7 actors portray nearly 60 characters in Belfry’s play ‘The Dining Room’ – Hamilton County Reporter



Submitted by The Belfry

Hamilton County Theater Guild presents the Belfry Theater production of The dining room, a comedy/drama by AR Gurney, which will open on January 21 with eight performances until January 30 at the Switch Theater at Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy in Fishers.

The dining room is a comedy of manners set in a dining room where a dozen and a half scenes from different homes overlap and intertwine. The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso flair as they play a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers and giggling teenagers to Irish maids.

Tom Riddle and Debbie Underwood (Ted and Peggy, foreground) and Mia Gordon, Tim Long and Jeff Maess (background) (as Billy, Sandra and Brewster) rehearse a scene for The Belfry Theater’s production of The Dining Room, a comedy/drama opening Jan. 21 at the Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy’s Switch Theater in Fishers. (Photo provided by the Théâtre du Beffroi)

The director is Diane W. Wilson of Carmel. She is the new manager of The Belfry.

The cast of seven will represent 60 characters in total across three decades. The cast includes Mia Gordon from Noblesville, Debbie Underwood from Carmel and Tim Long, Jeff Maess, Tom Riddle, Jennifer J. Kaufmann and Addie Taylor from Indianapolis.

The team includes: producer, Betsy Reason of Noblesville; stage manager, Anne Auwaerter de Fishers; manager, Nancy Lafferty of McCordsville; costumes, Addie Taylor and Diane Wilson; lighting designer, New Palestine; lighting operator, Quinten Hobbs of Noblesville; landlady, Diane Wilson; Accessories, Molly Kraus, Susie Walden, Jan Borcherding and Sherri Byer; sound designer and operator, Eric Dixon of Indianapolis; scenography and decoration, Diane Wilson; set construction, Richard Wilson of Carmel and Doug Whisman of Fishers; film crew, Richard Wilson, Sherri Byer of Noblesville, Tim Long, Jeff Maess, Michelle Maess, all of Indianapolis; Debbie Underwood of Carmel; Tony Gordon and Alec Gordon of Noblesville; portrait photography, Erin Keller of Fishers.

The show opens January 21 and continues with eight performances until January 31, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Jenn Kaufmann (from left), Jeff Maess, Mia Gordon and Tom Riddle (as Emily, Standish, Claire and David) rehearse for the Belfry Theater production of The Dining Room, a comedy/drama which opens January 21 at the Switch Theater in Ji -Eun Lee Academy of Music at Fishers. (Photo provided by the Théâtre du Beffroi)

Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for ages 12 and under, and ages 65 and older. Group tickets of 10 or more people are also available when booked in advance.

The play will be performed at the Switch Theater at Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy, 10029 E. 126th St., Suite D, Fishers.

This is the second show of The Belfry Theatre’s 57th season for 2021-22.

For tickets, call 317-773-1085 or go online at thebelfrytheatre.com.

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