By Julie Ann Madden
Beginning April 4, the Akron Opera House will be alive with much singing and swindling as the seventh and final production of the season, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” opens.
The musical, under the direction of A-W Vocal Music Director Ryan Schuknecht, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4; Friday, April 5; Saturday, April 6; and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 7. The play is being sponsored by The Akron Hometowner.
The audience will not only enjoy the musical selections but the intrigue of who is conning whom in this two-act play.
The curtain opens on an elegant dance at a casino in the French Riviera with an impeccably dressed Brit named Lawrence (Kyle Schroeder) and his French assistant Andre (Spencer Frankl) ready to play a royalty scam on visiting wealthy women looking for a prince.
Add a poor American named Freddy (Adam Kroksh) who’s hoping to cash in on the money to be had in this European playground, and the race is on between Lawrence and Freddy to see who can win a $50,000 bet to have control of this lucrative territory.
Toss into the mix “the Jackal,” a young American con artist supposedly working along the southern coast of France, and twists and turns of the con artists’ game will keep the audience members riveted to their seats as they try to figure out who falls in love and which scoundrel wins.
Other cast members include Garrett Wall, hotel manager; and wealthy women portrayed by Emily Meerdink as Christine; Eliza Kjar as Muriel; Lexi Hageman as Jolene; Marlenne Arreola as Lenore; and Sarah Schroeder as Sophia.
Jaclyn Smith plays two people, Renee and Woman No. 3 and so does Cali Westergard as Docent and Woman No. 4. Of course, there is an usherette (Ryleigh Schnell) and a waitress (Maddy Rife).
Tickets are available by calling 568-2614. Adults are $16 each; students, age high school and under, are $10 each.
This production is sponsored by The Akron Hometowner.