The Community College of Rhode Island Players will launch the 2016-17 season with Walt McGough’s “The Haberdasher,” a swashbuckling comedy in the ilk of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers.”
“The Haberdasher” is the tale of Antoinette, a young woman who discovers her skills lay beyond those of needle and yardstick, but with sword and exposing political secrecy. Her talents are well suited to her destiny. The intrigue begins when Vivienne, hotly pursued from stealing the Duke’s Royal Pendant, bursts into the haberdashery demanding cloths for a disguise. So begins Antoinette’s adventures through which the falsehoods of gender bias are dispelled.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 20 to 22, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
The cast, all of whom double or triple on roles, includes Chelsea Titchenell of Coventry as Antoinette and the Duke; Julia Egan of Cranston as Vivienne and Robard; Rachel Ihrig of Coventry as Mr. Bellamy and the Duchess; Miceala Chille of Middletown as the Vagrant and the King’s Messenger; Carl Gerhard of Bristol as August, Bruno and Lucas; and Clerence Donath of Richmond playing Andre and Claudia. Joshua Fonesca of Cranston is understudy for August, Bruno and Lucas. Katherine Brown of West Greenwich is the stage manager and Shoshana Adler of Cranston is assistant stage manager.
Direction and scenic design are by Associate Professor Luke Sutherland. Fight choreography is by James Beauregard, costume design is by Assistant Professor Marilyn Salvatore and lighting design is by Kathy Abernathy. Sound design is by Raymond Legare and assistant lighting design is by Jamie Allstrom.
Tickets cost $10 general admission or $8 for students, seniors and CCRI faculty and staff. For reservations, call 401-825-2219.