CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM’S PRODUCTION OF THE HILARIOUS AND CHARMING MUSICAL COMEDY, CRAZY FOR YOU

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM’S PRODUCTION OF THE HILARIOUS AND CHARMING MUSICAL COMEDY, CRAZY FOR YOU

This Lyceum premiere is filled with every Gershwin song you love.

Arrow Rock, MO – Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of the high-energy musical comedy Crazy For You, playing from June 27–July 8. Crazy For You is directed by PETER REYNOLDS (Oklahoma, 2017), choreographed by SAM HAY (Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia, 2017), and musically directed by Resident Musical Director, JAMES WOODLAND.

Crazy For You tells the story of Bobby Child, a stage-struck NYC banker, who heads to desolate Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose a rundown theater. It’s love at first sight when he runs into spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter, who doesn’t realize he’s the heartless businessman she’s vowed to get even with. Perhaps the great theatre impresario and Bobby’s idol, Bela Zangler of the Zangler Follies, might be able to help. With a book by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, A Comedy of Tenors), this Gershwin extravaganza is filled with song, dance, and hilarious dialogue. Audiences will be swept up in this charming and hilarious tale of boy meeting girl in the Wild West, where they spread goodness and ultimately fall in love.

Making his Lyceum debut, DREW HUMPHREY plays Bobby Child, a banker. Humphrey’s appeared on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and has appeared in Of Thee I Sing (Encores!), Lady Be Good (Encores!), 42nd Street (1 st National Tour). His regional credits include Crazy for You (Bobby Child, Tuacahn), A Chorus Line (Don, Sacramento Music Circus), Cats (Skimbleshanks, The Muny), On The Town (Chip, FLMTF), Hello Dolly! (Ensemble, Goodspeed Opera House), and Mary Poppins (Bert, VCT). ANDREA DOTTO, returns to Arrow Rock to play Polly, the only woman in Deadrock. Last seen at the Lyceum as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Dotto recently made her Broadway debut in Bandstand, gaining herself a Chita Rivera Award Nomination for Best Female Dancer in a Broadway Show. She’s performed at Lincoln Center, Papermill Playhouse, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and toured with the National Tour of Joseph! Making his Lyceum debut MICHAEL BRIAN DUNN plays Bela Zangler, an established producer. Michael’s Broadway credits include Dr. Zhivago, Amazing Grace, The Life, Cats, Guys and Dolls, Big River, Baby, and Sweeney Todd. National/International Tours include Amadeus, HMS Pinafore (Stratford Festival, of Canada), My Fair Lady (Singapore), If This Hat Could Talk, and Nina and the Twelve Months (Tokyo). His Off Broadway credits include Perfect Crime, Ensemble Studio Theater, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Love In Two Countries, Lenny and The Heartbreakers & Death Of Von Richthofen both at New York Shakespeare Festival, Gifts of the Magi, Kennedy’s Children. Television: Law and Order CI, Trial by Jury, S.V.U.  Film: Julie & Julia (Ivan Cousins) starring Meryl Streep.

Returning to the Lyceum, STACEY HARRIS plays Irene, Bobby’s fiancée. At the Lyceum, Stacey has appeared as Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Lola in Damn Yankees, Elsa in The Sound Of Music, Barbara in Run For Your Wife, and Lucia in Black Coffee. Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing. National Tours include Cinderella, Show Boat, and Dreamgirls. Off Broadway: The Megile Of Itzik Manger, The Golden Land, Pardon My English, and Lone Star Love. Favorite regional roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Wilde Award, Best Actress in a Musical), Roxie and Velma in Chicago, Morticia in The Addams Family, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Anita in West Side Story, and Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie. Having just played the Bird Woman and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, DEBBIE LEE JONES returns to play Bobby’s mother and Patricia Fodor. Her theater credits include Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Ulita in The Forest (The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey), Chick in Crimes of the Heart (Plaza Theater), Vera in The Female Odd Couple (Helen Hayes Theater), Meg in Damn Yankees!, Mickey in My One and Only, Katie in Meet Me In St. Louis and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! (Allenberry Playhouse).

DON RICHARD plays Everett, Polly’s father. Don’s many memorable Lyceum roles include Thernardier in Les Misérables (2015), Fagin in Oliver (2016), and Maurice in Beauty and the Beast (2017). Broadway credits include the original casts of Jane Eyre, Urinetown, and the 2014 Side Show revival.  National Tours include Sunset Boulevard (with Petula Clark) and Wicked. Making his Lyceum debut, JERRY GALLAGHER plays Moose, a member of the Cowboy Trio. Last year, Jerry recreated the role of Moose in the 25th Anniversary Concert production of Crazy for You at Lincoln Center, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.  He created the role of Rushmore in the Off-Broadway production of Little Ham: A Harlem Jazzical. Television appearances include CBS’s “Guiding Light,” Showtime’s “The Big C,” and PBS “Great Performances.”

The cast also includes QUIN GRESHAM as Lank, NOLLIE MOORE as Eugene Fodor, SILVIA NICOLOSO as Mitzi and KIMBER HAMPTON as Louise. Featured in the ensemble are HOLLY DAYTON, MICHAEL DEWAR, DAN LUSARDI, ELIZABETH YANICK, TYLER JIMENEZ, ALEX HARTMAN, MICHELLE MERCEDES RUSSELL, DALE ELSTON, JULIUS WILLIAMS, SAM QUINN, TRACY SOKAT and CAROLINE ADAMS.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer GARTH DUNBAR returns after 11 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. JON ROBERTSON returns as Sound Designer, TONY DEARING returns for his 26th year as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third year as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for Crazy For You are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are June 27 – July 8, 2018, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 58 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE ARROW ROCK LYCEUM PREMIERE OF DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S MARY POPPINS

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE ARROW ROCK LYCEUM PREMIERE OF DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S MARY POPPINS

The Lyceum Theatre’s 2018 Season opens on June 6.

Arrow Rock, MO – Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s high-flying spectacular Mary Poppins. The musical, playing from June 6–June 17, will be directed by Len Pfluger (Beauty and the Beast, 2017), choreographed by Josh Assor, and musically directed by James Woodland.

Lyceum favorite, MALLORY HAWKS, returns to Arrow Rock to play Mary Poppins. Mallory has played Mary in the original cast of Disney Cruise Line’s Disney’s Believe. Her Lyceum appearances include Jo in Little Women, Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis and Essie in You Can’t Take It With You, among others. Off-Broadway and New York credits include Seussical (Lortel), String (New Dramatists, Playwrights Horizons) and Sam’s Room (NAMT, NYTheatre Barn/The Cell). She can be seen in several commercials, most recently Bud Light’s “Dilly Dilly” Pit of Misery spot. Playing Bert, BRIAN OGILVIE will revisit the show that gave him his Broadway debut. He danced over the rooftops and understudied both Bert and Robertson Ay for two years.  Also on Broadway: Something Rotten, and Gigi. Other credits include Spike in Vanya and Sonia… (Riverside Theatre), the title character in Tarzan (Arvada Center), and Buzz in South Pacific (Papermill). Brian also appeared on TV in HBO’s True Blood and Syfy’s Happy!

Making his Lyceum debut playing Mr. Banks, BENJAMIN HOWES has performed in Mary Poppins in both the Broadway company and on the first National Tour. His other Broadway credits are Scandalous and [title of show]. He has performed Off Broadway, most recently in The View Upstairs and National Tours include Shrek and the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Regional credits include A.R.T., The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Pittsburgh Public and Asolo Rep, among many others.  Film: “Miles”, “Easter Mysteries”, “Stalled” Television credits: recurring role on HBO’s “The Deuce”, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Flight of the Conchords”, “One Life To Live”. Returning to the Lyceum after having played Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Anna in The King and I, CRYSTAL KELLOGG, plays Mrs. Banks. Broadway credits include School of Rock, Finding Neverland. National Tours include Finding Neverland, Kinky Boots, and The Pajama Game. Additional credits include: Audrey – Little Shop of Horrors (Gateway Playhouse), Grease (Tuacahn), The Sound of Music  (Surflight), Because of Winn Dixie (Arkansas Rep), The Full Monty (Riverside). TV: “Person of Interest” (CBS), “The Looming Tower” (Hulu).

DON RICHARD plays the dual roles of Admiral Boom and the Bank Chairman. Don’s many memorable Lyceum roles include Thernardier in Les Miserables (2015), Fagin in Oliver (2016), and Maurice in Beauty and the Beast (2017). Broadway credits include the original casts of Jane Eyre, Urinetown, and the 2014 Side Show revival.  National Tours include Sunset Boulevard (with Petula Clark) and Wicked. APRIL WOODALL returns to the Lyceum to play Ms. Andrews, Mrs. Corry & Miss Smythe. At the Lyceum, April has been seen in Into the Woods, Big, Little Women, Tom Sawyer, The Sound of Music, Arsenic and Old Lace, Damn Yankees, and A Christmas Carol for the past two seasons.  Other regional credits include: Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre, American Theatre Group, Mill Mountain Theater, Little Theatre on the Square, Gateway Playhouse, and Bristol Riverside Theatre. MICHAEL DEWAR is back at the Lyceum after appearing in A Christmas Carol for the past three holiday seasons to play Robertson Ay. Regional credits include Ozark Actors Theatre, Variety Children’s Theatre, Bristol Valley Theatre, Lost Nation Theatre, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.

The cast also includes DEBBIE LEE JONES as Mrs. Brill/Bird Woman, EMMA ANDREWS as Jane Banks, and GABE PALMER as Michael Banks. Featured in the ensemble are CAROLINE ADAMS, HOLLY DAYTON, ELIJAH DILLEHAY, DALE ELSTON, ALEX HARTMAN, TYLER JIMINEZ, DAN LUSARDI, MICHELLE MERCEDES RUSSELL, TRACY SOKAT, SAM QUINN, JULIUS WILLIAMS, and ELIZABETH YANICK.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer GARTH DUNBAR returns after 11 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. TONY DEARING returns for his 26th year as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third year as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for Mary Poppins are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are June 6 – June 17, 2018, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 57 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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Commerce Trust Company and TIG Advisors team up to help improve stage rigging at The Lyceum!

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Commerce Trust Company and TIG Advisors team up to help improve stage rigging at The Lyceum!

Arrow Rock, MO – Though many audience members may be unaware of its existence, a critical component of The Lyceum’s productions is the stage rigging system.  It has two basic functions: to support the stage-lighting system and the stage scenery.

Also know as a fly system, it is a system of rope lines, pulleys, counterweights and related devices within the theatre that enables a stage crew to hoist quickly, quietly and safely components such as curtains, lights, scenery, special effects and sometimes people.  “Our audience sees the magic happen on stage, but they don’t necessarily know how it works.  Stage rigging is a key element to every production,” says Steve Bertani, Managing Director.

The safety and effectiveness of our equipment used onstage is something the theatre takes seriously.  “We may have nearly 100 lighting instruments weighing up to 35 pounds each, clamped to pipe batons in our rigging system.  In addition, stage curtains, painted backdrops and heavier framed scenic pieces are examples of the kinds of scenery raised and lowered by the rigging system.  There are both stationary and moving components that hang above the actors during a performance,” explains Quin Gresham, Producing Artistic Director.

Recently, The Lyceum called in Associated Theatrical Contractors from Springfield, MO to do its annual rigging inspection required by OSHA.  In their report, several items were recommended to be repaired or replaced, a project that is costing the theatre $10,000 to complete over a two year period.  Priority items are to be completed before the opening of the 2018 Season.

“It is our responsibility to maintain our system and make the necessary upgrades to ensure the safety of our employees,” Bertani says.

These types of projects can put a strain on the theatre’s annual operating budget so outside support is vital from companies like Commerce Trust Company and TIG Advisors to help achieve these projects.  Both companies supported a back-up generator project several years ago that now runs the entire theatre during power outages.

Bertani immediately contacted both companies to discuss the stage rigging improvement project.

“Commerce is a big supporter of the Lyceum Theatre and their mission to bring theatre to our region. We believe the arts are a key component to building a strong community, and we are proud to partner with The Lyceum in this effort,” says Steve Sowers, President, Commerce Bank Central and Eastern Missouri Region.

Representatives from both companies toured the theatre’s stage and backstage areas, allowing them to see first hand the rigging system and the improvements that needed to be made.

The TIG Advisors team (formerly The Insurance Group before re-branding), state they are most pleased to help The Lyceum with their stage rigging improvements.  “We enjoy and appreciate the productions and talent offered by this outstanding theatre,” comments Skip Grossnickle, TIG Advisors Partner.

“The Lyceum is a long-standing community asset, and we appreciate the work they’ve done to champion the arts locally,” shared Lyle Johnson, Market Executive, Commerce Trust Company, Central Missouri Region.

“These two businesses understand our practical needs and we are grateful for their generous support on these types of projects,” says Bertani.

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BABY BOOMER COMEDY SHOW returns to The Lyceum!

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BABY BOOMER COMEDY SHOW
returns to The Lyceum!

Arrow Rock, MO – After playing to a sold-out Lyceum Theatre in 2016, the Baby Boomer Comedy Show returns to Arrow Rock on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.

Experience a night of comedy you can relate to at the Baby Boomer Comedy Show! In this hilarious 90-minute theater event, fellow baby boomers and veteran comedians Jan McInnis and Kent Rader hit all the familiar topics you’re dealing with… family, kids, work, do-it-yourself projects, dieting, aging and more. They do it with clean humor that’s been a hit at thousands of theatre’s and conventions.

For comedienne and professional speaker Jan McInnis, life is full of “finding the funny.” She, and the audiences who continually rate her programs “hilarious”, wouldn’t have it any other way. Inspired by fifteen years as a marketing director in the 9 to 5 world, Jan has cornered the association and corporate convention market. And over the past 20+ years on the full-time speaking circuit, she has spoken at hundreds of conferences, training sessions, employee retreats and banquets held by such groups as Anthem Blue-Cross, Merrill Lynch, John Deere, the Federal Reserve, Women in Insurance & Financial Services and the Mayo Clinic. Jan was featured in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post as one of the top convention comedians whose material is CLEAN (as in not offensive).  Born in D.C., Jan was in charge of the “Joke of the Day” for her junior high school lunch table. Not surprisingly, she majored in communications at Virginia Tech, where she was a disk jockey for the local radio station.

Known as the “World’s Cleanest Comedian and Speaker,” Kent Rader helps people and associations learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress and building quality organizations. Kent graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a B.S. in Accounting. He spent five years in public accounting and twelve years as C.F.O. and C.E.O. of hospitals before becoming a professional speaker in 1997. Kent has authored the stress reduction book titled Let It Go, Just Let It Go released in April 2002 and is featured in 450 Country Inn and Suites Hotel’s Read It and Return program. Kent has been heard on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Sirius Satellite radio. Kent also performs clean stand up comedy in comedy clubs from New York City to Seattle and is the winner of the 2007 Branson Comedy Festival.

“This is clean comedy at its best. Jan McInnis and Kent Rader give you a show that hits home run after home run”, says Steve Bertani, Managing Director.  “We are excited for their return”.

For tickets call 660-837-3311, ext. 1 or visit lyceumtheatre.org.  Tickets are only $25.

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A Year With Frog & Toad will have one public performance on Saturday April 14

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The Lyceum's 2018 Theatre for Young Audiences production, A Year With Frog & Toad, will have one public performance on April 14

Arrow Rock, MO – Based on the celebrated books by Arnold Lobel, the hit Broadway musical A Year with Frog and Toad, with book and lyrics by Willie Reale and music by Robert Reale, will have one public performance at 11AM on April 14, 2018. Follow the woodland adventures of two amphibious friends and their assorted hopping, crawling and flying companions over the course of a year. Lobel’s award-winning stories come to life complete with toe-tapping music as Frog, Toad and their friends plant a garden, fly kites, swim in the pond and skip rope for 60 action-packed minutes. This song-filled year in the life of these two charming woodland characters has the rare ability to captivate children and adults alike.

The cast for A Year with Frog and Toad features Lyceum favorites Ben Nordstrom as Frog and Steve Isom as Toad. Since 1998 Nordstrom has appeared in many Lyceum productions, most recently as Scrooge’s nephew Fred in A Christmas Carol and Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet. A resident of St. Louis, his work there includes Macbeth, Next Fall, [title of show], and Urinetown at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Mamma Mia, The Buddy Holly Story, and Billy Elliot at The Muny. Regional work includes the Alley Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Arvada Center, and Theatre Raleigh. Steve Isom was last seen at the Lyceum as Uncle Stanley in Smoke on the Mountain and Sanders Family Christmas. Steve has been singing and acting since he was nine years old and has performed all around the world on cruise ships, on stages in NYC, Chicago, California and in most of the theatres in St. Louis.

Playing a variety of birds, squirrels, frogs, mice and other woodland creatures are Patrick Blindauer who also plays a snail, Leah Berry who also plays a turtle, and Julie Hanson who also plays a mouse. Patrick returns to the Lyceum, having previously worked on The Wizard of Oz and Sanders Family Christmas. St. Louis credits include The Wizard of Oz (The Lion) for Variety Theatre and 42nd Street (Mac) at The Muny. On-screen, he was featured in 7 episodes of Strangers with Candy and appeared in the Academy Award-winning  A Beautiful Mind. Leah Berry was most recently seen as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at Stages St Louis. Other credits include The Wizard of Oz at the Muny (Glinda), The Sound of Music (Maria), The Music Man (Marian), Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert) Mary Poppins (Winifred Banks), and Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz). Julie Hanson is making her Lyceum debut and has been seen in St. Louis at The Fox, The Muny, The Rep., Stages, and The Sheldon. Prior to moving to St. Louis, Julie appeared on Broadway and in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera as Christine Daaé, and performed regionally at the Walnut Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Casa Mañana and Music Theatre of Wichita, among others.

Sam Hay directs and choreographs the production. Sam’s work has been seen in Phoenix Theatre’s award winning productions of Mary Poppins, Chicago, Billy Elliott, Bullets Over Broadway, and more.  He has also choreographed for the Little Theatre on the Square, Webster Conservatory, Grandstreet Theatre, and has been a regular at the Lyceum choreographing Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia!, Funny Girl, Oliver, Little Shop of Horrors, and The King and I. Recently, Sam assisted Mark Stuart Dance Theatre on their Broadway Bound Original dance musical Standard Time.

The creative team includes Ryan J. Zirngibl, Resident Scenic Designer; Garth Dunbar, Costume Designer; Randy B. Winder, Resident Lighting Designer; Patrick Blindauer, Musical Director; Emilee Buchheit, Production Stage Manager.

As part of the Lyceum’s Theatre for Young Audiences initiative, this public performance on April 14 at 11:00 AM will cap off a nearly sold-out week of school performances, during which 3,000 Mid-Missouri students will experience professional theatre at the Lyceum. A Year with Frog and Toad marks The Lyceum’s second year producing professional theatre for young audiences in partnership with local schools and organizations that serve the needs of children in our community. A Year With Frog & Toad is generously supported by Gold Star Sponsor Wood and Huston Bank, McCarthy Chevrolet/Buick/GMC, and Central Missouri AGRIService (CMAS).

Tickets are $20 for ages 13 and older and $10 for ages 4-12. Tickets are expected to sell quickly. Visit www.lyceumtheatre.org or call 660-837-3311, ext. 1.

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The Lyceum Theatre Presents The Artists Lounge Live Concert Series

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The Lyceum Theatre Presents
The Artists Lounge Live Concert Series
With Two Unique Shows On February 17 and 18

Arrow Rock, MO – The Lyceum Theatre is proud to present the Artists Lounge Live Concert Series featuring two nationally touring recording artists performing two unique shows on both Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, 2018. Michael Ingersoll (Jersey Boys, Under the Streetlamp on PBS) soothes the soul with Try a Little Tenderness, performing familiar favorites by James Taylor, Sam Cooke, Elton John, and more. Christopher Kale Jones (Jersey Boys, Under the Streetlamp on PBS) offers his distinctively passionate voice to Darin with a diverse catalogue of songs from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bobby Darin.

PBS television star Michael Ingersoll invites you to sing along to the songs you can’t forget in Try a Little Tenderness. Ingersoll is known for starring in Jersey Boys (Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco) and as a member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp on PBS. More than a singer, Ingersoll is an endearing storyteller brimming with humor, sincerity, and generosity of spirit. Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “He’s got star written all over him.”

As a founding member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp, his concert specials air in hundreds of millions of homes nationwide on PBS. Michael is also known for playing Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning hit Jersey Boys (Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles). As well as performing, Michael and wife Angela Ingersoll produce the Artists Lounge Live Concert Series. As a producer, Michael collaborates with performing arts centers (Paramount Theatre, Elgin Arts Center, Northlight Theatre, etc.) and philanthropic organizations (American Cancer Society, United Way, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, etc.), as well as co-producing Streetlamp’s concert specials for Public Television. Further theatre credits include Award Nominations for Of Mice and Men, Floyd Collins, Bat Boy: The Musical, and tick, tick… BOOM!. Further television appearances include Access Hollywood, Extra! (Streetlamp), The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show, PBS’ Capitol Fourth, The Primetime Emmy Awards (Jersey Boys), The Beast, and Chicago Fire. Film: Walk the Line. Recordings: Under the Streetlamp, Rock Around the Clock, Let the Good Times Roll, Everyday’s a Holiday (Streetlamp), and Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas.

Beloved by audiences for starring as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (First National Tour), Christopher Kale Jones currently wins hearts on PBS as a member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp boasting four PBS concert specials seen in hundreds of millions of homes nationwide. In his solo concert Darin, Jones embodies the dazzling versatility of Bobby Darin, recounting a life lived in the spotlight and lost too soon. Songs include “Dream Lover,” “Mack the Knife,” and “Beyond the Sea.”  “Jones has the audience swooning until the final curtain,” raves Theatre Mania.

Jones’ other theatre highlights include starring as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors opposite his wife, actress Jenna Coker-Jones (Ford’s Theater, Washington  DC); and Mercury in Olympus On My Mind (Bristol Riverside Theatre) for which he received a Barrymore Award Nomination. Other television: Access Hollywood, Extra!  (Streetlamp), The Tonight Show (Jersey Boys). Recordings: Under The Streetlamp, Rockin’ Round the Clock, Let the Good Times Roll, and Everyday’s a Holiday (Streetlamp). Concerts: Darin. Chris and Jenna are the proud parents of a little girl, Presley Rose.

Wood & Huston Bank is the Gold Star Sponsor of the event.

Matinee performances are at 3:00pm; evening performances at 7:00pm.  Regular Reserved Seating for a single show is $50.00 with both shows available for $80.00 The Lyceum is also offering an exclusive 2-Show Dinner Package. Attend both shows on either Saturday or Sunday and enjoy dinner between shows at either J. Huston Tavern or Catalpa. Please call The Lyceum Box Office for more information and pricing.

Tickets are available by phone only at (660) 837-3311 x1, in person at the Lyceum’s Box Office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO or at the Wood & Huston Bank main location on the square in Marshall, MO.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique Village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Village of Arrow Rock received the 2017 Missouri Arts Council Creative Community Award. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 57 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

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Get in the Spirit with A Christmas Carol at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre!

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Get in the Spirit with A Christmas Carol
at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre!
Charles Dickens’ timeless tale is brought to life
by a cast filled with Lyceum favorites.

ARROW ROCK, MO – Plan on celebrating the joys of Christmas in Arrow Rock in December! The Lyceum stage will once again be aglow with good spirits and Christmas tradition as Charles Dickens’ immortal classic, A Christmas Carol, comes musically to life starring Lyceum favorite Ron Wisniski as Ebenezer Scrooge, returning for his fourth straight year. There will only be 13 performances running from December 13 through December 23.

The Lyceum brings to life the familiar story of a seemingly heartless miser given one last chance at redemption by four visiting ghosts. On Christmas Eve Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes an incredible transformation as he views with new eyes his past, present and the possibilities of the future. A Christmas Carol is now a cherished annual tradition in Arrow Rock and is made possible through the generous support of LammTech of Sedalia.

Lyceum Producing Artistic Director, Quin Gresham, directs his adaptation of the Dickens classic. “Dickens’ timeless and heartwarming message, more than a dozen holiday songs, and a brilliant cast will certainly fill audiences with Christmas spirit this December,” said Gresham. “Thanks to the continued embellishments by Resident Scenic Designer Ryan J. Zirngibl, Ron Wisniski’s brilliant performance as Scrooge, and a stunning cast of familiar favorites, I have no doubt that this will be our most powerful Christmas Carol yet!

The Lyceum is pleased to announce that the role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be played, once again, by Lyceum favorite, Ron Wisniski. Mr. Wisniski originated the role in the inaugural production of A Christmas Carol in 2014, a role he has also played at Syracuse Stage. Other Lyceum appearances include the devilish Mr. Applegate in Damn Yankees, the flamboyant Roger Debris in The Producers, Diary of Anne Frank, You Can’t Take It With You and Hello Dolly. Ron appeared in the National Tours of Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Annie (FDR), and Tintypes (Teddy Roosevelt) and has appeared in more than 200 productions at theatres nationwide.

Ben Gougeon returns to the Lyceum playing Scrooge’s long suffering clerk, Bob Cratchit. Mr. Gougeon made his Lyceum debut this season as Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Other favorite credits include: NYC: The Visitation (Witness Immersive), Half Moon Bay (Nylon Fusion), The Drunkard (Metropolitan Playhouse).  REGIONAL: Escanaba in Da Moonlight (Farmers Alley), Of Mice and Men (Booth Tarkington).  FILM/TV: The Price, A Crime to Remember, Black Mask.

Returning to the role he originated in the inaugural production of A Christmas Carol, Timothy Shew plays the jovial Ghost of Christmas Present and Scrooge’s first employer, Mr. Fezziwig. Tim’s long history with the Lyceum began nearly 40 years ago as a resident company member. Mr. Shew has appeared in 11 Broadway shows including, most recently, Kander and Ebb’s The Visit with Chita Rivera, Evita with Ricky Martin, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, and Jean Val Jean in Les Misérables.

Playing the dual roles of Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Dilber will be Lyceum regular April Woodall. April returns to Arrow Rock where she has appeared in Into the Woods, Little Women, Tom Sawyer, The Sound of Music, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Music Man, and Fiddler on the Roof. Regional credits include: Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre, American Theatre Group, Mill Mountain Theater, Little Theatre on the Square, Gateway Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Theatre; Hedgerow Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre, Center City Theatre Works, The Seaport History Museum Theatre, The Eagle Theatre, and The Devon. Barrymore and SALT nominations for the title role in Souvenir – a fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Montgomery Theatre; Cortland Repertory Theatre); and a Carbonell nomination for her performance of Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Robert Elliott returns to play the dual roles of Old Joe and Jacob Marley after playing Matt Drayton in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner earlier this season and last year as the domineering Capt. Queeg in The Caine Mutiny. Mr. Elliott began his career as a company member at the Missouri Repertory Theatre and at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. Extensive work over the years at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Indiana Rep. Other regional credits include Syracuse Stage, Asolo Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, PCPA Theatrefest, Cleveland Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre.

Returning to the role she has played in all four years of A Christmas Carol, Laura Sexauer plays the violin-wielding Ghost of Christmas Past; Manon Halliburton returns as Mrs. Cratchit; Bailey Jordan Reeves returns in the dual roles of Scrooge’s first love, Belle, and Fred’s wife, Anne; Lyceum favorite Ben Nordstrom makes his A Christmas Carol debut as Scrooge’s nephew Fred as well as Marley’s younger self; Michael Dewar returns as one of Scrooge’s debtors and Scrooge’s younger self; and Adam McCall, Michael Brennan, Paula Danner, Jonathan Brown, Paula Bear, Myke Andrews and Cher Desiree Alvarez in  appear in a variety of roles.

The cast of 26 actors also features a number of young performers from neighboring communities including Lilian Buie, Simeon Buie, Cailyn Chaney, Sophia Christy, Lauren Kennon, Cooper Rainwater, Abigail Rainwater, Spencer Rainwater and Logan Musselman as Tiny Tim.

The creative team for A Christmas Carol includes Quin Gresham (Director/Adaptor), James Woodland (Resident Musical Director, Composer), Stephanie Berg (Composer), Kristen Nordstrom (Choreographer), Ryan J. Zirngibl (Resident Scenic Designer), Randy B. Winder (Resident Lighting Designer), Kerri S. Packard (Costume Designer), Jon Robertson and Ryan Matthew Hall (Sound Designers), Ivan Cano (Production Stage Manager), and Laura Berrios (Assistant Stage Manager).

Single Tickets for A Christmas Carol are priced at $37.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available as are special group rates. Performances are December 13 – December 23, 2017, Evening performances are at 7pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatre.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 57 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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The Lyceum Presents its Premiere of Beehive The 60’s Musical

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The Lyceum Presents its Premiere of Beehive The 60's Musical

ARROW ROCK, MO – The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre rocks the theatre with music from the 60’s with Beehive from September 16 through September 24, 2017.

From the Supremes to Janis Joplin and everyone in between, Beehive The 60’s Musical is a rockin’ celebration of the female vocalists who unmistakably left their mark on the music of the 60’s and on many of our lives. Featuring such music as “It’s My Party,” “Natural Woman,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “One Fine Day,” “Where the Boys Are,” and “Proud Mary,” Beehive takes you back to music’s golden era and an empowering time in our history. Six energetic women and one very hot band take you on a journey through the fashion and the sounds of the 1960’s.

Ann Cooley returns to the Lyceum to direct Beehive. The production features the debut appearance on the Lyceum stage for JALYNN STEELE, MELANA LLOYD, KATIE LADUCA, EBONY BLAKE, ABIGAIL RAYE, and SHELBY RINGDAHL.

Jalynn Steele has performed across the world in roles including the lead in the National & International tours of Fosse, she’s played Dr. Simone in the Off-Broadway smash Sistas and Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors at the Westchester Dinner Theatre. She was a part of the Norwegian Cruise Line family for years, starring in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Shout, Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, and After Midnight.

Melana Lloyd, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, has degrees in Elementary Education and MFA in Dance (NYU). A former Kindergarten teacher, she left the classroom in 2008 to pursue her art. Favorite Credits Include: Off-Broadway: Soul Doctor, Klezmer Nutcracker. National Tours: The Color Purple, Hairspray. Regional: Rockin’ At The Fireside, The World Goes Round, Smokey Joe’s Café. TV: Boardwalk Empire, MTV.

Katie Laduca’s credits include: National Tour: Saturday Night Fever (Dance Captain/ Swing; u/s All Female Roles). Favorite regional credits include: Mamma Mia (Sophie), Saturday Night Fever (Stephanie), Smokey Joe’s Café (Delee), Gypsy (u/s Louise), West Side Story (Consuela).

Ebony Blake is a native of Dayton, Ohio, and a proud graduate of Wright State University. Some of her favorite credits include: The Book of Mormon (First National Tour), Nefertiti: A Concert of Music and Dance (starring role with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater), Black Nativity (The Classical Theatre of Harlem), Aida (National Tour, Aida understudy), The Colored Museum and For Colored Girls…(directed by Stanley Wayne Mathis), Jitney (The Human Race Theatre Company), and Thoroughly Modern Mille (directed by John MacInnis). Ms. Blake has also had the pleasure of traveling the world while working for Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America Cruise Lines, and Universal Studios Japan.

Most recently, Abigail Raye was seen at Fireside Theatre in their yearly band show, Back To The Fifties (Rosemary Clooney/ Peggy Lee) & Rockin’ At The Fireside (Janis Joplin/ Cher). Other favorite credit’s include: Lady of the Lake in the National Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot, Paulette in Legally Blonde   & Rita La Porta in Lucky Stiff at Arizona Broadway Theatre.

Columbia native, Shelby Ringdahl’s credits include: Tours: Disenchanted (Snow White), West End’s ABBA MANIA (Agnetha). Off Broadway: Oh Kay! (Constance Appleton). Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar (MUNY, Ensemble), Heathers (Ensemble/ Heather Chandler US), Polkadots (Ms. Square), Catch Me If You Can (Cheryl Ann/ Ensemble). Concert Soloist with Jason Robert Brown, Susan Egan, Jodi Benson, The Fort Worth Symphony, 54 Below, and Cincinnati Pops. Miss Missouri 2013, Top 12 at Miss America, 3rd in America’s Choice making over 300 appearances that year motivationally speaking to Missouri’s children.

Ann Cooley returns to direct and choreograph the production. Ann is a New York City based director and choreographer – Highlights: The Music Man (Arkansas Shakespeare), Victor/Victoria (Nat.Tour), The Producers (Costal Carolina Arts), The Will Rogers Follies, (National Tour, Pioneer Theatre, Music Circus, Lyceum Theatre starring David Lutken), Merry Go Round, The Barn – starring Tom Wopat) Peter Pan & Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre By The Sea), White Christmas, Damn Yankees, The Today Show, USO, Leading Ladies, Menhattans (Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center), Radio City Rockettes.

Musical director for the production is Bradley Vieth. Brad is currently Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre at Edge Hill University in the UK. New York: Wings, A Child’s Garden, Shout! The Mod Musical, Smile, See What You Want to See, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Triumph of Love (pre-B’way). Chicago: A Little Night Music (Jeff Award), The Grand Duchess, Forbidden Broadway, Another Midsummer Night, Lend Me a Tenor, Book of the Night, Jerry’s Girls, The Libertine (with John Malkovich), Lovers and Friends, The Rake’s Progress, and The Consul. Europe: Chicago, On the Town, 42nd Street, Cabaret, Carmen, West Side Story, and Little Shop of Horrors (German premiere).

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer Ryan J. Zirngibl. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer Garth Dunbar has been part of 10 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical.  Resident Lighting Designer Randy B. Winder has designed close to 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. Resident Sound Designer Ryan Matthew Hall returns for his ninth season at The Lyceum where he has designed Les Misérables, The King and I, Spamalot, The Producers, To Kill A Mockingbird, Fiddler on the Roof, and many more. Ivan Dario Cano returns as Production Stage Manager.

Single Tickets for Beehive are priced at $37.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are September 16 – September 24, 2017, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 57 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 408 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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The Lyceum Theatre Presents Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

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THE ARROW ROCK LYCEUM THEATRE PRESENTS
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER;
THE STAGE ADAPTATION OF THE MILESTONE 1967 FILM

ARROW ROCK, MO – Fifty years after the groundbreaking film inspired the world, the Lyceum Theatre is thrilled to present Todd Kreidler’s electric stage adaptation of the iconic Academy Award-winning film Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. The production poignantly reflects on who we are as a nation – past, present and future. Based on the original screenplay by William Rose, this captivating, witty, romantic comedy opens September 2, and runs through September 10.

A handsome, prestigious doctor meets a beautiful young woman. The two begin a whirlwind romance and their swift courtship leads to a happily accepted proposal. The catch? It’s 1967 and the handsome doctor, John Prentice, is an African-American man and his intended, Joanna Drayton, is white. When Joanna surprises her progressive parents with the engagement, their values are put to the test in this moving story that deftly challenges the notion that love can conquer all. Playing it now, 50 years after its first flicker of life on the silver screen, offers us a chance to reflect back on a threshold moment in our country’s history and the state of our nation today where the struggle for race equality continues. “We are pleased to be staging this story at a time when we as a nation need it desperately,” said Lyceum Producing Artistic Director, Quin Gresham. “Thanks to the brilliant work of Mr. Haney and his cast, this show will resonate with audiences while warming their hearts and making them laugh.”

Michael Haney returns to the Lyceum to direct Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. The production features JAMAL JAMES as Dr. John Prentice, HANLEY SMITH as Joanna Drayton, ROBERT ELLIOTT as Matt Drayton, AMY WARNER as Christina Drayton, CEDRIC CANNON as John Prentice Sr., PERRI GAFFNEY as Mary Prentice, NANCY BELL as Hilary St. George, THURSDAY FARRAR as Matilda Binks and MICHAEL ROTHHAAR as Monsignor Ryan.

Jamal James makes his debut at The Lyceum playing Dr. John Prentice. Most recently, he closed a workshop of Illa: A Hip-Hop Musical at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. A proud member of AEA and the Hedgepig Ensemble some of his favorites shows include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Last Five Years, Beauty and the Beast, Violet, For Vixens…,The Seven, Jedi Training, Minor Character and, of course, Illa. Also making her Lyceum debut, Hanley Smith plays Joanna Drayton.

Favorite credits include: Vanda in Venus in Fur (The Fulton); Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Pioneer Theatre); Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Gulfshore Playhouse); Luisa in The Fantasticks (Virginia Stage); Fantine in Les Mis (The Fulton); and Sally in The Voice of the Turtle at Merrimack Rep. Hanley is also a proud member of the folk trio, A Band Called Honalee, as well as the comedy troupe, A Drinking Game NYC.

Last seen at The Lyceum as Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and as Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, Robert Elliott plays Matt Drayton, Joanna’s father. Mr. Elliott began his career as a company member at the Missouri Repertory Theatre and at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. He has done extensive work over the years at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Indiana Rep. Other theatres include: Syracuse Stage, Asolo Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, PCPA Theatrefest, Cleveland Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre. Amy Warner returns to the Lyceum to play Christina Drayton, Joanna’s Mother. Amy previously performed at the Lyceum in An Unexpected Guest, Black Coffee, Boeing Boeing and You Can’t Take It With You. Recently she played Winnie in Beckett’s Happy Days at the Open Eye Theater of Minneapolis. Previous work includes leading roles in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Goat, A Little Night Music and Angels in America. She was a company member for three years with the Off-Broadway Classic Stage Company. Television work includes roles in The Practice, Ally McBeal, and E.R. She played Cate Blanchett’s mother-in-law in the film Carol.

Cedric Cannon makes his Lyceum debut as John’s Father, John Prentice Sr. Cedric’s credits include: Sweetee, In Dahomey, Cats, Goddess, Mikado, Carmen Jones, Three Willies, Man of LaMancha, The Pirates of Penzance, Camelot, Porgy and Bess. An accomplished opera performer, his credits include Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Opera, Frankfurt Opera, New Orleans Opera, Atlanta Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Carolina. Concert: Carnegie Hall, Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Pushkin Festival, Polish Radio Orchestra, Filarmonica De Montevideo Pittsburgh Symphony and Reykjavik Symphomy. TV/film: Blind, The Slap, Good Funk, Right of Way, Moon and Sun, Seven Lovers, Old 37 Know Your Logic, Raw Nerve, Cosby, Oz, All My Children, As the World Turns, Jon Benjamin has a Van and Porgy and Me.  Also making her Lyceum debut, Perri Gaffney plays Mary Prentice, John’s Mother. Perri’s stage credits include: Having Our Say, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (St. Louis Rep.), The Road Weeps The Well Runs Dry, Steel Magnolias, A Raisin in the Sun, Macbeth, Music Man, Death and The King’s Horseman, The Resurrection of Alice, Intimate Apparel, Polk County, Fences. Film/TV; As The World Turns (Nurse Bentley), Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU.

Thursday Farrar makes her Lyceum debut by playing Matilda Binks, the Drayton family’s maid. Her Broadway credits include: Aida, Parade, Once Upon a Mattress. Off-B’way: Regrets (MTC) St. Louis Woman, Golden Boy (City Center), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Pecadillio Theater). Nat’l tours: Flashdance, Les Miserables, Carousel, Dream Girls. Regional: First Wives Club (Old Globe), Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center), Harmony (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me Kate, Urinetown, Hairspray, Damn Yankees, To Kill a Mockingbird (Weston Playhouse). TV: Gotham, Bull, The Blacklist, The Americans, Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, Film: Across The Tracks, Brother, Only Time Will Tell, Lucky Day. Returning to The Lyceum, Nancy Bell plays Hilary St. George, an employee of Joanna’s Mom. Nancy’s was last seen on The Lyceum stage in the 2015 production of Rumors. Credits include Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory, South Coast Repertory, McCarter Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis among many others.  On TV, she portrayed the role of Susan Bates on the soap opera, Guiding Light. Other television credits include: Numbers, The Medium, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, and Star Trek Voyager, among others. Michael Rothhaar, a Lyceum regular, plays Monsignor Ryan, a longtime family friend of the Draytons. Mr. Rothhaar just recently directed the Lyceum production of Greater Tuna and has also directed Murder on the Nile, South Pacific, Witness For the Prosecution, A Murder is Announced, My Fair Lady and Spider’s Web, as well as appearing in such Lyceum shows as The Man Who Came To Dinner, You Can’t Take It With You, Black Coffee, Run For Your Wife and And Then There Were None. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in various feature films, as well as in numerous television series.

Michael Haney returns to direct the production. At the Lyceum he has directed The Nerd, The Unexpected Guest, You Can’t Take It With You, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Black Coffee, Lend Me A Tenor, Driving Miss Daisy and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. He has acted and directed more than 200 productions including directing Around the World in 80 Days Off-Broadway, appearing in Elie Wiesel’s Zalmen on Broadway, and the first American production of Nicholas Nickleby. His regional directing credits include Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Westport Country Playhouse and Kansas City Rep. Internationally, Mr. Haney has directed productions at the English Theatres of Vienna and Frankfurt as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was the Associate Artistic Director with The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for 15 years, where he directed the award winning productions of Speaking in Tongues, The Clean House, Blackbird, The Syringa Tree, Love Song, As You Like It, Crime & Punishment, Speaking In Tongues, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and the world premieres of The History of Invulnerability (a play about Superman and the Holocaust), Hiding Behind Comets, A Delicate Ship and Summerland. He resides in Minnesota with his wife Amy Warner. They appear in the movie Carol, with Cate Blanchett and Kyle Chandler playing their parents.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer Ryan J. Zirngibl. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Costume Designer Rachel Wahl has worked as the assistant costume shop manager and Youth Tour Designer (The Paperbag Princess) at the Merry Go Round Playhouse.  Resident Lighting Designer Randy B. Winder has designed close to 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. Ivan Dario Cano returns as Production Stage Manager and Andrea Miller is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Single Tickets for Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner are priced at $37.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are September 2 – September 10, 2017, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 57 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 408 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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The Lyceum Theatre Presents a Lyceum Favorite, Greater Tuna

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THE LYCEUM THEATRE PRESENTS
A Lyceum Favorite, Greater Tuna

ARROW ROCK, MO – Stop in and experience the fictional town of Tuna, the “third-smallest” town in Texas, with GREATER TUNA performing August 19 through August 26, 2017 at the Lyceum Theatre. This hilarious satire of small town life was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard.

Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Didi Snavely, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Rev. Spikes, and Vera Carp have in common? Thanks to some quick-changing wizardry, the eclectic band of citizens are portrayed by only two actors, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna — men, women, children and animals. This affectionate send-up of small-town life will have your rolling in the aisles!

Michael Rothhaar returns to the Lyceum to direct Greater Tuna. The production features Whit Reichert playing the characters of Thurston Wheelis, Bertha Bumiller, Yippy, Leonard Childers, Pearl Burras, R. R. Snavely, Rev. Spikes, Sheriff Givens and Hank Bumiller. Jeff Stockberger plays the characters of Arles Struvie, Didi Snavely, Harold Dean Lattimer, Petey Fisk, Jody Bumiller, Stanley Bumiller, Charlene Bumiller, Chad Hartford, Phinas Blye and Vera Carp.

Whit Reichert returns to The Lyceum as half the townspeople in Greater Tuna. Last season at the Lyceum, Whit appeared in four shows, most notably, as Ben Franklin in 1776. Other favorite Lyceum roles include J. B. Biggley in How To Succeed…, George Macmillan in Big, The Musical, Osgood Feilding in Sugar, Max in The Sound of Music, Grandpa in Meet Me In St. Louis, the Wizard in The Wizard Of Oz and Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys. Whit has worked all over the country, but those familiar with St. Louis theatre may recognize him from productions at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Shakespeare Festival, Stages, The Muny, St. Louis Actors’ Theatre, The Black Rep and The Variety Club Theatre.

Making his Lyceum debut, Jeff Stockberger plays the other half of Tuna’s residents. Originally from St. Louis, Jeff is now a resident of Indianapolis Indiana and a regular performer at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Acting credits: Captain Hook/Peter Pan, Luther Billis/South Pacific, Lord Evelyn Oakley/Anything Goes, Charlie/The Foreigner, Stanley/Run For Your Wife, Oscar Madison/The Odd Couple, Lurch/The Addams Family, Stanley Banks/Father Of The Bride, Franz Leibkin/The Producers and Scrooge/A Christmas Carol.

Michael Rothhaar, a Lyceum regular, returns to direct the production. Mr. Rothhaar has directed the Lyceum productions of South Pacific, Witness For The Prosecution, A Murder Is Announced, My Fair Lady and Spider’s Web, as well as appearing in such Lyceum shows as The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, The Man Who Came To Dinner, You Can’t Take It With You, Black Coffee, Run For Your Wife and And Then There Were None. Michael served as the Artistic Director of Pennsylvania’s Allenberry Playhouse from 1987 to 1992. For Allenberry, he directed 40 productions, notably: Lettice And Lovage, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Agnes Of God, Cabaret, Guys And Dolls and My Fair Lady. For Pacific Resident Theatre, he has directed Becky’s New Car (Los Angeles Premiere), Brecht’s Saint Joan Of The Slaughterhouses, Otherwise Engaged, Candida, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Waiting For Godot, The Hasty Heart, Four Dogs And A Bone and Family Planning, among others. Elsewhere, he directed the West Coast Premiere of Holy Ghost at Theatre of NOTE and The Last Flapper at the Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara. In Washington, D.C., he directed Mrs. Warren’s Profession and The Millionairess at the Washington Stage Guild. In 1994, he directed Sleuth, which toured southern California. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in various feature films, as well as in numerous television series. He is the recipient of various theatre awards and nominations and a proud member of SDC, AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer Ryan J. Zirngibl. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Costume Designer Rachel Wahl has worked as the assistant costume shop manager and Youth Tour Designer (The Paperbag Princess) at the Merry Go Round Playhouse.  Resident Lighting Designer Randy B. Winder has designed close to 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. Tony Dearing is in his 25th year as Production Stage Manager and Ivan Dario Cano returns for his second year as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single Tickets for Greater Tuna are priced at $37.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are August 19 – August 26, 2017, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 57 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 408 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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