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On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.


Directed by Mark Giza with Jan Plumb as Stage Manager

​Choreography by Dina DelBuono

​Music Director Mark Cloutier

CAST


​Diane Flynn as Truvy
Alma Huremovic as Annelle
Marge Secora as Clairee
Faythe Renee as Shelby
Jeanne Wysocki as M'Lynn
Tracey Hebert as Ouiser

2019-2020 season

Theatre Guild of Hampden Proudly Presents Steel Magnolias

HELLO DOLLY!

November 2020

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

May 2020

​​The protagonists in this Neil Simon play are Al Lewis and Willie Clark. Lewis and Clark were once a successful vaudevillian comedy duo known as the Sunshine Boys. During the later years of their 43-year run, animosity between the partners grew to the point where they ceased to speak with each other. Eleven years prior to the events of the play, Al retired from show business, leaving Willie struggling to keep his career afloat.

Willie, now an old man struggling with memory loss, reluctantly accepts an offer from his nephew Ben, a talent agent, to reunite with Al for a CBS special on the history of comedy. Willie and Al meet in Willie's apartment to rehearse their classic doctor and tax collector sketch. The reunion gets off to a bad start, with the two getting into heated arguments over various aspects of the performance. However, thanks to the urging of Al's daughter, the two decide to go through with the performance.

Willie and Al's dress rehearsal at CBS' studio ends badly. Willie is enraged when Al repeats his old habits of poking his chest and accidentally spitting on his face. As Al walks off the stage in regret, Willie has a heart attack as a result of his agitated state.

Two weeks later, Willie is recovering under the care of a nurse. Upon Ben's recommendation, he decides to move into an actors' retirement home in New Jersey. Al, concerned about Willie's well-being, makes a visit. When the two talk, it is revealed that Al will be moving into the same home as Willie.


​Directed by Rick Rubin

The Theatre Guild of Hampden Presents My Fair Lady

Jerry Herman’s energetic Hello, Dolly! is a musical filled with charisma and with heart. Matchmaker Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler --but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Hello Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish. Hello, Dolly! features such memorable songs as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and - of course - the title number, “Hello, Dolly!” Dolly herself is one of the strongest and richest starring roles for a woman ever written for the musical theatre, and famous Dolly Levis have included Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Pearl Bailey, Mary Martin, Barbra Streisand, and most recently, Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters.


Directed by Mark Giza

​Music Director Tom Slowik 

Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher, local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux, intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn, and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town. Shelby’s engagement is the talk of the town, but the joy and excitement of her wedding quickly turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications. Eventually, when Shelby dies from complications related to her diabetes, M’Lynn has to deal with the most difficult of life’s challenges: the loss of one’s only child. As the women of Chinquapin makes their ways over life’s many hurdles together, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in one another. “You have no idea how wonderful you are,” M’Lynn tells the ladies at the end of the play. Truvy responds, with a smile, “Of course we do.”​


Directed by Mark Giza with Jan Plumb as Stage Manager

THE SUNSHINE BOYS

November 2019

CAST


Brad Shepard as Willie Clark

Robert Rubin as Al Lewis

​Franco Indomenico as Ben Silverman

​Jan Plumb as Eddie

​Carol Kelly as Registered Nurse

​Michelle Lussier as Nurse MacKintosh

The Theatre Guild of Hampden Presents My Fair Lady
The Theatre Guild of Hampden Presents My Fair Lady

MAMMA MIA!

March 2020

The Theatre Guild of Hampden Presents My Fair Lady

From left to right:  

Jeanne Wysocki, Faythe Renee,

Alma Huremovic, Diane Flynn,

Tracey Hebert, Margie Secora

CAST


                    Carina Savoie as Sophie
                    Mackenna Wysocki as Ali
                    Christa Belardo as Lisa
                    Kiernan Rushford as Donna
                    Jami Wilson as Tanya
                    Kathy Renaud as Rosie 
                    Chris Demerski as Sky
                    Matt Rafala as Pepper, ensemble & Lead dancer in “Lay All Your Love on Me”
                    Kellum Ledwith as Eddie, ensemble & Lead dancer in “Lay All Your Love on Me”
                    Nick Adams as Sam
                    Mark Cloutier as Harry
                    Stuart Gamble as Bill
                    Bo Reardon as Father Alexandrios & the Bartender
                    Ensemble:
                    Dance Captain-Darlene Cloutier, Gail Weber, Dina DelBuono, Jeanne Wysocki,

                    Mindy Meeker, Kellum Ledwith, Julie Kristen, Kimberly Rittmaier-O’Connor, 

                    Celina Rafala