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August 18th @ 7:30 pm - August 21st @ 7:30 pm$10 – $35
Comedy by John Smitherman
Wed Aug 18, 2021 – Sat Aug 21, 2021
John and Maria are happily celebrating their first wedding anniversary when Maria’s mother, Nicolette, shows up unexpectedly. Nicolette assumes that she is divorcing Maria’s father, Sal, because he forgot their 27th wedding anniversary. And if that isn’t enough to ruin John and Maria’s celebration, Sal pays a visit. A fight breaks out, and one thing leads to another until, eventually, Sal and John end up sleeping in the guest bedroom. This leaves Maria no other choice but to share a bed with her talkative mother. To save his sanity in his own marriage, John solicits help from his friend, Anthony, and conducts a plan to reunite the older couple by arranging a fabulous anniversary dinner. However, just when things are looking up, John’s recently divorced father makes a surprise visit with his new, much younger wife to meet their new grandson. The only problem is that John and Maria don’t have a baby! But with the help of a toy dinosaur and a puppy, the phantom baby makes an appearance. This is the perfect play for an evening of hilarious door slams, witty banter, and ageless romance.
John D. Smitherman (Director/Dr. John Douglas) is excited to be back at his second home here in Kayenta and working with this wonderful cast, staff, and crew. Mr. Smitherman was last seen here this past February in Leading Men Don’t Dance! and will return February of 2022 for Leading Men Don’t Dance Tutu! After this production, John will be heading to The Media Theatre in PA to perform a two month run of Mamma Mia, playing Sam (the Pierce Brosnan role in the movie) John has performed over 100 different roles on Broadway, internationally, and regionally, including Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, and the title roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Phantom, and Man of La Mancha. He has written several comedies and most recently two musicals, Return of The Phantom! and ZORRO…A New Beginning! For more information, go to www.TheReturnOfThePhantom.com or www.JDSPublishing.com. John would like to thank Jan for bringing him to Kayenta year after year and his wife, Jessica, for letting him come.
Kailey Simmons is thrilled to be making her Kayenta debut as Maria! Local credits include Kathrine Freaky Friday, Percy- Spitfire Grill, and Mary- Jesus Christ Superstar. She has also performed under the direction of Academy Award winning composer, Stephen Schwartz, So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, Sean Cheesman, and Grammy Award nominee Dominick Amendum in The Prince of Egypt. Other regional debuts include Cinderella, Matilda, and The Count of Monte Cristo (New Works Festival) at Tuacahn Amphitheater. Kailey is currently at Teachers College, Columbia University pursuing her M.A. in music and music education with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy.
Abe Hegewald is excited to be performing at Kayenta again. He was last seen on this stage in Buddy Holly Gets a Date with the St George Dance Company. Other favorite local credits include Billy Flynn, Chicago. Emmett, Legally Blonde. Nathan Detroit, Guys and Dolls. Hysterium, A Funny Thing….Forum. He’s also performed in three seasons at Tuacahn. Abe was also blessed to live and perform in Hawaii aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America for 18 months. Other regional Theater include Ogunquit Playhouse, Merry-Go-Round Theater, Port House Theater, and the Jackson Hole Playhouse. Gratitude to God, friends, and family for ALL the love and support. You know who you are and I am grateful.
Andy Young grew up in a large family who gathered around their piano to sing After years of watching The Lawrence Welk Show with his Dad telling him “You are as good as these guys,” Andy began performing in school groups and auditioned for the musicals. Andy attended college on a ballroom dance scholarship and performed in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and China. Currently, Andy is a science mentor by day and performer by night.
Barb Christensen has performed in both professional regional theaters, and in community theaters throughout the state. Favorite roles include Dolly in Hello Dolly! Dotty in Noises Off! Miss Hannigan in Annie, Rosie in Mamma Mia, Mama Morton in Chicago, Bella in Lost in Yonkers, and Rayleen in 45 Seconds from Broadway. She recently was featured in the film A Shred of Decency. Barb thanks her family and friends for their loving support.
Brad Christensen is thrilled to again share the stage with his beautiful and talented wife. He has performed in several community theater productions, has been involved in a few film projects, and has been a football commentator. Favorite roles include Oliver Warbucks (Annie), Horace Vandegelder (Hello Dolly), Narrator (Christmas Story), Papa Bear (Shrek), Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast), and Bill (Mamma Mia!). “Mr C” has been a middle-level principal for many years.
Pleased to be returning the Kayenta stage, Ginger Nelson is a founding member of the So U Comedy Theater and regularly performs with their Improv Troupe. Most recently she played Dromio of Syracuse in HAM Productions Shakespeare in Santa Clara Park. Her favorite roles include Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kitty Verdun in Charley’s Aunt, and Herself (as various roles) in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged!). She is ever grateful to her husband Brandon, who has always supported her in her passion to perform.