Dream Cafe

Dream Cafe

Feb. 2011

Dream Cafe

February, 2011

Theatre, All Ages

The Plymouth Arts Center Theatre Company announces its cast for the upcoming musical comedy, “The Dream Cafe” directed by Katie O’Regan. The “Dream Café,” is an original musical written by director and playwright Katie O’Regan. PAC’s production is the premiere performance of the show and will serve as a fundraiser during the organization’s capital campaign phase. The “Dream Café Musical” is a family-friendly, fun-loving show for audiences of all ages. It’s about soul-mates, friendships and the small town of “Rhymeington,” Wisconsin, where people come to visit to be inspired by the local artists and interesting characters who work there! In the “Dream Cafe Musical,” a New York woman gets sent on a spiritual retreat spa, get-away-vacation to Rhymeington and finds love and mystery in a sophisticated, Zen, beautiful, slightly wacky, new-age café and resort!”

O’Regan is pleased to premiere her show at the Plymouth Arts Center Theatre. She said, “Plymouth is the appropriate place for the premiere of this show, it’s exactly the kind of city I had in mind when I wrote it over fifteen years ago. Plymouth is quaint, fascinating and there are definitely many artistic and interesting people living here. When you see the play, you may believe I wrote it specifically about Plymouth. Because I had such a wonderful experience directing “The Christmas Schooner” this past December here at the PAC, I am very excited to be premiering this musical here. We’re going to have fun with this one! I love working at the PAC! Everyone here is really fun and supportive of each other. Donna Hahn is great to work with! We all make it happen together. We have a cast of seventeen for this show. They are so talented. There is lots of goodwill going on within the walls of this beautiful Center. I’m excited to be able to help support the capital campaign fundraising activities. I believe in The Plymouth Arts Center and the people who support its existence. I will be making a cameo appearance as an inspirational muse in the show! We are going to have a great time!”

The Cast of Characters: Don Held stars as “Marcello” the artistic and spiritual one, also a hypnotist, teacher and an entertainer. Held is a veteran actor having performed with Sheboygan Theatre Company for over 30 years and in several productions presented by Plymouth Arts Center Theatre Company. His most recent and very memorable role was “Gustave/Opa Stossel” in PAC’s production of the Christmas Schooner musical. The Plymouth Arts Center is delighted that several “Christmas Schooner” actors are returning to its stage for O’Regan’s new musical. The Christmas Schooner received rave reviews during its December 2010 run. Kari Fabian stars as “Celia Adams,” a creative corporate executive from New York, New York. Fabian is well-known for her moving performance as Alma Stossel in “The Christmas Schooner.” Ryan H. Nelson makes his debut performance for the Plymouth Arts Center Theatre Company as “Leo Carpenter” a painter, performing musician and teacher. Nelson is an extremely talented actor and singer who O’Regan recruited for the part. He has performed much in Milwaukee including with a troop called “The Mutes!” who perform on a regular basis.

Renee Wachuta will play “Cindy” a Hairdresser from New York City who moved to Rhymeington, WI. Wachuta was Ethel in the Christmas Schooner. Dennis Fermenich returns to the PAC stage as “Frenchy,” a concierge and cook. Dennis portrayed Oskar the sailor in the Schooner musical. Fermenich is a Milwaukee jazz singer/entertainer who……. can be seen regularly at “Transfer” a club on Tuesday evenings on Milwaukee’s south side. Tanya Strauss is making her debut theatre performance as “Williamina B. Adams,” an executive in publishing on Wall Street. Tom Clegg is “Herb” a guy who doesn’t say much…but when he speaks you listen. Clegg previously starred as George Jones in the PAC’s hit musical “Stand By Your Man,” the Tammy Wynette story. Chandler Haun returns to the PAC stage as “Starkeeper,” a Reiki practioner and café barista. Haun last appeared in PAC’s 2009 production of “A Christmas Carol.” Emily Schwartz is “Fenny,” a masseuse/healer and music therapist. Hannah Anhalt is ”Moonbright” a pedicurist and café barista.The “Dream Cafe” Muses are: Tehya Wachuta as “Pink,” the head inspirational Muse; Kailei Wachuta as ”Apple Rose;” Amanda Triebensee as ”Sandra;” Liam Fintak as “Fred;” and Miriam Fabian as “Pearl.” Hannah Held is “Cinnamon” and Emily Raab is ”Bluebell,” both Raab and Held are making their debut on the Plymouth Arts Center stage. Schwartz, Anhalt, Trienbensee, the Wachuta sisters, Fintak and Fabian starred in “The Christmas Schooner.”

O’Regan has directed over fifty staged productions. Some of her work includes directing an off Broadway production of Tennessee Wiliams at the Producers Club in New York City and creating and directing an acclaimed musical in Miami entitled, “The Singer, The Painter, the Dancer and the Muse!” Other work includes directing musicals such as “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and the “The Tempest” in Milwaukee and several original productions of her own making including “CARITAS!” at the Stephanie H. Weill Center in Sheboygan. She also produced and directed “ARTPODS!” a multi-media award-winning dance piece she created with forty dancers. Most recently, she directed her second musical theater camp at UW-Sheboygan called “True Mythology” and Plymouth Arts Center Theatre Company’s holiday production of “The Christmas Schooner.” O’Regan is the director of her own production company, Sacred Noise Society www.sacrednoisesociety.org.
Currently O’Regan is attaining her doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin in Education with a minor in the Arts. Along with being a director, she is also a classically trained singer and actress having been in numerous professional productions across the country as well as performing at Irish Fest in Milwaukee in her one-woman show entitled, “An Irish Rose’s Turn.” Plymouth Arts Center Theatre Company encourages and supports the development of new, original work, providing a stage and an environment that gives the director and the actors an opportunity to express their talents. The PAC’s mission is to enliven the spirit of the community and to enrich the lives of all by providing present diverse experience in the arts.

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