Byron Civic Theatre stages The Producers beginning April 23

From press release

BYRON, Ill.—Byron Civic Theatre’s (BCT) upcoming production of The Producers has so much talent, it can barely be contained on stage! The cast has a combined total of more than 250 years of theatrical experience.

The show’s leads—John Chase as “King of Broadway” Max Bialystock and Aaron Matthew Ray as a mousy accountant—have graced area stages as actors and directors for several years. The “Worst Director in Town” is portrayed by Jim Crow, a living legend in area theaters.

Doug Rappa, who has played many lead roles in the last few years, is featured as Franz Liebkind, the playright of the show within a show Springtime for Hitler.

BCT President Dan Danielowski, himself the doyen of community theater, was gratified by the excellent response at auditions.

“It’s not always easy to find such depth of talent for one show,” Danielowski said. “There is always a concern with a show like The Producers that we may be unable to field enough quality actors for such a male-heavy show. The cast for this show is a director’s dream!”

The rest of the cast is rounded out by Ali Scordato as the beautiful but vapid Ulla, Jordan Simmering, Hunter Winstead, Josh Dillon, Brian Weigant, David Roinas, Brian Pierson, Diane Grosvenor, Dani Parisi, Melissa Smith, Carla Huber, Sabriba Larson, Casey Cigogna, Noah Hansen, Danae Bauer, Chase Clarke, Tyler Haley, Kelsey Adams, Trevor Haley, Hannah Renee Sleger and Kelley Gloor.

Roger DeSchepper, well-remembered from the BCT stage for his role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, is taking the reins as director of the show.

The Producers won 12 of 15 Tony nominations, including “Best Musical.” Parents should be aware that this show includes adult themes.

Show starts April 23, with ticket sales to members starting April 8. For more information, visit

From the March 31-April 6, 2010 issue

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