PieRats: The Crusade for Peaches Cobbler

presented by People Sittin Around Doin Theatre

PieRats: The Crusade for Peaches Cobbler

A pie maker's swashbuckling, slapstick adventure with Captain Schleptoba & Clueless Willie, who help save his love Peaches Cobbler from the villainous paws of Blind Bart and evil pocket dog Jolly Rodger-Rita.

The cast

Christina Akers
Role: Playwright
Christina is a playwright and director who has worked artistically and in art administration in the Twin Cities, Colorado and NYC. She studied directing at NYU and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School in NYC and has worked locally with The Children's Theatre, SteppingStone Theatre, Hardcover Theatre and Teatro del Pueblo. She's worked with artists such as Lou Bellamy, Michael Sommers, Luverne Seifert, Peter Brosius and Elissa Adams, as well as international artist Pierre Byland of Burlesk Center Clown school in Switzerland. Christina is also Artistic Director of PSADT and Company Manager at Teatro del Pueblo. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts, summa cum laude, from the U of M Twin Cities, an Author Ballet Playwriting Award and has works published in multiple volumes of Alma Latina. Deepest thanks to this amazing group of artists for bringing this work to life! And thanks and love always to Mom for all her support!

Amber Appel
Role: Captain Schleptoba
Amber is very excited to be back on stage after an 8 year break from acting. Amber has a double major in Theatre and Business Administration from Southwest Minnesota State University. She currently works at an advertising company in Hopkins, is taking dance classes, and assists where needed with People Sittin' Around Doin' Theatre. She would like to thank her boyfriend, Jym, for all his support! Also, she would like to thank the cast and crew for all the hard work. It has been a pleasure working with everyone.

Joel Ashbacher
Role: Stage Manager
Joel is making his Fringe/People Sittin' Around Doin' Theatre debut. Fairly new to the Twin Cities, Joel was born and raised on a large Family farm in rural NE Iowa. As he grew up he developed a love for the arts, but mostly Theatre. In 2002 at the age of 22 he became Artistic Director of a small theatre company in Iowa and was there until August of 2007 when he decided to give the Twin Cities a go. While there Joel director more shows than he can think of and graced the stage in many roles. He is currently in the process of writing his own play with the hopes to put it on stage sometime in the next year or two. Thank you all for your support by coming to see our show.

William Bradshaw
Role: Blind Bart
William has just moved back to MN from studying Theater at the accredited AMDA school for Musical and Theatric arts. He has performed Nationally with his magic and is currently continuing his education at the University of Minnesota. To get more information visit www.Willmagi.com

Joshua Cashman
Role: Clueless Willie
Joshua is thrilled to be making his second of what he hopes to be many appearances here in the Twin Cities. Originally from the bright lights of New Jersey by way of New York, Joshua would like to thank PSADT for taking up all his free time, TCUTA for giving him the opportunity to be seen, and Joe and Ed for teaching him everything he knows. Joshua also wants to thank his Family; Mom, Dad, Chris and of course Lauren for allowing him to pursue his dreams.

Kyle Connor
Role: Jarret McGavin
Kyle has done stand up comedy and is a character entertainer for Camp Snoopy and Nickelodeon Universe. He is also "Mudonna," mascot for the Minor league baseball team The St. Paul Saints. Kyle was last seen in People Sittin' Around Doin' Theatre's production of Hamlet 2.

Brittany Engler
Role: Peaches Cobbler
Brittany just graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls with a B.S. in theatre along with two minors in dance education and musical theatre performance. She is very excited to be making her PSADT debut playing Peaches Cobbler. She has been seen playing many roles on the stages of University Wisconsin River Falls, Festival Theatre and Six Flags America, Chicago. Her favorite role has been Corie Bratter in "Barefoot in the Park."

Shannon Harman
Role: Director
Shannon is a freelance director who has been involved with 20% Theatre Company-Twin Cities (Director, "After Ashley," "Wrecked," "The Trials of Gertrude Moody", Bedlam Theatre's Ten Minute Play Festival (Director, "Opening Day"), The Children's Theatre Company (Assistant Director "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie," "Huck Finn," "Tales of A West Texas Marsupial Girl," "Antigone;" Director "Monday Night Live: The Apprentices"), Frank Theatre (Assistant Director, "The Pillowman"), The Guthrie Theatre (Directing Intern, "A Christmas Carol"), The Jungle Theatre (Intern, "Same Time, Next Year"), Teatro del Pueblo (Director, "Mashed Monsters" as part of Visiones 2007), Theatre Limina's Summer Shorts Festival (Director "Pierced"), and Pillsbury House Theatre's Chicago Avenue Project. Shannon previously worked with Cleveland companies Red Hen Productions, Cleveland SIGNSTAGE Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts, Near West Theatre, SAFMOD, and the Cleveland Public Theatre, as well as the Vermont Stage Company in Burlington, Vermont.

John Zimmerman
Role: Director
John makes his theatrical directorial debut with this PSADT production after many years of self-direction.


[A] Sat., Aug. 2 @ 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 3 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 4 @ 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 8 @ 5:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 10 @ 7:00 p.m.

[S]=ASL interpreted
[A]=Audio described

Show details

Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

Duration: 60 minutes

For ages 5+

Written by Christina M. Akers

Website: www.psadt.com

Genres: Kids, Teens, Comedy, Audio described

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Ye Best Be Seein' this Show Matey!
by Janet Weaver Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
An uproariously fun time for all! Very clever & quite humorously done. I felt Chris Akers portrayal of the characters to be poignent & very entertaining as well as funny. I felt Will Bradshaw particularly stood out in this one as Blind Bart lending his individual slant to the humor.
If you haven"t seen this one yet be sure to catch the last performance on Sunday at 7:00pm at Mixed Blood Theatre.
Ye won"t be regrettin" it, ARG!

Great for kids and adults!
by Patricia Farley Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
We took our 4 year old grandson and he was in awe of those hilarious pirates. We all loved the play and hope there are more to come. We were especially impressed with the obvious dedication that all actors put into their character.

great family fun!
by ed rusky Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I went last weekend with my 3 kids (youngest was 3 years old) and they all loved it! They're still talking about it; they thought it was hilarious and it definitely kept their attention throughout the show. Take your kids to this show -- they'll love it!

by Kelsey Anderson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I think this is a clever show with a cast that has obviously worked hard. I have no children, but I am sure they would have enjoyed it!

Two thumbs up for PieRats
by Annette Albrecht Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Congrats to the cast for a wonderful show! Thank you for a fun evening of entertainment and laughs.

Nothing Good. Nothing.
by Ben Thietje Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
If having children gives you a reason to see this show, I'd advise you to take your kids into a large crowd and do your best to lose them. It's like a hurricane of horrible theatre whose eye relentlessly pounds away at the right side of your brain for 45 unbearable minutes. When I saw this show, there was a blind woman sitting in front of me. I was jealous.

Not kid friendly
by Jessica Nievinski Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
I didn't find this show to be very kid appropriate for multiple reasons. First of all, the show opens and closes with a joke about male genitalia. Secondly, the word "shut up" was said at least 40 times in the short 40 mintue show, and I don't know about you, but when I was a child, that was considered to be a pretty bad word. Lastly, the show was hard to follow, so I can't imagine how many children would actually understand what was going on in the show. That said, there were some highlights in the cast. William Bradshaw and Joshua Cashman both showed true talent by doing what they could with very poor material. Thank goodness for the multiple prat falls and the tiny dog hand puppet, or this show would have had even less laughs than it did. Between what I consider to be inappropriate material for a children's show, confusing material for a children's show and certain cast members confusing character names on stage as well as whispering ad libs and breaking character throughout, I would say skip this show unless you have an Ultra Pass and can't make it anywhere else.

Swashbucklingly Silly and Thoughtful Too
by Dan Halsey Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A slapstick comedy that was just right for my kids (ages 4 & 7), but also great fun for me too. The great malapropisms written into the script brought extra laughs from me - especially when coming from the mouth of Captain Schleptoba (Amber Appel). The thought provoking part - that my son's actually picked up on in amongst the onstage antics -- was take credit for being yourself.

The cast worked great together, especially with the amount of physical comedy they pulled off. It's light, but we enjoyed it. My recommendation: Take the kids, or not.

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