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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cast Announced for 'The Marriage Counselor'

Director Kristin Asinger has announced the cast for next week’s Bradford Little Theatre production of the comedy “The Marriage Counselor.”

The show by Joey Ouellette will be performed script in hand at First Presbyterian Church, 54 E. Corydon St., at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20.

The seven roles will be performed by Chris Lathrop as the taciturn vacuum cleaner salesman; Kim Nicholas as Susan, married but having an affair; Ron Buchheit as Tiger, Susan’s cheating spouse; Maureen Curcio as Susan’s uninhibited sister Jeanine; Zach Ruth as the charming UPS delivery man Rudolpho; Ashley Fitzpatrick as Rudolpho’s airheaded co-worker Kate; and Gianluca Chimenti as Brian, an effeminate man at his breaking point.

"This cast had great chemistry together at auditions. We will start rehearsing this weekend and I am very excited to work with them. We have actors with a variety of experience levels and one cast member has never had the opportunity to be on stage before -- that's Gianluca from Germany," said Asinger.

Chimenti is a foreign exchange student attending the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, while the other six performers are all Bradford residents with prior stage experience.

Lathrop was most recently seen in BLT’s “Stay as Dead as You Are” and “Twelve Angry Men” last season and has been in Kiwanis Kapers.

Nicholas, who just moved back to her hometown in August has written, directed and stage managed various productions.

Buchheit, last seen in “Twelve Angry Men,” has appeared in previous shows by BLT, UPB and others.

Another veteran performer, Curcio has had roles in various BLT shows over a period of years including “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” “Emma’s Child,” “Steel Magnolias” and “A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking.” She, too, has appeared in UPB shows and other community theatres; she is the mother of fellow cast member Lathrop.

Ruth debuted in BLT’s “Stay as Dead as You Are” last spring as former jock Dick Alantra.

Also a UPB student, Ashley Fitzpatrick last had a lead role as Chloe in the 2012 Kapers.

The audience will be treated to a modern-day look inside a marriage counselor’s office where arguing spouses and lovers fall victim to a case of mistaken identity.

As a script in hand performance, the show will be the same as any regular production except that the actors will not have memorized their lines. Asinger said the format allows people to perform who normally could not dedicate six weeks to rehearsals. For more information, people may check the BLT website or Facebook page.

Tickets at $5 per adult and $4 for seniors/students are available at Graham Florist, Ott & McHenry Pharmacy and Tina’s Hallmark; from cast and crew; or online at www.bradfordlittletheatre.org or by email at tickets@bradfordlittletheatre.org. They are also available at the door.

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