2000 Season

by Ken Ludwig
Stage Director: Gina Andreoli
Producer: Jim Mason

Show Dates:
Opened Nov 12, 1999


Mike Burke
Jim Ludovici
Jim Mason
Marifran Manzo
Jill Roulette
Janice Jankowski
Righteous Jolly
Amy Dickensen

by Horton Foote
Stage Director

Charla and Charles Bendas

Charles Bendas (Co-Director) Charlie has been doing “character” roles periodically over the past few years. He most recently appeared in You Can't Take it With You at Town and Country Players. He most recently directed Pirates of Penzance for Thespis, Ruddigore for Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for Upper Dublin Players. Charlie has also done summer children's theater.

Charla Bendas (Co-Director) Charla has been directing with Charlie and is currently directing Bugsy Malone at a local middle school. In addition to that, she has been a backstage manager, and general techie for many years for RVC&O. Future projects include The Pirates of Penzance in Arden Delaware later this spring. Charla also performs standup comedy, which has made this particular show an incredibly interesting change of pace and challenge!
Produced by

J. Jankowski
Janice Jankowski (Producer) Janice is an accomplished performer in her own right, having graced our stage in numerous productions. Here she steps off the stage and into the office to deal with the hardest job in theater, managing the production.

Show Dates:
February 4, 5, 11, 12, 2000

Christine Emmert
as Mrs. Watts
Christine has had a long life in the theater. She most recently appeared in The Glass Menagerie at the Montgomery Theater Project before taking on the role of Carrie Watts. Her credits are too numerous to list, but parts include Miss Julie, Melissa in Love Letters, Agnes in FourPoster, Lady Brackness in Importance of Being Earnest, and Mary in Long Day’s Journey into Night. In addition to her acting work Christine has written several produced plays and taught acting, theater history, and playwrighting.
Carolyn Curran
as Jessie Mae
Carolyn Curran Most often seen in musicals, Carolyn makes her debut with the King of Prussia Players in The Trip to Bountiful. Carolyn’s last appearance was as Eliza Doolittle in Candlelight Dinner Theatre’s My Fair Lady. Favorite roles include Sara Brown in Guys and Dolls, Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Lola in Damn Yankees and Guenevere in Camelot. Thanks to Bob and sweet children: Bobby (The Rock), Kelly (a True Dixie Chick) and John (Donald).
Barry Childress
as Ludie
Barry Childress This is Barry’s fifth show with the King of Prussia Players. He’s enjoyed performing several of his favorite roles here, including Reverend Haye in The Crucible and Andrew Borden in Blood Relations. He has also appeared in area productions of Brighton Beach Memoirs, Inherit the Wind, and Solid Gold Cadillac. Thanks to my family and friends for their love, support, encouragement and patience.
Jan Clarke
as Thelma
Jan Clarke Jan is pleased to return to King of Prussia in the role of Thelma. She last appeared on our stage as Jenny Malone in Chapter Two. Jan has performed with a number of theater groups in the region. Her favorite roles include Katherine in A Perfect Ganesh and Marion in Absurd Person Singular. When not absorbed in a challenging on-stage role, she pursues her off-stage interest---set design.
Richard Emmert
as Sherrif
Richard Emmert Richard creates in both the visual and performing arts. His sculpture and paintings are in collections throughout America and Europe. His thespian life includes Felix in Odd Couple, Andy in Love Letters, James in Long Day’s Journey into Night, and Henry in Lion in Winter. He was most recently seen in the 1999 Fringe Festival production of Spoon River. In addition to acting, Richard has worked as a set designer and director.
Eric Clayton Waters
as Houston Ticket Man #1
Eric Clayton Waters The Trip to Bountiful is Eric’s first performance with the King of Prussia Players. In high school, he participated in a theater group that performed fairy tales for elementary school students; he played a crotchety old king in The Princess and the Pea. Eric has completed two years at Temple University, and is currently in the midst of a year-long sabbatical. He traveled in Europe for three months and has played in a band. Writing and performing songs on the guitar are his primary artistic endeavors, but he is happy and proud to be part of this production and thanks his fellow Players for all of their talent and hard work on the show. Message to Mom: Thanks for the love and encouragement!
Larry Anderson
as Houston Ticket Man #2
Larry Anderson Larry has been a member of the Players since 1972 and is happy to be able to help out with this production. He graced the stage twice last year with roles in The Murder Room and The Crucible. His next challenge will be directing the May musical, Carousel.
Jim Ludovici
as Harrison Ticket Man
Jim Ludovici Jim welcomes this opportunity to do a role that's a change of pace from his usual louder roles. Most recently he was seen in the Player's production of Lend Me a Tenor as Tito, and his last dramatic role with the group was as John Proctor in last February's Crucible. Other groups he's performed with include Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra, Playcrafters and Kennet Square Park Summer Series. He'll soon be appearing in his first Shakespearean role, as Hortensio in Barley Sheaf Players April production of Taming of the Shrew.

by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

Stage Director

Lawrence Anderson

Music Director

Diana Helmetag


J. Jankowski

Show Dates:
Performances May 5, 6, 12, 13, 2000.
Patty Klara Bowman
as Carrie Pipperidge
Patty Bowman is making her first appearance with the Players. Previous roles include Lucy (The Threepenny Opera), Hope (Anything Goes) and Meg (Damn Yankees). Patty has been a featured vocalist in choral groups and Top 40 bands.

Linda Tripolitis
as Julie Jordan
Linda Tripolitis has been seen as The Baker's Wife (Into The Woods), Guenevere (Camelot) and Charlotte (A Little Night Music) with the Players. Linda is a twenty-year veteran of both opera and musical theater and performs with many other groups in the Delaware Valley. She would like to thank Larry, Diana, Kevin, Patty, and the entire cast and crew for a wonderful ride.

Karen Wilhelm
as Mrs. Mullen
Karen Wilhelm is joining the Players for the first time. Her favorite past roles include Annie (Annie Get Your Gun), Sister Robert Anne (Nunsense) and Catherine (Pippin). Karen also sings with local acts and with "anyone who will let me sit in" and is having a fun time with this group.

Kevin J. Gallager
as Billy Bigelow
Kevin J. Gallager is happy to be joining the Players for the first time. He has had a number of leading roles including Harold Hill (Music Man), Frank Butler (Annie Get Your Gun) and Judd Frye (Oklahoma). He has also appeared in "An Evening With Richard Rodgers" with numerous groups

Mj Evenson
as Timoney
Mj Evenson is making his stage performance debut with the Players. Growing up in Zimbabwe, Larry thought Mj's accent would work well on a character who was an Irish cop!

Ed Parks
as David Bascomb
Ed Parks sings with the Wayne Oratorio Chorus and the Choir of Our Lady of the Assumption church. He and his wife Ann Marie have performed duets for weddings. This is his first appearance with the Players.

Julie Leavitt
as Nettie Fowler
Julie Leavitt is performing in her third consecutive season musical with the Players. She played Cinderella's Stepmother (Into The Woods) and the Housekeeper (Man of La Mancha). Other favorite roles include Little Buttercup (H.M.S. Pinafore), Agnes Gooch (Mame) and Marie (The Most Happy Fella).

Alicia Rachel Becker
as June Girl
Alicia Rachel Becker has performed in numerous video, children's and main stage productions. Some of her favorite roles are Shprintze (Fiddler on the Roof), Amaryllis (The Music Man), Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) and Alice (Alice In Wonderland). Alicia would like to thank Larry, her family and her friends.

Stephen Hunter
as Enoch Snow
Stephen Hunter has considerable experience in the theater. His recent credits include Billy (Play On), Jesus (Godspell), Riff (West Side Story) and Charlie Brown (Snoopy). He is also an experienced pianist and director.

Jim Ludovici
as Jigger Craigin
Jim Ludovici is making his 6th appearance with the Players. He has appeared as the Narrator/Mysterious Man (Into The Woods) and in The Trip To Bountiful. With other companies he has appeared as Hortensio (Taming of the Shrew) and as Protean (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum). He would like to thank Larry, his voice teacher and his children for their patience.

Sara Evenson
as Hanna
Sara Evenson is performing with the Players for the first time. Sara has been seen as Sarah (Guys and Dolls) and Nancy (The Boyfriend). She is looking forward to performing in Carousel.

Bret Anderson
as Boatswain
Bret Anderson is a veteran of the stage. He has been seen on stage as Tom (Camelot), Benny South Street (Guys and Dolls), and Winthrop (Music Man). He is also a veteran dancer and has performed with Walt Disney Productions.

Louis Cianni
as Boatswain
Louis Cianni is performing for the first time with the Players. He is an experienced dancer, having performed at many local events and competitions, including appearances with Walt Disney productions.

Dana Courtine
as Arminy
Dana Courtine is not new to the Players. You may have seen her in Dangerous Corner, The Murder Room and most recently, The Crucible. Dana would like to thank her family and friends for their support. She also requests that they refrain from laughing at her singing and dancing!

Pablo Rojas
as Policeman
Pablo Rojas is an avid participant in theater, acting in both high school and community productions. Pablo will be attending Boston U.'s School of the Arts for acting, an honor given to only 40 out of more than 1,000 applicants. This is Pablo's second show with the Players.

Don Bowman
as Captain
Don Bowman is joining the Players for the first time. This is also his stage debut. He has enjoyed being a tech and putting the set together.

Charles Helmetag
as Heavenly Friend
Charles Helmetag has appeared in Bits of Broadway, Sentimental Journey and Bits of Broadway II. He has also appeared as Babcock (Mame), Crookfinger Jake (The Threepenny Opera) and the blind Teiresias (Oedipus rex). Charles teaches at Villanova University.

Jim Mason
as Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon
Jim Mason holds a Master's Degree in theater from Villanova. His leading roles include Stephen Dedulus (Stephen D: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man), Hjalmar (The Wild Duck), and Morell (Candida). He also appeared as Teddy Roosevelt in the one-man play Bully. With the Players, Jim was last seen as Saunders (Lend Me A Tenor).

Jenny Kobialka
as Louise
Jenny Kobialka has appeared twice before with the Players in Man of La Mancha and as Mary Warren in The Crucible. She has also performed with the UMHS Drama Club and The Consortium for the Arts. Favorite roles include Brooke/Vicki in Noises Off and a Follies Girl in Crazy for You.

Colin Bonnington
as Carvinal Boy
Colin Bonnington is performing for the first time on stage. When not pursuing his new endeavor, he participates in wrestling and fencing as well as track and cycling.

Pablo Rojas
as Enoch Snow Jr
Pablo Rojas is an avid participant in theater, acting in both high school and community productions. Pablo will be attending Boston U.'s School of the Arts for acting, an honor given to only 40 out of more than 1,000 applicants. This is Pablo's second show with the Players.

Featured Dancers
Brett Anderson, Alicia Becker, Colin Bonnington, Louis Cianni, Sara Evenson, Jenny Kobialka, Justin Parks
Snow Children
Alicia Becker, Amanda Bullock, Aleena Burke, Katie Burke, Jay Dryburgh, Sara Evenson, Jenelle Parks, Pablo Rojas, Marc Shatzman, Steve Wanczyk
Dancing Chorus
Carol Anderson, Collette Anderson, Amanda Bullock, Aleena Burke, Katie Burke, Dana Courtine, Jay Dryburgh, Ed Parks, Jenelle Parks, Pablo Rojas, Marc Shatzman, Steve Wanczyk
Singing Chorus
Brett Anderson, Carol Anderson, Collette Anderson, Annina Baker, Alicia Becker, Collin Bonnington, Amanda Bullock, Aleena Burke, Katie Burke, Anna Marie Childress, Louis Cianni, Marie Cilio, Dana Courtine, Jay Dryburgh, Sara Evenson, Charles Helmetag, Jim Ludovici, Jim Mason, AnnMarie Parks, Ed Parks, Jenelle Parks, Justine Parks, Pablo Rojas, Marc Shatzman, Steve Wanczyk, Karen Wilhelm




Last updated - July 9, 2009