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Spring 2009

Norway Grange Norway, Maine

Directed by Tom Littlefield

Many thanks to Sandy Bahre for keeping us warm

The Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association presents

f o r e n o s i r P The e u n e v A d n o c Se by Neil Simon A Comedy in Two Acts Cast Timothy C. Lorrain Mel Edison Jeanie Stone Edna Edison Christopher Easton Harry Edison Rachael Leighton Pearl Tracy Ludwig Jessie Paula Easton Pauline Daniel Rennie Roger Keating

Setting Mel and Edna Edison’s apartment on New York’s upper East Side.

Act I Scene 1: 2:30 a.m. on a hot midsummer night Scene 2: Late afternoon, a few days later

Act II Scene 1: Mid-September, about six weeks later Scene 2: Two weeks later, mid-afternoon Scene 3: Six weeks later, mid-December, late afternoon

There will be one fifteen-minute intermission.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Director’s Notes A number of weeks ago, I was speaking to a friend of mine about “Prisoner”, and he commented that he often felt that Neil Simon material seemed dated. This is a valid observation. Simon’s work is very rooted in time and place, and his early works, especially those written as contemporary plays, reflect an era that is very far removed from today’s world. This is not the case with “Prisoner of Second Avenue.” First performed in 1971, if it weren’t for passing references to Richard Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller, this comedy could very easily be set in today. Mel and Edna, a middle aged married couple, find themselves forced to cope with lost jobs (for Mel, a layoff; for Edna, a bankrupt company), a heat wave, a garbage strike, an apartment robbery, noisy neighbors, a nervous breakdown, and well-meaning but insensitive relatives who haven’t got a clue how to provide meaningful help. Simon takes all of these dark elements, and a couple of others that I will purposely not mention, and blends them into a riotous comedy that will keep you laughing from start to finish, and will, along the way, give you a glimpse of the core human values we all share. Laugh, enjoy, and remember: There, but for the grace of God, go I. 

Tom Littlefield

OHMPAA announces auditions for

Never Too Late

a comedy in three acts by Sumner Arthur Long

Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7, 2009 7:00 p.m. at the Guy E. Rowe School., Norway

Possible callbacks on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. Casting: 3 WOMEN and 6 MEN. Ages are ranges. Performance dates June 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 8:00 p.m., and June 21 and 28 at 2:00 p.m. Director: Andrew Scott Turner •• Co-Producers: Connie Allen and Carol Huotari For more information: Andrew Scott Turner (207-515-4224), Connie Allen (207-743-5728), Carol Huotari (207-743-8163).

Hebron Academy The Hebron Players salute OHMPAA and arts in the Oxford Hills!

Producers’ notes Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil Simon is the first play I have ever produced. Fortunately, I have been able to co-produce with a couple of veteran thespians who know how to get the job done. Taking part in a production from the bottom up has been a very eye-opening experience. I am amazed at how much time and energy goes into behind-the-scenes requirements, let alone the time and energy the cast has had to give forth. This show is no exception. Tom Littlefield is a master at getting the best from all involved. The cast is hard-working and funny, and they are some of the kindest people I have ever met. The crew is, above all, talented and ready to ensure that you, our audience, have a great time.

Small Classes Honors and AP Courses Excellent College Placement

Office of Admission


The Prisoner of Second Avenue is not only a show about the relationships of family, but a commentary on the current state of affairs in America, despite the fact it is set in the early 1970s. Mel and Edna Edison could be your neighbors, your co-workers, or even you. It has been a thrill for all of us to have been a part of this adventure, and on behalf of my co-producers Jeff Orwig and Kenn Sawyer, I ask you to sit back, relax, transport yourselves to the Edison apartment, and enjoy the show. 

Brandi Sawyer

About the Show The Prisoner of Second Avenue was first presented, under the direction of Mike Nichols, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, New York City, November 11, 1971. Setting was by Richard Sylbert, lighting by Tharon Musser and costumes by Anthea Sylbert. The cast was as follows: Mel Edison �����������������������������������������������������������Peter Falk Edna Edison���������������������������������������������������������Lee Grant Harry Edison������������������������������������������Vincent Gardenia Pearl ��������������������������������������������������������� Florence Stanley Jessie��������������������������������������������������������������� Tresa Hughes Pauline���������������������������������������������������������� Dena Dietrich It ran on Broadway until September 1973 and was nominated for a Tony award. A film version, starring Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft, was released in 1975.

The Cast Timothy Lorrain (Mel Edison)  n  Lives in Waterford  n  First OHMPAA role was Justice Wargrave in And Then There Were None.  n  Favorite movie is The Graduate.  n  Avoids New York because there are too many things falling from apartment building balconies. [Note: is Tim’s life beginning to imitate art?]  n  Hopes his wonderful sister-in-law Marci has a great time in Mexico.  n  Thanks to “Jeanie Stone—now I know why everyone adores you! To Doreen, Martha, and Chris for help with lines. Special thanks to Sally Jones for giving Jeanie and me shelter and support. A huge thanks, especially, to my wife/therapist, Joanne, for her many hours of love, support, and counseling.” Jeanie Stone (Edna Edison)  n  Lives in South Paris  n  Her OHMPAA show credits include Cinderella, The Music Man, You Can’t Take It With You and, most recently, Man Of La Mancha.  n  Loves to spend time at the place she calls “Our Golden Pond”  n  Favorite New York experience: seeing Mama Mia!  n  Jeanie sends special thanks to her husband, Stub, for all his support; and an “I love you” to her 3 children, 6 grandchildren and her Mom, just because she can.  n  “Thanks to Sally Jones for support and encouragement. Thank you to Tom Littlefield for believing in me. Lastly, thank you to Tim Lorrain for his patience and a great time!” Christopher Easton (Harry Edison)  n  From Waterford, but more often than not his own little world.  n  Theater buffs may remember him from OHMPAA’s Our Town and Don’t Drink The Water and many other theater group productions.  n  Loves New York for La Guardia and JFK, because when he is at one of them it means he is going someplace else.  n  Family members include: wife, Paula; son Aaron; brothers; sisters; mother; in-laws; nephews and niece.  n  “Thanks to my lovely wife Paula. Thank you to Tom Littlefield for putting up with me again, as well as the rest of the cast and production crew. Also thanks to my great-grandfather—if not for him I would not be here.” Paula Easton (Pauline)  n  Lives in a house on a hill in Waterford.  n  Has appeared in OHMPAA productions of Our Town and Don’t Drink The Water.  n  Has also performed with LRCT, Arts in Motion and Cauldron & Labrys, and

even in a couple of TV commercials.  n  Favorite line: “You could go broke running a summer camp, all those runny noses!”  n  Loves New York’s architecture—the bridges, Central Park carousel, museums and the little places of nature sandwiched between the buildings.  n  “Thanks to Tom, the cast, and production folks. It takes many talents to put on a show. We hope you enjoy it.” Tracy Ludwig (Jessie)  n  Hails from Sweden (the town not the country).  n  Previous OHMPAA roles were in All This Talk Is Killing Me and Man Of La Mancha.  n  Speaks a lot of English, and a little French, German, Italian, Hawaiian and Arabic (and wishes she “spoke everything in British”).  n  She takes her daughters to New York to see shows, sightsee, shop, eat gyros and drink wine (her, not them). “Enjoying NYC at Christmas time with my daughters is the best!”  n  Tracy would like to give thanks to her friends and family for their support, guidance and belief in her. “­OHMPAA rocks more than ever! Enjoy the show!” Rachael Leighton (Pearl)  n  Lives in Norway (again, the town not the country) with her mother and whichever of her unofficial family members happens to wander through.  n  Is both actress and stage manager for this show.  n  Rachael most recently kept a bunch of Spanish prisoners in line as the stage manager for OHMPAA’s Man Of La Mancha.  n  Her dream is to run a revival movie theater since many great movies were on the big screen long before she was born.  n  Would love to see Scotland and play the bagpipes, but would be just as happy if kilt-wearing Scotsmen came here to play for her.  n  Loves New York’s Chinatown for being its own entity and Times Square for the huge ads. Daniel Rennie (Roger Keating) Lives in a garden in South Paris.  n  Was seen most recently in OHMPAA productions of The Glass Menagerie and Man Of La Mancha.  n  If he could, he would be a traveling minstrel and teller of yarns.  n  Has taken many train rides from Long Island into NYC to hang out in jazz clubs, museums and night spots.  n  Don’t tell her, but his daughter Lili’s burps are the funniest thing he’s ever heard.  n  Dan thanks his fellow cast members, the production crew, and his friends and family. Props to his beautiful daughter Lili. Visit OHMPAA’s web site for more information about auditions, shows and how you can get involved with theater in the Oxford Hills.

OHMPAA’S Theatrical History: 1984–2009 SHOW




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

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

1985 1986 1987 1987

The Secret Garden* Linda Sturdivant Love Letters Linda Sturdivant Patrick Dullea Our Town Tom Littlefield Little Mary Sunshine* Kenn Sawyer The Foreigner Sally Jones Arsenic & Old Lace Tom Littlefield A Grand Night For Singing* Linda Sturdivant The Nerd David Lock 1940’s Radio Hour* Linda Sturdivant You Can’t Take It With You Linda Sturdivant OHMPAA’s Retrospective Show** Linda Sturdivant The Odd Couple Sally Jones Don’t Drink The Water Kenn Sawyer The Music Man* Linda Sturdivant Swingtime Canteen* Linda Sturdivant And Then There Were None Tom Littlefield tick, tick…BOOM!* (2 runs) Linda Sturdivant Something’s Afoot* Sally Jones A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum* Kenn Sawyer Cinderella’s Glass Slipper* Robin Galley Don’t Dress For Dinner Linda Sturdivant The Glass Menagerie Tom Littlefield Almost, Maine Kenn Sawyer Man Of La Mancha* Sally Jones All This Talk Is Killing Me Tom Littlefield The Prisoner Of Second Avenue Tom Littlefield

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YEAR 2001 2001 2002 2002 2002 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2004 2005 2005 2005 2006 2006 2006 2007 2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 2009 2009

*Musicals **Musical Reviews

• • • • • • • Coming up in OHMPAA’s 2009 season • • • • • • • Never Too Late Sumner Arthur Long

June 18–21 and 25–28 A married man in his fifties suddenly learns he’s becoming a father again. His last child, a girl, was born 24 years ago and, considering the boob she married, he finds the prospect of another unthinkable. They live with him; she gets up for breakfast at lunchtime and he is curiously addicted to solitaire. It’s not only the impending birth that startles him; his previously meek little wife begins to lay down the law. There’s to be a nursery, a new bath, and she’s to have her own checking account.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

November 5–8 and 12–15 Power, sex, ambition, greed... it’s just another day at the office. A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How to Succeed follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who climbs the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling the aggressively compliant “company man,” the boss’s whiny nephew, the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.

Thank You n 

To our show sponsor, Grover Gundrilling, Inc.

n To our heat sponsor, Sandy Bahre. n To Erica Jed and her staff at Book-N-Things for acting

as our ticket agent. n To the Norway Grange for the use of this wonderful

historic facility. n To our program advertisers for their support. n To MSAD 17 for the use of OHCHS fence for our banner. n To Kathy Davis and the Guy E. Rowe Elementary

School for use of rehearsal space. n To

the OHMPAA Advisory Board and their families for their constant support.

n To Tim Lorrain, Joanne Eaton and Louise Sawyer for

props. n To Tim Lorrain for finagling a stove. n A special thanks to Carl Lemke for the furniture. n A sincere thank you to all of the cast’s family members

who allowed their loved ones to participate in this show. We appreciate it more than you can know. n To Girl Scout Troop #2231 for the wonderful

refreshments. n And—as always—to you, our faithful audience, with-

out whom this would all seem somewhat pointless! Visit OHMPAA’s web site for more information about auditions, shows and how you can get involved with theater in the Oxford Hills.

OHMPAA Membership 2009 Supporting Members Marguerite Alberi Dan & Nancy Allen Al & Mary Alice Bancroft Gene & Ellen Benner Ray & Mary Ann Brown Terry & Curtis Cole Allen & Jacquelyn Cressy Brad Cummings & Cynthia Reedy Teresa Drag Chris & Paula Easton Linda & Kelsey Gamble Elizabeth Gianquinto Barbara A. Hall Joyce Hards Randy & Linda Jack William & Marion Kerlew Douglas & Karen McArdle Don & Judy Mayberry Gordon L. Peaco Colleen & Joseph Quinn Adelaide Ray Carol & Tony Rice Nancy Rideout Maxine Sessions Mrs. Lester Soule

Lois Strauss Dennis Twitchell Voting Members Susan Alberi* Connie J. Allen* Dan & Nancy Allen† Shirli Allen-Heald† Patrick & Jancie Cazneau Peter & Karen Chapman Elton* & Chris Cole Storm Coleman Kathryn* & Michael Davis Anita Greenblatt Carol Huotari* Norman Hutchins* Sally J. Jones Tom Littlefield* Thomas D. McFarlane Richard McIntosh Leanne McKinney* Bob & Joan Moorehead Jane Morse Janice & Duane Nichols Jeff Orwig* Cynthia Reedy

Kenneth Sawyer* Kristen Searles Claire Sessions Shelly* & Brian Shibles Jennifer* & Steve St. Pierre Jeanie Stone Florence Wendell *OHMPAA Advisory Board † Member emeritus Patrons Dan & Nancy Allen Hank & Andrea Burns Mary Lou Burns Alexander & Meg Davis Nora Davis Owen Davis Sandra Farrar Joanne Hays-Glover Aaron Louque Mary Louque Shirley S. Miller Mary Smith Cheryl Wilson

Membership in the Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association is open to all those who wish to join and support this nonprofit community theater group. Membership will keep you informed of OHMPAA’s productions and plans. We also invite all potential actors and those wishing to help in production to come join us in this fun! Membership applications are available in the lobby or you may speak with a show producer or board member if you have questions about membership or being a part of a future production.

Production Staff Producers������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Jeff Orwig, Brandi Sawyer, Kenn Sawyer Director ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Tom Littlefield Stage Manager�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Rachael Leighton Set Design���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Claire Sessions Light and Sound Design�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Norman Hutchins Light and Sound Board Operator�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Sam Howes Stage Crew ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Aaron Louque, Rachel Brown Props�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Brandi Sawyer, Claire Sessions Costumes���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Linda Sturdivant House Manager�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Susan Alberi Set Construction/Decoration����������������������������������������������������Claire Sessions, Tim Lorrain, Tom Littlefield, Dan Rennie, Jeff Orwig, Norman Hutchins, Brandi Sawyer, Tracy Ludwig, Chris Easton, Paula Easton Program/Poster/Graphic Design������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Jenny Adams Publicity������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Kenn Sawyer, Brandi Sawyer Photography�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Ethan McNerney

Many thanks to our show sponsor

The Prisoner of Second Avenue program  

Program from OHMPAA's spring 2009 production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue