The Academy for
the Performing Arts presents Leading Ladies
Academy for the Performing Arts will be presenting the hilarious comedy Leading
Ladies by Ken Ludwig on November 17,18 and 19 at 7:30 pm and November 20 at
2:00 at the Huntington Beach High School’s historic auditorium at 1905 Main
Street in Huntington Beach. Imagine
a bit of Some Like It Hot put together with some scrambled Shakespeare and a
lot of laughs and you have a couple hours of fun.
Shakespearean actors, Leo Clark and Jack Gable, are not having success playing
Scenes from Shakespeare at the Moose Lodge in York, Pennsylvania in the spring
of 1958. When the audience turns on them they find themselves out of money. They
read in the newspaper about a local woman planning to leave her millions to her
two long lost heirs in England. The
men plan to pass themselves off at the nephews only to find out that the missing
relatives are actually nieces. Undaunted
they decide to proceed with their plan. Leo
is played by Bryce Miller who won the 2011 Cappies Award for Best Comic Actor in
a play for his memorable performance as the Highwayman in Tom
Jones. Zack Carlson, who
won an National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor as Billy Flynn
in Play Ball.
and “Stephanie” show up on Aunt Florence’s (Kaitlyn Glenn) doorstep where
Leo falls for Meg (Lauren Eliot) at first sight.
Unfortunately she is engaged to a fussy minister Duncan (Naftali Wayne)
who has plans for the millions himself and sets out to find out what it is that
is so odd about the two English girls. Jack
fell for the bubble headed Audrey (Alyssa Grimaldi) the minute she roller-skated
into his life on the train but now find out that she is spoken for by the
equally dimwitted Butch (Stephen Stanec) whose father, Doc (Chris Willis) wants
his son to hold out for someone with more money, like Stephanie.
Eventually the entire cast finds themselves in a production of
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night unlike
any other. The ensemble of
Justin Bliss alternating with Garrett Brown, Tara Coffey, Cheyenne Derr,
Christian Hutcherson, Kelsey Kato, Kate Morton, and Daniel Pascoe complete the
cast. Live music will be performed
by Emma Fowler, Anthony Grisham, Troy Hanson, Laura Mandich and Thomas Niekamp.
Rotenberry directs Leading Ladies.
Diane Makas choreographs the tango and waltz dances in the show.
Joe Batte is the technical director, Courtney Suter is
the costume director and Gregg Gilboe is the orchestra director.
The student design team includes: Set Designers- Alyssa Grimaldi and
Kevin Schow; Lighting Designers- Quinn Owen and Danielle Watson; Costume
Designers- Keani Hopgood, Jeanna Lego and Monica Wilson; Sound Designer-
Danielle Kisner; and Make up Designer- Jamie Kompleski.
Bradley Smith is the Stage Manager.
Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for students and senior citizens. Students can get a special $5.00 ticket for the Thursday night show only by showing their i.d. card at the box office. For information go to the APA website, www.hbapa.org or call the APA office at (714) 536-2514 Ext. 4025.
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