‘Moon Over Buffalo’ kicks off sixth Summit Theatre Group season

LEE’S SUMMIT, MO — Summit Theatre Group’s new season kicks off March 17 as the STG players will take the audience back in time to 1953 in Buffalo, New York.

“Moon Over Buffalo” is the story of an acting couple that are a little “past their prime.” The couple are on tour in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1953 with their repertory company consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives. Fate has given these thespians one more shot at Hollywood stardom when they discover famous director Frank Capra himself is en route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance.

Players from all over the Kansas City Metro area have assembled for this production.

The acting couple of George and Charlotte Hay are portrayed by Joe Caronia (Kansas City, Mo.) and Jacqueline Friedhof (Lee’s Summit, Mo.).

“George Hay is a very dramatic, slapstick type, over-the-top actor,” “Moon Over Buffalo director Mark Hamilton said. “Charlotte Hay, she helps to run the acting troupe and plays all the leads, a bit past her prime but she tries to keep things up and running.”

The other players include Erzi Killeen (Lenexa, Kan.) as Rosalind “Roz” Hay, Dee Dee Diemer as Ethel, Eli Biesemeyer (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) as Howard, Julie Thompson (Overland Park, Kan.) as Eileen, David Webster (Leawood, Kan.) as Paul and Jon Specht (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) as Richard.

Rosalind “Roz” Hay – George and Charlotte's daughter – used to be an actress and a member of their acting troupe, but she decided that she wanted a real career, determined never to act again – or be like her parents. 

Eileen is an aspiring young actress. She has a crush on George and has been having a fling with him. Howard is a TV weatherman and Rosalind's fiancé. Paul is a young and handsome member of the acting troupe, who used to be with Rosalind and still loves her and wants her back; but he is an actor first and foremost, so he wouldn't leave the troupe to be with her.

Richard is George and Charlotte's attorney, but he is in love with Charlotte, always trying to get her to leave George. He is wealthy and used to getting what he wants, and he is both amused and perplexed by the Hay family.

“Moon Over Buffalo” runs March 17-18, 24-26 at the MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 500 SW Longview Road, in Lee’s Summit. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of March 24, which is a 2 p.m. matinee.

For more information on tickets ($15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors), visit www.summittheatre.org or visit one of the two Lee’s Summit HyVee stores.