“Billy Bishop Goes to War”

May 24, 2017 - June 23, 2017

Wednesday-Saturday 8PM | Sunday 3 PM

May 24 Best Value Preview
May 25 Official Opening with Party
May 28 Best Value Matinee
June 9 Pay-What-You-Wish Performance
June 16 Talk-Back

The United States declared war on the German Empire on April 6, 1917 and Cape May Stage notes the 100 anniversary of our entrance into the World War 1 with this musical entertainment. The New York Times called it “a high flying ace of a show, capturing the humor, the hellfire, and the derring-do of an extraordinary career.” Billy Bishop calls himself “a convicted liar and cheat who was the worst student ever at the Royal Military College…. so of course they made me an officer.” Lying face down in the mud with his horse stuck beside him, Billy looks up to see a fighter plane and decides that there is a better place to be. He is credited with seventy-two victories and billed as the top fighter pilot in the British Empire. King George said, “Well, Captain Bishop, you’ve been a busy bugger” as he pinned a medal on his chest. The music is comprised of martial arts, barracks room ditties, Kiplingesque tunes of glory, Gilbert and Sullivan-like patter songs and a bitter brew of Brecht-Weill.




Max Baker (Billy Bishop) is excited and grateful to make his Cape May Stage debut! J. Max was born and raised on the west coast to a family of entertainers. This production marks his third show playing multiple characters. Some past shows include: Peter and the Starcatcher, Next to Normal, Stones in his Pockets, One Christmas Carol. He has performed overseas in the Sydney Opera House/Macau, China/Osaka, Japan. J. Max is also a director/sculptor/special effects makeup artist.  He is proud to be a part of this production and would like to thank everyone that has supported him. A special thank you to Roy and Marlena for this wonderful opportunity! jmaxbaker.com @jmbkr21

Sam Saint Ours (Piano Player) is a recent graduate of James Madison University and is delighted to be performing at Cape May Stage. Most recently, Sam played the White Rabbit and Tweedle Dee in the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of Wonderland, for which he also played the guitar, banjo, bass, drums, and mandolin. Other credits include performing in AssassinsThe Aliens, and Still Alive at JMU. Sam has also composed music for such shows as The Tempest, Yellow Boat, and The Cherry Orchard. For their undying love and support, Sam would like to extend his warmest thanks to his friends, loved ones, and, most importantly, his family – all seven siblings, eight nieces and nephews, nine dogs, and two amazing parents to hold this crazy bunch together. Furthermore, none of this would be possible without the amazing arts education Sam received through public education, so a huge amount of gratitude goes out to all of America’s public educators, professors, and mentors. www.SamSaintOurs.com


Marlena Lustik (Director) recently directed This Wonderful Life which was performed during the holiday season at Congress Hall.  For Cape May Stage Marlena has directed Red Hot Patriot, A Walk in the Woods, and A Tuna Christmas.  New York credits include Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (which she co-adapted) for the Triangle Theatre Company and a production of A Cherry Orchard Off-Broadway for the Yorkville Repertory Theatre featuring Maureen Garrett. She has directed for the Deptford Players, The Comedy Club, the Snarks, and the 29th Street Rep in New York as well as done workshops of new plays such as Piano Bar Blues, Bavarian Rage, and Lotteria.  Her on-site theatre piece based on Everyman was performed at the Church of the Holy Trinity.  Her productions of The Seagull with Robert Newman and Vita and Virginia with other members of the cast of Guiding Light were performed at the Helen Hayes Theatre in Nyack, NY.  She has directed as a guest artist at Berea College, Lafayette College, and the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Marlena is also an accomplished actress who has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway and at many regional theaters including The Long Wharf Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, The Kennedy Center, and of course Cape May Stage.  Thanks to Roy for the opportunity of working on this inspiring play and Alexa for keeping me sane.

Amy Hadam (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage this year! Amy has been stage managing all over the state of New Jersey for the last six years for many theatre companies such as Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit), Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven), Premiere Stages (Union), The Theater Project (Maplewood), Speranza Theatre Company (Jersey City), and Two River Theater Company (Red Bank). Amy graduated from Kean University in 2011 where she has earned her degree in Theatre Education in addition to receiving a K-12 Teacher Certification. When Amy is not stage managing she has been a dance and theatre teacher for George Street Playhouse, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Kinetic Kids, and for Pequannock Township High School. Amy is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Spencer Potter (Set Design) is a Professor of Design and freelance costume/set designer working between the Western and Mid-Atlantic regions. Spencer’s design credits at Cape May Stage include: Buyer and Cellar, The Whipping Man, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life, Red Hot Patriot, Blithe Spirit, How to Make a Rope Swing, and assistant designer for Time Stands Still. Other design credits include: Costumes- The Roads to HomeDie FledermausThe Odd Couple, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Scenery – Singin’ in The Rain, Noises Off, And Then There Were None, Tons of Money, The Woman in Black and Steel Magnolias. In the past, Spencer has also worked as Cape May Stage’s Production Manager/Technical Director and as the Resident Intern Program Coordinator. Many thanks to Roy, Marlena, and Shawn, and Michael.

Cheryl Patton Wu (Costume Design) is in her third season as Resident Costume Designer with Cape May Stage.  She began in 2014 with Mistakes Were Made, followed by the 2015 season celebrating women playwrights, the 2016 season celebrating freedom, and now the 2017 season celebrating passion. Cheryl originally hails from Jersey but comes to Cape May via MA, CA, and VA.  She got her start in the Washington DC metropolitan area as Founding Artist, Costume Director, and Costume Designer for 1st Stage in Tysons Corner, VA, designing twenty productions in the first three seasons.  As a freelance designer in DC, Cheryl has worked at Limelight Theatre, American Century Theatre, Washington Savoyards, The Edge of the Universe Players2, and Dance Exchange.  Now settled in West Cape May, Cheryl devotes her free time to creating art, drumming, gardening, baking cakes, beaching, and enjoying the company of Crockett, Belle, Leigh, and Michael (but not necessarily in that order!).

Heather M. Crocker (Lighting Design) is a New England/New York based lighting and projections designer and is thrilled to be making her design debut at Cape May Stage. She received her MFA in Theatre Design and Technology (Lighting/Projections Design) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2015. Past lighting design credits include; Murder For Two (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), The Master Builder (Colby College, ME), Over the River and Through the Woods, West Side Story (City Theatre, ME), End Days (Voice Theatre, NY), The Nether, Kimberly Akimbo, Vigils, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mad Horse Theatre Company, ME), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Almost, Maine (UMKC Theatre), Little Women (UMKC Conservatory of Opera), Number the Stars (Coterie Theatre, KC), Projections design credits include: Freedom Rider (UMKC Theatre) and Ragtimeat Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary Kate Smyser (Sound Design) is excited to be joining Cape May Stage for this season as the Sound Designer. A recent graduate of Temple University’s Theater Department, her regional credits include: Hand to God (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer), Hetty Feather (Delaware Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer and Sound Engineer), Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), The Secret Garden (The Arden Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), A Christmas Carol (Delaware Theatre Company – Sound Engineer). Thank you to Leslie Martel and Cape May Stage for the opportunity to join you this season.

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