Focus on Community/Arts
Peake Players Open New Cadby Theatre With Moliere Classic

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


 

The Peake Players of Chesapeake College will open their first production in the newly refurbished Cadby Theatre, Moliere’s classic farce, The Bourgeois Gentleman, on Friday, November 12th.

The Bourgeois Gentleman is the hilarious story of Mr. Jourdain, a wealthy 17th century French merchant, who is determined to turn himself into a true gentleman. After hiring a number of masters to instruct him in arts such as music, dancing, philosophy, and fencing, he finds himself fleeced of his money and looking like a complete fool.

The title role is played by Kirk Palchefsky, an Adult Education instructor at Chesapeake. His wife and daughter are played by Chesapeake students Jeannie Whitesell and Janine Lowenberger, respectively. Also featured are Chesapeake students Emily Chiras as Nicole the maid, Kevin Dickerson as Dorante, and John Whitesell as Covielle. Community members include Brian Helgesen as Cleonte, Abigail Shaffer as Dorimene, and Sarah Crump, who serves as The Tailor and as Assistant Director.

The Masters are portrayed by students Drew Labbe, David McCreary, DeVonte Perry, and Daniel MacFarland. The cast is rounded out by Donna Dill and Evelyn Rodriguez as featured dancers, Erin Kelley as dancer and choreographer, Mike Rucker and Stewart White as the Lackeys, Amy Lemich-McNab as featured singer, Stefan Tisdale as Stage Manager, and Mandy Wilkinson as Lighting Technician. The show is directed by Anita Tecce, Theatre Professor at the college.

Performances of The Bourgeois Gentleman will be Fridays and Saturdays, November 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th, at 7:30 P.M.; Sundays, November 14th and 21st, at 2:30 P.M.; and Thursday, November 18th, at 4:00 P.M. All performances are in the Cadby Theatre, located in the Humanities Building on the Chesapeake College campus.

General admission is $10 and student admission $6. Reservations are not required. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call Anita Tecce at 410-822-5400, ext. 278.

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