Cheshire Community Theater

Curtain Up, Light the Lights!

And Then There Were None

                April 29, 30, May 1 2010

                  Director: John Kenney


                          Mr. Rogers…………………………Wade Elmer                             Mrs. Rogers………………Dawn Menta

                          Fred Narracott……………………Jim O’Connell                        Vera Claythorne…………Josephine Calvo

                          Philip Lombard…………………Joseph S. Knipper                    Anthony Marston…………Brett Epstein

                          William Blore……………………Jonathan Smith                        General MacKenzie………Paul Braccioforte

                          Dr. Armstrong……………………Dan Petronella                        Emily Brent…………………Margaret Mann

                          Sir  Lawrence Wargrave……Allan Church                            Assistant Director…………Robert Olson

                          Stage Manager……………………Paul Byrne




Paul Braccioforte (General Mackenzie) previously appeared as Burt Hines in Proposals with Cheshire Community Theater. He was with a very talented cast then and has the good fortune to be cast with an equally talented array of actors for this show. In the past three years Paul has been on stage in many area towns as well as appearing in local independent film. Thank you for coming, and enjoy the show.




Josephine (Mary Jo)Calvo (Vera Calythorne)  is a BFA in Theatre graduate from Central Connecticut State University. Among the favorite roles she has played are: Umm Gheta in 9 Parts of Desire, Vera Velina in Suicide Kings and One-Eyed Jacks, Essie in You Can't Take It With You, the Little Nun in The House of Blue Leaves, Mother Metz in Red Noses, and Bitsy Mae in Sordid Lives. She would like to thank everyone who took part in this murderous show, from the cast to the crew---and of course you, as an audience member, thank you!




Wade Elmer (Rogers) has appeared on stage and backstage in over 14 CCT plays.  He has also appeared with Castle Craig Players in Meriden, and with MasterMind Charity Theater and Turnpike Players in New Haven. Two of Wade's favorite CCT roles were Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest and Dr. Gibbs in Our Town.  This is his first Agatha Christie play and his first time playing the role of a Butler, so I bet you're wondering "Did the Butler do it?"





Brett Epstein (Anthony Marston) is making his brilliant CCT debut in Agatha Christie's brilliant play And Then There Were None.  Brett graduated from Providence College last May, where he studied Theatre and Writing.  He has acted in numerous productions, his favorite roles being Doc O'Connor in The Laramie Project, Les Kenkatt in Boy Gets Girl, Benjamin Cohen in The Underpants and Agate Keller in Waiting for Lefty.  Although acting is his number one passion, Brett also loves to write and direct.  Since graduating PC, two of his original plays have been mounted in a few locales (I Loved Sam Stone in Cranston, RI; Suburbia in North Haven, CT).  Brett loves making people laugh and having new, exciting life adventures all the time.  Also, just because it will make him sound really really cool, Brett can be seen in such films as 27 Dresses (electric slide right next to Katherine Heigl!) and College Road Trip.


Joseph Knipper (Lombard) moved back to Connecticut in August after fourteen years in Massachusetts; he has been involved in theatre since sixth grade.  His favorite roles include Charlemagne in Pippin and Paddle the Oaf at Boston’s Medieval Manor.  He would like to thank all the directors and teachers he has had over the years, all family and friends who came to see (or at least expressed sincere regret that they could not come to see) this show, and CCT for letting him do theatre again after six months of withdrawal.




Margaret Mann (Emily Brent) has been acting for several decades, but this is her first time on stage with the Cheshire Community Theater. Some of her favorite roles include Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, Mary Tyrone in A Long Day’s Journey into Night, Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa and Alice in The Retreat From Moscow. This last year found her focused on the plays of Edward Albee as she played Gertrude in Long Wharf Theatre’s Next Stage production of Finding the Sun, and Agnes in Willamette Stage Company’s A Delicate Balance in Corvallis, Oregon. Margaret and her husband have been together for 40 years, 26 of them in Hamden where they raised two wonderful children and continue to enjoy exploring the cultural life of New Haven with each other and the wilds of Sleeping Giant.


Dawn Menta (Ethel Rogers) is making her debut performance with CCT.  After an extended absence from theatre to raise her two beautiful children, Lauren and Kyle, Dawn looks forward to returning to the stage.  She was last seen in Hamden Community Theatre productions of Come Back To The 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean as Edna Louise and in Extremities as Marjorie. Other roles Dawn has enjoyed are Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire with Southern CT State University, and Gillian in To Gillian, On Her 37th Birthday with the Polka Dot Playhouse.




Jim O’Connell (Fred Narracott) has no formal theatrical background. He is a CPA and is Vice President of RWV Management Corp, an accounting and tax firm in Redding, CT. Jim’s public speaking background includes appearances on the Connecticut Radio Network and on CBS News Radio 880 in New York City.  He has spoken on a variety of business topics at programs sponsored by the US Small Business Administration, Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development, Connecticut Small Business Development Centers, and former US Representative Nancy Johnson.  Jim has also made presentations at the University of Hartford and Gateway Community College, and has spoken before a variety of nonprofit and charitable organizations.  He was named volunteer of the year by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and by Accountants for the Public Interest. Jim is a resident of Cheshire, CT where he lives with his wife and children.


Dan Petronella (Dr. Armstrong) is delighted to be back with Cheshire Community Theater after first appearing on Cheshire’s stage last year as Stefanowski in Mr. Roberts.  Dan’s acting career began many years ago in Montana where he played in a number of productions of the Billings Studio Theater.  His favorite role was Gibson McFarland, PhD in Artichoke.  Since coming to Connecticut, Dan has played Mr. Goodfellow in the Ivoryton Playhouse production of Inherit the Wind.   He also has appeared in several productions of the Winsor Jesters including Dr. Armstrong in their production of And Then There Were None, and Officer Klein in Arsenic and Old Lace.  Dan would like to thank his wonderful wife, Rose, for her support and understanding as he pursues his passion for acting.


Jonathan D. Smith’s (Mr.Blore) only previous acting gig was Mr. DePinna in You Can't Take It With You with the Castle Craig Players. He enjoys “thespianism” as it takes one out of reality for just a minute.  He thinks rehearsals are fun and a good chance to meet potential new friends.  He hopes to bring a piece of himself to Mr. Blore that everyone will like.







Paul Byrne (Stage Manager) has worked behind the stage with New England Actor's Theatre and many times with Cheshire Community Theater. He directed CCT's production of Dearly Departed. He has been on stage with CCT, Algonquin Players, Castle Craig Players and Newtown Town Players. As always, he says, "Hey, hey Paula".






Robert Olson (Asst. Director) graduated in theatre and psychology from Claremont College at the end of Nixon years, and was actor, director and member of the college’s “Karma Pie” improvisational group (which boasts Robin Williams as an alumnus). He has been involved directing and acting with companies in Missoula, Walla Walla, Portland, Beaverton, and Lake Oswego.  He has recently returned to theatre in the CCT roles of Doc in Mr. Roberts and the apoplectic Gregory Wagner in Room Service.  Still recovering from that role, Bob says it has been cathartic directing actors through the arduous development of characters suffering mental breakdowns due to abject terror, guilt, anxiety, and depression. (Note to actors: It is not always a bad thing to die in the first act).  Bob thoroughly enjoyed the mentorship of Mr. John Kenney, and was impressed with the intelligence, hard work and dedication of the cast.

Allan Church (Judge Wargrave) is pleased to be participating in his first production with Cheshire Community Theater. A non-practicing lawyer, he seems to be assembling judicial roles in compensation. Last spring, he sang "The Learned Judge" in Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury for Meriden Community Chorus. HHe also played the Lord Chancellor in two productions of Iolanthe, under Director Bob Cumming, for the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society, on which he serves as president and for which he has sung since 1991.  Last year, he appeared with his wife Lois in a reading of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters for Castle Craig Players in Meriden, directed by John Kenney. In the previous year, he acted with his two daughters, as Dr. Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest.  He lives with his wife and cats in the community of Meriden, where he is the Editorial Page Editor Emeritus of the Record-Journal.


John O. Kenney (Director) has been involved in educational and community theater ever since his Vermont high-school days:  St. Johnsbury Players, University of Vermont Players and the Burlington Players, Proctor Players, Pittsford-Barstow High School, Maloney High School Props and Paints, Castle Craig Players, and Cheshire Community Theater.