The fourth show of the Apple Hill Playhouse season is set in Palm Beach, Florida in 1942 featuring the rich, famous and confused.
It’s 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel – assistants, luggage and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance, that is until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken Identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.
Suite Surrender was written by Michael McKeever.
Performances are August 7, 8, 9; 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 PM and August 10 & 17 at 2:00 PM.PLEASE NOTE: the August 7 show has LIMITED SEATING available! Call 724-468-5050 to order tickets. Thrifty Thursday tickets $13; Friday, Saturday Evening and Sunday Matinee Tickets $17. Dine at Lamplighter Restaurant before the show. Dinner Theatre packages are available.
Thom McLaughlin Director
Thom returns to Apple Hill Playhouse after a long absence. He has been recognized as an outstanding director, actor, arts educator, and producer. He has worked in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and California. Thom has been a teacher for over thirty years. He dedicates his work to the memory of his late sister Patty.
Nicholas Lenz Stage Manager
Nicholas is a BFA Musical Theatre student at Shenandoah University. Nick has appeared with several companies in the area including Stage Right School for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, and The Casino Theater Actors. Nick enjoys working behind the scenes also and is very grateful to have the opportunity to work at Apple Hill Playhouse again. He was the Stage Manager for the first show this season, Too Many Cooks. Break Legs to the cast and crew of Suite Surrender.
Pat Beyer ∼ Mrs. Everett P. Osgood
Pat has returned to the Apple Hill Mainstage after a 10 year absence. She is pleased to be playing with old and new friends.
Briana Downs ∼ Athena Sinclair
How do you know you've been performing for a long time? When you can say, "It has been 13 years since we've been on stage together!" That is the last time Briana and Pat have shared the Apple Hill stage, in Love, Sex and the IRS. Briana has performed not only with Apple Hill Playhouse but with Apollo Community Theatre, Timespace Theatre, Penn Avenue Theatre, Stage Right Boyd and Greensburg, RMU, Greensburg Civic Theatre, New Kensington Civic Theatre, and The Theatre Factory. She's traveled the rivers on the Gateway Clipper as Frankie DeMedio in Arrivederci Al, A Dinner With the Godfather, (Top of the Line Entertainment). She has also directed and performed with Pittsburgh New Works Festival and coordinates Kidworks at The Theatre Factory in Trafford. Some of her favorite roles are "Louise Maske", The Underpants, (AHP, TTF & N.K.C.T), "Maggie Saunders", Lend Me a Tenor, (AHP & N.K.C.T), "Suzette", Don't Dress for Dinner, (TTF and Stage Right Boyd), "Janet Weiss", The Rocky Horror Show, (Stage Right Greensburg), "Claire", Fuddy Meers, (RMU), "Mary Jo Kincaid", Piece of My Heart, (G.C.T), "Babe", Crimes of the Heart, (AHP) and a staged reading as "Happy Owens", Love Insurance, (Actors Civic Theatre). Oh what hell, she loves them all! With all of this fun, how does she have time to be the Marketing and Leasing Director for the Sampson Morris Group? Coffee!!! And lots of it, along with the love of Ginger, Kiki, family, friends and the support from audiences like you!
Rick Dutrow ∼ Mr. Pippet
Rick delighted last seasons' audiences in our production of Murdered To Death as the unforgettable Inspector Pratt and we are proud to announce that you can see Rick re-create his memorable role in the sequel, Secondary Cause of Death, this September right here at Apple Hill Playhouse! Rick also starred in our 2013 production of Caught In the Net as John Smith, our 2011 production of A Ladies Man as Dr. Mercule Molineaux, and in our 2009 production of The Rainmaker as Starbuck. In 2007 in our production of The Nerd Rick was awarded the “Best Lead Performance” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with his portrayal of Rick Steadman as the Nerd. Rick has also starred in our productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Something to Hide, Misery, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Dial "M" for Murder. Rick has performed in numerous stage productions, commercials, industrial films, and made-for-TV movies in and around the Pittsburgh area for the past 30 years. Rick was a Theatrical Performance major at St. Vincent College and you may have seen him star in The Theater Factory's 2003 production of Funny Money as Henry Perkins; and the New Kensington Civic Theater's 2013 production of Noises Off as Lloyd Dallas the Director. Rick is a Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, and was ranked in the top 5% in the USA. Rick has 3 children he loves even more than the Theatre!
Alison Florio ∼ Dora Del Rio
Allison is a wife to her favorite person in the world, Michael, and mom to Linus, the cutest two year old redhead alive. She is excited to be back on stage after a long absence. Most recent appearances were at Penn State, including Working, The Children’s Hlur, Lysistrata, and Private Lives. Allison is an engineer and librarian by trade and enjoys serving through her church, reading, sewing and spending time with her family.
Joette Salandro ∼ Claudia McFadden
Joette is delighted to return to the AHP stage this season. In the 2009 and 2010 AH seasons she directed Glorious and Everybody Loves Opal. Joette has performed with the Rome Opera Festival, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, St. Vincent Summer Theatre, Artscape and Greensburg Civic Theater. Among her favorite roles are Anna and Lady Thiang in The King and I, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Lizzie in 110 in the Shade. Ms. Salandro holds an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and currently teaches music and drama at Greensburg Central Catholic High School where she serves as the chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department.
Craig Soich ∼ Bernard S. Dunlap
Craig appeared last season in Apple Hill Playhouse’s Southern Hospitality as “Aunt Iney” (that’s right, “Aunt”), On Golden Pond, and Murdered to Death, as well as previous season’s productions here, and for Valley Players in Ligonier and Greensburg Civic Theater. He will also be in the upcoming AHP show, Secondary Cause of Death. He is grateful to be in this wonderful, talented cast, and dedicates anything that happens on stage to his four children – Alec, Kaley, Camden, and Avery, as well as the rest of his crazy-sideways-extended family.
Alexandra Swartz ∼ Murphy Stevens
Alexandra is thrilled to return to the Apple Hill stage this summer. She has appeared in numerous shows in the area, most recently as Alice in Alice in Wonderland at The Theatre Factory. She is going to be a senior at Seton Hill University, where she is double majoring in music therapy and vocal performance. Alex would like to thank everyone involved with this hilarious show, as well as her ever supportive family and, of course, God, without whom she would have nothing. A big thank you to the audience, as you are as much a part of the show as anyone! Enjoy!
Stephen Toth ∼ Otis, a bellhop
This will be Stephen’s second show with Apple Hill, first time on stage after stage managing last season’s Southern Hospitality. This will also be Stephen’s second trip to the Palm Beach Royale after playing “Mr. Dunlap” at South Park. Previous roles also include “David” in A Piece of Cake at South Park, “Tranio” in Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare in the Park, and “Lloyd” in Noises Off at Chelsea Players in Connecticut. Stephen is originally from Orange County, CA and has a Theatre Degree from the College of Charleston and a Culinary Degree from the Connecticut Culinary Institute.
Stephen Young ∼ Francis, a bellhop
Stephen Young is happy to be back on the Apple Hill stage. He has previously been on stage for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Working, Rabbit Hole, and Murdered to Death. He has also worked back stage for Rainmaker, Man of La Mancha, Whose Wives Are They Anyway?, along with numerous JACT productions.
Ricky Ratner ∼ Mr. Boodles, a dog
Ricky Ratner returns to the Apple Hill stage as Mr. Boodles the poodle. He is thrilled to be playing with Joette Salando, aka "Claudia Mcfadden". She directed him in his debut performance in the play Glorious, in which he met an untimely demise. Nicky thanks Pat for resurrecting him and giving him another chance to share the stage with a cast that adores him. He wants you to know (regardless of what people say), he is housebroken!
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About Apple Hill Playhouse Apple Hill Playhouse offers Summer theatre in an air conditioned barn nestled in the countryside. Enjoy the new ramped access to the theatre and covered patio designed for greater patron comfort.
OPAC is currently in desparate need of a large-capacity used, working washing machine that they could donate to Apple Hill. (Management has requested in the past that the actors refrain from perspiring in the costumes, but it continues to be an issue.)