2015-2016 Past Performances

Same Time, Next Year
Written by Bernard Slade

August 12-20, 2016

Directed by Beth Behner

13914108_10206700847427512_7098827981404290138_oOne of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, Same Time, Next Year ran four years on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn, who later recreated her role in the successful motion picture. It remains one of the world’s most widely produced plays. The plot follows a love affair between two people, Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers.

Cast:

Marc S. Sander
Alicia Spiegel

Jukebox Saturday Night Revisited
July 24 & 31, 2016
Sunday 7pm

Developed and Directed by Jim Russell

Join us in the CWP Black Box for an evening of the greatest songs of the late 50s and early 60s, sung by four hopeful and energetic teenagers gathered around a jukebox on a Saturday night! Featuring the hits of Paul Anka, Connie Francis, Elvis, Ray Charles, The Drifters, The Marcels, The Platters, Frankie Avalon and many more!

It’s a Saturday night in September, 1962 at Big Bart’s Burger Barn, somewhere in the Midwest. Head waitress Norma and her teenaged crew Ellen, Arnie, Margie and Dean are expecting the usual rush of kids when a freak snowstorm strands them at Big Bart’s with no customers for the night.

With nothing else to do, the young foursome settles around the jukebox to pass the time while Norma spends most of the night in the kitchen flirting with Big Bart!

No matter what your age, you’ll love traveling back in time with us to Jukebox Saturday Night!

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Cast:

Norma: Ann Lehman
Margie: Jen Martin
Dean: James Faurote
Arnie: Jeff Lukas
Ellen: Adriane Falcon

 

All in the Timing

By David Ives

Directed by Erica Garraffa
Produced by Jim Russell/Jen Martin
July 9 & 10, 2016

Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award, this critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun.

The world according to David Ives is a very odd place, and his plays constitute a virtual stress test of the English language — and of the audience’s capacity for disorientation and delight. Ives’s characters plunge into black holes called “Philadelphias,” where the simplest desires are hilariously thwarted. Chimps named Milton, Swift, and Kafka are locked in a room and made to re-create Hamlet. And a con man peddles courses in a dubious language in which “hello” translates as “velcro” and “fraud” comes out as “freud.”

With an ensemble cast of some of Carrollwood Players’ comedy favorites, this is an evening of absurdity you won’t want to miss!

CAST:
Dawn Kidle
Jesse Hutson
Kelly Clow
Angel Borths
Constantine Kyriakou

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Written by David Mamet

A Staged Reading in the CWP Black Box
May 6th & 7th
Friday & Saturday 8pm

Directed by Stephan Bielawski

Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize, David Mamet’s scalding comedy is about small-time, cutthroat real estate sales agents trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their fair share of the American dream. Here is Mamet at his very best, writing with brutal power about the tough life of tough characters who cajole, connive, wheedle, and wheel and deal for a piece of the action — where closing a sale can mean a brand new Cadillac but losing one can mean losing it all. Adult Language and Subject Matter.

Cast:

Miguel E. Rodriguez – Ricky Roma
Marc S. Sanders – Shelley Levene
Eric Misener – John Williamson
Ray Zacek – Dave Moss
Leo Salerno – George Aaronow
Ron Pandolfo – James Lingk
Samantha Parisi – Blake
Stephan Bielawski – Det. Baylen

KIDSPEAK
Child Created. Adult Performed.

April 2-3, 2016

Directed by Leo Salerno | Produced by Deb Kelley

Carrollwood Players Theatre invited budding young playwrights to submit new, original short plays for our first youth playwriting challenge. KIDSPEAK brings the imagination of children to life as eight short plays receive their world premiere with a cast of adult actors in the CWP Black Box.

Your vote counts!  One young playwright will be announced as the winner at the close of last performance, based upon audience and judges’ vote and will receive a trophy. All others will receive a certificate of merit.

Congratulations to the following young playwrights from Hillel Academy of Tampa, Branchburg Middle School and Academy Prep Center of Tampa!

Battletron NX3 – Rowan Moss, 11, 6th Grade – 1st Place
Two kids play a video game on the wrong console and strange things happen.

The Three Wandering Friends – Sitar Ben-Herut, 9 ½, 4th grade – 2nd Place
1 girl, 2 animals, and a big world beyond their sight.

Leave Me Alone – Aiyana Farquharson, 11, 6th Grade – 3rd Place
The bickering siblings must work together to find their mom.

Bullied – Anysea Strickland 10, 5th Grade
A drama about girls and bullying.

The Haunted House – Ailen Correa, 10, 5th Grade
Four friends have a scary adventure in a haunted house.

The Golden Cone – Amari Cole, 11, 6th Grade
Four friends save the town’s prized possession.

Bank Robbery – Daisy Suarez-Garcia, 12, 7th Grade
It doesn’t take a genius to attempt to rob a bank.

Lost and Found – Qemamu Reddick, 12, 7th grade
A girl meets an old man and finds out that they have a lot more in common than expected.

Cast:

Leave Me Alone
Narrator – MaryBeth Wells
Cheese Puff – Rehema Bilali
Niyah – Alexa Sheppard
Kyla – Bridgett Hager
Lenna (Ma) – Carlee Soto

Bank Robbery
Narrator – Jay Wazelle
Illani – Rehema Bilali
Marvin – John Durbin
Stuart – Nick Knetze
Nicole –MaryBeth Wells

Bullied
Narrator – Ken Grace
Mya – Alexa Sheppard
Daja – Bridgett Hager
Amiyah – Rehema Bilali
Mr. Scott – Jim Moss

Battletron NX 3
Narrator – John Durbin
Harrison – Nick Knetze
Jake – Ken Grace
Game Voice – Carlee Soto
Zombie 1 – Jim Moss
Zombie 2 – Alexa Sheppard
Mom – Bridgett Hager

Cast:

Three Wandering Friends
Narrator – Jay Wazelle
Dane – Ken Grace
Stella – MaryBeth Wells
Cara – Bridgett Hager
Old Rich Man – Jim Moss
Apple Seller – John Durbin

The Haunted House
Narrator – Jay Wazelle
Brooklyn – Alexa Sheppard
Simba – Nick Knetze
Nyonyose – Rehema Bilali
Clark – Jim Moss

Lost and Found
Narrator – Ken Grace
Ashanti – Carlee Soto
Calvin – Jay Wazelle

The Golden Cone
Narrator – Jim Moss
Tyler – Jay Wazelle
Stacy – Mary Beth Wells
Steve – Nick Knetze
Amani – Alexa Sheppard
Mayor – John Durbin
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The Cripple of Inishmaan
Directed by Jim Russell

Written by Martin McDonagh

March 5 – 6, 2016

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Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, this very Irish play is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. As word arrives on Inishmaan that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film MAN OF ARAN, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. Meet a bevy of unforgettable Irish characters in this staged reading that is sure to inspire your Irish spirit just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Adult language.

Cast:

Billy Claven – Sam Burke
Kate Osbourne – Ann Lehman
Eileen Osbourne – Pam Rufrano
Johnny Pateen-Mike – Ray Zacek
Helen McCormick – Susan Belliveau
Bartley McCormick – Ricky Jones
Babbybobby Bennett – Stephan Bielawski
Doctor McSharry – Dale Noss
Mammy O’Dougal – Denise Deneen

Mike’s Shorts
Sunday, January 30 & 31

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CAST:
Labree Hans, Ricky Jones, Susan Dearden, Stephan Bielawski, Jeff Smith, Tammy Folstad, Christa Jerome, Venessa Baez, Mike Cote, Ray Zacek, Jim Johnson, Amy Nance.

Jukebox Holiday
Sunday, December 13 and 20
Directed by Jen Martin

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Join the gang back at Big Bart’s Burger joint for an evening of fun and song!
This adorable show will take you on a journey through a wide variety of Holiday music with some of CWP’s greatest talents!

FEATURING:
Adriane Falcon
James Faurote
Erica Garraffa
Jeff Lukas
Eric Misener

Steel Magnolias, A Staged Reading
September 4-6, 2015

Directed by Dee Ford

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The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Be part of the magic in this staged reading performed in the new CWP Black Box. This reading will be presented as a true STAGED reading, meaning actors will carry scripts, but the production will feature some blocking as well as a set and costumes.

CAST

Lauri Burgess as Shelby
Bonnie Eaton as M’Lynn
Petra Sussman as Clairee
Georgia Kosloski as Truvy
Rebecca Ginsberg as Annelle
Denise Deneen as Ouiser

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Jukebox Saturday Night
August 8 – August 9, 2015
Developed and Directed by Jim Russell

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Join us in the CWP Black Box for an evening of the greatest songs of the late 50s and early 60s, sung by four hopeful and energetic teenagers gathered around a jukebox on a Saturday night! Featuring the hits of Paul Anka, Connie Francis, Elvis, Ray Charles, The Drifters, The Big Bopper, The Marcels, The Platters, Frankie Avalon, Patsy Cline, Bobby Darin, Brenda Lee, Ricky Nelson and many more!

It’s a Saturday night in September, 1962 at Big Bart’s Burger Barn, somewhere in the Midwest. Head waitress Norma and her teenaged crew Ellen, Arnie, Margie and Dean are expecting the usual rush of kids when a freak snowstorm strands them at Big Bart’s with no customers for the night.

With nothing else to do, the young foursome settles around the jukebox to pass the time while Norma spends most of the night in the kitchen flirting with Big Bart!

No matter what your age, you’ll love traveling back in time with us to Jukebox Saturday Night!

Cast:
Norma: Ann Lehman
Margie: Jen Martin
Dean: James Faroute
Arnie: Jeff Lukas
Ellen: Adriane Falcon

American Songbook
July 4 – July 5, 2015

Developed by Ann Lehman and Nancy Frasca-Fueyo

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Join us on the 4th and 5th of July for AMERICAN SONGBOOK, an original patriotic musical revue featuring the singing voices of Carrollwood Players Theatre.

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of favorite and lesser known songs that will make you feel proud and joyful to be American!

From the War for Independence to modern times, our high energy singers will entertain and inspire you with great selections that tell the story of America and being an American.

Love Letter
Saturday, May 30, 2015 ONLY

Starring Amy C. Ragg and Eric Misener
Directed by Jim Russell
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Have you ever known someone who touched every part of your life? Have you loved someone across time and distance? Share in the story of Melissa and Andrew as they travel through love and time, all through the power of a pen.

One night only, Carrollwood Players audience favorites Amy C. Ragg and Eric Misener perform A.R. Gurney’s iconic, Pulitzer finalist tour-de-force, LOVE LETTERS, in the CWP Black Box.

Limited Seating. Don’t miss this powerful and endearing work of theatre that has become the darling of Broadway and has the shining stars of the acting profession waiting in line to perform it!

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Don’t Drink the Water
April 11-April 12, 2015

A Staged Reading in the New CWP Black Box
Directed by Jim Russell

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A cascade of hilarious comedy as could only be imagined by the one and only Woody Allen. Don’t Drink The Water takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist, a caterer by trade, and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture taking. It’s not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador’s son and the caterer’s daughter even have time to fall in love.

Join us and be part of history in the first ever staged reading performed in the new CWP Black Box. This reading will be presented as a true STAGED reading, meaning actors will carry scripts, but the production will feature some blocking as well as a set and costumes.

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CAST:

(in order of appearance)

Joshua Sussman as Father Drobney
Ann Lehman as Ambassador Magee
Samantha Parisi as Miss Kilroy
Marc Appleby as Axel Magee
Denise Deneen as Marion Hollander
Miguel E. Rodriguez as Walter Hollander
Penni Willen as Susan Hollander
Stephan Bielawski as Krojack
MaryKay Cyrus as Burns
Ernesto Sears as the Chef
Judith Sachs as the Sultan of Bashir
Pam Slagg as the Sultan’s Wife
Trish Farber as Madame Kasnar
Petra Sussman as Countess Bordoni
Deb Kelley as Novotny
Linda Hamrell as the Maid