Cheshire Community Theater
Curtain Up, Light the Lights!
The Real Inspector Hound
February 21, 22, 23, 2008
Moon………………………………………Kurt Kleefeld BirdBoot………………………Nicholas Pollifrone
Mrs. Drudge…………………………Joanne Palmieri Simon…………………………David Tate
Felicity…………………………………Kimberly O’Connor Cynthia……………………….Jessica Bruenn
Magnus…………………………………Nicholas Demetriades Inspector Hound…………Keith Corbino
BBC Voice & Sound Effects……Cameron Casey
Jessica Bruenn (Cynthia) a Meriden resident, has been performing since college. Although she has graced the stage of numerous community theaters, this is her first time with CCT. The role of Cynthia has been an exciting experience for her. Cynthia is unlike any other character she has played thus far. Her favorite character has been Shelby in Steel Magnolias (TNT Productions, Meriden). Other credits include WAC Deb in The Mouse that Roars (Chester Community Theater) and a Juror in 12 Angry Jurors (Castle Craig Players). In addition to this, Jessica has directed numerous children's productions, spent a year traveling with a Ct Improv Troupe, and has also dabbled in television and movies. Jessica plays the role of Mommy everyday to her wonderful children, Clayton, 5, and Cohen, 2. She would like to thank her husband Jason, for continuing to be supportive as she pursues her "hobby".
Cameron Casey (Voice of Radio Announcer / Sound Effects) usually appears on stage when performing with Cheshire Community Theater, however, this will not be Cameron’s first attempt at voice work. He was the Voice of Audrey II in the Comedy 1O1 production of Little Shop of Horrors last summer in Cheshire Park. He is pleased to be a part of such an awesome little one-act, and looks forward to “performing” the real-time sound effects off-stage. Audiences may recognize Cam’s voice from his past roles in CCT productions, including Richard in Black Coffee, Crichton in The Admirable Crichton, Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls and Peach in Cobb (to name a few). Cameron lives in Bristol with his wife, Cassandra (also a CCT vet), and 2- year-old daughter, Elaine. He teaches math at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.
Keith Corbino (Inspector Hound) makes his community theater debut with this role and we are so happy that he chose a CCT production to take the plunge! For the past three years, Keith has been a member of a graduate student improv comedy group at Yale and was co-organizer for the last year. He is employed as a research technician in the biology department at Yale and lives in New Haven. His hobbies include hiking, photography and playing board games.
Nick Demetriades (Magnus Muldooon) returns to Cheshire Community Theater in this performance. He has previously performed with CCT in Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee as Edward Raynor. Most recently, he performed with the Castle Craig Players in their production of The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail in the role of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the stage reading of You Can’t Take It With You. He has also studied acting and performed on-air work at WCCC in Hartford. Nick would like to thank his wonderful wife, Linda, and his children, James and Cassandra, for their support, encouragement, assistance rehearsing the lines and hours of listening to the same lines over and over again. “Dreams are the wings of life. Live your dreams, dare to fly! ”
Prudenza Kilboskova (Myrtle) is pleased to be making her CCT debut in the role of Myrtle Birdboot. You might say theatre is in her blood, having sold over 200 pints at various theatre sponsored plasma centers. Her stage debut came at the age of ten, playing the lead witch in her junior high school production of MacBeth, the Musical. A graduate of the Keyshoto Kabuki Academy, she currently lives in a guest cottage in Essex with her hutch of prize winning Belgian lop-eared rabbits.
Kurt L. Kleefeld (Moon) is a CCT “newbie” but brings a wealth of theater experience both on, off and back stage to his role. Kurt is a Middle School Science teacher at Cheshire Academy. He also coaches JV Volleyball and serves as the Middle School Theatrical Arts Director. Most recently, Kurt directed and stage managed Cheshire Academy’s production of big. He lives on campus at the Academy “with my beautiful and six months pregnant wife, Sarah, and our two kids. Dakota is 7 and an amazing dancer and artist. Little brother Maxwell is 2 and a great storyteller and lover of literature.”
Kimberly O’Connor (Felicity) returns for her third time on the CCT stage. Previously, she played Gladys in The Admirable Crichton and Linda’s Mate/Ensemble in Blood Brothers. Kimberly is a freshman at Southern Connecticut State University in the Honors College and works part time at Ruby Tuesdays. She hails from Hamden. Kimberly would like to thank her wonderful family and friends for all their love and support.
Joanne Palmieri (Mrs. Drudge) appears in another character role for CCT. She has appeared in several CCT productions including Jesus Christ Superstar, Odd Couple –The Female Version, Night of January 16th, Guys and Dolls, and Requiem to a
Nicholas Pollifrone (Birdboot) started his adventure into the world of theatre while attending Naugatuck High School some many years ago. Following high school, he had stepped away from acting for a year's time until joining the University of Hartford Dramatis Personae in 2004. Since then, he has explored all aspects of drama, from acting and set-construction to writing and directing. In March 2007, he wrote and directed his first one-act play entitled Shades of Grey, a small milestone, but a great achievement nevertheless. This is Nick's first performance with Cheshire Community Theater, and he certainly hopes it won't be his last as he has thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and crew of The Real Inspector Hound. He would like to thank Dawn and Greg for allowing him this opportunity and hopes that he hasn't made their lives too miserable during the past two months. Nick would also like to extend his thanks to his friends and family who continue to offer unconditional love and support, most notably, his parents, Peggy and Frank, for without whom he would not have gotten this far. On a final note, Nick would like to dedicate this performance to his beloved uncle and godfather, whose good-humor and faith have always been an inspiration.
David C. Tate (Simon) of Hamden returns to the stage after a long hiatus spent pursuing more frivolous endeavors such as getting his degree from Cornell and establishing his career. His past experience on stage included the musicals Barnum, Damn Yankees and Babes in Arms at Shaker High School and he is thrilled to be returning to the stage after a 20 year break. This is his first appearance with CCT. By day, David is a clinical psychologist and organizational consultant. He would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.
Dawn E. Reiss-Melillo (Co-director) joined CCT in 1986 and acted roles in over a dozen musical and non-musical productions, including her favorites--Sister Robert Ann in Nunsense and Bloody Mary in South Pacific. She also worked backstage and off stage as well as serving on CCT’s Board of Directors. More recently, Dawn has filled the role of director or co-director for CCT with her faithful sidekick, Greg Rubino, along to help. After a string of weightier dramas (A Few Good Men, The Boys Next Door, A View from the Bridge, Stalag 17 and Requiem for a Heavyweight), the pair decided to tackle their first comedy and settled on The Real Inspector Hound. Dawn works as a chef at New Haven Country Club. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and watching old movies from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
Greg Rubino (Co-director) continues to be drawn to CCT like a moth to a bug zapper. A veteran of over 30 productions, workshops, board meetings and set constructions starting with Nunsense and now culminating with The Real Inspector Hound. Seen on stage as often as an ivory- billed woodpecker, Greg can usually be found backstage in whatever void needs to be filled.
Arnie Palmieri (Stage Manager) appeared in CCT’s 2007 spring show, Proposals, and made his stage debut in 2005’s Guys and Dolls after years of watching his wife, Joanne, and daughter, Maria, from the audience. This time he is behind the scenes. Arnie is a technician for Cingular Wireless/AT & T. He resides in North Branford. Model railroads, reading and singing are his favorite activities along with spending time with his granddaughter, Julia.