Psycho Beach Party by Charles Busch

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“Gidget”, Frankie and Annette beach party epics. and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers such as “Spellbound” and “Marnie” are given a shotgun marriage. Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among them is a black check out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind.

“Fiendishly funny! Zany!”” – Associated Press

“Gidget Goes Berserk!” – The New York Times

“Catch the wave of laughter.” – Gannett Westchester Newspapers

“Hilarious” – Gannett Newspapers


Meet the Artists

KarlaKARLA HARTLEY  (Director/Sound Designer) is currently the Producing Artistic  Director for Stageworks Theatre in the Channel District.  She received a BFA in Theater Studies from Boston University in 1992 and is the owner of three Theatre Tampa Bay awards for Best Director.

She was named Best Director 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015 in the Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Awards as well as The Artist Most Likely to Have Been Born On the Planet Krypton.

FUN FACT:  Karla played the role of Berdine in The LOFT Theatre’s  production of Psycho Beach Party a million years ago.


FRANK CHAVEZ (Scenic and Costume Designer) Frank has worked as a costume and scenic designer for 20 years. Previous Stageworks designs include, The Divine Sister, Sylvia, Of Mice and Men and A Raisin in the Sun and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Frank’s designs have also been seen at American Stage (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Hair) and Tampa Rep (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Heroes). This year he received his third Best of the Bay award, two for Scenic Design and one for Costume Design. Along with his local work, Frank has designed numerous productions Off­-Broadway and regionally. He is currently the resident Costume Designer at the University of Tampa.


Brian Frey 1 croppedBRIAN D. FREY­ (Lighting Designer) is very proud to return to Stageworks after over 20 years. Mr. Frey’s career in live theatrical entertainment spans over 28 years and thousands of miles around the world, from cruise line, theme park, and ice show entertainment to regional and touring Broadway productions. He has worked as a Producer, Director, Production Manager, Technical Director, Lighting Designer, Pyro Technician and voice‐over artist. Mr. Frey was the Associate Lighting Designer for the renovation of the historic US Grant Hotel in San Diego and spent 2 years as the Project Technical Coordinator for Cirque du Soleil and Celebrity Cruises. Favorite regional design credits include‐ Shrek the Musical, Beehive, The Drowsy Chaperone, She Loves Me, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Color Purple, Chicago, Nunsense, Blood Brothers, and Hair. Thank you and much love to the very talented Karla Hartley.


mATTHEW mCgEE HEADSHOTMATTHEW MCGEE (Mrs. Forrest) comes back to Stageworks after appearing with Deborah Cox in the pre-Broadway tryout of JOSEPHINE at Asolo Repertory Theatre. Matthew has long been a fixture on the Florida arts scene as an actor and drag performer for the past 15 years. His favorite credits include Bruce in regional premiere of Living On Love (Asolo Rep) Katisha in The Mikado (freeFall Theatre Company), Mother Superior in The Divine Sister (Stageworks) and Douglas Panch in Spelling Bee (American Stage In The Park). Matthew is a two-time Theatre Tampa Bay Award winner (Outstanding Leading and Featured Actor in a musical) and recent winner of Broadway World’s Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Auntie Mame in Mame (freeFall Theatre). In his spare time (lol), Matthew is also a cast member at Walt Disney World and Community Outreach Director at freeFall. Follow Matthew on Twitter and Instagram @heresmatthew


rickyRICKY CONA (Bettina Barnes) is a native of Tampa, FL and a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA in Communication as Performance. Currently, he resides in Orlando, where he can be seen performing in several different shows at Universal Studios. Other notable credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), RENT (Angel), Bat Boy: The Musical (Edgar) and last year’s smash hits Sylvia (Tom/Phyllis/Leslie) and Broadway Bound (Eugene) here at Stageworks Theatre. Ricky is thrilled to be part of this campy slasher and live his life long dream of being a movie star. See Dad, I finally made it… just a bit different than you imagined! To my family and friends, thank you for all the support. I love you! Oh yeah…and Justin Lore…SHUT UP! 🙂


Chicklet Forrest

Chicklet Forrest

ZACHARY HINES (Chicklet) is excited to be making his Stageworks Theatre debut. Based in Tampa Bay, Zachary is a proud graduate of the University of Tampa, as well as, the British American Drama Academy’s year-long London Theatre Conservatory. He is most notable as half of the popular “Best of the Bay” winning cabaret duo, Coco & Homo, and was named one of the most promising young artists by Creative Loafing. Zachary last stepped into Mr. Busch’s distinguished heels to play the Virgin in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom at Jobsite Theater and Angela Arden in Die! Mommie! Die! at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Off stage, Zachary is the Audience Engagement Manager at American Stage. His performance is dedicated to Nora Boronkay.


SUMMERSUMMER BOHNENKAMP (Berdine) is excited to be working with Karla Hartley and Stageworks for the second time. She has primarily worked with Jobsite Theater in various capacities since 1999 – as a director (Time Stands Still), an actress (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Odd Couple, Dog Sees God, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, boom!, Gorey Stories, The March of the Kitefliers, Cloud 9, subUrbia and others), assistant director (reasons to be pretty, All New People), co‐director (Annapurna), costume designer (American Buffalo, True West, Taming of the Shrew) and more. By day, she is the senior director of marketing for the Straz Center. She lives in Tampa Heights with her husband and squad of critters.




KatrinaStevenson_Headshot_2014KATRINA STEVENSON (Marvel Ann) most recently appeared onstage with The Jobsite Theater in THE MAIDS as Claire, in the title role of Sarah Ruhl’s ORLANDO, and as Mrs. Van Buren in INTIMATE APPAREL with American Stage. Other credits include RICHARD III (Elizabeth), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Beatrice), LEBENSRAUM (Woman), TWELFTH NIGHT (Olivia) CLOSETLAND (The Woman), CRIMES OF THE HEART (Meg), THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Kate), DOG SEES GOD (Tricia), GOREY STORIES (Lady Celia), DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE (Hermione), RABBIT HOLE (Izzy), BOSTON MARRIAGE (Anna), THE MINEOLA TWINS (Myrna/Myra), and HURLYBURLY (Bonnie). Katrina holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida and a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. When not at the theatre, Katrina loves running half marathons and running after her dogs Tink and Sherlock.


Star Cat

Star Cat

RYAN BERNIER (Star Cat)  is a Tampa based actor and director who holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida. Audiences may remember him from shows at Stageworks (Inherit The Wind, TampaWorks 2016, A Few Good Men), the Silver Meteor Gallery (Bones), or Theatre eXceptional (The Boys Next Door). He has also directed for Ghostlight Theatre (Wanda’s Visit), the Silver Meteor Gallery (MMF, Now Circa Then) and serves as a writer for Tampa’s Best of the Bay sketch comedy group Some Sort of Show. He would like to thank Brianna, his friends, family, and his cat for their unending support.




WILLIAM E. MASUCK (Kanaka) is extremely honored to be in his first production with Stageworks and wants to thank Karla Hartley for this opportunity! A University of Tampa graduate and was last seen as Thomas Jefferson (1776), and Miles Gloriosus (A FUNNY THING…FORUM)! When not performing, William directs/choreographs musicals for various schools & proudly works with the Agency for Persons with Disability to provide support for those in our community! I wouldn’t be here without these 3: Jesus, my BFF Sierra (IWALY), and my loving boyfriend who challenges me every day to be better than I dreamed possible, Joey. Thank you for supporting local theatre!





LANDON GREEN (Provoloney) calls South Tampa his home.  He earned his BA in Theatre at the University of South Florida, and travelled to the frigid north to earn his MFA in Theatre at West Virginia University.  You may have seen him acting, directing, teaching classes, or being friends with a giant turtle and penguin for many institutions around the bay; such as American Stage, Tampa Repertory, Silver Meteor Gallery, Jobsite Theater, The Patel Conservatory, and The Florida Aquarium.  Some of his favorite onstage roles have been Cook in Mother Courage, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cliton in The Liar, Yasha in The Cherry Orchard, Jack in Jack and The Beanstalk, and Valere in Tartuffe.  He is happy to be making a wonderful return to Stageworks, having previously appeared in the production, Biloxi Blues, as Roy Selridge, also under the direction of the genius, Karla.  I would like to thank my better half, Samantha, for her unwavering support and love, and my friends, colleagues, and family for just being all around spectacular!  And thank YOU for your wonderful patronage.  Enjoy!




FRANCO COLON (Yo-Yo) Stageworks theatre. He is honored to have been cast along with some great talents. Franco has acted in the Orlando area since his freshman year in high school. He looks forward to expanding into the Tampa area and is excited to perform in such a fun and entertaining show. He is grateful for his parents and friends for the constant support they continue to show in all of his endeavors!







Dee Dee

Dee Dee

ERIN DICKERSON (Dee Dee) is extremely excited to be making her professional debut with Stageworks Theatre. Erin graduated with a BA in Performing Arts from the University of Tampa and is thrilled to be back under the direction of the wonderful Karla Hartley. She’d like to thank her ridiculously talented cast for this awesome experience, as well as her TeBella girls, Jamie and Abigail. Thank you for supporting the arts!









SEBASTIAN HAGELSTEIN (Nicky) is excited to make his Stageworks debut. He has been acting since age six and is currently a junior at Howard W. Blake School of the Arts. Past productions include The Music Man, Into the Woods, and The Real Inspector Hound.