Charleston Stage’s rollicking jet-propelled comedy Boeing-Boeing opens at Dock Street Theatre March 8th
Playing March 8 – March 24
Charleston, SC Feb. 19, 2013 – No, this isn’t a play about Charleston’s Boeing plant. Instead, South Carolina’s Largest Professional Theatre Company in Residence continues its 35-anniversary season with a trip back in time to Paris during the swinging 60s. There we meet bachelor Bernard, a man living the dream juggling three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, catastrophe looms, and comedy ensues. Mon Dieu!
Playing the playboy is New York Guest Actor Drew Hampton. The Dallas, Texas native holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MFA in Acting and over the past year, was the artistic director at Ridgewater College (MN), a finalist for the Blue Man Group, had a short play of his produced in Washington, DC and Milwaukee, performed in six shows since last June, and moved to NYC! Bumbling best bud Robert is played by Theatre 99 company member George Younts who appears regularly in improv troupe Neckprov
The sirens, which make up Bernard’s harem, include 2012-2013 Professional Resident Acting Company members Arielle Cook as Gabriella (the Italian stewardess). Cook, most recently starred as Mary Lennox in the Charleston Stage production The Secret Garden. And Lauren Monteleone aka Gloria (the American stewardess) is sure to be recognized as Edgar Allen Poe’s beloved Annabel Lee from Charleston Stage’s fall production of Nevermore. But it wouldn’t be a love square without a third woman in the picture-Gretchen (the German stewardess) is played by Haydn Haring, a Spring 2011 grad of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City who recently starred as Marsha in Threshold Repertory Theatre’s Three Sisters.
With their stunning scenery, dazzling costumes and brilliant lights Charleston Stage’s production of this Guinness Book of Records “most performed French play throughout the world” will have audiences laughing in the aisles and is sure to delight the Holy City’s funny-bone.
March 8th: “Boeing-Boeing.” Presented by Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street; By Marc Camoletti; Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans; Directed by Marybeth Clark; Associate Sponsored by MBM Corporation. It’s the swinging 60’s and, in Paris, an American playboy is juggling love affairs with three sexy stewardesses, one from TWA, one from Lufthansa, and one from Air France. When all three unexpectedly turn up at his apartment on the same night, the comic fireworks begin! With the slamming doors of a frenzied French farce, Boeing-Boeing has had audiences laughing in the aisles in London and New York revivals, and is sure to delight Charleston’s funny-bone. March 8-9, 13-16, and 20-23 at 7:30 p.m., and March 10, 17, 24 at 3 p.m. $34.50 – $53.50 for adults, $32.50 – $53.50 for seniors (60+), and $22.50 – $53.50 for students (25 and under). Tickets available online 24/7 at www.charlestonstage.com. Tickets by phone available Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm (Also open Sa 1pm-5pm show weeks only) by calling (843) 577-7183.
March 8, 2013 Fr/Opening Night 7:30pm
March 9, 2013 Sa 7:30pm
March 10, 2013 Su 3:00pm
March 13, 2013 Wd/Pay-What-You-Will 7:30pm
March 14, 2013 Th 7:30pm
March 15, 2013 Fr 7:30pm
March 16, 2013 Sa 7:30pm
March 17, 2013 Su 3:00pm
March 20, 2013 Wd 7:30pm
March 21, 2013 Th 7:30pm
March 22, 2013 Fr 7:30pm
March 23, 2013 Sa 7:30pm
March 24, 2013 Su 3:00pm
Directed by Marybeth Clark
Scenic Design by J. Kenneth Barnett III
Lighting Design by Julian Wiles
Costume Design by Barbara Young
Properties by J. Kenneth Barnett III
Technical Direction by Paul Hartmann
Production Stage Management by Chet Craft
Drew Hampton (Bernard)
BOEING-BOEING ACTOR BIOS
Becca Anderson (Bertha)
Becca received her MA in Media & Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design and a BA in French and Theatre from the College of Charleston. Becca has been seen on stage locally with Village Playhouse Repertory Company, Charleston Stage, Midtown/Sheri Grace Productions, What If? Productions, Holy City Shakespeare, Charleston Shakespeare Project, Centre Stage, and Footlight Players. Recent theatre credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), A Christmas Story (Mother), Five Lesbian’s Eating a Quiche (Lulie), Much Ado About Nothing (3rd Watch/Singer), Xanadu (Melpomene/Medusa), An Ideal Husband (Mrs. Cheveley), Awake and Sing! (Hennie), [title of show] (Susan), and Reefer Madness (Ensemble/us Mae). For you, D!
Haydn Haring (Gretchen)
A native of Pawleys Island, SC, Haydn is excited to be back in Chucktown for another theatrical sojourn. She was last seen in Threshold Rep’s production of Three Sisters and her other credits include A Christmas Carol, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Scorpio’s Kiss: A Murder Mystery Musical, Urinetown, Della’s Diner, and Bye Bye Birdie. Haydn is a Spring ’11 grad of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.
Arielle Kook (Gabriella)
Arielle is originally from Columbia, Maryland, but has been a kind of a global nomad, living in Egypt, Israel and Maryland. Arielle recently graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance and a concentration in Musical Theatre. Her regional performances have included Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre by the Sea) and Brenda in Hairspray (Theatre by the Sea). Her favorite university performances have included Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Rachel in Reckless, Clarice in Servant of Two Masters and Sarah in Falling for Eve. Arielle is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2012-2013 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen Arielle as Margot in Charleston Stage’s Legally Blonde the Musical, as multiple roles in Nevermore, as Miss Clavel in Madeline’s Christmas, as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden and most recently as Mrs. Neely/Mrs. Gedney in A Woman Called Truth.
Lauren Monteleone (Gloria)
Lauren was born and raised in Hamilton, New Jersey, and is thrilled to be joining Charleston Stage this season! She recently graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre where she performed Val (A Chorus Line), The Who’s Tommy, Ragtime and Comedy of Errors. She was also recently featured in Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre as Bambi (Curtains) and Bird Girl (Seussical). Lauren is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2012-2013 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen Lauren as Serena in Charleston Stage’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical, as Annabel Lee in Nevermore, as Mrs. Murphy in Madeline’s Christmas, as Martha in The Secret Garden and most recently as Mrs. Von Wagener/Mrs. Whiting in A Woman Called Truth.
George Younts (Robert)
Originally from Illinois, George’s local credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (What If? Productions), Aladdin (Sprouts), House of Blue Leaves (Village Playhouse), Robber Bridegroom (Threshold Rep), Box of Rhymes (CCSD Schools), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Project), The 39 Steps (Charleston Stage), A Christmas Carol (touringchristmascarol.com) and as a Theatre 99 company member he appears regularly in Neckprov. He has also toured nationally and worked in regional theatres. He taught at the BAK Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL before joining the Charleston County School of the Arts in 1999 and is a SCTA’s Outstanding Theatre Educator Award recipient. Affiliations include: AEA, SETC and NEA.