Find out why over 9 million people around the world have seen Shear Madness, the uproarious whodunit where the audience gets to solve the crime! This unique comedy-suspense takes place today in the “Shear Madness” hairstyling salon, where a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the history of crime! Shear Madness has been voted “Best Comedy of the Year” seven times by the Boston Globe and is listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the ‘longest running play in US theatre history’. A mixture of improvisation and a fast-paced script, the play is delightfully different every time you see it…which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem! Don’t miss this hysterical comedy that will have you dying with laughter!
Voted “Best Comedy of the Year” seven times by the Boston Globe
Listed as the “Longest Running Play in US History” in the Guinness Book of Records
By Paul Portner
Welcome to the Mayfield Dinner Theatre and what I’m sure will be an awesome evening of theatre! I’m delighted to be able to bring back Shear Madness to the Mayfield. It is one of our theatre’s favourite who-dunnits!! We presented it in 2004 and it was a huge success. Over the last nine years it has easily been the most requested comedy for a return engagement. I suspect there are many reasons for this; its hilarious, and at the same time intriguing! It can be altered so it remains current. Many patrons have come back for return visits because you can never be sure how it will end. Bob Lohrmann, the Director, comes to us from Washington, D.C. He has done an excellent job bringing this production to the stage. He is an expert when it comes to this show and has had a direct hand in it’s success all over the world. Shear Madness holds the record for the longest running non-musical in American theatre history. Over 9 million people have seen it world wide. It has set up permanent residence in Boston, Chicago and most recently at the Kennedy center in Washington D.C. where Bob has been the resident Artistic Director for 23 years. The version you see tonight features an amazing cast; some new to the play, some returning for more madness. Enjoy your evening at the theatre and thank you for your patronage.
Bob Lohrmann is the Resident Artistic Director of the Kennedy Center production of Shear Madness in Washington, DC, where the show has broken all box office records in its on-going 25 year run. Additionally he has directed more than a dozen productions throughout the US and Canada and trained directors for productions as far ranging as Croatia, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Iceland and Russia. He has performed all the male roles in the show in Boston, Philadephia, Washington, DC and Cleveland. Other directing credits include Lend Me a Tenor and Murder at the Howard Johnson’s for Drayton Festival Theatre, and The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me at The Charles Street Theatre in DC and Don’t Dress for Dinner at The Lake George Dinner Theatre. Before Shear, Mr. Lohrmann was a charter company member of the People’s Light and Theatre Company in Pennsylvania where, over 15 years, he appeared in 35 plays including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Holy Ghosts, Hamlet, Waiting for Godot, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, 1000 Clowns, Lenny, La Ronde, Learned Ladies, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie and Charley’s Aunt. Additionally he has appeared at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, and in Philadelphia in Beyond Therapy at the Wilma, As You Like It at the Arden and Holy Ghosts at the Walnut Street Theatres. His comedy sketches have been performed at the Manhattan Punchline in New York. Bob was the announcer for Nickelodeon’s game show for kids, Finders Keepers (“Tell ‘em what they’ve won, Bob”) and he has written and produced dozens of radio commercials. He is on the board of the International Institute for Theatrical Research and is President of Endless Mountain Zendo. He lives in Pennsylvania with his partner of 33 years, singer/songwriter and rock musician John Lilley.
Belinda is so happy to be back at the Mayﬁeld with such a delightful group of friends: she previously appeared here in The 39 Steps and Boeing Boeing. Other recent credits include: Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and Julius Caesar (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); A Grand Time in the Rapids, Witness To A Conga and Mrs.Lindeman Proposes (Teatro La Quindicina); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Canadian Stage/Citadel Theatre); Going To St.Ives (Atlas Theatre). She has also appeared in numerous shows with Panties Productions, the glam-gal company she co-founded, including Lobster Telephone, Burlesque and Matt & Ben. She wrote and appeared in Diamond Dog (Panties Productions) and Thrubwell’s Pies (Teatro la Quindicina), and her newest play, Little Elephants (Shadow Theatre), won the Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play last June. She is an artistic associate with Teatro La Quindicina, a core cast member with the live improvised soap opera DieNasty, and will be joining the Freewill Shakespeare Company for their 25th Anniversary season this summer in Hawrelak Park. Belinda lives with her brilliant husband, Mark, and two small but wily dogs.
Sheldon is so grateful to back at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre. He is best known for his one-man show, Metis Mutt, which has won him 2 Sterling awards, and has toured across Canada and internationally. Other credits include The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, The Buddy Holly Story and The Full Monty (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), Beowulf (Workshop West Theatre), L’Homme de la Mancha (L’Unithéâtre), HROSES: An Affront to Reason (Maggie Tree), NEVERMORE (Catalyst Theatre),NEVERMORE (Catalyst Theatre), Julius Caesar, A Prairie Boy’s Winter and Vimy (Citadel Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Musical), The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night and Merchant of Venice. Sheldon was also a Top 14 finalist on Canadian Idol in 2006. He starred in the APTN series, Hank Williams’ First Nation, and CAUTION: May Contain Nuts. He is a core-member of the ukulele cover-band sensation, The Be Arthurs.
Drew is thrilled to be returning to The Mayfield with this amazing cast and crew. For The Mayfield, Drew has appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II Puppeteer), Footloose (Willard), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Coles), and The Wizard of Oz (The Scarecrow). Other theatre credits include The Pillowman (The Citadel Theatre); Pith!, Angels on Horseback, Witness to a Conga, Everybody Goes to Mitzi’s, At the Zenith of the Empire and The Salon of the Talking Turk (Teatro La Quindicina); The Liars (Shadow Theatre); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Calgary); The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Vertigo Theatre). In 2006, Drew made his Broadway debut at The Golden Theatre in Avenue Q.
Garett Ross is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts Program and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Alberta. This is Garett’s fourth show at the Mayfield, having worked on Chicago, The Imaginary Invalid as well as The Wizard of Oz. Earlier this season he performed in Poof at the Capitol Theatre and in a co-production of Jack Goes Boating with Shadow Theatre/Sage Theatre. Other shows he’s worked on include Nevermore (Catalyst Theatre), Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (The Citadel Theatre), A Year in Winter, That Darn Plot, Beginning of August (Shadow Theatre) Uncle Van, and The Old Curiosity Shop (TheatRepublic/ Poorman’s classic Co-op). Garett has been nominated for Sterling Awards for his work on That Darn Plot (Shadow Theatre), The Old Curiosity Shop (Poor Man’s Classic Co-op), and The Raven and the Writing Desk (Acme Theatre).
A thirty-year veteran of the Canadian Stage, Chicago born-Edmonton actor Maralyn Ryan has appeared across the country from New Brunswick to Victoria. Some selected acting credits: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Lend Me a Tenor and A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre), Vivian Bearing in Wit (Globe Theatre), A Guide to Mourning (Theatre Alberta), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatre Calgary), Homeward Bound (Grand Theatre and the National Arts Theatre), If We Are Women (Theatre New Brunswick), Master Class (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Joy and Shop at Sly Corner (Shaw Festival), Crackpot (Prairie Theatre Exchange and the Belfry), Lend Me a Tenor (Manitoba Theatre Centre), Thirteen Hands (Canadian Stage and National Arts Centre), Hamlet (Free Will Players), Choke (Theatre Network), Rabbit Hole (Persephone Theatre), The Seed Savers (Workshop West), The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband and Private Lives (Northern Light Theatre), The Last Train (Shadow Theatre), Maggie’s Getting Married (Mayfield Theatre), Our Country’s Good and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Phoenix Theatre). Ms. Ryan has also been a member of the Banff Colony of Actors and has performed for the Magnetic North Festival. In St. Albert, she founded and directed the St. Albert Children’s Theatre and currently directs the Fort McMurray Heritage Park Youth Theatre Camp. She has taught at Universities and colleges, for Provincial workshops and the Victoria School for the Performing Arts. As Associate Director for the Citadel Theatre with Robin Phillips, she directed the Citadel Theatre School, Children’s International Festival, and the Teen Festival of the Arts in addition to acting. Her Directorial work has been for the Phoenix Theatre, the Citadel Theatre, Northern Light Theatre and most recently, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Mayfield Theatre. For the Atco Centennial, she wrote and directed a show that toured Alberta this summer. Even though Ms Ryan has received three Sterling Awards for Outstanding Performance and several nominations, her peerless family is her real glory.
Eric is so excited to be working at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre again since his debut in 2009 as a last minute addition to the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. An Edmonton based actor and entrepreneur, select theatre credits include: Evil Dead: The Musical (Hit & Myth Productions), Work Plays (Alberta Workers Health Center), Jeremy De Bergerac (Forte Musical Theatre Guild), Poof!: The Musical (Capitol Theatre), Boygroove (!mpulse Theatre), Beneath the Ice (The Cookie), On the Banks of the Nut, and The Adulteress with Teatro La Quindicina where he was nominated for a Sterling Award. When he isn’t acting Eric runs his own local food business, Gourmet Granola, out of various Farmers’ Markets in Edmonton, and most recently has been selling his products out of a number of grocery stores. www.gourmetgranola.ca
Cheryl’s career as a Stage Manager has taken her across Canada and abroad for many years. In Edmonton Cheryl has worked for The Citadel Theatre, Theatre Network, Workshop West Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Bent Out of Shape Productions and Free Will Players. She’s also Stage Managed shows for Alberta Theatre Projects, The Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, CanStage, Crow’s Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Cahoot’s Theatre Projects, Persephone Theatre and Western Canada Theatre to name a few. Cheryl has also had the pleasure of touring internationally to Scotland, Wales and Australia as well as numerous Canadian cities throughout her career. For variety, Cheryl also Stage Manages two annual outdoor music festivals each summer.
This is my 40th production as Assistant Stage Manager; overall this is my 53rd production at the Mayfield. Some of my favourite productions are Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Four Lads Part 2, Sylvia, Chicago, Boeing, Boeing, The Wedding Singer, Four Lads Who Shook the World, Sexy Laundry, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The 39 Steps, Super Groovy 70’s Part 2, Dark Star: The Life & Times of Roy Orbison, Tuesdays with Morrie, Dial ‘M’ for Murder, The Super Groovy 70’s, Nashville Icons, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Nashville Outlaws, Shear Madness, Rockin’ Vegas, Gypsy, The British are Coming Again! & Evita. Other Credits include Stage Managing Return of the Tenors at the 2006 Fringe Festival. It is a great pleasure to work with such a talented cast, and production team! I hope you enjoy the performance.
Winter is all around us but the weather in this hair salon is anything but cold. I I love this show because it will make you laugh until you cry, and a little laughter is what we all need. I worked on this show when we did it before, but I was not the designer and its great to give it my personal touch. I would like to take this chance to thank all the hotel staff who have gone far beyond all expectations to make dealing with our renovation as painless as possible, especially the maintenance and housekeeping gang. I hope you enjoy Shear Madness as much as I do and it makes spring come really soon.