BLT Announces Cast of October Thriller “Veronica’s Room”

Sep 24, 2017

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Autumn will turn cold and eerie when the chilling psychological drama “Veronica’s Room” is staged by Bradford Little Theatre at Togi’s Playhouse in October. The play is a rarely-produced work from the acclaimed author Ira Leven, best know for the novels “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Stepford Wives.”

This intimate thriller explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, and the lengths one is willing to go to find absolution. A young couple, Susan and Larry, find themselves enticed to an old New England mansion by its elderly caretakers to meet Cissie, the sole surviving member of the mansion’s family. Insistent that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Cissie’s long-dead sister, Veronica, the caretakers try to convince Susan to briefly impersonate Veronica to bring comfort to the dementia-afflicted Cissie and allow her to die in peace.

“This show twists and turns and really keeps the audience on the edge of their seat, wondering and guessing,” said director Charlotte YerpeStock, of Salamanca, N.Y. “And at the end when everything finally comes together it is really brilliantly spine-chilling.”

The show joins together an impressively talented cast from across the region.

Talia A. VanDruff, of Angelica, N.Y., will be performing as the female caretaker of the mansion, Maureen Mackey. This is VanDruff’s first time performing for BLT, however the award winning actress was last seen as Aldonza in Olean Community Theatre’s (OCT) production of “Man of La Mancha.” When not on stage VanDruff enjoys tatting.

Barry Fitzgerald, of Allegany, N.Y., will play the old male caretaker of the mansion, John Mackey. Fitzgerald was last seen as Donny Dulce in BLT’s “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding.” When not on stage Fitzgerald enjoys fly fishing and hiking.

Aline Wintermantel, of Allegany, N.Y., will be taking the role of the young woman, Susan. This is Wintermantel’s first performance with BLT. She was last scene on stage as Sandy during Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association’s (CCLAA) production of “Grease.”

Skyler Schapp, of Randolph, N.Y., joins the cast as the young man, Larry. Schapp was last scene on the BLT stage as one of the disciples in “Godspell,” and more recently as T-Bird Sonny during CCLAA’s production of “Grease.”

“I am very excited about the amazing cast for this show. This show is physically and emotionally demanding and I cannot wait to see these actors tackle it and bring their own unique quirks to the characters,” YerpeStock said.

Veronica’s Room will be performed at Togi’s Playhouse on October 13th and 14th at 7:30pm and October 15th at 2pm.

Tickets will be $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available for purchase at Graham Florist and Togi’s Restaurant and will be sold at the door if available. Seating is general admission and doors will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.

This show is suggested for mature audiences, children and teens under 13 are not recommended.

For further information, please contact Chelsea Place at 814-598-9956.