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DC Players to present "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" Nov. 21-24

November 13, 2013


DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College's DC Players will present "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," a musical based on the book by Jeffrey Lane with music and lyrics by David Yazbek. Performances will be Nov. 21-23 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. in Schomburg Auditorium.

Based on the popular 1988 film, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

The cast includes: Steve Switz, New London, as Lawrence Jameson; Gareth MacMillan, Coloma, Mich., as Andre Thibault; Emily Wallace, Delphos, as Christine Colgate; Amanda Fooce, Bellevue, as Jolene Oakes, and ensemble members include Kelsea Burns, Antwerp; Samantha Butler, Monroe; Bria Double, Lyons; Andrew Drewes, Napoleon; Lindsay Kasmer, Medina; and Luke Nicely, Ney. The stage manager is Beth Pienoski, Sheffield Lake, and the choreographer is Brittany Mealer, Defiance.

Other cast members include Nolan Fout as Freddy Benson; Kaitlin Switzer as Muriel Eubanks; and ensemble members Brian Coon and Matt Mt.Castle.

The production is directed by Danae Jimenez with musical direction by Andrew Schultz and Candace Stoffel.

All seating for the show is general admission. Adult admission is $8 and students under 18 are $6. Reservations can be made by calling Carolyn Gilgenbach at 419-783-2462 or by e-mail The performances are free for faculty, staff and current DC students with ID. Some language may not be suitable for children.

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is