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Comedic musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels comes to CHS stage

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Carrollton High School musical
Five students who have lead roles in the production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” to be performed this weekend in Bell-Herron Middle School auditorium are shown during a recent rehearsal.
From left are Caleb Devitt who plays the role of Freddy, Lexie Kilgore as Christine, Bradley Miley as Andre, Brynne Cross as Jolene and Lindsay Patrick as Muriel.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, an outstanding comedic musical which premiered on Broadway in 2005 and received 10 Tony nominations, will be staged this Thursday, Friday and Saturday by the Carrollton High School Speech and Drama Department.

Performances are at 7 p.m. each evening plus a 1 p.m. matinee Saturday in the Bell-Herron Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $8 per seat for the evening performances and $5 for Saturday’s matinee. They may be purchased by calling Carrollton High School at 330-627-2134 during regular school hours or at the door.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is based on the popular 1988 film with the same name starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. The initial setting opens to palm trees of the French Riviera where Lawrence Jameson, a con artist played by CHS Senior Tim Silver, is busy talking little old ladies out of their money.

While riding home on the train, Lawrence comes across Freddy Benson, played by senior Caleb Devitt, who more humbly swindles women by wooing their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health.

Although he thinks little of Freddy, Lawrence finds himself in need of his assistance and the two agree to work together to scare off Lawrence’s shotgun-wedding bride, Jolene, played by Brynne Cross.

Realizing that Freddy wants the life that Lawrence has here in the French Riviera, Lawrence finds that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a bet: the first one to extract $50,000 from a rich young lady wins and the other must hit the road.

One ridiculous scenario after another revolves and a hilarious battle of cons ensues to keep the audience laughing, humming and guessing the end.

Other cast members are Hannah Wetter, Savannah Harris, Emma Starre, Kayle Wade, Lael Shields, Erin Green, Crystal Colvin, Jennifer Gotschall, Jessie Bowman, Abigayle Vandegrift, Cathy Weyand, Alyssa Jones, Grace Oster, Anna Truman, Austin Peake, Evanski Green, Payton Brown, Thomas Kinney, Jenna Glasure, Owen Kienzle, Brady McClure, Josh Aston, David Patterson, Noah Gray, Elizabeth Domer, Olivia Albrecht, Brittney Adkins, Mercedes Claypool, Kevin Brink, Autumn Beamer, Autumn Keller, Bailey Lane and Faith Roush.

The production is under the direction of Alzana Nuzzolillo, Speech and Drama advisor a CHS, assisted by her husband Ron Nuzzolillo. Wes Frew provides the technical direction and Mrs. Mindy Domer the vocal direction.

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