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The Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association presents

Directed by Tom Littlefield

Norway, Maine www.ohmpaa.org

Summer 2010

June 17–27, 2010 Norway Grange


The Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association presents

BY WILLIAM INGE

Directed by

Tom Littlefield Cast Jane Riseman Grace Hoylard Laurie Riihimaki Elma Duckworth Christopher Easton Will Masters Daniel Rennie Dr. Gerald Lyman

Kacy Woodworth Cherie Christopher Dowling Bo Decker Stephen Sessions Virgil Blessing Rob Kilgore Carl

Bus Stop is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


Director’s Note

W

illiam Inge has often been criticized as a second-rate playwright, not quite an equal to Tennessee Williams or Arthur Miller or Eugene O’Neill. I am not going to bother to debate that. You are free to form your own opinion. What I do want to say is, in his play Bus Stop, he has crafted a theatrical experience that is uniquely American, while exploring a universal human condition—loneliness—and the different ways we as individuals try to cope with it. A young cowboy discovers he must be more than belligerent. A high school girl finds that romance can spring from unexpected sources, and can bring with it unexpected outcomes. A lecherous misfit discovers that he doesn’t have to act on his baser impulses. A young “night club” singer finds love can grow when two people put aside preconceptions and misconceptions and discover each other as equal human beings with strengths as well as weaknesses. Even a roadside diner operator and a bus driver can find moments of comfort and romance in lives that that generally involve being left behind or leaving others behind. Inge creates laughter, tears, anger, and frustration, while allowing us to watch as people very like each of us confront their own demons and fears in an attempt to find love and comfort, however fleeting. In my mind, this is theatre at its best. Enjoy the show.  Tom Littlefield


Setting The action of the play takes place in a street-corner restaurant in a small town about thirty miles west of Kansas City.

Act I A night in early March. 1:00 a.m.

Act II A few minutes later.

Act III Early morning. About 5:00 a.m. There will be a 15 minute intermission after Act I.


OHMPAA’S Theatrical History: 1984–2009 SHOW

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Get Happy—A Speakeasy** Maybe It’s Love** Sentimental Journey** Working* The Mikado* Children Of A Lesser God Tears And Laughter** The Real Inspector Hound Side By Side By Sondheim* Harvey HMS Pinafore* The Mousetrap The Fantasticks* Nunsense* Mayhem & Merriment** Butterflies Are Free Steel Magnolias Cinderella* Rebecca Guys & Dolls* Moon Over Buffalo Forever Plaid* Rumors Grease* Forever Plaid* Sylvia Nunsense* See How They Run The Secret Garden* Love Letters

Carol Fiske Pat Black Pat Black Pat Black Pat Black Alison Whitney Linda Sturdivant Alison Whitney Pat Black Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Alison Whitney Linda Sturdivant Tom Littlefield Pat Black Kathy Burke Linda Sturdivant Emmanuel Chaulet Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Kenn Sawyer Linda Sturdivant Kenn Sawyer Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Pat Black Kenn Sawyer Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Patrick Dullea

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Our Town Little Mary Sunshine* The Foreigner Arsenic & Old Lace A Grand Night For Singing* The Nerd 1940’s Radio Hour* You Can’t Take It With You OHMPAA’s Retrospective Show** The Odd Couple Don’t Drink The Water The Music Man* Swingtime Canteen* And Then There Were None tick, tick…BOOM!* (2 runs) Something’s Afoot* A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum* Cinderella’s Glass Slipper* Don’t Dress For Dinner The Glass Menagerie Almost, Maine Man Of La Mancha* All This Talk Is Killing Me† The Prisoner Of Second Avenue Never Too Late Murder At Cafe Noir† How To Succeed In Business    Without Really Trying* Enchanted April Bus Stop

Tom Littlefield Kenn Sawyer Sally Jones Tom Littlefield Linda Sturdivant David Lock Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Sally Jones Kenn Sawyer Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Tom Littlefield Linda Sturdivant Sally Jones

YEAR 2002 2002 2002 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2004 2005 2005 2005 2006 2006 2006

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2009 2010 2010

*Musicals  **Musical Reviews  †Dinner Theater

• • • • • • Coming up in OHMPAA’s 2010 season • • • • • • Witches, Britches, Rings ‘n’ Things

Roles of a Lifetime: A Musical Journey

by Dave Barton August 12–21—young adult production This play combines all of the best elements of storyteller theatre. Ethel Appleton, a retired witch, has been given a patchwork quilt. All of the best stories from “the good old days” have been sewn into the quilt, stories which are shared with the audience. These timeless stories include “The Three Sillies” and “The Billy Goats Gruff.” Good family entertainment!

November 11–21—musical A wonderfully entertaining evening of memorable performances leaving you not only wishing for more, but also wondering where these great songs have been hiding all this time!! Extraordinary music from lesser-known musicals. Watch for more details in the months to come.

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Producers’ Note The hardworking folks who have been spending the majority of their leisure (!) hours at “Grace’s Diner“ are serving up a great slice of theater for you tonight! As the producers of Bus Stop, ours has been a relatively easy job. We’ve followed an unbeatable recipe : give a good director a chance to work with a script that he loves, assemble actors who understand and enjoy their characters, gather the most talented production crew anywhere from here to Kansas­stir it all together and see what happens! When the bus leaves the Grange tonight, we think you’ll agree that you’ve met some very interesting—and quintessentially American—characters while holed up at the Bus Stop. We’ve so enjoyed seeing them come to life over the course of our rehearsal period. We’re proud to welcome you in out of the “storms” of your life, and so very grateful that you dropped in to spend the evening here with us at the diner. Lemon meringue or chocolate? Whatever your pleasure—enjoy! Connie Allen Kathy Davis

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Cast Biographies Christopher Dowling (Bo Decker) first appeared onstage in the OHCHS production of Cheaper by the Dozen in his senior year of high school. After graduation, he left for San Francisco where he studied acting at the Academy of Art University. He’s currently taking a semester off and working hard to make the money to head back west in the fall to continue his studies. Christopher thanks his parents, Jane and Rick Hatch and Michael Dowling, for being so supportive of his dreams. And thanks to the wonderful people who made this production a ride to remember!

Oxford Hills creative movement and says we are fortunate to have as many creative and artistic outlets as we do.

Christopher Easton (Will Masters) says that it feels great to be back on the Norway Grange stage for his fourth OHMPAA production; previous appearances include Prisoner of Second Avenue, Don’t Drink the Water and Our Town. Chris would like to thank OHMPAA, Tom Littlefield, and the cast, crew and producers for their support. He also thanks the sponsors for their continued support of OHMPAA. Lastly, he thanks Paula for all her love and support.

Jane Riseman (Grace Hoylard)  has been in many OHMPAA productions, from her first, Harvey, to her most recent, The Odd Couple. In addition to acting, Jane has directed the last two community Broadway musicals at OHCHS. She would like to thank Tom for getting permission from her husband before she dared to ask to be in another show!

Rob Kilgore (Carl) This is Rob’s first onstage appearance for OHMPAA and he is thrilled at the opportunity. He was the production/staging assistant for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and you may recognize him as the “book voice” from that show. A graduate of OHHS, Rob now works as an accounts receivable specialist at Geiger Brothers in Lewiston and is a full time student at the University of Maine at Augusta. Being a full time student with a full time job, Rob is sure that he used to have hobbies but can’t remember what they were! Daniel Rennie (Dr. Gerald Lyman) would like to thank all you good people for coming to see Bus Stop. Previous roles include the Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie and Charlie in Never Too Late, among others. Daniel is proud to be a part of the

Laurie Riihimaki (Elma Duckworth)  is in her third OHMPAA show, following appearances in Cinderella’s Glass Slipper and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She has also performed in This Is a Test and Shoes Along the Highway, among others. Laurie is very excited to be in this production and appreciates the love and support from the cast. She would like to thank her mommy for being so supportive.

Steve Sessions (Virgil Blessing( is enjoying his role as the cowboy-mentor who would prefer to be a loner but has taken on the duty of bringing up a younger orphan cowboy until he can get along by himself. As Steve says, “You can always find so many parallels between these roles and real lives.” He thanks those who support OHMPAA behind the scenes as well as all who come to enjoy the show. Kacy Woodworth (Cherie)  is glad to be back on OHMPAA’s stage. You may have seen her as a bouffant-sporting Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. (She thanks those who put up with her swine flu-influenced performance during the second week!) Kacy is now an official theater major at USM, enjoying full-blown theaternerd status and plotting her next move. Thanks to Tom Littlefield for giving her a chance at this role—it sure is a doozie. Hope you all like Cherie the Chanteuse!


OHMPAA Membership 2010 Supporting Members Chris Alberi Jamie Alberi Tom & Gail Binnette Nancy Brooks Mary Gatchell Barbara Hall Joyce Hards Richard & Phyllis Hunt Linda & Randy Jack Barbara Johnson Don & Judy Mayberry Douglas & Karen McArdle Sharon Merrill Wini Mott Duane & Janice Nichols Joyce Plate Fred Ryan Foster & Mickie Shibles Mary Smith Anna Snyder Rebecca Stevens Dennis Twitchell

Voting Members Jennifer Adams Susan Alberi* Connie J. Allen* Dan & Nancy Allen Shirli Allen-Heald Karen Chapman Charleen Chase Elton Cole Terry Cole* Kathryn* & Michael Davis Sandy & Leo Geddry Sally Jones Henry & Ellen Male Richard McIntosh Tommie McFarlane Jane Morse Gordon Peaco Carol Huotari* Norman Hutchins* Ethel Lacourse Tom Littlefield* Leanne McKinney*

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Jeff Orwig* Kenneth Sawyer* Claire & Steven Sessions Shelly & Brian Shibles* Jennifer* & Steve St. Pierre Karen Turino Patrons Jennifer Adams Marguerite Alberi Viola A. Aldrich Dan & Nancy Allen Susan I. Batchelder Gene & Ellen Benner Mary Ann Brown Andrea & Hank Burns Mary Lou Burns Karen Chapman Christine Cole Curtis Cole Bruce & Pat Cook C. Bradley Cummings & Cynthia Reedy Sally Day Lahja (Lucky) DiBello Christopher & Paula Easton Noreen Edwards Sandra Farrar Kathy Gerrits-Leyden Betty Gianquinto Edwin & Jane Gibson Judith T. Gideonse Barbara Johnson

Sally Jones Betsey & Butch Lenberg Mary Louque Aaron Louque Douglas & Karen McArdle Marge & Bill Medd Bernice Merrill Shirley S. Miller Bob & Joan Moorehead Norman & Janet Pullen Denny & Ginny Raymond Tony & Carol Rice Nancy Rideout Maxine Sessions Mr & Mrs Robert E. Sessions Foster & Mickie Shibles Carol & John Sotman Vince & Beverly Stevens Herb & Lois Strauss Roland & Nancy Sutton Dr and Mrs John Trinward Karen Turino Beatriz A. Waite Erwin & Susan Ward Cheryl Wilson Sharon Wilson-Cox Members Emeritus Dan Allen Shirli Heald Allen * OHMPAA Advisory Board Member


About the Play Bus Stop was first presented by Robert Whitehead and Roger L. Stevens at The Music Box, New York City, March 2, 1955. It was directed by Howard Clurman, and the set was designed by Boris Aronson. The cast was as follows: Elma Duckworth, a waitress��������������������������������������������� Phyllis Love Grace Hoylard, owner of the restaurant�������������������� Elaine Stritch Will Masters, a Sheriff���������������������������������������������������������������Lou Polan Cherie, a chanteuse��������������������������������������������������������������Kim Stanley Dr. Gerald Lyman, a former college professor��������Anthony Ross Carl, a bus driver���������������������������������������������������������������� Patrick McVey Virgil Blessing, a ranch hand������������������������������������ Crahan Denton Bo Decker, a young rancher and cowboy�������������������Albert Salmi

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Thank You • To Erica Jed and her staff at Books-N-Things for acting as our ticket agent.

• To the Norway Grange for the use of this wonderful historic facility.

• To our program advertisers for their support. • To Norway Savings Bank for sponsoring this show. • To MSAD 17 for the use of OHCHS fence for our banner. • To Claire Sessions for the gift of the counter and loan of menu holders, furniture, props and galoshes.

• To Kym Bryant for the loan of furniture. • To Kevin Scott and Susan Morrow of Andover for the loan of booths and tables.

• To the Guy E. Rowe School, MSAD#17 for loan of tables. • A sincere thank you to all cast and crew’s family members who support their family member’s participation in this show.

• To Steve Sessions and Chris Easton for their work on the set.

• To OHMPAA Supporting Members, Voting Members, Patrons and those who have donated to OHMPAA.

• And—as always—to you, our faithful audience, without whom this would all seem somewhat pointless! Thank you for coming! We hope to see you again at OHMPAA’s upcoming shows: Witches, Britches, Rings ’n’ Things   August 13–21 Roles of a Lifetime: A Musical Journey   November 11–21


Production Staff Producers����������������������������������������������Connie Allen, Kathy Davis Director ��������������������������������������������������������������������Tom Littlefield Stage Managers���������������������������� Aaron Louque, Ailie Phillips Set Design���������������������������������Claire Sessions, Tom Littlefield Set Construction������������������� Claire Sessions, Steve Sessions, Tom Littlefield, Chris Easton Costumer����������������������������������������������������������������������� Kym Bryant Light Design����������������������������������������������� Norman Hutchins, Jr. Lights �������������������������������������������������������������������������� Kenn Sawyer Sound������������������������������������������������������������������������Aaron Louque House Manager�������������������������������������������������������������� Terry Cole Poster/program/tickets������������������������������������������Jenny Adams Photography������������������������������������������������������� Ethan McNerney

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