The Kitchen Witches
By Caroline Smith
Directed by Becky
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
“Canadian playwright Caroline Smith has
whipped up a hilarious tale." - Simcoe
"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
Produced through special
Samuel French, Inc.
Assorted Breads with Butter
Apple Waldorf Salad
Stuffed Pork Loin
Fresh Sweet Potatoes
Peas and onions
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'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 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!
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".