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The Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association presents

Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney Directed by Kenn Sawyer

Spring 2011


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The Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association presents

Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney Directed by

Kenn Sawyer Cast (in order of appearance)

Rachael Leighton

Cynthia Reedy

Ian Griffith

John Smith

Max Brown

Detective Sergeant Troughton

Elton Cole

Joey Priebe

Dennis Twitchell

Kyle Martin

Mary Smith Barbara Smith

Stanley Gardner Newspaper Reporter Detective Sergeant Porterhouse Bobby Franklyn

Setting The action of the play takes place in the home of John and Mary Smith in Wimbledon and the home of John and Barbara Smith in Streatham. Run For Your Wife is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Producers’ Note Happy Spring to our wonderful OHMPAA audience! It has been a long winter and we are all ready for the cold weather to move on out of town. We are so grateful to our fabulous cast and crew for their willingness to bravely leave the warmth of their homes and battle the weather, snow days, icy roads, cold and constantly changing rehearsal spaces in order to bring you this rollicking comedy. There is no better way to stave off the perils of cabin fever than to get involved with a winter OHMPAA production! And with all of the stress and turbulence in the world these days, we thought that providing our faithful audience with a couple of hours of hearty laughter seemed a worthy endeavor. We see it as the perfect antidote to those winter blues, and we hope you agree. Thanks to Kenn for the vision, Norman and crew for creating the space, Jenny for our classy public image, and a talented and fun cast to bring it all to life. We are truly proud to be a small part of this great organization that has so much to share with our community. And thank all of you for being here to share it with us. Enjoy! 

Susan Alberi and Jeff Orwig

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Director’s Note Those who know me would seldom refer to me as a barrel-of-laughs, laugh-out-loud kind of guy. Interestingly, when selecting shows to direct, I usually chose comedies and farces. Run For Your Wife certainly fits that description. When I first read the script, several years ago, I did laugh out loud, and said to myself that someday, I would direct this show. Someday is here. There has also been much laughter at rehearsal. The cast often wonders if they’re going to get through the performance without cracking up. Mr. Cooney has provided us with a wonderful script; my cast has added its skill to make it a wonderful show. My thanks to the cast, the producers, the tech staff, and especially the set crew who’ve spent hours (and hours!) putting this show on the stage. And thanks to you, our audience, for your faithful patronage. Without it, there would be no OHMPAA. 


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OHMPAA Membership 2011 Supporting Members Hebron E. Adams Gene & Ellen Benner Mary Lou Burns Marion Cummings Robert Jackson Barbara E. Johnson Marguerite Johnson Verna Pendexter Mary Smith Jeanie Stone Voting Members Jennifer Adams Susan* & Jamie Alberi Connie Allen* Ellen Burnham Sarah Burnham

Charleen Chase Terry Cole* Kathryn* & Michael Davis Sandy & Leo Geddry Carol Huotari* Norman Hutchins, Jr.* Rob Kilgore Ethel Lacourse Tom Littlefield* Richard McIntosh Tommy McFarlane Leanne McKinney Sharon Merrill* Jeff Orwig* Joyce & Hewey Plate Jane Riseman Kenn Sawyer* Claire Sessions

Stephen Sessions Brian & Shelly* Shibles Gayle Smedberg Jennifer* & Steve St.Pierre Jeanie Stone Florence Wendell Patrons Hebron E. Adams Jennifer Adams Marguerite Alberi Gene & Ellen Benner Andrea & Hank Burns Charleen Chase Elinor Goodwin Barbara E. Johnson Bill & Marge Medd Bernice Merrill

Bob & Joan Moorehead Denny & Ginny Raymond Nancy Rideout Jane Riseman Jeanie Stone Sharon Wilson-Cox

Members Emeritus Dan Allen Shirli Allen-Heald * OHMPAA Advisory Board Member

Become a Member Membership in the Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association is open to all those who wish to join and support this non-profit community theater group. Membership will keep you informed of OHMPAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s productions and plans. We also invite all potential actors and those wishing to help in productions 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. On January 1, 2009, OHMPAA became a program of Norway Maine Opera House Corporation which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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About the show Run For Your Wife was first produced at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, [England] on 26th October, 1982, with the following cast: Mary Smith����������������������������������������������������� Carol Hawkins Barbara Smith�������������������������������������������������������� Helen Gill John Smith����������������������������������������������������������Ray Cooney Detective Sergeant Troughton��������������������� Peter Blake Stanley Gardner������������������������������������������������� Royce Mills Newspaper Reporter�������������������������������� Arthur Bostrum Detective Sergeant Porterhouse ����������������Bill Pertwee Bobby Franklyn��������������������������������������Jimmy Thompson Directed by Ray Cooney, designed by Douglas Heap, lighting by James Baird The play was subsequently produced by The Theatre of Comedy Company at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, on 29th March, 1983, with the following cast: Mary Smith����������������������������������������������������� Carol Hawkins Barbara Smith�������������������������������������������������������� Helen Gill John Smith������������������������������������������������������ Richard Briers Detective Sergeant Troughton��������������������� Peter Blake Stanley Gardner�������������������������������������� Bernard Cribbins Newspaper Reporter���������������������������������������������� Sam Cox Detective Sergeant Porterhouse ����������������Bill Pertwee Bobby Franklyn��������������������������������������������������� Royce Mills Directed by Ray Cooney, designed by Douglas Heap, lighting by James Baird Run For Your Wife was first produced by the The Theatre of Comedy presented by Don Taffner, Paul Elliott and Strada Entertainment Trust at the Virginia Theatre, New York City, on March 7, 1989, with the following cast: John Smith����������������������������������������������������������Ray Cooney Detective Sergeant Troughton�������������������Gareth Hunt Barbara Smith������������������������������������������������� Hilary Labow Detective Sergeant Porterhouse ������Dennis Ramsden Bobby Franklyn���������������������������������������������������Gavin Reed The Reporter��������������������������������������������������Doug Stender Mary Smith�����������������������������������������������������������Kay Walbye Stanley Gardner�����������������������������������Paxton Whitehead Directed by Ray Cooney, set supervision by Michael Anania, costumes by Joseph G. Aulisi, lighting by Marilyn Rennagel, production stage manager was Amy Pell

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Cast Biographies Max Brown (Detective Sergeant Troughton) is a junior at OHCHS. This is Max’s first time in a “real” play and he hopes that it won’t be his last! He found the sense of community it’s given him to be greatly rewarding and he can’t wait to get even more involved with OHMPAA. He thanks his parents for rides to rehearsals and all of the moral support, as well as Kalynn and his friends for cheering him on! Elton Cole (Stanley Gardner) is the director of material management for Western Maine Health Care Corporation. Elton has worked with Kenn on OHMPAA’s productions of Rumors, Don’t Drink the Water, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, All this Talk is Killing Me, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Murder Rides Again. He thanks God for allowing him to survive that somersault off the front of the stage and his wonderful wife, Chris, for her perpetual love and support. Ian Griffith (John Smith) is a sales associate/supervisor at OfficeMax. Other OHMPAA stage roles include a prisoner and horse in Man of La Mancha and Jimmy in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He was the stage manager for Enchanted April. He wants to thank his mom and dad for feeding him three nights a week, the cast for being such fun, Kenn for giving him the opportunity, and his girlfriend, Amy, for putting up with not seeing him for two months. He doesn’t want to forget to thank his bosses at work for giving him the time off to have fun! Rachael Leighton (Mary Smith) is a medical records clerk at MCC. She played Rogers in And Then There Were None, and Pearl in Prisoner of Second Avenue, and has been the stage manager for several OHMPAA productions. Rachael thanks everyone who said they’d hit her if she didn’t audition and the cast for NOT hitting her during rehearsals!

Kyle Martin (Bobby Franklyn) is a tire and lube technician for Wal-Mart. He’s appeared in OHMPAA’s productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Don’t Drink the Water and Murder Rides Again. Kyle thanks his mom and dad for their continued support and this great cast for all of the fun and great times. Joey Priebe (News Reporter/stage manager) is a sophomore at OHCHS. His first time on stage for OHMPAA was in the role of The Fool in Witches, Britches, Rings ’n’ Things and his first job behind the scenes was running the lights for Roles of a Lifetime. Joey thanks his parents for bringing him to rehearsals. Cynthia Reedy (Barbara Smith) is Hebron Academy’s #1 Fan. She’s been in Cinderella with Elton, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Ian, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Kyle, And Then There Were None with Rachael, The Secret Garden with Dennis, See How They Run with Kenn, and now Run For Your Wife with Max and Joey. Vita grata est et grata sum. Dennis Twitchell (Detective Sergeant Porterhouse) is a bakery route salesman. Dennis is a seasoned OHMPAA veteran and has appeared in The Secret Garden, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Odd Couple, Never Too Late, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Don’t Drink the Water, Our Town and And Then There Were None. He thanks his wife, Robin, for not putting up a fuss when he wasn’t home because he was at rehearsals and all of the production staff for their hard work.

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Coming up in OHMPAA’s 2011 season Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig June 16–26—comedy World famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. But Morelli is nowhere to be found; when he finally arrives drunk, it is too late for any rehearsal. Drunk and sedated, “Il Stupendo” passes out. What to do? General manager Saunders coaxes his assistant Max into Morelli’s costume, intending to fool the audience with this fake “Il Stupendo.” Nervous amateur Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli revives and dresses for his second act. With two Otellos now in costume and two women en dishabille, each thinking she is with “Il Stupendo,” the farce spins out of control onstage and off. Directed by Tom Littlefield.

Large Window on a Small World by Maurice Hill August 18–28—comedy Blending hilarity with moments of poignancy, this delightful comedy makes great fun of the problems that arise when a shy young man is suddenly confronted with the beautiful French girl with whom he has carried on an impassioned, but long-distance correspondence. Directed by Rob Kilgore

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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* (2 runs) Sylvia Nunsense* See How They Run The Secret Garden* Love Letters Our Town Little Mary Sunshine* The Foreigner

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 Tom Littlefiel d Kenn Sawyer Sally Jones

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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 Witches, Britches, Rings ’n’ Things Murder Rides Again † Roles of a Lifetime:    a musical journey** Run For Your Wife

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

2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2004 2005 2005 2005 2006 2006 2006

Kenn Sawyer Robin Galley Linda Sturdivant Tom Littlefield Kenn Sawyer Sally Jones Kenn Sawyer Tom Littlefield Andrew Scott Turner Tom Littlefield

2007 2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 2009 2009 2009 2009

Kenn Sawyer Linda Sturdivant Tom Littlefield Carol Brown Kenn Sawyer Norman Hutchins, Jr. Jeff Orwig Kenn Sawyer

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2010 2011

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

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

• To our program advertisers for their support. • To MSAD 17 for the use of OHCHS fence for our banner. • To the OHMPAA advisory board and their families for their constant support.

• A sincere thank you to the families of our cast and crew who share them with us these many months.

• To W. J. Wheeler & Company, Inc. for their generous contribution to OHMPAA.

• To the Guy E. Rowe School and Stephens Memorial Hospital for rehearsal space.

• To Carol Brown for help at rehearsal. • To Park Street Press for the loan of two green chairs. • To Steve St.Pierre, Linda Lenberg, Steve Sessions, Jeff Orwig, Susan Alberi, Tommy McFarlane, Peter Piper, Elton Cole, Dennis Twitchell and Jared Jacobs for set construction.

• To Dennis Twitchell, Norman Hutchins Jr., Kenn Sawyer, Tommy McFarlane, Steve Sessions and Jared Jacobs for set painting.

• To Rent-A-Center for help in furnishing 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!

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Get Involved Would you like to join in the fun? There are many ways to become more involved in OHMPAA. Take the stage or work behind the scenes We are always looking for: actors; directors; readers; musicians; music directors; people to help with costumes, props and publicity; set designers and builders; stage managers; stage hands; technical directors; and house managers.

Production Staff Producers����������������������������������������������� Susan Alberi, Jeff Orwig Director ���������������������������������������������������������������������� Kenn Sawyer Stage Manager������������������������������������������������������������ Joey Priebe Set Design��������������������������������������������������� Norman Hutchins, Jr. Set Construction������������ Tommy McFarlane, Linda Lenberg, Steve Sessions, Steve St.Pierre, Norman Hutchins Jr. Scenery Art������������������������������������������������������������� Claire Sessions Lighting Design����������������������������������������� Norman Hutchins, Jr. Light Board Operator����������������������������������������������� Jared Jacobs Props������������������������������������������������������� Jeff Orwig, Susan Alberi House Manager�������������������������������������������������������������� Terry Cole Program/Poster/Graphic Design������������������������Jenny Adams Photography������������������������������������������������������� Ethan McNerney

Direct a show Each year we ask potential directors to submit ideas for shows. Ask any board member for more information. Become a member Membership in the Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association is open to all those who wish to join and support this non-profit community theater group. Membership will keep you informed of OHMPAA’s productions and plans. Membership applications are available in the lobby at each performance, 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. Sponsor a show or advertise in our program We are fortunate to have many local businesses who support arts in the Oxford Hills by sponsoring shows or advertising in our programs. We are most thankful for their vital help in producing our shows. For information about how you can sponsor a show or advertise your business, please ask for a copy of our advertising rate card.

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Please Note In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance, Steve Sessions will be stage manager and play the part of the newspaper reporter. Steve Sessions (Newspaper Reporter/stage manager) Steve has been seen on stage in the roles of Head of the KKK, a Redneck Southerner, doctor, psychologist, priest, cowboy, medieval lackey, sailor and detective. When not on stage he is a medical professional, grampa, quasi musician, mechanic and carpenter. Steve would love the opportunity to play any role which would make everyone adore him! He thanks his wonderful friends from OHMPAA who have enlightened him, entertained him, motivated him, inspired him and tolerated him.

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Run For Your Wife program  

Program from OHMPAA's spring 2011 production of Run For Your Wife.