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Reviews for: VERT-O-GRAPH
Cast and Crew
Dennis LeFebvreWriter/Director/Voice of Dr. LaBelle and Connie Conners/Sound Effects
Dennis LeFebvre is a Minnesota native whose work has been shown at the WALKER ART CENTER, RED EYE THEATER, and most recently OFF-ROAD PRODUCTIONS, a queer gallery in Santa Fe. For the MN Fringe he’s appeared in Jim Lichtscheidl’s KNOCK! and Jerungdu’s cult rock and roll epic BARNEEZLEBUB;A HILLBILLY PORN OPERA. He is the founder of Marvel Ann Theatre Company, and played the title role in both THE SECRET LIFE OF KITTY WILLIAMS and BATTLE AX GALACTICA. Dennis has written and directed 9 plays, including HAPPY ACRES , HITCHCOCKS COOL BLONDES, and THE BEE-LIEVERS, and is relieved he doesn’t have to wear heels for this show.
Kelly Gilpatrick“Mrs. Ted Anderson” (Barbara) and living lounge chair
Kelly likes to play on stage, on screen and behind the scenes. Her work on stage includes: LADY PARTS and THINK, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, AlphaNYC Theater Company; A SKETCH OF NYC, Producers Club Theater; SOMETHING OUTRAGEOUS, 45th Street Theater; Marvel Ann Theater's THE BEE-LIEVERS; RUTHLESS: THE MUSICAL, Mounds Theater; FUNNY GIRLZ and A SCHOOL OF JESUS FISH, The Gaia Collective. Her screen time includes: (TV) A PERFECT MURDER, ID Discovery; IN AN INSTANT, ABC Network; (Feature Film) STAY THEN GO, NOBODY; (Short film) SUNSHINE, HALL MONITOR, FRAY amongst others. She's super excited to be working with Marvel Ann Theater, thrilled to add 'human lounge chair' to her list of Special Skills, and eager to find out where else the Vertograph may take her.
Taelyn GoreDebbie Anderson ( Her bra obsessed daughter )
Taelyn has been acting since she was 4. Some of her favorite roles being Babette from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and Kalliope from SHE KILLS MONSTERS. This is her second Fringe show
Hunter GoldsmithTimmy Anderson ( Her son, an aspiring butterfly collector)
Hunter Goldsmith is a freelance actor who calls St. Cloud home base. He has been acting with a number of St. Cloud troupes around the Twin Cities area. This is his first time with the MN Fringe, and can’t wait to share this wonderful show with the community.
Max MeierTed Anderson, The Ghost Of Unwaxed Floors, David
Max is thrilled to make his return with Marvel Ann Theatre and be a part of VERT-O-GRAPH for the second time! He is excited to step up to the role of Ted and reprise his role of David. Max previously played the role of Neil in The Zephyr Theatre production of A Candle In The Window and was a principle improvisor in the improv troupe Jammies at Huge Theatre. Enjoy the show!
Thomas HowardLester ( Timmy’s “colorful” best friend ), Larry Larson
This is Thomas Howard’s first show with the MN Fringe. He just choreographed ‘Young Frankenstein The Musical’ in St.Cloud, and will be working again on ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ at Pioneer Place in St. Cloud
Jessica PetersLinda Larson ( Barbara’s best friend, according to Barbara ) Taffy
Jessica Peters is a St. Cloud based actress. She was most recently seen in at the Pioneer Place in a production of ‘Leaving Iowa’ This is her first Fringe production and she is very excited to be part of this show!
Raine HokanX Galactic Groundskeeper/Receptionist for THE SECRET DOOR
Raine Hokan has been acting, writing, and directing in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud area for more than 25 years, and received his training at the U of M in Morris. His Is a founding member of Marvel Ann, appearing in its debut “Funny Sound Of Music Girl” opposite his good friend and college roommate Ann Michels. He is every bit as thrilled to be back as he is delighted to be VERT-O-GRAPH’s resident choking hazard.
Lydia NynasMildred Harrison ( Barbara’s manipulative mother ), Charlotte
Lydia Nynas is a North Central U of M student majoring in theatre. Also a costume designer, Lydia has appeared in several productions for Front Porch Musical Theater, and most recently ‘Beauty And The Beast’ for Faith Presbyterian Church.
Alissa BarthelMarvel Ann ( World’s reigning yo-yo champ) Young Barbara
Allissa Barthel is an Asian Mafia Princess on the lamb. She escapes detection using her vegan cheese empire PUNK RAWK LABS as a cover. She uses the VERT-O-GRAPH for quick flights back to Asia
Taryn HudsonBunny Albemarle ( Ted’s ditsy secretary ), Tammy
Taryn grew up in St. Cloud and was in multiple theatrical productions for the Childrens Theater. This is her first time in the Fringe. Although some people think of her as just another “boob tube in a negligee “,she found that the VERT-O-GRAPH has helped her find herself
Heather FossumBrenda (The smart one)
Dan BarthStage Manager/Lighting Design
Den Barth is making his Fringe debut and couldn’t be more excited. By day, Dan is the owner of DMR, a video production and event company in its 29th year. By night, he is the co-founder of and executive producer of Pioneer Place on Fifth Theatre in St.Cloud- now entering its 19th season of professional theatre and music. Pillows! Conga! Volcanoes! It’s a VERT-O-GRAPH dream come true
Yon HudsonSound Design
Yon Hudson is a multi-disciplinary Artist and DJ, living and working in Santa Fe, NM. An Elk River (Minnesota) native, he has been working with Dennis since the original ‘04 production. He produces sound design, costuming, props - whatever Marvel Ann wants, Marvel Ann gets, baby - and don't you forget it. This 'All New' VERT-O-GRAPH® promises to be the most spectacular production Marvel Ann Theatre has ever done - Team Linda!
VERT-O-GRAPH is a remount of Marvel Ann’s ‘04 Comedy/Adventure that goes deeper into the neurosis of “Mrs. Barbara Anderson”; her obsession with Soaps,’Contemporary Cul-Du-Sac’ magazine, and the reasons why her family has to eat and sleep standing up. After discovering a mysterious toy, Barbara finds herself in a parallel universe where a galactic groundskeeper helps her come to grips with her daughters budding sexuality, her homophobia towards her son “what’s with the S’s?”, and the collapse of her marriage. Beneath the absurdities of cheerleaders, ghosts, and erupting volcanoes lies a message about identity and enlightenment in the Kennedy era. Critic John Townsend has called it “one of LeFebvre’s most brilliant works”
“Marvel Ann Theatre has been one of the nation’s great ensembles in the realm of camp satire...” and is the oldest queer theatre company in the Fringe.Starting with its musical mash-up FUNNY SOUND OF MUSIC GIRL (starring newcomer Ann Michels) in 2001, Writer/Director Dennis LeFebvre has created”...some of the wittiest, campiest productions ever seen in the Twin Cities. He may be our best kept secret genius “(Lavender Magazine)
Specializing in high-concept, queer-centric comedies, Marvel Ann combines vintage film genres with the collective kitsch of our subconscious. It believes in the transformational power of theatre; casting newcomers alongside pros, and has featured 3 ‘out’ Ivey Award winners. Jim Lichtscheidl (a frequent collaborator), Ed Williams Jr (All About Steve) and Jairus Abts (‘Lester’ in the original VERT-O-GRAPH) # It’s biggest success came at the height of the same sex marriage debate with THE SECRET LIFE OF KITTY WILLIAMS about a washed up movie star who has an interspecies love affair “A well crafted spoof on schlocky horror films with a delicious lead crossgender performance by Dennis LeFebvre”(Star Tribune)“LeFebvre packs this comedy and love story with so much fast paced humor, sass and strong characters that it’s a shame when it ends. A must see! (Pioneer Press)