BRATTLEBORO >> Shoot the Moon Theater Company continues its inaugural season with "Cameo." Show time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 16 through 18, at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery.
"CAMEO" is an original production inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock, the English director known for classic movie thrillers, including "Rear Window," "The Birds," "Psycho," "North By Northwest," and "Vertigo." Director Joshua Moyse describes the plot as a 'whodunnit?' revolving around a wife whose husband has gone missing. Then when he returns, she doesn't recognize him.
"We wanted to present an entertaining mystery for the stage in an innovative and cinematic way," said Shoot the Moon's artistic director, Joshua Moyse. "The audience will, hopefully, be kept guessing not only by the plot twists, but also by how we, as Theatre artists, are doing the show."
Cast members are Xoe Perra, Skyler Heathwaite, Jennifer Moyse, Josh Goldstein, Terry Carter and John Ogorzalek. Alistair Follansbee is the Stage Manager. The production is designed by Colin Grube and Joshua Moyse.
The show's title comes from Hitchcock's penchant for inserting himself into a scene during many of his films. Moyse says the company has a lot of fun with this device.
"Hitchcock's cameos become a sort of 'Where's Waldo?' game for movie audiences," says Moyse. "They actually became so popular, he grew concerned it would distract the audience from the plot. So Hitchcock began to insert himself as close to the beginning of his films as possible."
He continued, "After our recent success with "Dracula" and "Venus In Fur," we are excited to continue our inaugural season as company-in-residence at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery. "Cameo" will be third show we've done in the space in the past seven months. We really enjoy working there and being in the heart of downtown Brattleboro. Theater manager Jon Mack has been most supportive and enthusiastic about our work. "CAMEO" will be the first show that really allows us to take full advantage of the wonderful electrical and lighting upgrades recently made in the space. Shoot the Moon looks forward to bringing exciting and entertaining theater, at a reasonable price, to Brattleboro on a regular basis. Our last show of the season will be the Annual Halloween Spectacular."
Admission is $12. Tickets may be bought in advance at shootthemoon.brownpapertickets.com or at the box office prior to each performance. The Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery is located at 139 Main St., Brattleboro. More information is online at hookerdunham.org.