Shear Madness

By Paul Portner
Adapted by Bruce Jordan & Marilyn Abrams
Directed by Bruce Jordan

Join us in the Shear Madness Salon in beautiful Lake George, NY, where a crime is about to occur… The landlady, Isabel Czerny, who lives above the shop, will be murdered— and you, the audience, must help catch the killer! Outwit the suspects and solve the mystery in this wildly popular interactive comedy seen by over 13.8 million people worldwide. The outcome is never the same, and new clues and up to the minute actor improvisation deliver a different show every night!

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Meet the Cast

Elizabeth Pietrangelo

Elizabeth Pietrangelo (Barbara DeMarco) is delighted to return to the dinner theater stage. Previous LGDT credits include Lunch With Mrs. Baskin and The Great Kushog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby. Beth has performed locally with Adirondack Theatre Festival, Capital Rep, The Theater Company at Hubbard Hall, and other theaters in the capital district. Regional credits: Don’t Dress For Dinner (Majestic Theater). She is a student of the National Theater Institute at the Tony Award-winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, the St. Petersburg Theater Arts Academy, and Ithaca College. Thank you so much to M, D, &J.

Eldon Hassler

Eldon Hassler (Mikey Thomas) is incredibly grateful to be working with the Lake George Dinner Theatre this summer. He has been passionate about theatre ever since high school, and has continued with theatre throughout college. Some of his favorite roles have been Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN, Drill Sgt. Toomey in BILOXI BLUES, and Tommy/Dr. Knef in RADIUM GIRLS. This is his first professional role, and he couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to learn from his fellow cast members. Eldon would like to thank his friends, his family, and his soulmate, Gloria, for supporting him and his dreams.

Ryan-Patrick McLaughlin

RP McLaughlin (Tony Whitcomb)(they/he) is grateful to be summering with Lake George Dinner Theatre and revisiting the role of Tony. RP’s acting credits include SHEAR MADNESS (Straz), NUNSENSE: AMEN! (Straz), ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Dallas Theatre Center), FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS (Straz), 12 ANGRY MEN (Stageworks), CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (TampaRep), THE FANTASTICKS (Salerno Theatre Company), SHEL’S SHORTS (Studio@620), and numerous concerts, cabarets, and readings. Offstage, RP consults with arts organizations nationally to fill gaps and strategically increase capacity. RP managed the $20M renovation of Washington DC’s Studio Theatre, Associate Produced the 2018 Women’s Voices Theatre Festival, and has experience as a Programs Director, Casting Director, and Arts Market Research Assistant. RP received his BFA in Theatre from Southern Methodist University.

Jarel Davidow

Jarel Davidow (Eddie Lawrence) Jarel is thrilled to be returning to the LGDT stage for the fifth time (THE LOVE LIST; MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS; COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE and LAST OFTHE RED HOT LOVERS). Jarel was a member of both Oberon Theatre Ensemble and Resonance Ensemble (NYC) where he has been seen in numerous off-Broadway plays. His favorite regional credits include Bickford Theater in NJ, New England Shakespeare Festival, Know Theater (Binghamton, NY) and The Great American Melodrama (CA). He has also twice performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Jarel has done numerous voice overs and commercials. He has an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School and is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio as well as Actors’ Equity.

Jeff Haffner

Jeff Haffner (Nick O’Brien)(B.A. – Ashland University; M.F.A. – University of Georgia) is happy to be at the Lake George Dinner Theatre for his 6th production of SHEAR MADNESS!  Recently, he directed THE LITTLE PRINCE at Ashland University and DOUBLEWIDE, TEXAS at Myers Dinner Theatre, served as dialect coach for Virginia Children’s Theatre’s THE SECRET GARDEN, and appeared as “Peter Stockman” in a new Rust Belt version of ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at Rubber City Theatre.  Jeff was also the Video Host for the Cleveland Orchestra’s Music Explorers program, appearing as “Major Scale” and “Sherlock Whole Notes”, to prepare children aged 3-6 to attend concerts.

Benita Zahn

Benita is delighted to make her Lake George Dinner Theater debut in this production of Shear Madness, a show she’s loved for years. Benita was most recently seen in 13 Suits:A Mother’s Monologues with the Outer Loop Theater. She’s appeared as M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias with Upstage Productions and The Fort Salem Theater for which she won a 2023 Broadway World CNY Best Actress award. Also at The Fort Salem Theater: They’re Playing Our Song, Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road. Playhouse Stage Company: Assassins, Ragtime, Hands on a Hardbody, Always Patsy Cline. Capital Repertory Theater: Shakespeare in Love, Gypsy.  The Two of Us Productions: Cabaret, Sweeney Todd  She has also performed with Theater Voices, Albany Civic Theatre, Schenectady Civic Theatre, Schenectady Light Opera and Glens Fall Community Theater. Benita has appeared in a number of independent films, background in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and co-hosts the bi- monthly podcast Everything Theater. Benita also performs a one woman cabaret Always Asking Questions. Formerly an award winning anchor/health reporter in Albany at WNYT Benita is now a nationally certified health and wellness coach. A proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. As always, love to Bob.

Shear Madness Runs July 6th - August 26th

Dinner Show

Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Dinner Seating at 6:00 PM
Curtain at 7:30 PM

Lunch Show

Tue, Wed, Thu
Luncheon Seating at 11:30 PM
Curtain at 1:00 PM


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