Month: March 2014

Hedgerow: Texas Actors Share the Stage in “The Mystery of Irma Vep”


Texas Actors Share the Stage in Hedgerow’s The Mystery of Irma Vep

There are only a few chances left to see the critically acclaimed performances of Carl Nathaniel Smith and Joel Guerrero in Hedgerow Theatre’s production of Charles Ludlam’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, which runs through April 6. Audiences and critics alike have commented on how well they work together in the two-man show. a madcap spoof of classic horror movies in which they play many parts and have 35 costume changes. This may be a result not just of their talent but that they grew up in the same west-central Texas town and have known each other for years.

“I first met Joel when he was a high-school sophomore and I was a college freshman,” Smith recalled. “I was choreographer for Seussical the Musical at San Angelo Central High School (where, coincidentally, his mother, Laura, teaches theater), and Joel played Horton.” “That’s it exactly,” Guerrero agreed. “Carl taught me how to dance like an elephant.”

Smith was the first to venture north. After graduating from Angelo State University with a degree in theatre, French and music, he worked as a production assistant at Texas Family Musicals in Granbury, where he met his now-wife Sarah Gafgen and learned of Hedgerow. “Sarah had taken a summer off from her Acting Fellowship at Hedgerow to work as a producing stage manager in Texas,” Smith said. “She felt I would be a good fit from watching me work. I tend to get my hands in every aspect of a show and I needed to find a company that would let me do that but also allow me to get on stage and act. I visited in September 2008, came back in October and stayed for three years.” He has since performed at a number of other local venues and recently joined Actors Equity.

Guerrero arrived in January 2013 at the recommendation of Smith. “I had graduated from Angelo State and had been working as the youth instructor at Angelo Civic Theatre,” he remembered. “I was looking to expand my experience and Carl told me it was a nice way to get a foot in the door of the professional world, but with a nice family vibe. In Texas, everyone did a little bit of everything at the theatre and was well-rounded, and it’s the same at Hedgerow.” He has certainly done just that, having acted, directed numerous children’s plays, taught classes and summer camps, among other things.

The pair previously appeared together at Hedgerow in Pride and Prejudice last spring, but The Mystery of Irma Vep is a completely different experience, as the two of them transform into multiple characters, some of them female. “Joel and I don’t like to think of it as playing different roles, but as being unique actors portraying those characters,” Smith explained. “[Director] Jared Reed was instrumental in tweaking us to remember we were completely different people, each with a different center of gravity and demeanor.”

For Guerrero, sharing the stage with his friend in this show is “a dream come true.” “We’re both 100% dependent on the other since we’re the only actors,” he commented. “Since Carl was older I always looked up to him and wanted to be be like him. Not many people get the chance to work with a mentor.”

The final performances are at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2; 7:30 p.m. on April 3 and 4; 8 p.m. on April 5; and 2 p.m. on April 6.  At intermission during the Saturday show, there will be a beer-tasting sponsored by Quotations, a Media restaurant at 37 E. State Street, known for its rotating list of craft and imported brews.

Only 8 more chances to let this comic duo from Texas tickle your funny bone. Purchase tickets.

Hedgerow School: Enroll today to save on a summer of play!

Spring is in the air and summer will soon be here!
We have an exciting summer of creativity, collaboration, and imagination planned just for you.
With professional teaching artists at the helm of our camps, you’ll explore uncharted waters in search of treasure, meet Shakespeare, travel to China, discover the wizarding world with Harry Potter, and more. 
And with half-day, one, two, and three week camp options, there’s something for every age and summer schedule. Read below for more information on our summer of play.

Half Day Camps bring imagination to life with Treasure Chest Theatre from June 16 to August 29. Dive into a world of imagination each week as we unpack a new adventure. What you find inside will always be a fun surprise! Ages 3 1/2 – 5 years.

Full Day One Week Camps will take you on imaginative adventures through history. Become a Jedi knight, meet Shakespeare and his characters, become a swashbuckling pirate, or join the world of Harry Potter at Hedgewarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to grow the adventure hero in you! June 16 – August 29.  Ages 6 -12 years. 

Two Week Camp Intensives will let you create, communicate, and collaborate to bring your work to life this June 16 to August 8.  Choose from our musicals Cinderella and 
The Jungle Book, or write and create your very own play to perform for friends and family in our Play It Out Camp. Ages 10 – 18 years.

Advanced Three Week Camp Intensives focus your skills in musical theater when you travel to China in Disney’s Mulan Jr. Explore individuality and character relationships when you perform in the World Premiere of a brand new comedy in our Acting Intensive.  August 11 – August 29. Ages 6 and up.

Want more details? Visit our Education page online


Only 2 more chances to see Joseph Robinette’s heartwarming musical Charlotte’s Web. Join us this Saturday March 29th at 11:00 am or Saturday April 5th at 11:00 am for our final performance! You don’t want to miss this delightful tale of friendship! Purchase tickets today!

Hedgerow In Song: Comedy, Jazz & Peggy King!

Our comic duo knocked your socks off with laughter in The Mystery of Irma Vep, now let our Music Ensemble tickle your funny bone with Comedy Tonight!, this April 12, 13 ONLY. 

And as an extra special musical treat, we have a second weekend of song with the “pretty, perky Peggy King”. Legendary songstress, Peggy King, actress of the stage, screen and television, will grace our stage with the the All-Star Jazz Trio for only two performances this April 18 and 19! 

Purchase tickets today!

Hedgerow: Only two weeks left for “Irma Vep”!

We can hardly believe it ourselves! Only 2 weeks left to catch what audiences are calling an ”hysterically funny” and  ”wonderful” show, The Mystery of Irma Vep!

But we’ll let you laugh for yourselves as our comic duo brings you to side splitting chuckles and giggles. 

And with our Whodunnit Contest at intermission, you might win a pair of tickets to any show in our season. So put on your thinking cap, bring along your funny bone, and get ready to laugh heartily at our nine remaining shows!

Purchase your tickets today before The Mystery of Irma Vep goes away!

Hedgerow School: Spring is in the air and that means classes too!

There are only 10 DAYS LEFT to register for our spring classes! Join the Hedgerow School for a semester of exploration, creativity, and collaboration in classes for everyone! Register online at or call the box office at 610-565-4211 to enroll today!

This summer promises to be a ton fun as we explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter, train as Jedi Knights, and embark on a journey with pirates to roam uncharted waters in search of treasure, and more! 

Our 1, 2, and 3 week summer camps run June 16th–August 29th. Save $50.00 when you enroll for our Early Bird Speical this week only! Share this offer with a friend so you both save and play together this summer. 

This weekend is your only chance to join us for Hedgerow School’s A Little Princess this Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday at 7 pm. And check out the photo gallery for Charlotte’s Web and A Little Princess for a sneak peek at both our current children’s shows!

Hedgerow: “Eternally laughing” with last 13 show of “Irma Vep”!

Look here! Yet another great review arrived from Montgomery Media for our “marvelous little ditty” that praises our “two master actors” for their agility and versatility. 

Of course, you should naturally see it to believe it, so grab your tickets to one of the final 13 shows left of The Mystery of Irma Vep! This ”comic gem” (Delco News)  will leave you “eternally laughing” (Montgomery Media) so purchase tickets TODAY

For more info on the show and a behind-the-scenes peek, click here.

Hedgerow: “A Little Princess” Takes the Stage at Hedgerow

Picture(L-R) Catherine Momjian as Christmas Past and
Shaun Yates as Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.”

The popular family musical A Little Princess, adapted by Vera Morris from the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, returns to Hedgerow Theatre for a limited engagement on Saturday, March 22 at 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

The play, set in Victorian England, is loyal to Burnett’s tale of Sara Crewe, the cherished daughter of a retired British officer who’s sent from her home in India to a boarding school in London. The haughty headmistress, Miss Minchin, is happy to have the wealthy young heiress as a student until the news comes that Sara’s father has died and her fortune is lost due to bad investments. Sara then must work as a servant at the school, but her luck changes for the better when a gentleman from India moves in next door.

The production is the culmination of a multi-generational show class, taught by Executive Director Penelope Reed, in which the students ranging in age from 8 to 16 and adults learn acting and musical-theatre techniques from the Hedgerow ensemble while preparing to appear at the historic theatre. “A Little Princess is always a big hit as a show class with our young actors,” said Reed, “and we’re one of the few places where parents can take the class along with their children and then act with them on stage.”

The charming score by Bill Francoeur includes “The Best Gift of All,” “A Proper English Girl,” “A Sunny Day in London,” and the title song, “A Little Princess.”

The younger members of the cast include Avery Anderson, Danielle DiFiore, Josei Intham, Lois Moyar, Leah O’Neill, Amelia and Isabella Phillips, Sofia Tamburello, and Madeline Theveny of Media; Ellie Barrickman of West Chester, Gabby Dove of Sharon Hill; Ella Grossman, Abigail Kanes, and Michael and Anna Tang of Swarthmore; Gabrielle Harrison of Coatesville; Alexi Kosturos of Broomall, Vivian Maucher of Wilmington, Caitllyn and Moira McKniff of Brookhaven; Catherine Momjian of Newtown Square; and Mikaylah Wade of Drexel Hill.

Adult students include Ann Byun of Swarthmore, mother of Abigail Kanes; and Bruce and Christine Momjian of Newtown Square, parents of Catherine.

Others appearing are Hedgerow company members Susan Wefel as Miss Minchin, and Lily Dwoskin, Robert Pellechio and Joanna Volpe in multiple roles. Volpe also serves as choreographer, and Shaun Yates is the music director.

Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-565-4211 or visit Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media).

Hedgerow: More comedy singing your way!

Join the Hedgerow Music Ensemble as we celebrate all that the Great American Musical can do to tickle you ribs and get you falling off the benches with laughter all in the historic Hedgerow Theatre – a perfect space to hear the human voice.

Purchase your tickets for more funny today!

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