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DIRECTOR RETURNS FOR SLU’S
– Wendy Taucher, an internationally acclaimed freelance director
and choreographer, will be the guest director for Southeastern Louisiana
University’s summer musical production, “Oliver!” The show will be staged
June 27-28 at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Taucher is making a return visit to campus. She directed Southeastern’s
2001 musical, “Annie,” which was a sold-out success. She is pictured above
in a rehearsal with the “Annie” orphan chorus.
CAST ANNOUNCED FOR
HAMMOND – Dylan Passman and Evan
Raider, both of Baton Rouge, have been cast as Charles Dickens’s famous
orphan, the title role in Southeastern Louisiana University’s summer production
of the popular musical “Oliver!”
The musical is scheduled for
Friday and Saturday, June 27-28, at 7:30 p.m. and June 28 at 2 p.m. at
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
Music and choreography rehearsals
begin May 19. New York guest director Wendy Taucher, who directed Southeastern’s
popular “Annie” in 2001, will join the cast and production staff in early
June. Taucher has received national and international acclaim as a director
of numerous productions including “Annie,” “The Sound of Music,” “West
Side Story,” “Grease,” and “Oliver!”
Bradley Barrios of Mandeville
will play the conniving criminal Fagin, the leader of a band of homeless
young pickpockets. Charles Miller of Hammond and Weston Twardowski of Mandeville
share role of the wise-cracking, streetwise young thief, the Artful Dodger.
Darrell Haynes of Boutte will
play the wicked burglarer Bill Sikes, a former member of Fagin’s gang.
Brandy Hotard of Port Allen is his lover Nancy, a prostitute with a heart
Supporting cast members include
Maggie Rownd, Hammond, Bet; Cedric Bridges, Abita Springs, Mr. Bumble;
Kay Schepker, Hammond, Widow Corney; Justin Hutchinson, Amite, Mr. Sowerberry;
Daveda Karanas, Mandeville, Mrs. Sowerberry; Jacquie Brecheen, Ponchatoula,
Charlotte/Strawberry Seller; Tom Anderson, Hammond, Mr. Brownlow; Sarah
Osterberger, Baton Rouge; Mrs. Bedwin; Brett Morrison, Hammond, and Scott
Davis, Baton Rouge, Pauper’s Assistant; Jonathan Brecheen, Tickfaw, Dr.
Grimwig; Patsy Kay Turner, Hammond, Old Sally; and Paris Pujol, Tickfaw,
Cast in the children’s chorus
are, from Hammond, Taylor Blouin, Jude Cali, David Hogan, Joshua Bobb-Semple,
Aaron Pfeil, MiMi Scardulla, Holly Settoon, Eryn Short, Kaitlin Short,
Katy Stuart, Bret Wagner, and Rebecca Wagner.
Children’s chorus members from
Ponchatoula are Gabriella Acosta, Christopher Ekker, Jonathan Lyons, Miles
Lyons, Zachary Stewart, and Dara Stewart. Other members include Sidney
Fortenberry of Madisonville; Dustin Forsberg, R.J. O’Neill, and Shelby
Pinkley of Tickfaw; Graham Griener of Mandeville; Marcus McClain of Baton
Rouge; Natalie Newton of Roseland; Corryn Richardson from Maurepas; and
Natalie Rossano of Independence.
Hammond residents in the adult
chorus are Jesse Brooks, Janelle Bourgeois, Donny Campbell, Timothy Cowsar,
Adam Dennison, Ashley Dennison, Nelie Durham, Megan Kerber, Simon Pfeil,
Roxanne Pfeil, Scott Thornhill, Betty Turner, and D’Andreas Williams.
Also in the chorus are Dori Christian
and Christine Thomas, Independence; Stacey Cooke, Ashley Herrick, Chelsea
Herrick, and Bridget Lyons, Ponchatoula, and Shannon Pinkley, Tickfaw.
Advance tickets for “Oliver!”
will be available at the Columbia Theatre box office in the lobby of the
theatre, 220 E. Thomas St., beginning Monday, June 9. Ticket prices are
$15, $18, $21, and $24.