A Murder, A Mystery, & A MarriageBook & Lyrics by Aaron Posner
Music by James Sugg
A clever new musical comedy, based on the short story by Mark Twain. The zany small town of Deer Lick, Missouri is thrown into frenzy when a mysterious visitor arrives.
A young romance is put to the test and a town patriarch is murdered. Was it the local store clerk with a vendetta or the suave Frenchman? Small town antics, homespun humor and Bluegrass melodies build to an adventure of clues. Will Mary marry the wrong guy? Or will love and truth save the day? Only the wit, wisdom and satirical humor of Mark Twain could answer these questions.
Nick Santa Maria*
JILLIAN LOUIS is delighted to perform at FST with this lovely company! Off-Broadway: Shlomo (Anya/Ruth) – Edmund Safra Hall. New York: Iolanthe (City Center/NYGASP), The Piper (NYMF), The Cousins Grimm (The York), The Split (Symphony Space), Irene (Musicals Tonight!). Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Prince Music Theatre, Emelin Theatre, Arden Theatre.
JOYCE NOLEN is happy to be at FST for the first time. On Broadway she performed in Smile, Stop the World with Sammy Davis Jr. and Different Times as well as several Off-Broadway Shows. Favorite regional shows include 42nd St, The Music Man, Titanic, Into the Woods, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, My Fair Lady & Hello Dolly. Joyce started her career as a Radio City Rockette and performed in the Liberace show at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and the N.Y. Pops.
ANDY PATTERSON Off Broadway – Aquila, LaMaMa, The Acting Company. Regional – Arizona Theatre Company, Center Stage (Baltimore), Geva Theatre Center, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Intiman, McCarter Theatre Center, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, North Shore Music Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Pioneer Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, TOTS, TUTS, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre. Mr. Paterson is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
TRIP PLYMALE From Midas (FST’s Metamorphosis, 2004) to a poor hog farmer… Broadway, Off-Broadway, Way Off-Broadway… Robber Bridegroom (Goat & Little Harp), Greater Tuna (both sets of roles), … Forum (Senex), Best Little Whorehouse… (Melvin P. Thorpe), 1776 (Stephen Hopkins), House of Blue Leaves (Artie), Merry Widow (Nish)… Lost Colony… Burlesque… Shakespeare, Shaw, Satre, Christie, Ayckbourn, Wasserstein, Gurney… all them ridiculous corny farces… and many moons ago he was one of The Diamonds of Little Darlin’ fame.
NICK SANTA MARIA is happy to return to FST for his 4th production. The others, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Sarasota Magazine best actor nominee), Over the River and Through the Woods (Best Actor winner, Sarasota Magazine), and the first Laughing Matters (Nothing from Sarasota Magazine). He was most recently seen as The Genie, in Disney's Aladdin, a Musical Spectacular, and in every domestic production of The Producers, where he played almost every role and understudied Tony Danza, David Hasselhoff, Jason Alexander, and Nathan Lane. Love to Claire and Gabby.
BILLY VITELLI Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (Maurice, Mon. D’Argue) A Christmas Carol – original company (ensemble), Grease – original production (Doody). National Tours: Beauty and the Beast (Lugsworth), Victor/Victoria (Sal Andratti). Regional: Guys and Dolls (Northshore – Nicely), Annie (Goodspeed – Bundles, Harold Ickes), Music Man (Seattle 5th Ave/Tuts – Marcellus), South Pacific (Papermill – Stewpot). T.V.: T. J. Hooker, The Cosby Show and The NFL at 75.
AARON YOUNG Aaron is happy to be performing at FST. He was most recently seen touring the country in Cabaret. He has performed regionally at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, the Ordway Center, the American Musical Theatre of San Jose, and the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Favorite credits include Urinetown (Bobby), Grease (Eugene), The Sound of Music (Rolf) and A Chorus Line (Mark).
Bass | Irving Goldberg
Violin/Fiddle | Jens Kramer
Piano | David Nelson
Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin | Alan Satkowski
Director | Pamela Hunt
Music Director | David Nelson
Choreographer | Stephen Hope
Costume Designer | Marcella Beckwith
Lighting Designer | Marty Vreeland
Scenic Designer | Nayna Ramey
Production Stage Manager | Dean Curosmith*
* Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.