Sandbag, Stage Left, or One Dead Dolly

By John Anthony

Directed by Jared Maul

Produced by Gael Nappa

Performances: Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th @ 7:30 PM, Sunday – Matinee, May 14th 3:00 PMFriday, May 19th, and Saturday, May 20th @ 7:30 PM. 

The members of the Mill City Players are beside themselves over the mysterious death of their leading lady, Amelia Meddle, who during a performance, was cruelly squashed by a flying sandbag. All fingers point to her husband, undertaker Arnold Meddle, who was seen wandering around backstage just before the sailing sandbag hit pay dirt. It’s mud-slinging galore between Defense lawyer Philip Static and Prosecutor Emily Cling. Meanwhile, one by one the members of the Mill City players take the stand to implicate Arnold Meddle knowing about his jealous nature and Amelia’s flirtations with Mill City lead actor Byron Shelley. This, claims the Prosecution, provides Arnold with his motive. But Arnold contends he is innocent, but who could crush such a lovely woman under a pile of dirt and burlap? Mill City Stage Manager Gretel Van Cistern? Sexy actress Shelley Shelley? Arnold’s mousy Assistant Embalmer Margaret “Chuck” Bury? Or Medical Examiner Salvatore Soo, whom, we discover in a startling revelation, is related to the manufacturer of the deadly sandbag? It’s the case of the century, (or at least this past week), under the steady gavel of female Judge Royale Been, who presides over a jury of audience members, called for duty when the Judge dismisses the original jury for not inviting her to their party.

Characters:

  • Bailiff  Renee Heusser
  • Judge Roy L. Been  Beverly Marzioli
  • Cling – Ann Dooley
  • Static – Seth Nappa
  • Prison Guard  Andy Griffith
  • Arnold Meddle – Paul Gallant
  • Susan Soo – Holly Bragg
  • Gretel Van Cistern – Kristin Gillett
  • Ginger Rayle – Danielle Santapaola
  • Mrs. Byron Shelley – Eva Toscano
  • Edwena “Chuck” Bury  Sue Clohecy
  • Penelope Pacemaker (pronounced “Pah-che-mah-kay”) – Gael Nappa
  • Harriet Beecher Meddle  – Ann Jaroncyk
  • Dora Glockamorra – Rebecca Nappa
  • Byron Shelley – Christopher G. Dollas
  • Gus Swenson – Lou Dispenza

 

Front Row: Judge Roy L. Been  Beverly Marzioli, Mrs. Byron Shelley – Eva Toscano, Dora Glockamorra – Rebecca Nappa, Penelope Pacemaker (pronounced “Pah-che-mah-kay”) – Gael Nappa.

Second Row: Arnold Meddle – Paul Gallant, Bailiff  Renee Heusser, Ginger Rayle – Danielle Santapaola,

Third Row: Byron Shelley – Christopher G. Dollas, Susan Soo – Holly Bragg, Gretel Van Cistern – Kristin Gillett

Fourth Row: Harriet Beecher Meddle  – Ann Jaroncyk, Edwena “Chuck” Bury  Sue Clohecy, Cling – Ann Dooley, Static – Seth Nappa

Top Row: Gus Swenson – Lou Dispenza, Prison Guard  Andy Griffith