Tonawanda News — “The story is interesting, the character is interesting. The idea of a guy or anyone who feels like they don’t fit in is universal,” he said, calling the idea rather Shakespearean in nature. “Charlie isn’t that person, but he is an outsider. If he’d never done this, these people’s lives would never have changed. It’s basically about rising into the dreams you have and becoming the person you didn’t think you could be. It’s an old story, but it’s nicely told.”
DiPasquale, who reprises his role of Charlie from the show 18 years ago, said that despite the character’s deception, he’s very honest in a way.
“I just enjoy his real honesty about things, dealing with everything in such a basic way, letting everyone infer what they want,” DiPasquale said of the role. “(The other characters) kind of project what they want on him. I think he’s just basically a good guy and he wants to do what’s right.”
The rest of the cast includes Sam Granieri of Niagara Falls as Charlie’s friend Froggy; Bob Aquila of Buffalo as the unpleasant local Owen; Lawrence Rowswell of Tonawanda, who plays the Rev. David Marshall Lee, whose character is in turn engaged to Catherine, an heiress played by Stephanie Hooley of Amherst. Catherine’s sister, Ellie (Ellard in the original off-Broadway musical), is played by Anneliese Ploetz of Tonawanda.
In addition to returning cast members DiPasquale and Siegel, Jumper said there’s another way this particular show refers back to the earlier history of the performance. The art for the show’s program, flier and poster was created by the director’s father, the late Robert Jumper, a prominent local artist who also painted some of the artwork that hangs in the on-stage fishing lodge.