|Moon Over Buffalo|
November 30 & December 1, 2 and December 7, 8, 9, 2012
The Vermont Theatre Company presents Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo, November 30th – December 2nd and December 7th – 9th at the Dummerston Evening Star Grange, Dummerston, VT.
From the man who wrote Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo tells the story of The Hays, a family of traveling actors struggling to make it from the stage to the big screen. Set in 1953 in the green room of the Erlanger Theater of Buffalo, NY, Charlotte and George Hay are jaded by their disappointing careers. But when they find out that renowned movie director Frank Capra is considering them for roles in his upcoming film, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and is coming to the Erlanger to see them, everything that could go wrong does. Do not miss this fast paced tale of secret love affairs, weathermen, mistaken identities, dreams of stardom, and pants.
Moon Over Buffalo was written in 1995, only a few years after Lend Me a Tenor won three Tony Awards. It opened on Broadway featuring Carol Burnett in the starring role of Charlotte Hay and Philip Bosco as George Hay. Both Carol and Philip earned Tony nominations for their performances. Moon Over Buffalo later opened in London under the title Over the Moon. The Boston Herald said Moon Over Buffalo “… is nothing less than a love letter to live theater.”
Directed by Michelle Page, the cast of Moon Over Buffalo includes Carlton Smith as the fabulous Charlotte Hay. Beside her, Jim Bombicino wreaks havoc and chaos as George Hay. Nell Curley, as the Hay’s daughter, Rosalind, who has left the stage, returns for a visit with her nervous fiancé, Howard, portrayed by Ian Mahoney. Also featured are James Gelter as Paul, Rosalind’s ex boyfriend who now works as the stage manager for the company, Amanda Rink as the young ingénue Eileen, Bruce Holloway as the Hay’s lawyer, Richard, and Sue Rowell as Charlotte’s nearly deaf mother Ethel. Mike Shedd will be the technical director, and Brenda Seitz will stage manage with Kate Maisner as Assistant Stage Manager.
Evening performances at the Dummerston Evening Star Grange are at 7:30 pm and the two Sunday matinees begin at 3:00pm. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens and students. There will be an American Sign Language interpreted performance on Sunday December 2nd.
For more information about the play and the Vermont Theatre Company, visit our website at www.vermonttheatrecompany.com, or find us on Facebook: Vermont Theatre Company, and Twitter: @OfficialVTC.
When I was presented with the opportunity to direct for the Vermont Theatre Company I knew right away that I wanted to direct a farce. I fell in love with farce during high school while performing in a play that involved juggling pies and cannoli. When I picked up Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo, I was instantly excited by the hilarious text and inspired by the outrageous characters. All of the elements of farce were there but I wanted to make sure that we did not go too far over the top. Each character takes their situations very seriously, but everything just keeps spiraling out of control. Some of the characters let themselves fall right into the chaos while others try to keep everything together, but inevitably someone grabs them by the ankle and pulls them down anyway. I hope you will find Moon Over Buffalo as funny as I do, not because we are trying to make you laugh but because the characters and what they consider to be normal is completely ridiculous.
Times and Tickets
Evening shows begin at 7:30
Matinees begin at 3:00
$12/$10 students and seniors
doors open 30 minutes before showtime
unclaimed reservations are sold 10 minutes before showtime
**Shakespeare in the Park**
all shows 6:00 pm
$5 general admission
times and prices subject to change