A hit of the 2012 Broadway season, “One Man, Two Guvnors” makes its Northwest premier at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre June 12. This musical farce features physical comedy, mistaken identity, gender-bending disguises, stage combat and a love story, all underscored with Beatle’s-style music performed by a live skiffle band. (Band members include Evan Goldhahn, John Knispel, Haley Owens, Morgan Phelps and Luree Green-Chappell).
Fort Peck Summer Theatre Artistic Director Andy Meyers plays Francis Henshall (the titular One Man), a role created by James Corden, the current host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.” Meyers recruited guest director Trey Compton to guide the cast through the comedy’s roles. Meyers and Compton first worked together in “Monty Python’s Spamalot” in Florida.
“I can’t imagine anyone else as our director,” says Meyers. “This is the most demanding role I have tackled. It’s scary to be so far out of my box and throwing any inhibitions out the window. I am thrilled to have Trey here, as we have a great mutual respect and working relationship. I trust him 100 percent.”
That admiration is echoed by Compton, who says, “Andy’s comedy is brutally honest and he has an incredible understanding of the timing and physicality. I am excited for the audiences here to see him showcase his talent.”
The production also stars Michelle Chin and Jamie Parnell as the Two Guvnors, along with Chanel Bragg, Taylor Caprara, Chea Clearwood, Dan Hance, Ethan Henry, Ryan Luwe, Jay Michael Roberts, Megan Wiltshire and Glasgow’s Nick Dirkes, Ethan Jamba, Hailey Stone and Harlan Taylor.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays, June 12–June 28. For tickets and information, call the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at 406-526-9943 or visit www.fortpecktheatre.org.
Following “One Man Two Guvnors,” the 2015 summer season continues with:
- 6th Annual “DAM Cabaret”: July 1
- Missoula Children’s Theatres “Rapunzel”: July 3-4
- “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”: July 10–July 26
- Disney’s “Tarzan”: July 31–Aug. 16
- “Steel Magnolias”: Aug. 21–Sep. 6