The Perils of Francois
Written by Scott Cherney
Based on characters created by Jann Harrison
Original music and directed by Deanne Collins
Orchestrations by Ken Williams
Mask created by David Knezz
Palatial Boudreaux Manor in the French Quarter is the scene of Bob and Bunny Boudreaux's annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball. The guest of honor is Bob's life-long friend, Francois Andre Midas Fibian V. A freak storm that threatens to turn into an out-of-season hurricane has arisen as the guests arrive.
Come see the zany cast of characters that the wind blows in such as:
- Dee Dee Demure, Bob's personal secretary, who arrives covered in strands of beads from Mardi Gras revelers. How did she get all those beads?
- Lola Piccard, dressed in a trench coat, floppy hat and sunglasses, in an odd attempt to remain mysterious. What is she hiding?
- Inspector Gerard Pierre Perrier of the French Police Nationale, a man with a very obviously fake accent who really isn't fooling anyone, except himself!
- And the guest of honor Francois finally arrives (he got to the party HOW?) and then shocks the guests by informing them he is not wearing a mask.
Come enjoy an evening of thunder, lighting, Voo Doo, and so much more!
*** Reservations needed in advance to prepare your meal.
Please Note: Some locations will not be listed on ticketsnashville website, but phone numbers are listed below and you will need to call them directly. Thanks!
- Woodys Steak House: 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 6/7, 6/21, 7/12, 7/19
- Dave & Busters: 5/15, 6/19, 7/17
- Looking Glass: 5/26
For complete details please go to TICKET PAGE.
Meet The Director
Deanne Collins, Ed.D.: (Director) Playwright, Teaching Artist. Deanne Collins’ education includes a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma, a M.Ed. and a Doctorate from Vanderbilt University. She enjoyed a ten year affi liation with Nashville Institute for the Arts in Tennessee and Wolf Trap in McLean Virginia. As Assistant Professor of Speech and Theatre at Lane College in Jackson TN, she developed the curriculum for a degree in Theatre. Currently, Deanne spends the major part of the year writing and directing plays for Deco Arts, Spring Hill Library’s Kidz Kompany and contracts with VSA Tennessee to conduct residencies in Playwriting and Dance.
Meet The Assistant Director
Ricky Lynne Assistant Director/Vocal Coach: Ricky Lynne Owner of Sabre Music Entertainment, providing production, directing, vocal coaching, booking and artist develop ment. Ricky has also released Americana music albums “Live to Love” and “Feel My Heart”. Ricky teaches musical theatre and Voice at Integriti music, and her own series of performance workshops titled “On the Stage” at Williamson county schools. She has performed as an Artist and in many Theatre Productions in 42 of the United States as well as with national acts such as Ray Price, and Victoria Shaw. Ricky Lynne was the very fi rst artist to release and distribute a MP3 CD. She is degreed in Music Theatre at Ohio University, and is a second generation student of Lee Strasburg in the study of Voice.
Meet The Actors
Larry Davis - "Bob Boudreaux"
Larry Davis: “Bob Boudreaux”-Oozing with Southern charm and smarm, Bob is the host of a Mardi Gras ball in his French Quarter family mansion. Bob lost all his fortune and is now living off his wife. Larry is thrilled about his opportunity to be apart of Mel O’ Drama Theater. Larry is a theater major at Cumberland University and has per formed in 5 plays on the Heydel Fine Art Center’s stage. His favorite roles include Dr. Emmett in Curious Savage, The Ghost of Christmas Present in Christmas Carol, Harry Pepper in Barefoot in the Park, and Mr. De Pinna in You Can’t Take it With You. Larry is also apart of a student production fi lm company named B-Man Productions, managed by Josh McCausland. Larry thanks his supporting family, friends, and his beautiful girlfriend Brittany “Tegan” Koken.
Rebecca Nelson - "Bunny Boudreaux"
Rebecca Nelson: “Bunny Boudreaux”-Bob’s wife, rather a bully of woman who now owns the Boudreaux name. Loud, often obnoxious but in her defense, she’s also possessed by the spirit of a long-dead voodoo priestess. Rebecca is not only excited for the opportunity to be doing another Mel O’ Drama show, but to be doing another show with her good friend Megan Hunt since she is the one that got Rebecca into theatre back in 2009 by doing The Mikado with Act1. Rebecca has recently been seen in Towne Centre Theatre’s production of It’s A Wonderful Life as Mrs. Martini/Potter’s Secretary and Mel O’ Drama’s Dracula’s Masquerade Ball as Jezebel Lewinsky. Her favorite roles include Nickie Pignatelli in Towne Centre Theatre’s Sweet Charity and Ms. Jollygood/Mrs. Fezziwig in Towne Centre Theatre’s Scrooge: The Musical. She would like to thank Mel and Deanne for the opportunity to work on this production, and to her friends and family for all their support. It has been a wild ride, but all she can say is *Gold star* !
Megan Hunt - "Dee Dee Demure"
Megan Hunt: “Dee Dee Demure”-Bob’s personal and very private secretary. Dumber than a box of rocks or is she the most devious one in the room? Megan is pleased to be a part of Mel O’Drama Theatre, and is excited to be working with Rebecca Nelson again after almost five years. Megan will complete her M.A in Vocal Performance at Cumberland University this year, and has performed for a variety of stage productions and films throughout her career. Some of her favorite roles include Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, Ada in The Late Christopher Bean, and Liesel in The Sound of Music. Her latest fi m, Fat Chance, is slated for a worldwide release following its April 2014 premier at the Marble City Comicon in Knoxville, Tennessee. Megan wishes to thank her friends and family for all of their continued support and encouragement over the years. *Gold Star*
Marci Wilson-Boggs - "Lola Piccard"
Marci Wilson-Boggs: “Lola Piccard” This is Marci’s first performance with Mel O’Drama Theater. Marci is primarily a singer, songwriter and audio recording studio co-owner with two solo music CDs and background vocal performance credits on over 20 albums. She has acted and sung in several religious theatrical performances in Houston, Texas, and Denver, Colorado, and has been studying and performing jazz at the Nashville Jazz Workshop in recent years. You may find Marci singing jazz in interesting venues all over Nashville when she is not traveling the world with her touring husband. She is thrilled to be working with the talented and fun actors in Mel O’Drama theater.
Andy Johnson - "Inspector Pierre Perrier"
Andy Johnson: “Inspector Pierre Perrier”-A French policeman with a very obviously fake accent who is actually Dee Dee’s cousin Dennis, a nitwit of the highest order. Andy Johnson began his theater career on a whim when he auditioned for a local theater. Since then he has been on stage or in front of a camera as often as possible playing roles from classics such as “Little Women” and “ A Christmas Carol” to being an extra on the hit series “Nashville”. Andy spent a year performing with Nashville Improv. When he isn’t seeking the lime light Andy is behind the camera with his company Warped Films creating videos and commercials. The main reason he has been lucky enough to accomplish this dream is because of all the great people he has met in theater to start with. Andy is making his second productions with Mel O’Drama.
Sheldon Kahan - "Francois Andre Midas Fibian V"
Sheldon Kahan: “Francois Andre Midas Fibian V”-A man in transition, everything his song implies and more. Discovered in the art work of Jann Harrison, Francois is making his debut in in his fi rst of original Mel O’Drama murder mysteries series. Sheldon Kahan is actually quite a bit like Francois. He grew up in Miami Beach and has performed world wide in the acting and music fi elds including Israel, England, California and Nashville. He was a member of The Electric Stage, Israel’s fi rst progressive rock band, appeared in summer stock theater in Northern California. While in LA he worked with such artists as Bruce Willis, Jeff Bridges and Andy Garcia. Served as spokesman for Moore Oldsmobile & Cadillac in LA, now can be heard locally in voice overs on 94.5 Hippie Radio. Now a Nashvillian, Sheldon is thrilled to be a part of Mel O’ Drama in this ground breaking role.