June Desmond – Helene Hanff
June is ecstatic to have found a theatre home at M&D Playhouse! She has been seen on the M&D stage most recently as Sheila in The Boys Next Door and as Vernadette in The Dixie Swim Club. She is grateful for all of the dedication and hard work from so many individuals that goes into making M&D what it is and for giving her a place to be creative! June would like to thank Ken for being given a role of a lifetime, LJ for always being there to light the way, the cast for making this show a joy, and as always to her family and friends for their ever present love and support! She would also like to say a special thank you to the audiences, “Without you we’d all just be talking to ourselves in the mirror!”
Tom O’Reilly – Frank Doel
As an actor/producer/director, Tom’s involvement with community and professional theatre spans over forty years. He has appeared in numerous productions at M&D and has also directed several shows for the company, including Voices from the High School. He won Best Supporting Actor at the 2007 NH Theatre Awards for his role as John Williamson in Glengarry Glen Ross (produced by Resort Players and M&D). Tom holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Maine.
Lauren O’Reilly – Megan/Maxine
With lifelong passion and involvement in theatre arts, Lauren is pleased to have the opportunity to return to the stage under the direction of Ken Martin and this talented cast. Past roles include Hester Saloman in M&D’s 2016 award winning production, Equus, Barbara in Nickel and Dimed, and Margaret in A Night in the Theatre. She has also performed as a regular with the touring Boston’s Mystery Cafe theatre.
Melissa O’Neil – Cecily Farr
A Valley local and lover of all things theatre, Melissa is delighted to be performing once again on the stage at M&D Playhouse, a place where she could not feel more at home. Recent performances at M&D include Lu from Last Gas, Nan from Exit Pursued by a Bear, and Susan from Wait Until Dark. Offstage, Melissa was recently elected to the Board of Directors here at M&D as Treasurer. She cannot thank Ken Martin enough for this and every other opportunity, as well as for his tireless efforts to provide beautiful works of art for our community throughout the year. Melissa would like to thank the entire cast and crew for their talent, hard work and dedication. She would also like to thank her family for their constant support and inspiration and her husband for everything, always.
Eric Jordan – Bill Humphries
Eric Jordan has decided to loaf no longer! That’s right, having exhausted himself lounging in front of the wood stove all these long months since The Boys Next Door, and to get back in the swing of things before directing The Jacksonian, he proudly comes forth out of the wintry wastes of Brownfield to play one of the wordiest roles in his resume! Next step, YouTube personality and worldwide fame as a packing material unboxer!
Bob Rowe – George Martin
Books… Each one has a story to tell. Each chapter a slice of events and emotions within. As I ponder this thought, I realize that each and every one of us is, in fact, a book. The preface to our book we spend in utero, and each event, bond, friendship, love, heartache or memory made, or yet to be made, is merely the chapters of our lives. The foreword, is shared memories by those that know and remember us after we pass on. May each and every one of us be able to continue through multiple chapters of our lives, so that future generations may share them, as well as their own books, as they are created.
Natalie Mae – Joan Todd
This is Natalie Mae’s fourth role with M&D Playhouse. She moved to Berlin, New Hampshire about three years ago and is a student of art, aiming towards a career as a portrait artist. She has previously appeared in the ensemble of Spamalot, as Jill in Equus and most recently as Sweetheart/Peaches/SuperKyle in Exit, Pursued by a Bear. She is very grateful for the theatre family she has met in all of these productions. She is extremely happy to be on stage again and looks forward to many more productions with M&D.
Charlie Scott – Thomas
Charles has been on stage at M&D for its productions of A Christmas Carol, Spamalot, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Though his role is (even) smaller for this show, he’s grateful to have a role that reminds him of his volunteer work for M&D and the nostalgia of its surrounding – and he still looks callow enough for these roles.
Ken Martin – Director