Leading Ladies is about Leo and Jack, two British actors whose careers are so far on the skids that they're performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in Pennsylvania's Amish country. They think their luck might change, however, when they hear about Florence, an old lady in a nearby town who is about to die and leave a considerable legacy to her nephews from England. Leo convinces Jack that they should impersonate the heirs.
Their foolproof plan hits a snag, though, when they arrive on the scene and realize the woman's long-lost relatives are nieces and not nephews.
Then it hits another obstacle when Leo falls in love with Meg, who's engaged to a minister with plans for Florence's money, while Jack crushes on Audrey, a ditz y blonde involved with the son of Florence's doddering doctor.
The ensuing shenanigans and problematic courtships naturally force the actors to hop back and forth between Jack and Leo and "Maxine and Stephanie."
"Ludwig's newest farce is so funny, it will make sophisticated and reasonable men and women of the 21st century cackle till their faces hurt." - Houston Press
"Leading Ladies is consistently funny-indeed, increasingly hilarious as it progresses." - Houston Chronicle
"Ken Ludwig gives the audience something powerful and potent: laughter and a guiltless evening of Theatre-going." - Village News
Leading Ladies played to large and appreciative audiences throughout the three-day run. Congratulations to the cast and crew for a job well done!
The cast for Leading Ladies was announced in September, 2014.
Meg - Sam Gretz
Leo - David Bourgeois
Jack - Marty Schaller
Audrey - Stetz Smith
Duncan - Roger Bennin
Florence - Claran LaViolette
Doc - Paul Hacker
Butch - Ben McCool
Crew members include - Ann Wolf, Jeff DeZeeuw, Warren Schmidt, Zach Glaser
Auditions for Leading Ladies were held at The Masquers Coach House August 27th and 28th.
At the July meeting of The Masquers Board of Directors, Jonathan Medendorp was chosen as Director of Leading Ladies. The Producer for this first production of the season will be Lynn Retzak.
Jonathan has been very active with The Masquers over the past few years. He sang, danced and acted in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; The Producers; A Chorus Line; and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also served as Set Decorator for The Fox on the Fairway, which means he hasn't missed a show since ILYYPNC! As Director of this show, Jon will bring the expertise he acquired in college were he studied Shakespearian Acting and was active in theater.
Lynn Retzak has been a long-time member of The Masquers and, having recently retired, has determined to get more involved by trying her hand at other aspects of theater other than her usual "on stage" participation.
We welcome both Jonathan and Lynn to this show and hope you agree that we have the core of a great team for this show.
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Be sure to get your tickets for this irresistible comedy from one of our favorite playwrights.