Marian Players to Present Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy

Will Stockdale (played by Connor Mahony) and Ben Whitledge (played by Jonathan Damare) salute barrack sergeant, Orville King (played by Brennan Skinner).

The story of a simple-minded bumpkin from Georgia drafted into the U. S. Army Air Force in the hit Broadway play “No Time for Sergeants” will be performed by the St. Paul’s School Marian Players at the Covington school’s Alumni Memorial Theatre on Nov. 7 thru Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m.

The story begins when Will Stockdale, played by Connor Mahony, is drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force. The character is a combination of crushing naivety, stubbornness, a completely literal mind, and amazing physical strength. Will becomes friends with Ben Whitledge, played by Jonathan Damare, and the two create numerous episodes for the barracks sergeant Orville King, played by Brennan Skinner. Can the Air Force maintain composure with all the shenanigans?

“It’s a story of being true to yourself, the way God made you,” says director Denny Charbonnet. “This play is perfect for St. Paul’s, since it offers many male roles. It’s also very funny and always creates a packed house.”

The play has had two previous runs at the school–once in 1995 and again ten years later in 2005–and now, it’s back for another week of comedy.

“We just want everyone to enjoy themselves. People coming to the show can expect a night of outstandingly good entertainment,” continued Charbonnet.

Supporting cast includes Mason Spong as Gen. Bush, Thomas Duet as Gen. Pollard, David Conroy as Irvin, Jimmy Montour as Pa Stockdale, Nicholas Brennan as Draft Man, Trey Couvillion as Lt. Bridges, Christian Dougherty as Lt. Gardella, Trip Russ as Lt. Kendall, Shane Clay as Lt. Cover, Lyle Manion as Captain, Michael Stewart as Colonel, Ben Kenney as Senator, Jordan Jacob as Infantryman, Gerard Gianoli as Manual Dexterity Corporal, Sam Giberga as Psychiatrist, Mitch Richard as Captain Charles, Stephen Hammond as Lt. Abel , Sam Moore as Lt. Baker, Thomas Huval as Classification Corporal, Ross Allbritton as Lt./Bus Driver, Cody Despointes as Lt./Aide to Gen. Pollard, Caroline Marcello as Rosabelle, Sara Seghers as Ruthie, Katherine Carey as Cigarette Girl, and Samantha Brown as Nurse. Sentries are played by Sam Nuss and Thomas Williamson; and Inductees are played by Jack Donham, Kyle Schimpf, Ethan Lowry, Brooks McMahon, and Jacob Bopp.

Charbonnet is aided by Barrett Baumgartner as assistant director, Michael Boudreaux on set construction, Bobby Bayer as stage manager, Ellen Lopkos as lighting designer, Garret Grass on light board, Dustin Simoneaux on sound board, and Trent Pouey on follow spot.

Additional crew for the play includes Kyle Shiell, Bobby Bayer, Nick Oubre, Christopher Damare, Brad Jones, Patrick Rudiger, T’Jacques Guillot, Chris Woodman, Ethan Hopel, and Nathan Volz. Additional support is provided by Teddy Barkerding as costume consultant; Barry Auxilien for publicity; Mitchell St. Pierre for poster design; Janet McRae for tickets; Scott Scheuermann for program layout; Janet McRae and Shelley Falkenstein for makeup; Christi Brennan, Jimmilyn Manion, and Dawn Skinner as parent coordinators; and Liz Spong as concession distributer.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at the St. Paul’s School administration office, (985) 892-3200 ext. 1000, or at Braswell Drugs on Tyler St. in Covington, (985) 892-0818. “No Time for Sergeants” is written by Ira Levin and adapted from the novel by Mac Hyman. It is performed with special permission from Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

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