Saturday, August 25, 2007

Wepplo, Carter Todd and Wagoner Succeed as Fools

Posted by Bruce Miller

Great news from our friends in Idaho! Richmond actress Aly Wepplo (the shy daughter in Smoke on the Mountain at Hanover Tavern and Older Patrick's wife at the end of Mame) was such a hit in this summer's Spitfire Grill in Hailey that she's been invited back for Company of Fools' Fall Season opener, Doubt by John Patrick Shanley. She'll be playing Sister James. The show runs in Idaho Oct 17 through Nov 3.

Barksdale will be staging Doubt (winner of the 2005 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize) this season as well on our Signature Season at Willow Lawn, February 15 - March 16, starring Irene Ziegler under Keri Wormald's direction.

Adding icing to the Idaho cake, the four person cast of Doubt at Company of Fools will also feature another of Richmond's talented alumnae, Michelle Carter Todd (Fairy Godmother in Theatre IV's Cinderella) as Mrs. Muller. Michelle and her husband Cliff have been living in L A for the past several years, and doing quite well. It's been a pleasure to keep up with them as their careers have continued to flourish.

The only actor already cast in the Barksdale production of Doubt is Irene Ziegler.

A final congratulation goes out to Debra Wagoner (Glenda in Theatre IV's most recent Wizard of Oz). After her many roles at Company of Fools, she was named a Company Artist this summer in Idaho, an honor she shares with world-famous Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, and Richmond-famous Dennis Rexroad, Laine Satterfield, Robert Throckmorton, and Joel Vilinsky.

You can learn more about the wonderful work at Company of Fools by visiting http://www.companyoffools.org/ . As always, we're so happy for their continuing success.

--Bruce Miller

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ms. Wepplo was my favorite thing in Smoke on the Mountain. She's very appealing. I hope you won't let Idaho steal her away.

billychristopher said...

Wait! You told me I was your favorite thing!

Anonymous said...

Where did the "Urinetown" blog go?

Bruce Miller said...

I wrote the "Urinetown" blog to express my excitement about the show, the Mill, and my friends. It was a little gesture of support.

Theatre artists are sensitive, and that's good. I'm sensitive too. Some people I was intending to support didn't want the support, and questioned whether I was trying to steal the spotlight. I understand and respect their perspective.

When I was told that the blog was causing concern, I took it down. It's no big deal. It's all good.

I can't wait to see "Urinetown." I hope it's a hit.