Written by Jeffrey Lane
Location: Mathews High School
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the popular 1988 MGM film, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave, and with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and was nominated for a staggering 11 Tony Awards.
Lawrence Jameson, portrayed by James King, makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson, played by Sheldon Roberts, more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health.
After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, played by Becky Hogge, wins, and the other must leave town.
A hilarious battle of cons ensues that involves Lawrence’s French assistant Andre Thibault, played by R.J. Erickson; American socialite Muriel Eubanks, played by Suzanne Smith; and American heiress Jolene, portrayed by Lexzi Wright.
Ensemble cast members are Anne Rhodes, Alyson Ridge, Trey Shinault, Kristina Erickson, Noah Iveson, Devonte Garcia, Regina South, Ashton Emerson, Peyton Emerson, and Tristan Emerson.
The show is directed by Amanda Adams and assistant directed by Carolyn Molly, with Chad Dean serving as student director. Heather King is the music director. Choreography is by Marilen Crump.
This delightful show will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!