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The Kitchen Witches

By Caroline Smith

Directed by Becky Niccum

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2015

Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two "mature" cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly's long-suffering TV-producer son Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!

Winner! 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest

“Canadian playwright Caroline Smith has whipped up a hilarious tale." - Simcoe Times-Reformer

"Take a handful of animated actors, add a lively and responsive audience, let the plot thicken and you get a savoury show that's sure to please even the fussiest palate." - The Orangeville Banner

Produced through special arrangement with 
Samuel French, Inc.


Assorted Breads with Butter
Apple Waldorf Salad
Stuffed Pork Loin
Fresh Sweet Potatoes
Peas and onions
Pumpkin Pie





Actor Bios

Ellen Akins Schroeter-
Since Ellen's last stage appearance here at the Arena Dinner Theatre as Daisy Coates in Laughing Stock, she was cast in The Teapot Collector at the Civic Theatre's 5th Annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival.  You'll also hear Ellen occasionally on FUN 101.7 when she fills in for Carrie "Bud". This is Ellen and husband Dan's second move to Fort Wayne.  The first time around Ellen was a news anchor on WANE.  This time she works for a QuickBooks consulting firm in marketing and sales.  Some of Ellen's favorite theatre moments include the role of Mary in The Women, Bill Dawn in Born Yesterday, as Grace in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever where she shared the stage with daughter Mackie, and as Ruth Slocum in a play about "Little Bear Woman" Frances Slocum where she share the stage with son Kellen.


Carol Howell-Wasson
Carol's most recent project at Arena was as Director of last season's Rounding Third.  As an actor, Carol was last seen on the Arena stage as Ethel in Barefoot in the Park (Arena Award); Mildred Sloan in Squabbles; and she won Arena awards for the roles of Mama Rosemary in Picnic; and Big Mama in Cat on a Ho Tin Roof; At the Civic Theatre, she last appeared as Martha in White Christmas (Anthony Award); and as Yente in Fiddler on the Roof'.  Regional credits include numerous performances at the Black Hills Playhouse, Chicago Light Opera Works; and the Theatre of the Stars, and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.  Carol is thrilled to be working with Director Becky Niccum again; and with this talented cast.  She dedicates her performance to her husband Jim; Daughter, Lea; and to her Mom, who never misses an opening night.


Kerry Yingling
Kerry has been present on the Fort Wayne acting scene for many years, although it has been many years since he has had the honor of performing on Arena's stage. Past shows at Arena have been Dial "M" for Murder ( Max Halliday) and Anything Goes (Chorus).  You may have seen Kerry in various shows and various states of dress (or undress) around town including All My Sons (Chris Keller), 1776 (Samuel Chase), Gifts of the Magi (Jim), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Levi, Asher, Reuben), the Producers (Shirley Markowitz, chorus), A Woman Called Truth (2nd Man, Anthony Nominated), The Full Monty (Dave Bukatinsky, Anthony Nominated performance), and Spamalot (Sir Bedevere, Little Old Woman, Chorus).  A big thank you goes out to our wonderful cast and crew, my second family, making the whole process very entertaining.  As always I'd like to thank my many friends and family that come support me in my endeavor to continually make them laugh, and to have plenty of conversation pieces for around the water cooler. Lastly, and certainly not least, I want to thank my beautiful wife, Dawn, for her continued and tireless encouragement to keep trying and always believing in me.  Without her keeping me on track and endless energy being a wonderful mother to our twin boys, Jack and Max, I do not know where I'd find the time to breathe.  She is my inspiration and strength, as I am awe of hers.  I love you honey!



Brock Eastom (Rob the Camera Guy)
Brock is proud to be making his Arena Dinner Theatre debut with The Kitchen Witches. He has learned most of what he knows about acting from Harvey Cocks, and he could not thank him enough.  This is his first time on the stage in three years, since his grandma passed away and life happened.  he would like to thank Becky Niccum for asking him to get on the stage again, and to do it with such an incredible cast.  he is a sophomore at IPFW for Communications, and in his free time, he enjoys writing screenplays and novels.  Brock dedicates this show to his grandma and to his parents, as they have supported him since the beginning.


Becky Niccum- Director
Becky is no stranger to the theaters in this town, both on and offstage and is thrilled to be back directing at Arena again.  It has been a long time and she is very excited about the amazing cast and crew that have worked very hard to make this show, HOPEFULLY, a laugh a minute for you.  Becky, who is known to some as the crazy cat lady, is very thankful to her 3 cats for allowing her to take time away form them to be at the theatre.


Dave Thompson- Stage Manager
Dave is Happy to be working with this talented cast and crew.  Dave was stage manager in last season's Rounding Third and Barefoot in the Park- in which he also played the part of The Lord and Taylor Delivery Man.  A longtime set builder at Arena and a member of the Board of Directors (serving as Treasurer).  He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

"I want to thank Becky Niccum for allowing me to stage manage this very funny play".



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