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Funny Little Thing Called Love (Comedy)

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten

Directed by Suzan Moriarty

Sponsored by Signature HealthCARE

April 28, 29, May 5, 6, 12, 13, 2017

This deliriously funny new Jones Hope Wooten comedy is all about that four-letter word: L-O-V-E. Under a full moon on this unpredictable night of romance, these four rollicking tales take you on an around-the-globe journey of unexpected and hilarious twists and turns: A slick, successful used-car-selling Romeo in Dallas, Texas, believes he's answering Cupid's call, only to realize too late that he's wandered into a life-changing trap set by three fed-up Juliets. On an island getaway, The Hallelujah Girls, a group of fun-loving gals from Georgia, say aloha to their wild sides as they accidentally crash a Hawaiian honeymoon in progress. These five women—and Waikiki—will never be the same! In a rooftop London bistro, sparks fly when two strangers surprisingly start to connect, only to be thwarted by a hyperactive American tourist who's determined to be the center of attention, and the unpredictable antics of an ancient waitress who wields a wicked sousaphone. And finally, in Manhattan, a man tries to battle his way out of a mid-life crisis with an ill-advised and elaborate marriage proposal. Unfortunately, it all goes wildly off-track when his caterer passes out, a tap-dancing singing telegram girl breaks into sobs rather than song, his ex-wife saunters in wearing nothing but a bathrobe and a smile, and a cowering superhero inches nervously across his twelfth-floor window ledge. So, open your heart to romantic mayhem and come join the fun! By the time the evening is over and the moon works its magic, love will conquer all and your sides will ache from laughter!

 

“You will be hard pressed to catch your breath at times. This Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy will entertain like few comedies have.” – The Daily Leader

Produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

 


Actor Bios


Jennifer Netting- Jennifer is returning to the Arena stage after an almost 10 year hiatus. She had the honor of playing Katie in Meet Me in St Louis; Nolie Frost in Southern Fried Murder, and the Wizard in Once Upon a Mattress. She also directed the British farce A Tomb with a View. She recently took on the role as stage manager for The Children’s Hour at First Presbyterian and learned a lot from the experience. During the daylight hours, Jennifer crunches numbers as an AP Processor for Franklin Electric and, in her spare time, runs a home baking business called Let’s Get Sconed. When she’s not working or baking or learning lines, she serves as an advocate for caretakers of Traumatic Brain Injury survivors. Jennifer is excited to be back on the stage, and she looks forward to the many exciting community theatre opportunities Fort Wayne has to offer. “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” ~ William Shakespeare


Jen Poiry (Nita, Gwendolyn) is excited to finally appear in a Jones-Hope-Wooten show on the Arena stage and to play again with her wonderful and talented friends. Recent Arena roles include Jimmy/Susan/Thelma in “They Came from Mars…,” Mayor Maggie/Clem in “Bat Boy” (Arena Award), and Linda Christie in “Play It Again, Sam.” She most recently played Signora Nacarelli in “The Light in the Piazza” with Three Rivers Music Theatre. Jen is a marketing specialist at 3Rivers FCU, writes for whatzup, runs www.greenroomonline.org, and does various other writing-related things. “Thank you to Colby and Sarrazine for letting me spend a few hours a night away from you. It’s your turn next!”


Kevin Boner- Kevin is excited to be making a third appearance on the Arena stage this season. Having previously stage managed Failure: A Love Story and playing the "silent but hunky" chiropractor in Getting Sara Married. When he is not on stage Kevin enjoys time spent surrounded by the wonders of nature. He is a crew leader for season planting at a local estate management company. He also takes great joy in spending time volunteering with Little River Wetlands Project as a Preserve Steward and a Trail Guide. Kevin is also on the board of directors for the Fox Island Alliance. To aid his nature education Kevin uses a team of native wildlife so he can teach kids and adults about what lives in the state. His team consists of two turtles, three rodents, six frogs, three fish, a spider, and a crawdad. Kevin would like to thank his family and friends for the amazing support they give home in all aspects of his life.


KATHY PELTER (Stage Manager) is no stranger to Fort Wayne theatre, with over 38 years of involvement.  She is a recipient of a Technical Anthony from Fort Wayne Civic Theatre as well as the Marlene Niccum Award here at Arena.  Kathy has been in over 25 Fort Wayne Youtheatre productions, as well as several here at Arena, including Sr. Mary Hubert in Nuncrackers and Nunsensations and Mrs. Waldgrave in The Nerd.  Kathy would like to thank Suzan for the opportunity to work with such a talented and fun cast!  Kathy would like to dedicate her contribution on this show in loving memory to her Mom, who will have best seat in the house forevermore!! 

 

 

Actor Bios

Bill Piercy -Bill is happy to be back on the Arena stage and wants to thank Susan Moriarty for the opportunity.  Bill is very lucky to be playing opposite his beautiful and talented wife, Janet, in this show.  According to his wife of 38+ years, Bill is far too involved with model railroading in his spare time.  He also dabbles in writing, painting and leather work but seriously, its model railroading right now!  Bill hopes he can put a smile on your face tonight and hopes you enjoy your evening with our troupe


Janet Higgins Howard- Janet returns for her second appearance on the Arena stage.  She feels blessed to be cast as Chrystal and is honored to work with such a talented group of actors.  She was last seen as Charlie in Always a Bridesmaid. Janet has been involved with the theatre community in Fort Wayne for many years.  She started acting with the Fort Wayne Youtheatre and has worked with IPFW (Scapino, The Women, Working), Center Stage (Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Brigadoon, 42nd Street, Pippin) Gray Light (Music Man, Into the Woods, 42nd Street) and Civic Theatres (Annie, Christmas Carol, Joseph).  She received a BA in Theatre from Indiana University and worked with Young Audiences of America.  Janet took several years off from acting to raise her three children- Glen, Hannah and Grace and now they are all grown up which leaves mom time to return to the stage. 

During the day Janet works as a program manager for Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana working with educators and finding volunteers to go into area classrooms to help prepare students to be part of the global economy.  If you are interested in volunteering, give her a call! She is also an active member of Xi Eta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

 “I would like to thank my husband Brent for running lines with me, my mom Carol who encouraged me to go into the arts, Harvey Cocks for casting me in his first production of I Will and always encouraging me, Robert Kelly for pushing me to be my best and to Suzan Moriarty for casting me as part of this amazing cast.”


Janet K. Piercy- Janet is super excited to be in another show directed by Suzan Moriarty.  Sharing the scene with her husband of 38 years, Bill, playing her new husband, Bobby Dwayne, is especially fun. Janet is an award-winning actress who has been busy this season appearing in A Christmas Carol at Civic Theatre, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Fort Wayne Youtheatre and Failure, A Love Story right here at Arena.  She was also in Arena’s show last spring, Always a Bridesmaid.   Janet is a music educator at Arlington Elementary School and the Choral Associate at Trinity Episcopal Church. She has recently begun working at IPFW as a house manager in Special Events.  Enjoy this fun, funny and talented cast!


Jeanne Hanford (Amber)-After venturing back on stage in the Civic's production of "9 to 5",  she has been in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", the puppeteer for the tail of the Dragon in "Shrek", "A Christmas Story" and most recently as a Munchkin Goddess in the USF production of "The Wizard of Oz". She has also performed on the Arena Dinner Theater stage as Jeri Neal in the production of "The Dixie Swim Club", Momma Wheelis in "Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?" and ran sound and lights for "Failure: A Love Story". She is so thankful for all involved in bringing theatre back into her life.


Aimee Lackey (Taylor, Twyla, Meredith)- is no stranger to the Arena stage,and is happy to be back! Her last two performances were on the Civic stage, where she was last seen in 9 to 5, as Violet, and A Christmas Story, as Mother. She was last seen at Arena in, A Christmas Survival Guide, for which she received an Arena award. Her dance back round from the Fort Ballet dates way back, and she has been seen in countless theatre productions around the city ever since then. She's excited to be working with Suzan, and the talented new and old friends on this show! She continues to enjoy her work as a hygienist at Clinkenbeard Dentistry, and continues to enjoy her passion for performing. Enjoy the show!


Sloan Amburgey is making her Arena Dinner Theater debut. She has formerly worked on multiple shows under the directors of the Fort Wayne Youth Theatre, such as Sleeping Beauty Lady Petula, Magnificent Plan Mrs. Pig, Remembering Anne Hitler Youth, and many more. She has also performed in University of Saint Francis’ Wizard of Oz this year as a Jitterbug and Ozian. She is currently working on two films through Windsong Pictures, one being Cinderella as the Fairy Godmother. She would like to thank her directors: Leslie Hormann, Harvey Cocks, Christopher Murphy, Heather Closson, Gregory Stieber, Leslie and Brad Beauchamp, and her current Director Suzan Moriarty for always being inspiring and motivating.  She would also like to thank her friends: Isabel Chilian, Kimee Gearhart and Erica Elliot for being there for her every day. She would like to thank her mom for loving her unconditionally and her brother Conner for always making her laugh. 


Jordan Plohr (Rick Powers, Alastair Standley, Stan Jenkins) is pleased to be appearing once again on the Arena stage. Most recently he played John N. in Arena's production of Failure: A Love Story. He has also appeared in recent productions of South Pacific, Coriolanus, Jane Eyre, and Young Frankenstein. He would like to say a special thank you to his loving family and devoted friends for all their support. 


Jennifer Rothenbush- Jenn is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this amazing cast and crew! You may have seen her in The Wizard of Oz (USF), South Pacific (Arena), and Jane Eyre (All For One), and most recently she had the fortune of being assistant stage manager for Getting Sara Married (Arena).  When she's not occupying her time with theater, she enjoys reading, seeing films, and frolicking with her two hound dogs. She would like to thank Suzan for all her hard work and for casting her in such fun roles. She'd also like to thank her husband, Jonathan, her children Elisha, Hannah and Joshua, and Jordan for all their support and encouragement. 


Suzan Moriarty - Director

Suzan returns to Arena after her performance earlier this season as Professor Einstein and Mrs. Reece in "They Came from Mars....." and is excited to be directing yet another Jones, Hope and Wooten Comedy. An award winning actress, she is a familiar face on stage as well as off.  Her credits are extensive and include local performances  in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Fox on theFairway, Will Rogers Follies, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Father of the Bride, Boeing Boeing, Romantic Comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner , Xanadu and Broadway Bound. Other credits include performances in, The World Goes Round, Shadowlands, Death By Chocolate, No Sex Please We're British, and Chapter Two. Most recently she directed last season’s successful comedy, Always a Bridesmaid. Suzan  is the Director of Business Development as well as the Community Liaison for Signature HealthCARE Fort Wayne. She is currently serving as President on Arena Dinner Theatre's Board of Directors.

 

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