Lancaster Country Day School theater teacher Kristin Wolanin loves Neil Simon, but she has a penchant for presenting audiences with some of the lesser-known works of one of America's best-known playwrights. The first play she directed as the head of Country Day's theater program in 2014 was "Fools," a quirky comedy Simon supposedly wrote as an intentional flop as part of a divorce settlement. This time around, Wolanin and her students showed off their comedic chops in "Rumors," a farce that opened on Nov. 3 and ran for three nights.
Wolanin directed a version of the show at her former school, Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Fla. The group was one of the finalists in the Florida State Thespians competition, featuring more than 10,000 students. Wolanin's ensemble never got a chance to stage their performance for the judges, however, because their set was too large for the theater.
Wolanin's new ensemble featured 10 cast members and a crew of 26. The cast consisted of Delphi Aubry as Chris Gorman, Thomas Westbrook as Ken Gorman, Lily Delle-Levine as Claire Ganz, David Winner as Lenny Ganz, Sam Davis as Ernie Cusack, Madison Brown as Cookie Cusack, Hayden Feddock as Glenn Cooper, Eric Nahm as Officer Welch, and Evershea Andreas and Clare Jackson sharing the roles of Cassie Cooper and Officer Pudney.
The production stage manager was Malia Cintron, and the assistant stage manager was Gabe Walton. The crew included Mae Barr, Quinn Bilder, Maddie Bono, Zoe Bushman, Kylie Deraco, Katrina Faulkner, Tristan Haas, William Haddad, Danny Kelly-Buckley, Andy Kendall, Ben Kendall, Amelia Lojewski, Caterina Manfrin, Christopher Matthews, Sophie McDougall, Joan Miller, Eric Nahm, Cassandra Nazario, Olivia Neff, River Raymond, Samahdi Rodriguez, Noah Stoycos, Sam Wege, Amelia Wright and Linnea Wright.