Pump Boys & Dinettes

The pump boys sell high octane fuel on North Carolina’s Highway 57 and the sassy dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. Between changing tires and baking pies, the gang performs a rousing, down-home mix of country western, rock ‘n’ roll and blues in this charming tale of friendship, romance and life’s simple pleasures.

Pump Boys & Dinettes Book, Lyrics, and Music by John Foley,
Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk,Cass Morgan,
John Schimmel and Jim Wann
runs from June 4, 2014 - June 29, 2014 in the Gompertz Theatre

Single tickets range from $34 - $44. Buy tickets now or call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Director     |     Jason Edwards
Choreographer     |     DJ Gray
Production Stage Manager     |     Kelli Karen*
Costume Designer     |     Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer     |     Mike Foster
Scenic Designer     |     April Soroko
Sound Designer     |     Ryan Kilcourse

Rhetta     |     Charlynn Carter
LM     |     Randy Glass*
Prudie     |     Sarah Hund*
Jim     |     Ben Mackel*
Eddie     |     Jamie Mohamdein
Jackson     |     T. Scott Ross* 

CHARLYNN CARTER (Rhetta) is excited to be making her debut on the FST stage.  She lives in Nashville, TN, where she graduated from Belmont University’s prestigious Commercial Music program.  Since graduating she has split her time between Theater and the Country Music Business.  She has appeared onstage in Ring of Fire, Guess Who’s Coming to Seder, Ray Steven’s musical, The Mississippi Squirrel Revival and has toured with Martina McBride as a performer in her Joy of Christmas Show.

RANDY GLASS (LM & Musical Director) is very happy to return to FST and spend a summer on the beach! Broadway: Les Miserables, A Tale Of Two Cities. National Tour: Les Miserables. Regional: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, My Own Song, Annie, Mame, My Fair Lady, Kismet, Sisters of Swing, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Oil City Symphony, and Fiddler on the Roof. Concert appearances include the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The Mantovani Orchestra and The Memphis Symphony Ball. Randy is currently the music supervisor for the Norwegian Cruise Line production of Rock Of Ages onboard the Norwegian Breakaway.

SARAH HUND (Prudie) is happy to return to FST after last appearing here in Poems, Prayers, and Promises. Favorite productions include Les Miserables (Fantine), 9 to 5: The Musical (Judy Bernly), Don’t Dress for Dinner (Suzette), The Sound of Music (Elsa Schrader), Four Messages (Kate) at Theatre Row NYC, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Walnut Street Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse, and A Sanders Family Christmas at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  TV - Law & Order: SVU. Sarah also sings and plays fiddle with bands throughout the U.S. www.sarahhund.com.

BEN MACKEL (Jim) is happy to be back at FST after making his debut in this seasons Poems, Prayers, and Promises. Previously, he spent 8 years as a resident actor at Barter Theatre. Roles include: Clown (39 Steps), Matt (Fantasticks), Pinball Wizard (Tommy) and title roles in Joseph…, Peter Pan and Bat Boy. Regional credits: Flat Rock Playhouse, Mountain Playhouse and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Composition credits: Of Mice and Men, Billy-Goat-Gruff, The Elves and the Shoemaker and currently working on Winter Wheat, a women’s suffrage musical. www.benmackel.com.

JAMIE MOHAMDEIN (Eddie) is thrilled to be making his FST debut!! Bassist - Off-Broadway: Spidermusical, Mr. Irresistible, The Full Monty.  NYC: Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Gramercy Theatre, 54 Below, The Shrine Bar, Arlene’s Grocery. Casa Mantequilla, Emerson Young and the Civilians, and Erin & the International Jam.  Actor - Gravedigger/Lead Player in Hamlet, Satine in The Lower Depths, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors.  B.A. Theatre and Music from Kutztown University.

T. SCOTT ROSS (Jackson) is so relieved to escape the polar vortex by making his FST debut in Pump Boys and Dinettes. After finishing in the top 10 of the 1994 Nintendo World Championships he changed gears to be a performer. National tours: Buddy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Regional: Pirates! (Goodspeed Opera House), Buddy (Pittsburg Civic Light Opera.) T. Scott is a member of the band Bourbon and Bliss.  www.bourbonandbliss.com.

JASON EDWARDS (Director) Pump Boys and Dinettes: 30 years, 37 productions as Director, 1600 performances as Jim nationwide. DIRECTING CREDITS: Denver Center Theatre Company, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Chicago’s Marriott Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Arkansas Rep, Casa Mañana Theatre, La Mirada Theatre, California Center for the Arts, Maine State Music Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Cabrillo Music Theatre, FCLO Music Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Barter Theatre.BROADWAY: Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash (original cast & recording). OFF-BROADWAY: Of Mice and Men, Johnny Guitar (original cast & recording). TOURS: Pump Boys, The Will Rogers Follies, Man of La Mancha. TELEVISION: The TODAY Show on NBC, Country Music Television (with Ricky Skaggs), MTV (with Lou Reed), America’s Most Wanted. AWARDS: Chicago Jefferson Award nomination, Los Angeles Ovation Award nomination, LA Stage Scene Award nomination, Florida Theatre Award. Past FST productions: Pump Boys (2001), Fire on the Mountain (2006). Originally from North Carolina, Jason now lives in New York City.

DJ GRAY (Choreographer) is proud to return to FST, where she choreographed I Love You You’re Perfect, and The World Goes ‘Round. Her most recent choreographic credit is Stephen Colbert’s Dance Party. Broadway credits include associate Choreography with Tony Award winning, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, (On and Off-Broadway, National Tour), Xanadu, (Broadway and National Tour), Sondheim On Sondheim (Studio 54), and Merrily We Roll Along, (City Center).  DJ has performed on Broadway in The Producers. Regional Theatre choreography includes; Barrington Stage, North Shore, McCoy and Rigby, Northern Stage, Candlelight Pavilion Theater, Musical Theater West, and Moonlight Stage. TV credits include, The New Electric Company and Emmy nominated Stephen Colbert’s Christmas Special. DJ received her MFA from UC Irvine.  She currently lives in New York, choreographing, and teaching Gyrotonic and Pilates.

KELLI KAREN (Production Stage Manager) has been an integral member of Florida Studio Theatre for the past 21 years. Kelli began at FST as a dance teacher in the education department in 1993. In addition to her classes at FST, Kelli has created and taught outreach programs at Care Pointes in Swaziland South Africa, The Pines of Sarasota, Girls Inc., The Boys and Girls Club, and has taught playwriting at numerous local elementary schools as well as our sister city of Dunfermline, Scotland. Stage management credits at FST include Tom Jones, Daddy Long Legs; Monty Python’s Spamalot; The Underpants; The World Goes ‘Round; The Columnist; Smokey Joe’s Café; In the Book Of; Perfect Wedding; Jericho; Next Fall; Next to Normal; The Savannah Disputation; Cowgirls; Ghost-Writer; Shear Madness; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The 39 Steps; Beehive: The 60s Musical; Shotgun; Ruined; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Edward Albee’s Occupant; Motown Cabaret; …and L.A. is Burning, and Always... Patsy Cline.

SUSAN ANGERMANN (Costume Coordinator) started her career in costuming in New York where she designed and constructed costumes for various productions in theatre, opera, film and television. In 1993 she moved with her husband, Chris, and son, Erik, to Sarasota, and designed several productions at FST. She returned to FST in January 2009 as Costume Shop Manager and recently designed Poems, Prayers, and Promises, The Prima Donnettes; By Gershwin; That’s Life Again; Night Train to Memphis; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Urban Cowboys and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers.

MICHAEL FOSTER (Lighting Designer) is the lighting design professor and a tenured member of the Department of Theatre and Dance faculty at Missouri State University. He has designed the lighting for over 200 productions including regional design work for MADCO, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Utah Musical Theatre, New Theatre (Miami), and Florida Repertory Theatre among others. Pump Boys and Dinettes is Micheal’s sixteenth show at FST.

APRIL SOROKO (Scenic Designer) FST credits: costume and scenic design for The World Goes ‘Round, Androcles and the Lion, Talley’s Folly, The Savannah Disputation, Race, The 39 Steps and costume designer for Beehive: The 60s Musical. Other credits: The Tempest, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Orfeo ed Euridice at the Opera Festival of New Jersey, Manifest at Portland Stage Company and The Cure at Troy at Yale Repertory Theatre.  Member: USA Local 829. Education: MFA-Yale School of Drama (’98), Associate Professor, Scenic Design, University of Miami. Website: www.aprilsoroko.com

RYAN KILCOURSE (Sound Designer) is pleased to be returning to Florida Studio Theatre after designing for Tom Jones and Daddy Long Legs this season and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers and Smokey Joe’s Café last year. He recently finished mixing the 2013 season at the Merry Go Round Playhouse, having designed Hank Williams’ Lost Highway. Other recent design work includes: Marvelous Wonderettes, Nunsense, Merry Go Round Playhouse; The Last Supper, Rising Sun NYC. Assistant Design work includes Disaster! The Musical, St. Lukes on 46th St, Helen on West 86th St, ATA NYC; Damn Yankees, AMAS Musical Theater NYC; Fly, Crossroads Theater Co. NYC.


"Musical slice of life" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Good old rock 'n' roll" - The Observer

"Fun evening of summer theater" - Venice Gondolier

"Energetically delivered" - TotalTheater.com

Click here to see the original cast perform at the 1982 Tony Awards.

Read about how the Pump Boys & Dinettes started here.