CAMDEN — The Bingo Queen, a joyous musical written by nationally acclaimed writer and performer John Burstein, will be performed July 29 and 30 at the Camden Opera House, in Camden, to help support the Meals-On-Wheels mission to feed the elderly.
Bingo Queen tells the story of Marv Corbett, a gentleman locked into a dead-end job, but with dreams of hitting it big.
He comes up with the slightly daffy idea of producing a Bingo TV game show. Realising Bingo may be perceived as old fashioned in our modern “twitterized, intagramed, googlized world,” he conceives of a way to “glitz it up.”
His answer is to find a spectacular personality, a “Vanna White on steroids” to host the show. Someone who sings and dances and can call Bingo like no one has ever done before.
During this hilarious musical the audience gets to see the live “audition” and has the chance to play Bingo and win incredible prizes provided by the production’s main sponsors, Natalie’s Restaurant, the Samoset Resort and Maine Sport. They even vote to choose the Bingo Queen.
And every ticket sale helps to support Meals-On-Wheels mission to feed the elderly.
The show is cosponsored by the Camden Opera House, which has worked with John in the past to help the worthy cause. Over $14,000 was donated from The Night Kitchen Musical they co-produced several years ago.
Take yourself, your friends, grandma, grandpa and children over 6.
Directed by Chris Clavelli Resident director of The Florida Repertory Theatre and the recipient of a Broadway World Best Director Award.
Featuring an incredibly talented cast including:
- Heather Petruzelli a NYC based singer who has appeared with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players at Symphony Space Theater, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Opera Northeast and as a guest artist on NPR radio.
- Joel Crowley, a Maine based actor whose recent roles include appearances with the Maine State Music Theater as Captain Walker in Tommy and Mr. Joyce in Treasure Island.
- John Burstein, a Maine based actor/writer has written, produced and starred in programs on CBS and PBS. His one man symphony show has toured the country. He has been the subject of feature articles in the New York Times, Newsweek, Nick Jr., NPR’s Morning Edition, TV Guide, the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, and hundreds of other newspapers and magazines.
- Lauren Assume a NYC comedian, improviser and co-host of "Crazy Hot: The Podcast" (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher).
- Nick Curley a Brooklyn based actor and writer who has performed at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Peoples Improv Theater, Under St. Marks, ImprovOlympic, Playwrights Horizons, and TheaterLab.
- Madelyn Monaghan a NYC singer, actor, writer, and recording artist. She has a BFA in musical theatre from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and The New School
Advanced tickets are $20 ($25 day of show) and can be purchased online at CamdenOperaHouse.com or at the box-office.