Raddatz is The Amorous Flea
Sedona favorite Mark Raddatz, Actors Repertory
Theatre of Sedona (ARTS) producing artistic director, will star
as Arnolphe in the upcoming production of The Amorous Flea, a
musical comedy based on Moliere's School for Wives, Weds. - Sat.,
May 24 thru June 24, under the stars at Tlaquepaque at 8 pm.
tuneful farce, Raddatz plays Moliere's supreme sexist pig, Arnolphe,
who believes that ignorance is the key to wedded bliss, but
the head of the beautiful Agnes is not as empty as he might
has been active in Sedona theater for the past 17 years, working
with Southwest Theatre, ARTS, Sedona Arts Center, Shakespeare
Sedona and the Grand Canyon Shakespeare Festival. His acting
roles have included King Arthur in Camelot, Charles Condomine
in Blythe Spirit, Jud in Oklahoma, Baptista in The Taming of
the Shrew, Seyotn in MacBeth, Claudius in Hamlet and Henry Higgins
in My Fair Lady. He has directed numerous productions, including
the musical Something's Afoot, which was held over at the Sedona
Arts Center, and last summer's ARTS' hit The Complete Works
of William Shakespeare (Abridged).
cast includes Michelle Dahlenburg, a senior voice performance
major at Northern Arizona University, as Agnes, the swinish
Arnolphe's would-be perfect bride. Dahlenburg has had leading
roles in the NAU Opera productions of Guys and Dolls (Sarah),
Little Red Riding Hood (Little Red), Mozart Opera Scenes (Pamina),
and chorus roles in many other shows including She Loves Me,
Cinderella, Godspell, La Boheme, and Merry Wives of Windsor.
Sedona favorite, Michael Peach, appears as Oronte. Peach most
recently appeared in The Dining Room and The Glass Menagerie
for the Oak Creek Theatre Company and starred in The Complete
Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and The Little Hut for
ARTS in 1999. He also adapted and directed the hit 1999 ARTS
season opener, The Scams of Scapin. Peach graduated with honors
from Northern Arizona University and earned his master's degree
of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts.
O'Neill and Jason Gerace play Arnolphe's conniving servants.
O'Neill, also the show's choreographer, has a degree in theatre
from the College of St. Catherine. Her past roles include Hortense
in The Boyfriend, Marian in The Music Man, Miranda in The Tempest,
a hot-box dancer in Guys and Dolls and a principal in Medium
Rare: A Sedona Roast at SAC. Gerace is a recent Northern Arizona
University School of Performing Arts graduate. He has played
Lloyd in Reckless, Lamar in Godspell, Nathan Detroit in Guys
and Dolls and recently directed Baby with the Bath Water at
in the cast is Bill Frank, who has been involved in theater
in the Verde Valley for the past ten years. He has been seen
in The Pajama Game, Annie, Something's Afoot, Breaking Legs
and The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare (Abridged), as
well as a multitude of cabaret shows, including Medium Rare:
A Sedona Roast.
is featured as Horace, the determined young fellow out to spoil
Arnolphe's plans and win Agnes for himself. Fierro has worked
in Hollywood for many years doing television commercials and
working with Saban Entertainment (which later became The Fox
Family Channel) in post production. He is happy to be returning
to his passion, musical theater.
director is Robert Johnson who recently moved to Flagstaff from
New York to pursue a master degree in music. He completed his
undergraduate work in piano performance. Along with numerous
solo recitals and appearances with local orchestras, he has
worked with several theatres to produce Little Shop of Horrors,
Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, and The Three Penny Opera.
1st performance of The Amorous Flea will be a benefit for the
Verde Valley Sanctuary, a shelter offering emergency services
for women and children in violent or potentially violent domestic
situations. Audience members are asked to bring a donation (non-perishable
food, small toy, new clothing, cash, etc.)
sold out last summer, so audience members are encouraged to
buy their tickets early. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for
students and are available at the ARTS ticket outlets: the Tlaquepaque
Information Booth 877-386-8687, Sedona Books and Music in Bashas'
Center, and Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce Visitor's
Center or by calling the box office at 204-2064.