Moon Over Buffalo
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A comedy by Ken Ludwig
Directed by David Lloyd Austin

George and Charlotte Hay are a husband and wife acting team in the Lunt/Fontaine tradition.  Somewhat past their prime, they continue to eke out an existence playing repertory on the regional theatre circuit.  Just as Charlotte walks out on George for reportedly getting the company ingenue pregnant, a call comes that Ronald Coleman has broken both legs during the filming of The Twilight of The Scarlet Pimpernel and that leading lady Greer Garson has left the production.  It seems that director Frank Capra is considering casting George in the Coleman role and George is sure he can get Charlotte into the Garson role, but Charlotte has already disappeared.  The disappointment leads George to tie one on as the company desperately tries to find him and attempts to sober him up in time for the matinee performance of Private Lives which Capra is to attend before finalizing the contract. With the pregnant ingenue's brother reportedly in the theatre intending to kill George, and with Frank Capra in the audience, a farcical disaster ensues.


 

George:  
Charlotte:
Richard:
Paul:  
Rosalind:
Eileen:  
Howard:  
Ethel:


Luke Day
Cindy Peterson
Richard Pare
Ryan Erwin
Alexandra Wilson
Willa-Lee Reid
Ryan J. Johnson
Holly Reta Fynn
 

Director:
Producer:  
Stage-Manager:
Set Design:
Set Decoration:

David Lloyd Austin
Des Renard
Alison Main-Tourneur
Rick Pare
Alison Main-Tourneur & Jacqollyne Keath



Promotional Poster created by Alison Main-Tourneur
 







Cast and Crew Photo of "Moon over Buffalo"
Back Row: Ryan J. Johnson, Willa-Lee Reid, Richard Pare, Holly Reta Fynn, Ryan Erwin
Front Row: David Lloyd Austin, Luke Day, Cindy Peterson, Alexandra Wilson, Alison Main-Tourneur




Director - David Lloyd Austin
"When choosing a play, my first reading of the script is extremely important for me, especially a comedy. It must make me laugh and 'Moon' certainly did that and continues to do so".

David is an award winning Director and actor for over 30 years.   Although theatre is his first love, movies and TV have helped pay his rent for over 22 years working locally, Hollywood , Japan and Europe. His screenplay writing has now grabbed the attention of a New York agency with whom he's developing an historical drama which actually took place in B.C. in 1922. His play writing includes mysteries which he produces on a continuous basis throughout the year.

But directing theatre is always David's ultimate challenge:

Comedy can be the most difficult theatre to direct because we all react differently to each funny moment. One of the secrets? Play it straight"
                                        




Luke Day as George
Luke's acting career began four years ago with In The Heart Of A City for Vancouver Moving Theatre. He has also appeared in; Renovations, The Christmas Present Of Christmas Past and Rebecca for Vagabond Players, A Month In The Country, The Feigned Courtesans, The Seagull and The Swaggering Soldier for United Players, Six Degrees Of Separation, Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom and The Book Of Liz for Pickled Productions, Robinson Crusoe for the Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and Urinetown, The Musical for the Firehall Arts Centre.









Ryan Erwin as Paul
This marks Ryan's 2nd play with the Vagabond Players. The first was Night Of The Foolish Moon, in which he portrayed a knightly romanticist named Roger. He has also performed in two Footlight musicals Cinderella and Meet Me in St. Louis and in Footlight's play This Way to Christmas last December. Ryan began his foray in community theatre at the Youth Week Festival at the VECC, first with the comedy What the Hell? and then in the short play The Clock. He is happy to be working with David and all the rest of the cast and crew on this great play.







Holly Reta Fynn as Ethel
It has been ten years since Holly first trod the boards with the Vagabond Players, as the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina in You Can't Take It with You. Her last performance here was as Maude Bodley in Not Now Darling. A few of her favourite roles have been Beverly in The Shadow Box at Surrey Little Theatre, Ruth in Round And Round The Garden at Metro Theatre and Nurse in The Transylvanian Clockworks her all time favourite play. She is pleased to have this opportunity to work with director David Lloyd Austin.









Ryan J. Johnson as Howard
Ryan has returned from the far off distant land of Red Deer where he performed the lead role in the Hillbilly Wedding and amazingly enough actually didn't crack any glass in his first musical Nuncrackers. The last time Ryan trod the Vagabonds boards was way back in 2004 when he assistant directed and performed in Renovations. He wants to thank you for supporting community theatre.












Richard Pare as Richard
This is Richard's second time performing on this stage but he is no newcomer to community theatre. He has been working with the theatre for the last 25 years as an actor, director, set designer, builder and just about everything else behind the scenes at some point or other working with Stage 43 throughout the 80's and Langley Players in the 90's. He has become our current resident set designer having done last season's Wrong turn at Lungfish and this season's Who saw him Die, Night of the Foolish Moon as well as this one. Richard says that working for the theatre is a labor of Love. With that we hope to have Richard working with us for years to come.









Cindy Peterson as Charlotte
Cindy is very pleased to be a part of this production. A far cry from her most recent role as the octogenarian Mrs. Warwick in The Unexpected Guest Stage 43, Cindy is glad to be playing someone closer to her own age. Favorite past roles include Romaine in Witness for the Prosecution, for which she received a CTC nomination for best actress, Alberta in Moonlight and Valentino and Cassie in Rumours. Cindy is continually inspired by local theatre and the people she plays with here, and would like to thank David for giving her this opportunity to enjoy Charlotte and her diva-isms, Alison for all her help and dedication, and the rest of the cast for making this so much fun.






Willa-Lee Reid as Eileen
A former professional dancer from Edmonton, Willa-Lee has had the opportunity to work in a number of independent films as Harvest Project and Your name, Pretty Girl since making the leap into acting. She has also enjoyed hosting two television series in Vancouver Weekend Warrior and City Lights. Not only is Willa-Lee looking forward to being back on stage with a live audience in Moon over Buffalo, but also to see what life really is like as a blonde.










Alexandra Wilson as Rosalind
Alexandra is very happy to be back on stage at Vagabond. She is also happy to finally be playing a sensible character amongst the not-quite-so sensible and is enjoying the attention of two men on stage! Alex has had fun working with the cast and crew on this very funny production and thanks David for this opportunity. Some of Alexandra's past productions include Wrong Turn at Lungfish, Not Now, Darling, Will You Still Love Me in the Morning? and Return Engagements