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Bedroom Farce Wayside Theatre Presents

The Matchmaker
by Thornton Wilder

June 4 – July 1
Preview June 3


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The Matchmaker Opens Wayside Theatre’s 39th Season!
Audience Favorites Return for Classic American Farce!

Wayside Theatre Artistic Director, Warner Crocker, announced today that Thornton Wilder’s classic, The Matchmaker will open the 2000 season with performances beginning June 3, 2000. The Matchmaker is sponsored through the generous support of Route 11 Chips and T. Carter Fussell.

“This great play heralds the beginning of another exciting season at Wayside Theatre”, said Crocker. “Many people will be familiar with the play as it was the basis for the musical Hello Dolly. That musical’s success has often eclipsed in the public’s mind just how wonderful a play The Matchmaker really is. In point of fact, the story is not original to The Matchmaker. The shenanigans of a conniving matchmaker and two bumbling store clerks trying to find love began with a 19th century Austrian farce by Johann Nestroy called He Wants to Go Off On A Spree. Suffice it to say, it is a tale well told, through the ages, and one that has engendered laughs from generation to generation.”

The story begins when Horace Vandergelder, a rich merchant from Yonkers decides to take another wife and at the same time keep his young niece from marrying her heart’s desire. He engages a matchmaker, Dolly Levi, to assist him. Through Dolly’s clever machinations, the mis-adventures of two of his bumbling clerks, assorted young and lovely ladies and a head-waiter or two, Horace finds his every move hilariously thwarted, himself affianced to Dolly Levi, and everyone finally paired up with his or her heart’s desire.

The Wayside Theatre production of The Matchmaker will be directed by Artistic Director, Warner Crocker, and feature three of last season’s audience favorites returning to take the stage. John Alcott, who appeared as the Duke in Measure for Measure, Ernest in Bedroom Farce, Uncle Adolph in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Oz/Barney in Stonewall Jackson’s House, Elomire in La Bete and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol will play the blustering merchant of Yonkers, Horace Vandergeldger. Tracey Copeland, who delighted audiences in Tintypes and Stonewall Jackson’s House will return to play Dolly Levi. Thomasin Savaiano, who appeared in each play last season, will play the hat shop owner, Mrs. Malloy. They will be joined by a cast of both local and imported actors. The two adventuring clerks, Cornelius and Barnaby, will be played by newcomer William Diggle and a young local actor, David McLellan, respectively. Horace’s niece, Ermengarde will be portrayed by local actress Clare Corson and her love interest, Ambrose, will be played by newcomer Jason Bruffy. Rounding out the cast will be Wayside veterans Barbara Pinolini as Gertrude and Miss Van Huysen, Allen Schaefer as Joe Scanlon and Scott Ruble as Rudolph in addition to newcomer Paul Danaceau as Malachi Stack and two Warren County actors, Lauri Fontaine as the Cook and Ken Knesh as the Cabdriver.

The Matchmaker will feature the debut of the 2000 Season design team that includes Set Designer Todd Lawrence, Costume Designer Kerith Wolf and Lighting and Sound Designer Sean Savoie.

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The Matchmaker

Pricing

  Regular
Price
Student/
Senior
W,TH,
Sun.,
$19 $17
W/Sat. 2:30 $17 $15
Fri./Sat.
8:00
$23 $20
Children 17 and Under $7.50
Preview Performance $12
Show Times
Jun/Jul 2000
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Time Keys:
A –  2:30 p.m.
B –  8:00 p.m.
C –  6:30 p.m.
D –  7:15 p.m.
G – Gala

P – Preview
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