DINNER Is Served!

Don't Dress For DinnerICT MainStage raises the curtain on its 2009-2010 season tonight at 8 PM with the opening of Don’t Dress for Dinner by Marc Camoletti.  An opening night reception will be held immediately following the show in which the company will provide refreshements along with an opportunity to meet the cast.  Directed by Jill Stephens, the play will run through November 21, 2009.

Don’t Dress for Dinner is a frenetic case of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew. When Jacqueline decides to visit her mother for a few days, her husband Bernard sees an opportunity for a cozy weekend with his new mistress. His bachelor pal Robert calls to announce his return from Hong Kong, so Bernard invites him along as his alibi, also hiring a Cordon Bleu-level cook to cater a delicious dinner. But when Jacqueline realizes Robert is coming for a visit everything changes, and the high speed farce begins! One impossible situation leads to another as the hapless friend Robert finds himself the target of both amorous attention and wrathful vengeance, while Bernard tries desperately to salvage a scrap of illicit bliss from the wreckage of a weekend.

Angela Allen (Suzette) is excited to be in her second ICT show with director Jill Stephens after appearing in last year’s Noises Off, which received 10 Column Award nominations, including Angela for Best Actress, as Belinda/Flavia.  Some of Angela’s favorite roles include Mabel/The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (winner of Best Supporting Actress Column Award), Kathleen/Terra Nova (nominated for Best Supporting Actress Column Award), Ginger/The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Barbara/Run for Your Wife.  Angela has performed at many local theatres including ICT MainStage, OnStage in Bedford, Ft. Worth Theatre, and Hip Pocket Theatre.  Angela would like to thank Mike for taking on extra at home so she can do what she loves.  She would also like to thank the men and women serving in our military and encourages everyone to go to soldiersangels.org to adopt a soldier today!

Nikki Andoga (Jacqueline) is pleased to be making her ICT debut.  Her most recent roles include Maria in Garland Summer Musical’s Sound of Music, Pam in OnStage in Bedford’s The Full Monty, and Woman 1 in several productions of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.  Other favorite roles include Vicki in The Full Monty and Rosemary in How To Succeed….  She also toured the U.S. for 2 years in The First National Broadway Tour of Oklahoma!  Nikki funds her theatre habit working full time at Microsoft through the vendor CompConTech and sends her thanks to her team for their patience and support.  Most importantly, she thanks her family for always being her biggest fans and especially Blake, who makes everything worth it.

Ginger Goldman (Suzanne) is excited to be making her stage debut with ICT.  She most recently performed in Echo Theatre’s Overtones at this summer’s FIT Festival.  Some of her favorite roles include Saint Monica and Mother Teresa in Risk Theater Initiatives’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and the various characters she portrayed in her one-woman show entitled Francine’s Mitzvahs, which she wrote and directed.  She was honored with a Leon Rabin award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of six wacky characters in Second Thought Theatre’s Wonder of the World. She has a thing for extreme double casting!  Ginger holds a BA in theatre from The University of Southern California and an MA in theatre from Texas Woman’s University.  She is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

J. Alan Hanna (Bernard) is glad to be working with ICT again after directing Sherlocks Last Case this past season and appearing as Ray-Bud/Dearly Departed a couple of seasons ago.  He has been involved in performing, directing, choreographing, stage managing, set designing and many other aspects of theatre producing for many years.  He has worked with such organizations as Lyric Stage, Theatre Three, Plano Repertory Theatre, Deep Ellum Opera Theatre, Greater Lewisville Community Theatre, Theatre Arlington, Garland Civic Theatre and Richardson Theatre Centre—just to name a few!  He is also the resident Stage Manager for Garland Summer Musicals and choreographed The Sound of Music for their 2009 season as well.  Alan would like to thank Carlos “LU”, his family and friends for their support.

Scott Nixon (George) is pleased to be returning to ICT MainStage in Don’t Dress for Dinner. Scott has previously been seen in ICT productions Heaven Can Wait, The Unexpected Guest, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Death: Take/1Another MurderAnother Show in Living Black and White and Lilies of the Field.  Scott has appeared in numerous productions including The Threepenny Opera, South Pacific, Kismet, Fiddler on the Roof and Camelot starring John Cullum.  Scott is serving his second term with the ICT Board of Directors and will be co-producing The Lion in Winter next Spring.

Brad Stephens (Robert) is delighted to return to ICT MainStage having appeared last season as George in All My Sons.  Brad recently closed Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at Artisan Center Theater playing the role of Nanki-Poo.  Other local stage credits include Juror #7/12 Angry Men for Poor Man Productions, Bob Cratchit/Ebenezer Scrooge at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, and Chris/All My Sons at Mesquite Community Theatre for which he won the 2008 MCT People’s Choice Award for best actor.

Don’t Dress For Dinner runs November 6 – 21, 2009 at the Dupree Theater in the Irving Arts Center.  Check my event calendar for performance dates and times and be sure to visit the ICT website for more information or to make reservations.  To recieve discount coupons, send me a message through my Google Profile page or simply leave a comment on this blog entry!

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