Rest Assured

by Donald Payton
Directed by Kathy Hyland
Stage Manager Jeremy Harrison

Feb. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, & 20, 2021 at 8:00PM
Feb. 14 & 21, 2021 at 2:00PM

Sharifa Andrews (Mildred), Hope Bailey (Miss Akers), Lily Billups (Jessica Morlock), Allyson Brickner (Martha Lanconi), Christian Hall (Mr. Morlock), Briana Harger (Mary Morlock), Lynn Hull (Mrs. Morlock), Jeff Kemeter (Dr. Brown), Dan Kuhlman (Joe Lanconi), Kenneth Perdue (Luigi Lanconi), Heather Schultz (Lucifer), Kyle Smith (George Plew), & Gail Stewart (Mrs. Schmaltz)

Mr. Morlock is a fidgety, grouchy old fellow who doesn't like anything but money and won't let his daughter marry Joe Laconi because he's poor. So when Joe's papa, Luigi, comes over to plead his son's case, the two men start feuding and Mr. Morlock says if Mary weds Joe, it'll be over his dead body! Luigi says if they don't get married it'll be over his! When Luigi has a heart attack, the feud appears over. But Luigi gets permission from "up there" to come back and haunt Mr. Morlock and continue haunting him until he gives the kids his blessing. Mr. Morlock is frenzied! Luigi's ghost, visible only to Morlock, kicks him off the couch, pulls the covers off him, kicks him in the seat, flirts with his secretary, and cavorts around in a fashion that would put most ghosts to shame. Poor Mr. Morlock, the entire family thinks he's lost his few remaining marbles. In his despair, he accidentally takes too many sleeping pills. Then it happens. He, too, kicks the bucket. But Mr. Morlock refuses to leave earth until things are settled to his satisfaction, and of course, Luigi says he will not rest in peace until Mary and Joe are married. Unfortunately, life in Mr. Morlock's home goes on as if nothing happened and for the first time ever, Mr. Morlock realizes his mistakes and begs for another chance.

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BroadwayWorld Regional Award Nominations Announced – Voting Now Open!

BroadwayWorld recently announced the nominations for this year's BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for Columbus, highlighting the "Best of the Decade" here in central Ohio, with Curtain Players receiving nods in fourteen community theatre categories.

Curtain Players is honored to have received a total of 26 nominations, including Best Theatre, Best Musical, and two nods for Best Play.

These awards are community voted, open to anyone who has (or creates) a free login. Voting for the Best of the Decade awards is now open at, until Dec. 31.

Here’s the full list of Curtain Players’ nominees for 2020, listed by their categories. Congratulations to all!

Best Theatre of the Decade (Community)
Curtain Players

Best Musical of the Decade (Community)
Falsettos (2020)

Best Play of the Decade (Community)
Arsenic and Old Lace (2018)
Sense and Sensibility (2020)

Best Actress in a Musical of the Decade (Community)
Layne Bair – Falsettos (2020)

Best Actor in a Musical of the Decade (Community)
Ben Smallwood – Falsettos (2020)
Will Eillis – Falsettos (2020)

Best Actress in a Play of the Decade (Community)
Cheryl Muller – Arsenic and Old Lace (2018)
Francesca DiFrancesco – Sense and Sensibility (2020)
Mackenzie Joseph – Sense and Sensibility (2020)
Natalie Tangeman – Sense and Sensibility (2020)

Best Ensemble in a Musical of the Decade (Community)

Falsettos – Will Ellis, Ben Smallwood, Layne Bair, Brenton Leuvoy, Erin Haught, Johanna Whetstone, Evan Stefanik, & Laura Dachenbach (2020)

Best Ensemble in a Play of the Decade (Community)

Epic Proportions – Nathan Bashaw, Randy Benge, Michael Day, Emma Kinnison, Greg Kissner, Colin Luther, Rachel Luther, & Kyle Smith (2019)

You Can't Take it With You – Sharifa Andrews, Doug Browell, Sean Hazen Coffman, Larry Cole, Julie Emmert, Jeff Eyerman, Linda Goodwin, Stephen Grinch, Jeff Kemeter, Madison Lee, Randy Lenhart, Jack Miller, Kurt Mueller, Kirsten Peninger, Bethany Schoeff, & Jay Stiger (2016)

Best Director of a Musical of the Decade (Community)
Hal Houston – Falsettos (2020)

Best Director of a Play of the Decade (Community)
Heather Schultz – Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (2017)
Heather Schultz – Wendy Darling (2017)
Heather Schultz – Sense and Sensibility (2020)
Kate Tull – You Can't Take it With You (2016)

Best Costume Design of the Decade (Community)
Tasha Naneth – Wendy Darling (2017)

Best Set Design of the Decade (Community)
Booth Muller – The Diary of Anne Frank (2016)
Hal Houston – Falsettos (2020)

Best Volunteer of the Decade
Heather Schultz
Kathy Hyland
Sharifa Andrews

Best Local Original Script of the Decade
Jeremy Sony – Sleepy Hollow: The Lost Chapter (2019)

This year, BroadwayWorld Columbus nominations were submitted by readers of for community theatre productions, student productions, and local professional productions, which opened between 2011 through September 30, 2020.

To vote for your favorites, you can login to BroadwayWorld, or create a login at the end of your selections. See a complete list of all nominees and categories from community, educational, and professional productions at the link below. Voting will continue through December 31, 2020. Winners will be announced in January! is the largest theatre site on the Internet devoted to all things Broadway as well as theater around the country and world.

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