WWU Theatre to Perform ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’

The William Woods University theatre program will perform Marc Camoletti’s comedic farce, “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” Dec. 3-7 in Dulany Auditorium.

“Don’t Dress for Dinner” centers on the character of Bernard, who has planned a weekend with his chic Parisian mistress. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights and has invited his best friend, Robert, who also happens to be his wife’s lover, to provide an alibi.

When his wife, Jacqueline, realizes that Robert will be coming she cancels her trip and decides to stay home. In a case of mistaken identities, the cook is identified as the mistress and the real mistress is unable to cook. To make matters worse, the cook’s husband shows up. A night of hilarious confusion follows.

Student performers are Cody Olendorff of Pacific, Mo., as Bernard; Bethany Hall of Des Moines, Iowa, as Jacqueline; Bryan Schmiderer of Pacific, Mo., as Robert; Amanda Herriman of Eldon, Mo., as Suzette; Taryn Watts of Nixa, Mo., as Suzanne, and Chris Horn of Fulton, as George.

The production will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer, a WWU instructor of communications.

The play’s crew includes several William Woods students: stage manager, Allie Ward of Hazelwood, Mo.; technical manager, Bryn Hudson of Carrollton, Texas; sound engineer, Chris Norton of St. Claire, Mo.; special effects, Sam Binkley of Fulton; property mistress, Rachel Petricka of Las Vegas, and wardrobe mistress, Amanda Walker of Hillsboro, Mo.

Also, office manager, Wendy Polcin of Racine, Wis.; house manager, Jennie McFadden of Alton, Ill.; property crew, Molly Feldt of O’Fallon, Mo.; set dresser, Mari Hilderman of Houston, Texas; box office/ushering staff, Maddie Meyer of St. Charles, Mo.; Harrison Jones of Fulton, and Amanda Almich of Granby, Mo.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 3-6 in Dulany Auditorium. A matinee performance will be Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. Ticket prices for “Don’t Dress for Dinner” are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (62 and above) and $5 for children ages 6-12.