Tennessee Valley Theatre did Rumors back in 96, New cast does 2017
June 1, 2017
Spring City, TN — This was the very first production at TVT’s permanent location on West Jackson Ave in 1996. This was directed by Mr. Bernie Belisle in 1996 and again now in 2017.
At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
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Friday June 16th and Saturday June 17th at 7:30PM, Sunday June 18th at 2:00PM and Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th at 7:30PM, Sunday June 25th at 2:00PM Tickets are $10
2017 Cast includes
Ken Gorman – Caleb Julin
CHRIS Gorman – Stefani Green
Lenny Ganz – Nicholas Wilbanks
Claire Ganz – Annette Dufty
Ernie Cusack – Bernie Belisle
Cookie Cusack – Mary Pendergrass
Glenn Cooper – Jamie McIntosh
Cassie Cooper – Kaitlyn Couch
Officer Welch – Alex Dufty
Officer Pudney – Bailey Hufstetler
Directed by Bernie Belisle
Original 1996 cast
Glenn Cooper – Bernie Belisle
Cassie Cooper – Trish (Ferrell) Wileman
Claire Ganz – Amy Ballentine
Lenny Ganz – Jeff Ferrell
Ken Gorman – Tony McCuiston
Chris Gorman – Gail Johnson
Ernie Cusack – Harry Landreth
Cookie Cusack – Valerie Cannon
Officer Welch – Mel Wilhoit
Officer Pudney – Mandy (Pendleton) Clark
KEN GORMAN – (40) A well-to-do lawyer. Wealthy, but by no means pretentious. Takes
charge of the situation. Married to Chris. Halfway through the show, a gunshot causes his
CHRIS GORMAN – (mid-30’s) Another lawyer, married to Ken. Beautiful, easily flustered.
Frantically tries to maintain normalcy at the party. Has recently quit smoking, which
drives her to drink a bit more.
LENNY GANZ – (Late 30’s, early 40’s) – A wealthy accountant, distraught over the recent
destruction over his new car. Starts the show with an extreme case of whiplash. Intolerant
of the gossipy-lifestyle that he is often involved in.
CLAIRE GANZ – (Late 30’s) – Lenny’s wife. Very concerned with appearances (hers and
others’). Starts the play with a swollen lip. Likes to gossip.
ERNIE CUSACK – (Early 50’s) – a psychiatrist. Affable, smokes a pipe. Loves his wife very
much. Tries to be as helpful as possible cooking the evening’s dinner.
COOKIE CUSACK – (40’s) – has her own cooking show. Suffers from extreme back spasms.
Loves her husband very much. A bit absent-minded at times.
GLENN COOPER – (30-40) A handsome man running for State Senate. Worried about his
own reputation. Struggles with placating his wife, who is convinced he is having an affair
(which he may or may not be).
CASSIE COOPER – (late 20’s, early 30’s) Glenn’s beautiful wife. Obsesses over her
husbands’ relationships with other women. Quick to anger. Must rub her quartz crystal to
calm herself down.
OFFICER WELCH (M) – (30-50) – A city police officer having a rough night. Does not
tolerate lying. Sees through the “classy” façade that these high-society types put up.
OFFICER PUDNEY (F) – (20-30) – Welch’s partner. A strong but silent type.