Rob Siebert (left) plays Willum Cubbert in Orland Park Theatre Troupe's "The Nerd," which also stars Richard Thompson as Rick Steadman.
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:26AM
Performing comedies has become an autumn tradition for the village of Orland Park Theatre Troupe with 2012’s fare being Larry Shue’s comedy “The Nerd.”
“The cast and the audience always enjoy our theater performances because they’re very clever and always produce many laughs,” said executive producer Stephanie Simpson, program supervisor for the village’s Recreation Department.
Frann Carnivele-Sidlow is the show’s producer, with Jim Mazeika serving as director and Bryan Riess being assistant director.
“This is a wonderfully entertaining show that’s perfect for a nice evening out,” Carnivele-Sidlow said. “Our cast includes a variety of talented theater performers who know exactly how to deliver this type of comedy.”
The comedy is set in Terre Haute, Ind., in late 1979.
Tinley Park’s Rob Siebert portrays Willum Cubbert, an aspiring architect and ex-U.S. Army man whose life was saved by a fellow soldier in Vietnam.
Rick Steadman, played by Richard Thompson from Orland Park, is the man whom Willum credits with saving his life. Rick turns out to be a socially and intellectually inept nerd who outstays his welcome with a vengeance at Willum’s residence.
Tansy McGinnis, portrayed by Nicole Coniglio from Orland Park, is Willum’s on-again, off-again girlfriend.
Sharon Stolarz from Frankfort plays Axel Hammond, Willum’s best friend and Tansy’s ex; he’s also a pompous and sarcastic drama critic.
Orland Park’s Reiss Bryan Reiss appears as Warnock Waldgrave, who is married to Clelia Waldgrave, portrayed by Kimberly Coniglio-McGarry from Berwyn.
Together, the businessman and his high-strung wife have one son named Thor, a rather rambunctious youth who is played by Ryan Wyrobek, of Alsip.
“You don’t have to go downtown and spend a lot of money for high-quality entertainment,” Carnivele-Sidlow said. “Enjoying a locally produced show is a great evening out that doesn’t break the bank.”
Performances at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave., will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-29 and 2 p.m. Sept. 30.
Tickets may be purchased at the door, or reserved seat tickets can be bought at the Orland Park Recreation Administration Office, 14600 S. Ravinia Ave. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for children.
Information: Orland Park Recreation Department, (708) 403-7275.