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The School for Scandal

November 16, 2018, 7:00 PM

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Richard Brinsley Sheridan may have written his slanderous satire in the 18th century, but audiences could believe it was ripped straight out of a gossip magazine. Join Recycled Shakespeare Company (RSC) as they spread a little mischievous raillery in their performances of The School For Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

In this 1777 English satire, Raymond Wing, of Waterville, stars as Sir Peter Teazle, a wealthy old bachelor who marries the ever disagreeable Lady Teazle, a young country maid, played by Bella Fernandez, of Strong. Their marriage is the talk of half the town, thanks to Lady Sneerwell (Emily Rowden Fournier, Fairfield) and her gossiping cohorts. As Sneerwell is the puppet master of all the upper-class, Mr. Joseph Surface (N. Ryan Toothaker, Waterville) invests in her assistance to win over Maria (Liana LaPlante, Fairfield) despite her affections toward his bankrupt brother, Charles Surface (Murray Herard, Waterville), who is also desired by Lady Sneerwell. During an attempt to sway Lady Teazle to his side, Mr. Surface inadvertently enters into an affair with the lady. Meanwhile, Sir Oliver Surface (Joshua Fournier, Fairfield) has returned from India and must go undercover to determine which of his nephews is most deserving as his heir: Charles who is bad with money but has a good heart or Mr. Surface who will invest it well but lacks virtue. Luckily Sir Peter’s butler, Rowley, (Helena Page, Albion) has a plan that will help solve the love triangles and sway Sir Oliver’s decision, as long as she can get Sneerwell’s minion, Snake (Janet Nadeau, Winslow), to betray his benefactress.

A series of elaborate characters: Mrs. Candor, Shana Page of Albion; Uncle Crabtree, Joe Rowden, of Fairfield; Lady Benjalina Backbite, Lynda Lemar, of Waterville; Mrs. Verjuice, Lyn Rowden, of Fairfield; drunken footmen: Tripp, Al Fernandez, of Strong; Careless, Janet Nadeau; a thieving maid, Debra Achorn, of Waterville; and the money lender, Moses, portrayed by RSC newcomer LaForest Hanscom, of Waterville; will keep you laughing all night at a performance that can only be described as Marie Antoinette and the Mad Hatter got together for a tea party at the Capitol in The Hunger Games.

RSC producer Emily Rowden Fournier directs this 16-member cast with the help of Helena Page, who served as assistant director. Maria S. Wark, of Fairfield, serves as props master and co-stage manager with Debra Achorn.

RSC plays are open to the public free of charge. Traditionally the front row, best view seats, are reserved with a $10 tax-deductible prepaid donation to offset the costs of productions and help the 501c3 company maintain its mission of making theater accessible to all.

To learn more about RSC or to reserve your front row seats, please call 207-314-8607 or visit us at


November 16, 2018
7:00 PM


Emily Fournier
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Skills Ervin Center
46 Front Street
Waterville, ME
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