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They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in Time for the Townswomen’s Guild’s Coffee Morning


By David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin, Jr.

Directed by Brian H. Wagner


French Bread with Butter
Caeser Salad
Chicken Cacciatore
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Italian Blend Vegetables
Chocolate Mousse

August 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 2016

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society ladies attempt lift-off with their unique production of this sci-fi thriller. But, needless to say, high-tech effects (that have some reassuringly homey touches), coupled with the inabilities and disabilities of certain members of the Dramatic Society, ensure that the cast remains firmly on the ground – some more than others! As ever, their resourceful director, Mrs. Reece, brilliantly circumnavigates the pitfalls as she steers the company through a somewhat unorthodox vicarage set into orbit through space to a genteel tea on Mars (where the nail-biting action is interrupted to present the award for flower arranging), before culminating in the tear-jerking ending that will have the hysterical audience on the edge of their seats.

"Superb, minutely observed spoof with some hilarious set pieces…I laughed till I cried.” – The Guardian

 "Some marvelous, almost surrealist, moments.” — What’s On & Where To Go

 “ ‘Hilarious’ cried the blurbs; ‘I laughed till I cried.’ It was. I did.” – Guernsey Evening Press

Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Actor Bios

JEN POIRY-PROUGH (Thelma/Jimmy/Susan) is thrilled to share the state with this fantastic cast and crew in this hilarious farce.  This one-time award-winner was last seen at Arena in BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL (Maggie, Clem, a Tiger) and in PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM (Linda).  Other recent productions include NUNSENSE (Amnesia), MRS. PACKARD (Mrs, Chapman) and YOU CAN”T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Penny).  Earlier this year, she performed with her 5-year-old daughter Sarrazine for the first time in ORPHAN TRAIN at the Pulse Opera House (Jen was thoroughly and rightfully upstaged).  She is looking forward to working with Andy Planck, Tommy Saul, and a cast of all-stars in the upcoming production of Adam Guettel’s brilliaint musical THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA with Three Rivers Music Theatre.  She works in marketing (3Rivers Federal Credit Uniion), conducts freezer meal workshops (Wildtree), is a freelance writer (Whatzup), runs a theatre audtion/production website (www,greenroomonline,org) and she is Colby Prough’s wife.

She almost never sleeps!



SUZAN MORIARTY - (Mrs. Reece and Professor Einstein)  Suzan  is thrilled to be back on the Arena stage after last being seen as Masha in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike.  An award winning actress, she is a familiar face on stage as well as off.  Her credits are extensive and include local performances in: Fox on the Fairway, Will Rogers Follies, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Father of the Bride,Boeing Boeing, Romantic Comedy, 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. Most recently she directed last season’s successful comedy, Always a Bridesmaid.  This spring, she will be directing her third Jones, Hope and Wooten comedy called, Funny Little Thing Called Love.  Suzan  is the Director of Business Development as well as the Community Liaison for Signature HealthCARE Fort Wayne and is currently serving as President on Arena Dinner Theatre's Board of Directors.

REBECCA LARUE KARCHER: Previously seen as Sheree in Dixie Swim Club and in The Smell of the Kill, as Debra, Rebecca is grateful for the chance to return to the Arena stage! While her workdays are dedicated to being a committed public servant, her heart is always happiest on stage or in the wings or running lines during rehearsal. Rebecca loves her theatre family and sends a big Thank You to her handsome husband and son for being supportive and fun. 

BECKY NICCUM  (Norah - playing Mrs. Tompkins and Roberta the Robot)  Just received an Arena Award for her performance as Millie in Exit Laughing last season, where she had a delightful time. She kept busy after Exit Laughing by Directing Avenue Q for the Civic Theatre this past spring; which was a very enjoyable experience because it had a fabulous cast, crew and staff. Last season she directed The Kitchen Witches here at Arena, and this season she will be directing The Cemetery Club for our Christmas show. Becky is no stranger to the theatre in this town, both on and off stage. Some of her favorite shows have been The Curious Savage, The Butler Did It, Auntie Mame,  Scapino, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Picnic. The list could go on and on. Let’s just say, the smell of the greasepaint is in her soul. Thank you once again Brian, for letting me be a part of this extremely wacky and nonsensical show. It’s been great fun!!!

Paul R. Faulkner (Gordon - playing Rev. Allsopp) is thrilled to appear with these super talented ladies in such a fun show! He was most recently seen as "Capt. Bracket" in 'South Pacific.' Prior to that this season he was "Swifty Lazar," in 'Frost/Nixon,' for which he won an Arena Award. In prior seasons, he was in 'The Mousetrap, ' and 'Laughing Stock.' Other area theatre credits last season include 'Mary Poppins' (Civic), 'Ruby Bridges' (Youtheatre), and 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (St. Francis).  The season prior he was nominated for an Anthony Award for '33 Variations' at Ft. Wayne Civic.  Paul has a B.A. in Theatre from Concordia University, River Forest,  IL (2004) , and is currently head organist for Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (LCMS), Garrett. This evenings performance is dedicated to his parents for dealing with the fact he is never available after 6pm, and all the theatre and music teachers he has had along the way- beginning with Mr. Harvey Cocks.

KATHY PELTER (Stage Manager) is no stranger to Fort Wayne theatre, this production begins her 37 year of involvement.  She is a recipient of a Technical Anthony from Fort Wayne Civic Theatre as well as the Marlene Niccum Award here at Arena.  Kathy has been in over 25 Fort Wayne Youtheatre productions, as well as several here at Arena, including Sr. Mary Hubert in Nuncrackers and Nunsensations and Mrs. Waldgrave in The Nerd


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