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November 4-6, 2011 The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited. 1 The Red Velvet Cake War

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  • 1The Red Velvet Cake War

    November 4-6, 2011

    A Southern Fried Comedy byJessie Jones

    Nicholas HopeJamie Wooten

    The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

  • 2 St. Thomas More High School

    CAST OF CHAR ACTERS ( i n o r d e r o f a p p e a r a n c e)

    Cee Cee Windham/Mama Doll Hargis .............................................................Kaytlyn VajgrtGaynelle Verdeen Bodeen .........................................................................Lauren ArmbrusterLaMerle Verdeen Minshew............................................................................... Yuliana IniguezAubrey Verdeen .............................................................................................. Daniel WernsmanJimmie Wyvette Verdeen ............................................................................... Andrea SchulnerPeaches Verdeen Belrose ....................................................................... Megan WengelewskiBitsy Hargis ..........................................................................................................Clare HuffstetterNewt Blaylock ................................................................................................Felix-Jose AcevedoSheriff Grover Lout ............................................................................................... Peter SowinskiElsa Dowdall ...................................................................................................Noelle ChristensenPurvis Verdeen ........................................................................................................ David Philbert

    STAGE CREW

    All stage crew members were involved in set construction and design in addition to one or more of the following areas: lights, sound, running crew, costumes, make-up, tickets, ushering, and hallway sales.

    Ray AkertLarissa AwonohopayTessa BachinskiSienna BarillasBeau BrangerKateria DoxtatorAngela Feliciano

    Amanda LeeAnnie OttmanKyle ParnauSam SeegertKaitlyn SerketichHannah Tezak

    PRODUCTION STAFF

    Theatre Director ......................................................................................................Kristen ArteroStage Crew Director ............................................................................................ Jodi BrzezinskiPrograms ............................................................................................. Kristen Artero, FootlightsProduction Photography ................................................................................... Jodi Brzezinski

    SPEC IAL THANKS

    We sincerely want to thank the following individuals and/or groups for helping us with aspects of this show. We couldnt do this without all of your help and support!

    Kevin DoanMaria AzarianSTM AdministrationNancy Wiecki

    Mike PritzlaffCynthia SalisburySTM DevelopmentBradley Vajgrt

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    To the Schulner, Philbert, and Armbruster Families: Thank you for all youve done for us and your children for the past 3-4 years and for allowing them to spend way too much time at school rather than at home.

    To all the families who contributed to rehearsal dinners, thank you for keeping us all well fed! We sincerely appreciate it!

  • 3The Red Velvet Cake War

    SYNOPSIS

    In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette could not have picked a worst time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. Having acciden-tally crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husbands girlfriends doublewide, Gaynelle is one grizzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Peaches, a saucy firebrand and the number one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, is struggling to decide if its time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette, the rough-around-the-edges store manager of Whatleys Western Wear, is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneu-ver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgums newest widower. But the cousins cant back out of the reunion now. Its on and Gaynelles hosting it; Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette have decided its success is the perfect way to prove Gaynelles sanity to a skeptical court-appointed psychologist. Unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gathers on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. Things spin hilariously out of con-trol when a neighbors pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love and a jaw-dropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax, youll wish your own family reunions were this much fun!

    BREAK A LEG, DANIEL! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST HIGH SCHOOL PLAY!

    You need three things in the theatrethe play, the actors and the audience and each must give something. Kenneth Haigh

    Thank you for being the actor in the family.BRAVO!

    SET TING

    Place: In and around the home of Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen in Sweetgum, Texas, USA.

    Time: The present.

    ACT ONEScene 1: Thursday morning, mid-July

    Scene 2: A few minutes laterScene 3: Moments laterScene 4: Seconds later

    Scene 5: That afternoonScene 6: Friday evening

    Scene 7: Early Saturday morning

    ***15 MINUTE INTERMISSION***

    ACT TWOScene 1: Later that morning

    Scene 2: One hour laterScene 3: That afternoonScene 4: One hour later

  • 4 St. Thomas More High School

    B IOGR APHIES

    Felix-Jose Acevedo (Newt Blaylock)Felix is a freshman and this is his first show with STM Theatre.

    Ray Akert (Stage Crew)Ray Akert is a junior here at STM. He previously helped with last years shows as a part of stage crew.

    Lauren Armbruster (Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen)This is Laurens seventh show at STM. She is finally able to put her crazy side to good use as Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen and could not ask for a more fun or better part for her last play. She would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work they put in to make this show the best that it can be.

    Larissa Awonohopay (Stage Crew)This is Larissas third show as a part of stage crew. She was also on stage crew for last years productions of Pride and Prejudice and Moby Dick! The Musical.

    She would like to thank A-Bomb and Ms. B for being great directors, Beau for being the only other veteran on crew, and Nicki Minaj for being her hero.

    Tessa Bachinski (Stage Crew)Tessa is a freshman and this is her first year with STM Theatre. Currently on stage crew, she has done musicals before with other venues. She would like to thank everyone who is a part of this production and hopes you enjoy the show!

    Sienna Barillas (Stage Crew)Sienna is a freshman. This is her first time on stage crew.

    Beau Branger (Stage Crew, Lights)Beau Branger is a sophomore at STM. This is his third show as a part stage crew and is proud to be again doing lights for this show and last years shows, Pride and Prejudice and Moby Dick! The Musical. He enjoys working

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  • 5The Red Velvet Cake War

    B IOGR APHIES (c o n t.)

    on stage crew and has had a lot of fun being a part of this production. Yall be ready for a great show!

    Noelle Christensen (Elsa Dowdall)Noelle is a freshman and this is her first show with STM Theatre.

    Kateri Doxtator (Stage Crew)Kateri is a freshman and this is her first time on stage crew.

    Angela Feliciano (Stage Crew)Angela is a freshman at STM. She has had a great time on stage crew and has enjoyed learning new things.

    Clare Huffstetter (Bitsy Hargis)This is Clares third production at STM. She is very excited to be playing the an-noying neighbor and fighting onstage with one of her friends. She was Lady Catherine in last years production of Pride and Prejudice and was in the chorus for Moby Dick! The Musical. She would like to thank her family and friends for being there for her. So she says to the cast and crew, Break an arm and a leg!

    Yuliana Iniguez (LaMerle Verdeen Minshew)Yuliana is a freshman and this is her first show at STM. Shes greatly excited to be playing a crazy and sassy old lady and wearing old lady clothes.

    Amanda Lee (Stage Crew)Amanda is a freshman. This is her first time on stage crew.

    Annie Ottman (Stage Crew)Annie is a freshman. This is her first time on stage crew.

    Kyle Parnau (Stage Crew)Kyle is a senior and this is his second show helping with stage crew. He previ-ously helped with last years musical, Moby Dick! The Musical.

    David Philbert (Purvis Verdeen)This is Davids fifth show at STM. He has been a part of past shows as part of stage crew and was onstage last year as Mr. Charles Bingley in STMs production of Pride and Prejudice.

    Andrea Schulner (Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen)Andrea is happy to return to another year of STM Theatre. She has been an active member for the past four years and has appeared in many productions such as Moby Dick! The Musical, Pride and Prejudice, and Noises Off to name a few. Andrea would like to thank every-one on cast, crew, and her wonderful directors along with her lovely parents for all that they do.

    Sam Seegert (Stage Crew)Sam is a freshman. This is his first time on stage crew.

    Kaitlyn Serketich (Stage Crew)Kaitlyn is happy to be a part stage crew for her first show! Last year she was Ishmael in Moby Dick! The Musical and Catherine Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She has also performed with the South

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  • 6 St. Thomas More High School

    B IOGR APHIES

    Milwaukee Summer Youth Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and First Stages Childrens Theater in The Wiz. She would like to thank her family for all their support in her endeavors!

    Peter Sowinski (Sheriff Grover Lout)Peter is a junior and this is his first show with STM Theatre.

    Hannah Tezak (Stage Crew)Hannah is excited to be starting her theatre career here at the St. Thomas More. She will be starting on stage crew but hopes to try out for the musical this upcoming spring. She has had a blast working on this show and she would like to thank Ms. B and Ms. Artero for making her first time in the theatre pro-gram a fun and humorous experience. Break a leg, everyone!

    Kaytlyn Vajgrt (Cee Cee Windham/Mama Doll Hargis)Kaytlyn is a freshman and this is her first show with STM Theatre.

    Megan Wengelewski (Peaches Verdeen Belrose)Megan returns to the stage this year and hopes to brighten the show with her fun, humorous, and absolute daz-zling personality. You may have seen her last year as the fun and flirty Miss Lydia Bennett in Pride & Prejudice or perhaps as Captain Gardiner in Moby Dick! The Musical. Megan is ecstatic to take on the role of Peaches Verdeen Belrose in this crazy show and she would like to thank her friends and family for everything.

    Daniel Wernsman (Aubrey Verdeen)Daniel is a freshman and this is his first show with STM Theatre. He is one of this years Fine Art Scholarship recipi-ents and has enjoyed his time working on this show and being a part of the Fine Arts Department.

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