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Sabotage in Sedona!

Staff photo by Dean H. Borgwardt

SHONDRA Thomas-Jepperson returns as Sylvia, the prima donna, in Sabotage in Sedona! Joining the cast is thespian Thomas G. Davis.

Two new cast members will highlight this production that takes the stage July 17–Aug. 2, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 27, at 4 p.m. CMTC strongly advises making reservations now: the February performances were sold out on all three nights!

The plot of Sabotage weaves a play within a play as nine contemporary actors rehearse a show celebrating Sedona's 1927 Javelina Days. When a mysterious, two-legged javelina begins to make costumes and paychecks disappear, the law shows up to set things straight. Everyone is a suspect - including the audience members. Enjoy music and laughter as you collect the clues then cast your vote for the guilty party.

Sabotage in Sedona! is an original script by Cynthia Strom (music and lyrics) and husband Curt Ireland (book). Strom is a lyricist/composer, performer and teacher who regularly collaborates with Ireland. Ireland is a trial lawyer-turned-playwright. Their show Impression: Monet was a recent finalist in the Pickering International Theatre Awards and they are currently working on a new musical, Miss Georgia O'Keefe. Both Cynthia and Curt are members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

New to the cast of Sabotage is Joe Holman, last seen in CMTC’s productions of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Sunshine Boys. Holman began acting in Colorado and has performed in over three dozen productions. He appeared at Shakespeare Sedona in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Our Town. In addition to theater, he has appeared on stage doing standup comedy and as a leading member of The Comedy Implosion.

Joining Holman and the rest of the cast is Thomas G. Davis. Davis has had a passion for acting since the age 6. After moving to Sedona at the age of 13, he worked lighting and sound for productions of Hedda Gabler, Barefoot in the Park and Agnes of God. He also appeared in SAC's production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Since then Davis has taken a 10-year break from the stage to raise his two children. He is now making a comeback into the theater scene. Recently Davis participated in CMTC’s Improv Showdown where his group took first place.

The continuing cast includes Ray Gordon who has been a musical fixture in Sedona for many years. He has played for the Sedona Arts Center in Anything Goes, Something’s Afoot and Pumpboys and Dinettes. Earl Sennett’s Southwest Theatre used Ray for Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun, and Love, Sex and the I.R.S. As an actor, Gordon played one of the tragedians in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.

Jennifer Jane was seen last year in CMTC's The Nerd and in this spring’s production of The Sunshine Boys. She has performed in film and on stage in Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas, California and Arizona. While in Dallas, she studied acting, voice and movement for three years with Oscar-winning director/actor Don Jackson. Jane recently won the Colgate Country Showdown held at Casa Rincon and will perform in the state showdown in Prescott on Sept. 20.

Tom Jepperson has had a long and distinguished career as a professional actor and singer, performing leading roles in several Broadway show tours. He has starred with Florence Henderson, Chita Rivera, Leslie Neilson and Ricardo Montalban, to name a few. Tom's debut with CMTC was as Frank Foster in this season's How the Other Half Loves.

David Lane appeared in CMTC’s spring production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His extensive musical theater experience includes productions of Oklahoma!, Kiss Me Kate, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls, Dracula and Hello, Dolly! He has also worked in commercials, film and television.

Gale Madsen, who holds an MFA in voice from the University of Minnesota, has appeared for CMTC in The Drunkard and Coyote Christmas. She moved to Sedona from the Twin Cities where some of her favorite productions included The Fantasticks, Pirates of Penzance, Three Penny Opera and A Little Night Music. Madsen sang with Opera St. Paul and the Bach Society Chorus.

Shondra Thomas-Jepperson made her Sedona debut at CMTC in last fall’s first run of Sabotage in Sedona. She attended Julliard's School of Acting and continues performing as an actress, singer and musician. Her eclectic career includes work as a songwriter, musical arranger and rock singer as well as starring in a series of her own original shows on cruise ships and in show rooms in Las Vegas and Reno.

Mattea Phillips has been performing since age 5. She first appeared with the Missoula Children’s Theatre and went on to perform with the Naples Children’s Theatre and the Southwest Florida Children’s Theatre. Phillips has performed at the Sedona Creative Life Center, Missoula Children’s Theatre and was a part of Canyon Moon Theatre’s 2002 Summer Theatre Academy.

Michelle O. Serries spent 16 years working at theaters in Denver where she acted, directed and designed (including sets, lights and costume). She directed seven world premieres, including The Last Prostitute which, a few years later, was made into a film by Robert Altman.

Sabotage in Sedona! will be performed at Canyon Moon Theatre in the Old Marketplace, 1370 W. Arizona 89A in West Sedona, near New Frontiers Natural Foods. General admission tickets are $15; Canyon Moon season subscribers can enjoy $12 tickets; and full-time student tickets are $10.

Order tickets by calling Canyon Moon Theatre Company at (928) 282-6212 or purchase tickets at Bonni's Fashions in the Old Marketplace or at Rycus Corners Stationers in the Village of Oak Creek. Canyon Moon Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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