Cast of Characters
(in alphabetical order)
James Lyle Alder …. Solinus / Old Man
Kate Breidert …Nell
China Rose Chafin … Attendant
Evan Cole ……Aegeon / Tailor
Kelsey Cowan …Nun / Puppeteer
Henry Fincher … Dromio of Syracus
Kat Fincher … Courtesan / Puppeteer
Brent Fleshman … Dromio of Ephesus
Amanda Forstall … Adriana
Eleni Fragopoulos… Abbess (Aemelia) / Old Woman
Philip Horn … First Merchant / Pinch / Headsman
Kevin Koger … Gaoler / Second Merchant
Elijah Miller … Officer / Young Boy / Puppeteer
Sam Raper …Luciana
Jacob Roberts … Angelo / Butcher
Tyler Stephens … Antipholus of Syracuse
Josh Winscott … Antipholus of Ephesus / Monk
Technical Director…Matthew Wilson
Stage Managers…Randi Finger, Kim Frick-Welker
Costume Designer…Amanda Dyer
Props Director…Randi Finger
Set Design…Kim Frick-Welker
Light Design…Patrick Mannle
Music Design…Kim Frick-Welker
Puppet Design/Creator…Randi Finger
Playbill Design/Editor…Steve Gwilt
Poster Design…Matthew Wilson
Music Consultant…Travis Jarrell
Master Carpenter…Jason Holloway
Light Board Operator…Patrick Mannle
Sound Board Operator…Matthew Wilson
Backstage Assistant…Johanna Trevino
Dance Instructor…Travis Jarrell
Set Construction…Jason Holloway, Jamie Holloway,
Bruce Lipe, Matt Wilson, Jim White
Costume crew…Amanda Dyer, Anthony Herd,
Kim Frick-Welker, Linda Cox
Paint Crew…Kim Frick-Welker, Roger Long,
Bruce Lipe, Kevin Koger, Joanne White
Jennifer Welch, Cookeville Children’s Theatre
Mark Creter, Colin Forsyth, Nick Ryan, Talon Theatre
Holloway & Sons Construction
About the Play
The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s early plays with an emphasis on slapstick over verbal humor (in contrast with later comedies) which led many critics to term it an “apprentice comedy.” It was first performed on December 28, 1594, at the Gray’s Inn Christmas Revels, to an audience that would have been largely composed of lawyers and law students. It is recorded that a riot took place mid-show shutting the performance down. The Comedy of Errors was performed again on Innocent’s Day 1604 for Christmas revels at The Palace of Whitehall before King James I. The play then fell from favor until the Eighteenth Century when it was adapted and ‘improved’ leading to productions entitled See if You Like it or Tis All a Mistake, The Twins and Every Body Mistaken. In the Nineteenth Century there was a restoration of Shakespeare’s text and the twins Charles and Harry Webb successfully played the Dromio brothers in 1865 for the Shakespeare Tercentenary celebrations at the Princess’s Theatre. In 1895 William Poel returned The Comedy of Errors to Gray’s Inn for a faithful and careful recreation of the first performance. As with many of his plays, Shakespeare drew on classical sources for the plot of The Comedy of Errors. The bare bones of the story are drawn from the Roman comedy Menaechmi, written by the ancient dramatist Plautus, but Shakespeare adds another set of identical twins adding to the confusion. The Comedy of Errors has been revived and re-imagined all over the world. A Commedia dell’Arte style production for The Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962 was so successful it was revived again in 1965 and 1972. The play has been modernized and made into musicals…the plot was borrowed by Rodgers and Hart for their musical, The Boys from Syracuse.
Biographies (in alphabetical order)
James Lyle Alder (Duke Solinus/ Old Man) is super giddy to have the opportunity to portray another of the Bard’s exquisite characters. Many thanks to Kim for that opportunity, and for being an excellent, receptive and focused director. He would like to send humble thanks to his best friend, Philip, for believing in him, and to his mother for teaching him to believe in himself. Most paramount, James would not exist if it weren’t for the better half of his soul, and the only person who can truly speak his language. In a world peopled with strangers, it would be most lonely without you, Kenny Payne.
Kate Breidert (Nell) is a local gal and an alumnus of Tennessee Tech. Her recent local credits include The 39 Steps, and Oliver!. She would like to thank her fellow cast and crew for all the hard work and fun times, and offer a big congrats to Kim on her first Shakespeare! “I hope you, the audience, have as much fun as I do.”
China Rose Chafin (Attendant) is thrilled to have her Shakespeare in the Park debut! She has a degree in English-British Literature from the University of Nebraska and is pursing a master’s degree in Secondary Education-English from Tennessee Tech University. All my love to Mom, Dad, Johanna, Jeremy, Kevin, and Jasper for their love and support. Go big red!
Evan Cole (Aegeon / Tailor) is trying to corner the market on “old man” roles here in Cookeville. Fortunately Shakespeare has lots of them. This is his eighth production in Dogwood Park.
Kelsey Cowan (Nun, Puppeteer) is a 2013 graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She had minor roles in Ten for Tenn, was a crew member for a few productions, and was the assistant director for her school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was also Le Beau in the 2013 production of As You Like It. She would like to thank God, her friends, and her family for being here.
Henry Fincher (Dromio of Syracuse) is a Cookeville attorney who, while skeptical about Shakespeare’s desire to “kill all the lawyers,” makes his Shakespearean debut in tonight’s performance as Dromio of Syracuse. He is enthused to perform alongside his daughter Katherine, who roped him into this.
Kat Fincher (Courtesan/Puppeteer) is a Cookeville high school student who has developed a passion for acting. She has been involved in performances with Drama Kids International in Nashville, TN. Most recently, she has participated in the Cookeville production of You Can’t Take it With You as a G-man. She is the daughter of Henry Fincher who plays Dromio of Syracuse, and is excited to work with her Father.
Randi Finger (Stage Manager / Props Director) has been gleefully slaloming over Kim F-W’s theatrical wake since the Wizard of Oz in 2006. Now seems the perfect time to thank a few theatre friends who have enriched her life since then… Chad M – allowing her to play in CPAC – the greatest place on earth. Steve G – the glorious titles & sangria recipe. Patrick M – provoking belly laughs that start from the core & explode out. Matt W – lighting that truly is the magic key, Brandon W, Joanne & Tom L, Beverly H, Anthony H, Michael C & the CHS chorus students – past & present, and the list goes on & on. And Kim – thank you from the bottom of my paper mache covered, multi-colored heart.
Brent Fleshman (Dromio of Ephesus) is Program Director and Morning Show Host on WHUB in Cookeville and has been acting for 34 years. “What a fantastic way to be a part of the Community. Shakespeare in the Park is always a fun and challenging time. The entire staff at CPAC has been so gracious to actors and I want to thank them for all they do. Thank you Kim for taking a chance on a unknown actor four years ago and bringing me into is wonderful theatre family. My fellow actors are amazing talents and I hope we as a cast will entertain, delight and even put a smile on your face. Huzzah!”
Amanda Forstall ( Adriana) is excited to participate in her first play with Cookeville Performing Arts Center. Amanda has participated in theatre from a young age and holds a theatre degree from Emory & Henry College. Her past roles include Mrs. Holly in Suddenly Last Summer, Mariane in Tartuffe, and Princess Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress. She would like to thank her husband and her parents for being so supportive, and this wonderful cast for being awesome.
Eleni Fragopoulos (Old woman, Aemelia) is very happy to be in a Shakespeare comedy, for her last two experiences were in a history, Richard III” where she played a man and actually got to sword fight and in a tragedy, Macbeth, where she had the privilege of playing Lady Macbeth, two wonderful shows that can be dauntingly serious. Shakesperean comedies, on the other hand, can be light and frivolous and tons of fun to work on with the right cast like this one. She would like to dedicate this performance to her wonderful children, Darius and Nina, who have grown up way too fast, and most especiall to her very strong-willed father, Christes.
Philip Charles Horn – (First Merchant /Dr. Pinch /Headsman) celebrates his 10th year of performing in Cookeville and is honored to tread the boards of this beautiful venue in this most amusing work by The Bard. Past favorite roles include Buck in Rocket Man, Sam Byck in Assassins, Stefano in The Tempest, and Vice Principal Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Kim, much gratitude for the direction, encouragement and compliments! Cast and crew, thank you all for a memorable experience! AND…..thanks to you, the audience, for keeping the arts alive! Now sit back and enjoy the show!
Kevin Koger (Guard/Second Merchant) has been an audience participant at numerous performances of Shakespeare in the Park. This makes him perfect for a role in Shakespeare. With his inflated ego and narcissistic personality, the rest of the cast will be glad when this run is over and they no longer have to work with him. His acting is dreadful and having never done Shakespeare, the audience is in for a real treat just laughing at Mr. Koger.
Elijah Miller (Officer/Puppeteer) is very excited to be in the production of The Comedy of Errors this year. You may have seen him in other productions, such as As You Like It, King Richard The III, and Merchant of Venice. He would like to thank his mother (Samantha Raper) for introducing him to a great community of people. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Samantha Raper (Luciana) is over the moon to, once again, be a part of Shakespeare in the Park. This will be her eighth Shakespeare production as she’s quite fond of the Bard. You may remember her as Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Rosalind in As You Like It. More recently, she played Brooke Wyeth in The Backstage Series production of Other Desert Cities. She wishes to thank Erik, Camilla, and Judah for all their love and support, and Elijah for following her to the stage.
Jacob Roberts (Angelo) is excited to be a part of his very first Shakespeare in the park this year. Jacob has done several productions in Cookeville some including Lés Misérables, West Side Story, and The Heiress. Jacob traveled to the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League competition in Nashville earlier this year, where he was awarded Best Actor for his role in The Heiress. He has loved every minute of working with Ms. Kim in quite literally everything from opera to Shakespeare and looks forward to many productions with her in the future. There is a very long list of people he would like to thank for getting him to where he is today, but above all he would like to thank both his family and his high school theatre teacher Ms. Molly Malone, who have always pushed him and encouraged him to reach for the stars in every way possible.
Tyler Stephens (Antipholus of Syracuse) is a Senior at Tennessee Tech. This is his second time appearing in Shakespeare in the Park and his first time appearing in a lead role. In his spare time, Tyler is a blacksmith specializing in making custom knives. An avid reader, Tyler enjoys fantasy and science fiction books. Tyler is incredibly happy to be a part of this year’s production of Shakespeare in the Park.
Johanna Trevino (Puppeteer) is thrilled to be in her first Shakespeare production. Shes been in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Singing in the Rain at Martin West High School. She wants to thank her fellow puppeteers, Randi, Kim, and the actors for making her feel at home. “Aye!!!”
Joshua Winscott (Antipholus of Ephesus) – Josh is making his fifth appearance in Cookeville Leisure Services Shakespeare in the Park. He previously appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Oberon, Twelfth Night as Malvolio, MacBeth as MacDuff, and Richard III as Buckingham. He has also been seen on the other stages in Cookeville in numerous roles for the last 15-plus years. Favorite roles include Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and J.C. Squires in The Music Man.
Kim Frick-Welker (Director) has been acting/directing for over thirty years and has been involved with Shakespeare in the Park for nine years; she played Gertrude in Hamlet and Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor, she’s painted sets, and operated the light and/or sound boards…but this is her first time directing Shakespeare. As an award winning director she is known for her work with dramas The Memory of Water, The Diviners, Foxfire, Experiment with an Air Pump, and large scale musicals The Music Man, Man of La Mancha, The King and I, Les Misreables, and West Side Story, but tends to avoid comedies because they are ten times more challenging; so to direct The Comedy of Errors and to be the first female in Cookeville to direct Shakespeare in the Park marks a memorable moment in her theatre career. Kim is immensely grateful to Chad for taking a chance on her nine years ago, and to her CPAC co-workers Steve, Matt, Patrick and Roger who make her feel like one of the guys. She is indebted to stage manager, Randi, costume designer Amanda, and master carpenter, Jason for bringing it all together. She thanks her beautiful daughters Heather and Chelsea and her mother Jean for their unyielding support, and especially wants to thank Bruce Lipe, her friend of 46 years who makes countless drives from St Louis to assist with every show she directs. Kim is the Cultural Arts Program Assistant and C.A.S.T. Coordinator for CPAC, a Mid-State Representative for the Tennessee Theatre Association and the Guest Artistic Director for the CHS Spring Musical. She is slated to direct Mary Poppins at Cookeville High School this spring.
“Why, what an intricate impeach is this!” Although critics have not always been kind, audiences delight in The Comedy of Errors. Shakespeare’s “low comedy” with its slapstick humor interspersed with “high comedy” in a battle of wits lends itself to an entertaining evening…even for those who don’t like Shakespeare. The fact that this is one of the Bard’s shortest plays is a bonus as well! Sometimes, audiences just want an evening of entertainment without having to think so hard. So, the question for a director is…how far do I go with this? At what point does the physical humor over shadow the integrity of the words, Shakespeare’s words? With a show like this, does it matter? I must thank the cast of this production for their contribution, patience and dedication as we worked to find that line. Perhaps we could have gone further but I rather like where we landed, and I hope you do too.
– Kim Frick-Welker