Meet the Cast: “Never Get Smart With an Angel”
Eric has been involved with local theatre, both on and off stage, since the 1990s and is enjoying his recent return after a break. His favorite roles on the Thibodaux Playhouse stage include Booley (Driving Miss Daisy), Brindsley (Black Comedy) and Doc Porter (Crimes of the Heart). His directing gigs include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Noises Off, and Pygmalion. Eric appreciates the support of work, family and friends.
A native of Napoleonville and resident of Thibodaux, Roger is employed by the City of Thibodaux Police Department. He is happy to have the opportunity to contribute to the community through theatre and would like to thank his family and friends for their support and encouragement.
Roger made his debut in multiple supporting roles in the Thibodaux Playhouse 2010 production Annie and is enthusiastic to land his first lead role. He wishes to dedicate his performance to his late father John Hernandez, Sr., whose fiery temper and fierce love for family inspired his portrayal of Salvatore.
Paul is a Mass Communication graduate of Nicholls State University and will be enrolling in graduate school in the Fall. A Thibodaux Playhouse regular, Paul has performed in All The Great Books Abridged, Sander’s Family Christmas, Don’t Drink The Water, Bless Me Father, Lucky Stiff and many more. He has acted in shows in Houma, Thibodaux and New Orleans since the mid 1990s and looks forward to theater every day more than else. As well as performing, Paul also enjoys helping behind the scenes in set construction for many area shows. Once again, Paul would like to thank his family for allowing him the opportunity to go to rehearsal for the past few months. Enjoy the show.
An avid theatre goer, this is Andy’s first journey onto the stage and into the acting world. The closest he has come to performing is lecturing in front of his students at Nicholls State University. Simoncelli, who has a Ph.D. from LSU, teaches broadcast journalism in the Department of Mass Communication. He’s hoping that his students do not come see his performance since it will add to his nerves and may change their perspective of him. Dr. Simoncelli may be the teacher in the classroom, but he is definitely the student at rehearsal, where he enjoys watching the work of his more polished cast mates. Andy’s paternal grandfather was from Italy and his maternal grandfather fought in World War II, so he wishes to honor both of them with his performance; in addition to not embarrassing his son or the rest of his family.
Never Get Smart With an Angel is Adrienne’s third performance with the Thibodaux Playhouse. She was previously seen as Miss Willie in Curious Savage and Mrs. Rose Arnott in Enchanted April. Adrienne is very excited about the life-changing events happening since her involvement with this play and looks forward to welcoming her own “little Carmine” in less than nine months. Special thanks go out to family and friends for their love and support. Apologies to Laurie for missing out on so many Wednesday night buffets. Finally, Adrienne extends her deepest love for Ben, her “Kitty Litter King”!
Having produced and/or co-directed several of the more recent Thibodaux Playhouse productions, Daphne is happy to return to the stage as the ‘anything but angelic’ Lucia. A member of the Thibodaux Playhouse Board of Directors, Daphne has previously appeared in The Bad Seed (People’s Choice Award; Best Female Lead Award), Rumors, and Bless Me, Father (Best Supporting Female Award), as well as Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne’s How the Other Half Love. She thanks her character Lucia and ever-patient friends and fellow Board members Angela Hammerli and Sheela Plater for introducing her to her newest hobby – knitting.
Daphne has been an early childhood teacher for 21 years, 18 of which have been for the Terrebonne Parish School System. She resides in Thibodaux with her daughter Marcel who shares her mother’s love for the theatre.
Donnie, a long time fan of the theatre, is making his Thibodaux Playhouse debut. Off stage, Donnie serves as pastor of First United Methodist Church where he gives original spoken word performances each week. He is married to April, and they have two children: Mollybeth (7) and John Harper (3). Donnie is extremely grateful for the support his family has given him during the past several weeks of rehearsal. He also wishes to thank Joyce Young for her persistent encouragement to step onto the stage.