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Jesus – Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast. High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the sort of person other instinctively follow.
John The Baptist/Judas – He has attributes of both Biblical figures: he is both Jesus’ lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to revolutionary way. Usually played by someone handsome and masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most “serious” and intellectual of the group, though as with all of the actors, he must still posses a good sense of physical comedy.
Nick – Very high energy. Impish and playful.
Telly – Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him.
George – The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations.
Anna Maria – A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. Perhaps the youngest of the group.
Lindsay – The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what’s going on.
Uzo – The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an “earth mother” kind of warmth to her.
Morgan – Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the “sexy” one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna.
Celisse – The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and cut-up.
Come join us as we present “Trouble at the Tropicabana” for our 2018 Annual Dinner Theater production at the Tropicabana Night Club – also known as Mario’s Restaurant, 710 Van Houten Ave., Clifton. This year, by popular demand, a third weekend has been added. Shows are on February 23, 24, 25 and March 3, 4 10, and 11,. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees start at 4 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and show are $45 per person. A family style dinner includes salad, pasta, chicken, sea bass, vegetable, potato, dessert, soda, coffee and tea. Tickets may be reserved by phone (973-928-7668), online or by check and regular mail (PO Box 4072, Clifton, NJ 07012).
Take a walk down memory lane with Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel when they look for trouble at Ricky’s nightclub as he gets ready to sign a contract with a movie mogul. Will Lucy and Ethel ruin Ricky’s big chance with another of their harebrained schemes to get into show business? What’s the notorious gangster Mr. Big doing at Ricky’s club? Can you ‘splain who committed the murder? Can you lead a Conga Dance line?
Rebecca Shuster is the director of the show, while Mark Peterson serves as the producer. Stage Manager is Tara Freifeld. “Trouble at the Tropicabana,” written by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, is being performed via special arrangement with The Lakeside Players, Tafton PA.
Cast members include Frank Favata as Ricky Bicardi; Tara Moran as Lucy Bicardi; Gary Koseyan as Fred Schmertz; Annette Winter as Ethel Schmertz; Yarleen Hernandez as Rosita Bicardi; Joe Berardi as Mr. Big; Jessica Steele as Celia DeMilo/Cookie; Will Allen as the emcee and cabana dancer; and John Pasqua as the waiter.