vauxhall
Mike Dunlop

Mike Dunlop

Phil Hewlin
Pat Reynolds

Pat Reynolds

Walter E. Parsons
Derrick Springfield

Derrick Springfield

Kevin Emery
James Jager

James Jager

M. J. (Mary Jane) McMann
Nancy Dall

Nancy Dall

Betty Andrews
Jo Rake

Jo Rake

Bart Francis
Eric Tobin

Eric Tobin

Luther Beatty
Cory Jeweler

Cory Jeweler

Wayne Wellacre
John Nunemaker

John Nunemaker

Director's Notes

Thank goodness for laughter. Did you know that laughing has a profound effect on your mind, your body and your spirit? From reducing stress hormones like cortisol to giving your internal organs a massage and exercising your diaphragm, its benefits are well documented. And it feels soooo good.

But humor also increases our wisdom, by helping us gain perspective - laugh at ourselves and see the absurdity and irony that surround our lives. In case you haven't figured it out yet: I like to laugh. I imagine that you do, too.

This play is about a group of dysfunctional people who take themselves very seriously. They happen to be a theater group, but they could be any group that spends a lot of time together - at work, at school, church or synagogue. OK, I'm being way too coy here; let's cut to the chase: One of these people is probably you. You probably never get the chance to stand outside of yourself and watch the silliness that is life, so we are doing it for you. How cool is that?

I have to say that there were times when the problems involved with putting on a production have blurred the boundaries between us and the characters in the play. (My favorite line from "Shakespeare in Love" tells us that theater is "Insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster" but it all works out well in the end.)

Any way, enjoy the show and as an old song said so well "Live, love, laugh and be happy" although perhaps a more apropos lyric might be "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands."

Joe Thompson


Reviews

Baltimore Sun Review: Putting the Scrooge to farce in 'Carol'

Bowie Blade Review: BCT's latest production worth the 'inspection'

Show Biz Radio: Bowie Community Theatre Inspecting Carol


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Inspecting Carol

By Ray Cooney. Directed by Douglas A. Hary.

Out of Order by Ray Cooney

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates

January 9-24, 2009


Synopsis

When Richard Willey, a Republican Senator, plans to spend the evening with Jane, a secretary to a member of the Democratic party, things go disastrously wrong - beginning with the discovery of a "body" trapped in the hotel's only unreliable window. Desperately trying to get out of a potentially headline-making situation, Richard calls for his Administrative Assistant, George. However, with a conniving waiter, a suspicious hotel manager, an alert private detective, an angry wife, a furious husband, a bungling secretary, an unconscious nurse and a dead body to deal with, this is not the romantic evening Richard had planned.

FOR ADULTS ONLY.

Cast

Richard Willey
Jim Estepp

Jim Estepp

The Manager
Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy

The Waiter
Rich Fogg

Rich Fogg

The Maid
Jennifer Harvey

Jennifer Harvey

Jane Worthington
Heather Gaither-Greek

Heather Gaither-Greek

A Body
Rick Hall

Rick Hall

George Pigden
James McDaniel

James McDaniel

Ronnie
Nick Greek

Nick Greek

Pamela
Sherry Fogg

Sherry Fogg

Gladys
Victoria Hartford

Victoria Harford

Director's Notes

I remember the first time I ever experienced the magic of Farce. I was a younger man embarking on the adventure of a life in the theatre; full of promise and excitement tempered by the reality of putting food on the table and working very long hours for very little monetary reward. As my first big break, I was cast in the play BLITHE SPIRIT by Sir Noel Coward. And so to prove myself, I set out to devour everything I could get my hands on in regard to this master of the British comedy. I headed straight to the library and began to read the full autobiography of Sir Noel's life. It was in the ink of those musty, dog-eared pages that my understanding of the nature of this seemingly mundane, at times broad and silly genre of Farce took shape. Farce transcends the world. Farce is social commentary without preconditions. Farce is the fastest way to that security blanket of your youth which gives a moment's rest to the world "outside."

During the most difficult days of WWII, and the bombing of downtown London, Coward locked himself inside his hotel room for three days. At the end of the third day, he slid the manuscript of BLITHE SPIRIT out from under the door and the stage hand rushed down the street to the theatre. The actors assembled and the rehearsals were underway. Two weeks later, Sir Noel slipped into the back of the theatre house to witness what he knew would be his final play on London's stages, for surely the audiences would NOT come for fear of their homes, their families, their own lives. As the curtain lifted and the stage lights came on to reveal the stage, he saw the theatre was completely full. The sound of laughter filled the house. And as the doors shook from the bombing outside, not a single patron left their seat. Nothing could take them away. Life was vibrant inside.

The power of theatre and Farce is greater than the sum of us. It releases us from our problems, however briefly, and gives us back the vibrancy of life as we knew it. It renews our joy for living through laughter. It paints the pictures we want, rather than the ones we have. And so, tonight we invite you inside. Find your seat, slide your hand into that of the young love next to you, and revisit the world you once knew; full of laughter and vitality. If you look quickly you might even catch the world, just as it is.

Douglas A. Hary


Reviews


Political Farce opens in Bowie - by Gazette.net

British comedy travels well to U.S.

Support BCT! That's and Order - Bowie Blade Review


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By Ronald Jay. Directed by Linda Kirby.

A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody

Produced by special arrangement with Popular Play Service

Performance Dates

October 3-18, 2008


Synopsis

Matthew Perry resolves to murder his wife, Julia, before the next new year and tells her so. She vows to stay alive and so the game begins - a hilarious year long match of wits. While Julia dodges Matthew's attempts, friends and staff start mysteriously dying all around them. Have the tables been turned? What about the Butler? Will Donald and Bunny get together? Is this a Murder Most Foul or a Murder Most Fouled Up?

Cast

Matthew Perry
Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Buttram
Rick Hall

Rick Hall

Julia Perry
Cathy L. Barth

Cathy L Barth

Bunny Perry
Carrie Garrett

Carrie Garrett

Donald
Lucas English

Lucas English

Plotnik
Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

Director's Notes

When I first read the script for "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody", I visualized it as a Noel Coward-like play from the 30's or 40's. Matthew and Julia Perry seemed to cry out for a Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Although we've updated the time period (bringing it to the 21st century), I've tried to stay true to my original vision. To evoke that feeling, we did the set design in mostly black and white, with a dash of blood red. While we changed some references (like DVD's for films), we kept in many phrases that reflect the past (like "The rabbit died"). I hope that it will remind our more seasoned patrons of the madcap comedies of the past and that our younger viewers will just think it's funny.

This is the first play I've directed for BCT. I have been extremely fortunate to have one of the best ensemble casts I've worked with. From the beginning, they understood my vision and were able to make it happen. I can't thank them enough for making this such a great experience.

I was doubly blessed with an amazing producer and technical staff that made this production run so smoothly. All of the challenges that they met were handled professionally and made my job easier. Thank you one and all.

Linda Kirby


Reviews


Show Biz Radio Review of A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody


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A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody Cast Photo



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