‘Enchanted April’ one talent-packed show

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NORWAY — When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again-rediscovering themselves in ways that they – and we – could never have expected.

Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association is staging a production of “Enchanted April,” by Matthew Barber, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 8, 9, and 10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The play will run for a second week at 8 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 15, 16 and 17 at the Norway Grange, 15 Whitman St.

The show is directed by Linda Sturdivant. Local composer and pianist, Kevin Smith wrote original music.

The cast includes:
Ed Baldrige as Antony Wilding. Baldridge is returning yet again to OHMPAA’s stage after a couple years’ absence. He was last seen in Jonathan Larson’s “tick, tick, Boom!” which
also happens to be his favorite. Other credits with OHMPAA include “1940’s Radio Hour,” “You Can’t Take it With You,” “The Nerd and Little Mary Sunshine.”

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Alex Davis (Mellersh Wilton) has been away from theater for four years.  He has appeared onstage for OHMPAA in “The Music Man,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and “Rumors.” He graduated from OHCHS in 2000. He currently lives in Brunswick with his, and works in Auburn.

Kathy Davis (Mrs. Graves) said she  is delighted to be playing the old lady in “Enchanted April. ” This show provides a second chance at sharing the stage with her son, Alex, who plays Mellersh Wilkins. They started their OHMPAA careers together back in 1999 with  Neil Simon’s “Rumors.”

Rebecca Michals Rinaldi (Costanza) received her degree in vocal performance from USM, concentrating in opera. She has performed in many local productions with The Lyric Theater, The Portland Players, MainePlay Productions, The Last Resort Players and Maplewheat Productions. Some favorite roles include, “Swingtime Canteen” (Jo Sterling), “Blood Brothers” (Mrs. Lyons) and “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (Blanche) among many others.  Rinaldi has also enjoyed her role as music director at The Portland Players and The Lyric Theater for multiple productions.

Sara Sturdivant (Lotty Wilton) is  a mezzo soprano and Maine native  who has been noted as an up-and-coming talent in opera and oratorio. She  just made her Carnegie Hall debut as the alto soloist in Oratorio Society of New York’s annual “Messiah.” Sturtivant has been on the teaching faculty at Metropolitan Opera’s Urban Voices program, the Bronx house, the Fiddlehead centers, and most recently the University of New England.

Travis M. Grant (Costume Design) is a fifth-year theater major at the University of Southern Maine who previous design credits are lengthy, and in clude “The 25th Annual Putnam County  Spelling Bee” (Maine premiere, USM School of Music); “Moonchildren” (USM, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region I Barbizon Costume Design nomination), Dance USM 2009, “Last Easter” (New England premiere; USM, KCACTF Region I winner—Barbizon National Design Award for Excellence in Costume Design); “Leading Ladies” (New England premiere), “The Full Monty, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Arundel Barn Playhouse) among many others.

Calvin Moisan (Sound) is a senior at Hebron Academy and hopes to attend a conservatory for music and theater next year. At Hebron, he recently played Pseudolus in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum;” previous roles include Horton the Elephant in “Seussical” and Motel in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Megan Towle (Caroline Bramble) is delighted to return to the stage after several years of directing high school theatre in Caribou. She has been a regional and state judge for the Maine One-Act Drama Festival and has been on the board of the Maine Drama Council in recent years. Favorite acting roles include Victoria/Edward in “Cloud 9” at the New Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco, Juliet in the world premiere of “Mourning Rituals” with Blackball Theatre Ensemble of Phoenix, “Viola” in Twelfth Night at the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival and Kia in “The Last Schwartz” at Marin Theatre Company.

Andy Turner (Frederick Arnott) is a published novelist, full-time college student, husband, and father of seven. This is Andy’s sixth show with OHMPAA and he’s acted in and directed community theater productions for the past 15 years in Maine and Vermont.

Corrine Turner (Rose Arnott) is the mother of five and step-mother to two. She is married to Andrew Turner (Frederick Arnott) and lives, happily, in Buckfield with her brood. This is Corrine’s fourth production with OHMPAA, most recently playing “Mabel the scrub nurse” in “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. “

Ticket prices

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/children 18 and under and senior citizens 55 and above and may be purchased at  Books-N-Things on 430 Main St., Norway, 739-6200.

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