Scarecrow for Hire
By Tony Beeman
Directed by Brian Francis
January 21 – February 6, 2022
Auditions: November 28-29, 2021
There’s been a murder in Oz, and we are definitely not in Kansas anymore. Imagine L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz as put through the gritty filter of 1940s film noir, with harsh city streets, grey rainy skies, femmes fatales, tough guys, trench coats, fedoras and plot twists. This is Oz as if it were seen through the eyes of Raymond Chandler. Come see your favorite characters somewhere over the rainbow.
This production includes gun violence/blood and multiple gunshots.
Cast and Crew Bios
|David Cohn (Scenic design)
David previously designed BTG sets for And Then There Were None, La Cage aux Folles, Scapino!, Mousetrap, Noises Off, A Shayna Maidel, and August: Osage County and has appeared on the BTG stage in The Drowsy Chaperone, Anything Goes, and Forum. He really enjoyed working with Brian to create a virtual set for this show, along with assistance from Steven Schain.
|Kris Erickson (Jack Straw - The Scarecrow)
This is Kris’ third performance at the BTG. He has thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and crew. Kris wants to send a special thanks to his lovely and supportive wife Megan.
|Rhapsody Farrell (Costume Designer)
This is Rhapsody's second time designing costumes for a BTG production. Her first was for the 2020 show, The Good Doctor.
|Alycia Francis (Hair and Makeup Designer)
While Alycia has done hair and makeup for multiple cast mates in shows, this is her first time designing. What a show for that. As things should be in community theater, it was a wonderful group effort, and she is fortunate to be working with such a wonderfully amiable and flexible cast and kind, talented crew. Much love to Brian, great job honey!
|Brendan Francis (Leon)
Brendan is thankful that the Guild has once again released him from the dungeon. He’s excited to finally work with his old man! He’s also thankful to his partner for her constant grace and support through his return to the stage after these two trying years.
|Brian Francis (Director)
The last time Brian directed a show at BTG his son was an infant. Now Brendan's grown up and part of this awesome cast. Brian thanks his lovely wife Alycia for her patience and guidance.
|Lilian Furlong (Stage Manager)
Lily is a third-year theatre major at WWU and is thrilled to be back for another show at BTG. If you can accurately describe what a Stage Manager does, you will receive her utmost admiration and probably some candy.
|Lily Larson (Dorothy)
Lily is a third year sociology major at WWU. This is her first time performing in Bellingham; she is excited to be a part of such a lovely cast and crew and hopes that you enjoy the show.
|Truxtun McCoy (Nick Chopper)
Truxtun is honored to be back at BTG. Recently he's been seen as Gomez in The Addams Family Musical, and the Bard himself in Shakespeare in Love. He hopes you enjoy the show!
|Steven Schain (Scenic design assistant)
Steven attended RIT’s film/animation program and A-B Tech's Entrepreneurship program. He founded Spectralight Images, LLC in 1989. A designer for over 25 years, he has taught computer modeling and animation across North America. He previously created animated backgrounds for "And Then There Were None." Steven is currently the president of Spectra3D Technologies, a 3D printing and design company located in Asheville, NC.
|Ann Smith (Assistant Director)
Ann has worked in theater and film, edited movie trailers, raised boys, and waited tables in LA, New York, and San Francisco. She is now lucky enough to have found Bellingham and thanks the BTG for this opportunity.
|Karl Ritter Smith (The Mayor)
Karl is thrilled to return to the Guild stage after a couple of decades away. He is very much enjoying working with the talented cast. Thanks to Kevin and Jameson, always.
|Nina Stanyo (Assistant Stage Manager; Sound Designer; Weapons Master)
Nina recently graduated from WWU with a bachelors degree in fine and performing arts. By working on this show, Nina is chasing down her passions like it's the last bus of the night!
To learn more about her you can visit: www.stanyotheatreproductions.com
|Virginia Wawner (Esme West)
Virginia is thrilled to be in her first production in Bellingham, having moved across the country recently from the faraway east. No stranger to the stage, her favorite roles include Margery in “Hand to God” and Veronica in “God of Carnage.”