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Playhouse to stage ‘Between the Acts’

September 5, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse has announced the cast for the final production of its 42nd summer season, "Between The Acts," a comedy by Benjamin Lease Croser Griffith, adapted for readers' theater and directed by Charles Calabrese of Wintersville.

The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Sept. 13-14 and 2 p.m. Sept. 15. Reservations are available by calling (304) 737-3344.

"Between the Acts" was written in 1894, and follows the efforts of aspiring playwright Dick Comfort to prevent his rich uncle, Alexander Meander, from finding out that Dick has married Edith, contrary to his uncle's wishes.

Complicating matters further are Alexander's formidable wife, Clementina, Dick's meddling friend, George Merrigale, and a couple of servants, Sally the maid and Harris the butler, who find themselves in the middle of their employers' disputes.

"I've been able to assemble an excellent cast of versatile, veteran actors who enjoy the challenge of readers' theatre," Calabrese said. "It's a lot like radio drama, except for the fact that, instead of sound effects, we have a narrator who sets the mood and describes the physical action."

Rick Call of Steubenville will play the part of Dick Comfort. Call is a veteran actor with scores of credits with many community and college theater organizations in the Tri-State Area, as well as being an in-demand professional musician and vocalist.

Bethany Fernbaugh of Weirton has been cast as Edith Comfort. Fernbaugh has been involved with the Playhouse since high school and has appeared in many productions with Brooke Hills, the Hope Players and the Towngate Theatre. Her most recent Brooke Hills appearance was in "The Rocky Horror Show."

Roger Van Horn of Weirton will portray George Merrigale. Van Horn has many credits with Brooke Hills, the Weirton Community Players and the Hope Players. He his most recent performance at the Playhouse was earlier this season in "Arsenic and Old Lace."

Real-life husband and wife Joseph and ReGina Pino of Steubenville have the roles of Alexander and Clementina Meander. Joseph Pino rediscovered his love of acting at the playhouse after not being on stage since high school.

ReGina Pino majored in drama at the then-College of Steubenville and returned to the stage at the playhouse. The Pinos have acted together at Brooke Hills and with the Hope Players.

Ellen Nicholas of Weirton, a veteran of many Brooke Hills and Weirton Community Players productions, will portray Sally the maid, as well as serving as narrator for the play. Nicholas was last seen at the playhouse in last season's production of "The Dixie Swim Club."

Calabrese will play Harris the butler. Calabrese has adapted and directed many plays for readers' theater with the Hope Players. This is his second year presenting such a program at Brooke Hills.

A veteran actor, director and writer, Calabrese has been involved in productions at Catholic Central High School, the then-College of Steubenville, Brooke Hills and the Hope Players. Earlier this season, he co-directed "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the playhouse.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $6 for children younger than 12. Reservations are available by calling (304) 737-3344.

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