Dec. 13 and 14, director Joanna Mechaley conducted auditions for the community theater comedy, “The Nerd.” Performances are Feb. 8-18, 2018.
Mechaley announced the cast Dec. 17. They are listed below.
Meet “The Nerd” cast
Mitchell Mechaley as Willum Cubbert
Willum Cubbert: Willum is an architect, currently designing a hotel for Mr. Waldgrave, and a pushover. He’s kind and intelligent, but Tansy says he “could use a little gumption.” He lacks the backbone to stand up for himself. Originally played by Mark Hamill on Broadway, and later replaced by Gary Burghoff. He rents two rooms in his house to Tansy and Axel.
Shaley Lensegrav as Tansy McGinnis
Tansy McGinnis: A smart woman who is as attracted to Willum as he is to her, but who has been offered her dream job as a television weather forecaster in Washington, D.C., and feels guilty for leaving Willum behind. Idealistic, perky, and just as kind as Willum. The role was created by Patricia Kalember on Broadway.
J. Bruce Woodard as Rick Steadman
Rick Steadman/Kemp Hall: The titular “nerd.” He’s oblivious to insult and lacks manners or sensitivity. He tells Willum that he works as an inspector at a chalk factory in Wisconsin. Originally played by Robert Joy on Broadway.
Kirk Hauck as Axel Hammond
Axel Hammond: Willum’s best friend. He’s a pretentious, often-inebriated drama critic, always ready with a sarcastic comment. Originally played by Peter Riegert on Broadway.
Colin Hanzlik as Warnock Waldgrave
Warnock Waldgrave: A boisterous, slightly dim businessman, owner of eight hotels, with no creativity and no tact. He never smiles. Originally played by Wayne Tippit on Broadway.
Chelsea Case as Clelia Walgrave
Clelia Waldgrave: Mr. Waldgrave’s high-strung, put-upon wife. She holds back all of her emotions, and only releases her stress when she can break “something small.” Originally played by Pamela Blair on Broadway.
Killian Mechaley as Thor Waldgrave
Thor Waldgrave: The Waldgraves’ terror of a son. “Poster child for planned parenthood,” as Axel calls him. Spends most of the play hiding in a closet or bedroom. Originally played by Timothy Geissler on Broadway.
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