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Always A Bridesmaid (Comedy)

By Jessie jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

Directed by Suzan Moriarty

April 29, 30, May 6, 7, 13, 14, 2016

In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other's weddings…no matter what. More than thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making "the long walk" for each other, determined to honor that vow. Libby Ruth, the hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage, believes—in spite of all evidence to the contrary—that her friends can find the very same happiness. Headstrong Deedra's "rock-solid" union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years not only has a wandering eye, but the hands to match. Monette, flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends' love and patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle. And salt-of-the-earth, tree-hugging Charlie discovers—the hard way—that marital bliss is not the end of her rainbow and panics in outrageous style when the opportunity presents itself. Hop on this marriage-go-round for a laugh-out-loud journey with these beleaguered bridesmaids as they navigate the choppy waters of love and matrimony. Libby Ruth, Deedra, Monette and Charlie are committed to the notion that careers, waistlines and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime. Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides and the mistaken, and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves on the first day of hunting season. Always A Bridesmaid is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question, "Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?" If you've ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride's bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying "I do" or been forced to wear the world's ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy is definitely for you…and your dearly beloved!

Produced through special arrangement with 
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Suzan Moriarty - Director
Suzan is excited to once again be directing another Jones, Hope and Wooten comedy after last directing their successful hit, “The Dixie Swim Club”.  An award winning actress, she is a familiar face on stage as well as behind the scenes and was last seen as Masha in Arena’s production of “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike”.  Her credits are extensive and include local performances in: "Fox on the Fairway", "Boeing Boeing", "Romantic Comedy", " Will Rogers Follies", "The Mystery of Edwin Drood",” Father of the Bride “,” 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".  Suzan is the Facility Liaison and Director of Business Development for Signature HealthCARE and is currently serving as President on Arena Dinner Theatre's Board of Directors.


Kevin Boner- Stage Manager

Kevin is happy to be involved with yet another amazing Arena show; having most recently performed as Bobby Grayson the male stripper in Exit Laughing. His prior Arena credits include The Smell of the Kill(Stage Manager/Danny), Company(Lights), Same time, Next Year(Stage Manager), Romantic Comedy(Assistant Stage Manager), Plaza Suite(Bellhop/Borden Isler), and Marriage Go Round(Stage Manager). Other credits include University of Saint Francis shows such as The Man Who Came to Dinner(Sandy/House Manager), To Kill a Mockingbird(Mr. Cunningham), Steel Magnolias(House Manager), Xanadu(House Manager), Diary of Anne Frank(Mr. Kraler), Jesus Christ Superstar(House Manager), You Can’t Take it With You(Mr. Kirby), All Shook Up(Stage Manager), Dead Man Walking(Walter Delacroix/Mitch Poncelet) and Godspell(Disciple). When he is not doing theatre he is busy volunteering with Little River Wetlands Project as a Preserve Steward, Trail Guide, and the man in charge of The Critter Crew. Kevin can’t wait for the audience to get to enjoy this amazing show and the amazing ladies who are performing it.




Actor Bios


Morgan Spencer (Kari)

Morgan is absolutely thrilled to be back on stage at Arena. You have last seen her at Arena as Shelley in Bat Boy, and Evalita in Daddy's Dyin Who's Got the Will. Other performances include: Jesus Christ Super Star at USF, Merchant of Venice at First Pres, Catch Me if You Can at USF, Spamalot at Fort Wayne Civic, and Fox on the Fairway at First Pres. Morgan has also filmed two short films with Dueling Genre Productions: The Cupid Division and Unexceptional. She gives all her gratitude to her family and friends who support, love, and encourage her every step of the way- you guys rock, seriously.


Jill Bixler (Libby Ruth)

Jill is very excited to be part of her first on stage production at Arena! Thank you to Suzan Moriarty for inviting me to audition. Jill and her husband Kent are so grateful to the wonderful theatre community in the city of Fort Wayne for providing a great learning environment for their daughters Darby and Dana as they both are planning careers in the performing arts.  Jill graduated from the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training where she studied with Mr. Reynolds and Charles Nelson Reilly, worked for Crown Cruise Lines and the Mark One Dinner Theatre. In Fort Wayne Jill has been in "Beauty and the Beast" and "White Christmas" and played the Grandmother in the Fort Wayne Ballet's " The Nutcracker". Jill works for SACS and teaches private voice and piano in her home. Thanks and love to Kent, Darby and Dana for giving me the confidence to get back on the stage!

Susan Domer (Sedalia)

Susan Domer (Sedalia Ellicott) is an award-winning actress with dozens of acting credits in local productions including 33 Variations, Althea’s Well, The Ladies in Cabin 10 and To Kill a Mockingbird (Fort Wayne Civic Theatre), The Foreigner (First Presbyterian Theater), The Dixie Swim Club, Critic’s Choice, Daddy's Dyin’ Who's Got the Will?, and Curious Savage (Arena Dinner Theatre) and Chicago, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, and You Can’t Take It With You (IPFW).  In addition to acting, she enjoys professional storytelling and capturing those stories on paper. Susan is the marketing and public relations specialist for the IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts and has written numerous stories and articles for local publications.

Gloria Minnich (Monette)

Gloria Minnich has been a bridesmaid more times than she can count. She was most recently seen in Exit Laughing at Arena. Other shows at Arena includeThe Smell of the Kill, Barefoot in the Park, The Mousetrap, Blithe Spirit, Laughing Stock, Same Time, Next Year, Stepping Out,Plaza Suite, Almost, Maine, Any Wednesday, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Vanities, Crimes of the Heart, and Death By Chocolate at Arena. She appeared in The Road to Mecca , Durang: 5 Comedies in 1, Private Lives and Proof at the Civic Theatre and You Can’t Take It With You, Henry IV, and Eleemosynary at First Pres. Theatre. When not onstage, she teaches drama and dance classes at area schools. She is a member of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Touring Company, which performs in schools across Indiana . She loves to travel abroad and has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Drama Resource, and the National Theatre in England . She would like to thank the cast, crew, and director for making the rehearsal process such a blast! She would also like to thank her loved ones for their support and dedicates this show to the spirit of her mom, Clara, who was a bridesmaid many times herself and taught Gloria how to survive the ordeal.

Janet Higgins Howard (Charlie)

Janet Higgins Howard joins us in her first appearance on the Arena stage.  Though she is new to Arena, she has been involved with the theatre community in Fort Wayne for many years.  Janet started acting with the Fort Wayne Youtheatre and has work with IPFW, Center Stage, Gray Light and Civic theatres.  She received a BA in Theatre from Indiana University.  Janet took several years off to raise her three children and is excited to return to the stage.  She is a program manager for Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana and serves on the South Side High School Alumni board.  She is Vice President of the Xi Eta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and is currently serving on the Indiana State Board of Beta Sigma Phi as Corresponding Secretary.  “I am blessed to have been cast as Charlie and it is an honor to work with such a talented group of women!”

Janet Piercy (Deedra)

Janet K. Piercy has only been a bridesmaid once and is still on her first marriage to the love of her life, Bill. They have three grown children whom she adores. She has had a great time working with this talented cast of women in a very fun show. Janet has performed in many productions in the community over the years. She is grateful to be back on Arena’s Stage after winning a best supporting actress award at Arena for her role in Love, Sex and the IRS in 2012. She has more recently done shows for Youtheatre, University of St. Francis, and Civic’s Playwright Festival. Some favorite shows include: A Christmas Story (Anthony Award), The Pirates of Penzance, The Telephone, Beauty and the Beast, State Fair, The Music Man, Never Too Late and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Janet is a music educator at Arlington Elementary School and the Choral Associate at Trinity Episcopal Church. Thanks, Suzan, for the opportunity

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