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The Theatre Company of B/CS will present Two By Two this weekend only as it's Spring Fund Raiser show. The cast includes eight principles:  J. Paul Teel (Noah), Mandy Walker (Esther, Noah's wife), Mark Taylor (Shem), Wendy Lee (Leah, Shem's wife), Dan McAdams (Ham), Hannah Lee (Rachel, Ham's wife), Zach Reeves (Japheth), and Amy Henss (Goldie).

The cast also includes over 40 kids as the animals, including Caleb Kocmoud, who plays a mythical mouse-like character called a gitka, who sings in the presence of God, and authenticates God's message to Noah and his family. Sadly, the gitka has no mate and cannot come on the ark. Kocmoud also portrays the dove in Act 2. 

The Theatre Company of B/CS will present Two By Two this weekend only as it’s Spring Fund Raiser show. The cast includes eight principles:  J. Paul Teel (Noah), Mandy Walker (Esther, Noah’s wife), Mark Taylor (Shem), Wendy Lee (Leah, Shem’s wife), Dan McAdams (Ham), Hannah Lee (Rachel, Ham’s wife), Zach Reeves (Japheth), and Amy Henss (Goldie).

The cast also includes over 40 kids as the animals, including Caleb Kocmoud, who plays a mythical mouse-like character called a gitka, who sings in the presence of God, and authenticates God’s message to Noah and his family. Sadly, the gitka has no mate and cannot come on the ark. Kocmoud also portrays the dove in Act 2. 

Directed by Randy Wilson, this is a fund raising show for TTC. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids (12 and under) for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. Visit TheatreCompany.com for tickets and more information.

The show is written by Richard Rodgers, of Rodgers & Hammerstein fame. Based on the play, The Flowering Peach, by Clif Odet. This is the first time Two By Two has ever been seen on stage in the Brazos Valley. 

The original 1970 Broadway cast starred Danny Kaye as Noah and Madeline Kahn as Goldie. Reviews were mixed and Kaye, unhappy with the script, began to improvise on a nightly basis. His ad-libbed shtick and comic asides to the audience were crowd-pleasers, and word-of-mouth helped business. When he broke his foot, Kaye continued with the show, appearing at each performance either on crutches or in a wheelchair. Kaye’s lack of professionalism and Rodgers’ public grousing about the liberties he took with the script allegedly ruined his chances for a Tony Award nomination.

Says Director Randy Wilson: “I remember being excited about Two by Two, because my Baylor friend, Tricia O’Neill had gotten her first big break when she was cast in the role of Rachel, Noah’s daughter-in-law. She had graduated a year before me and I had just moved to New York, auditioning for anything and everything to get on Broadway. Two by Two and Tricia O’Neill’s casting gave me hope! When I scraped my pennies together to buy a ticket, I could only get a ticket in standing room. My old friend Cathy Cain, with whom I’d worked in summer stock in North Carolina, went with me and we both were enthralled. We went backstage and visited with Tricia and got to meet Madeline Kahn who was playing the part of Goldie. It was very inspiring!”

Says J. Paul Teel: “In the Bible, God gives the ark dimensions in cubits (300 long x 50 wide x 30 high), which would be about 525 feet long, 88 feet wide, and 52 feet high! Based on these dimensions, the ark could have held more than 22,000 pairs of animals. I keep thinking about how long our song would have to be to get that many animals on the boat!”

Adds Mark Taylor: “This isn’t the Biblical account per se, but it’s definitely family-friendly and hilarious. Randy’s personal connection with this show, like so many of the shows we do at TTC, is a huge help in bringing it to life. And of course the animals are incredibly cute, especially the little ones who play squirrels and bunnies and birds. And my youngest son, Ike, just turned 13, but is still excited about playing a hippo in the show. It’s fun to be in shows with my boys, and those family opportunities are one of the things I love most about doing shows at The Theatre Company.”

Mandy Walker says: “I love being on stage with a talented cast like this, and this show is maybe a little more special than usual because it’s the first time I get to be on stage with my son, Trey. He’s playing a zebra, and it’s his first TTC production, so there’s a lot of excitement in our house about Two By Two.”

Mary Kaye Moore, TTC Board President, says: “Fund raising shows like this Are so incredibly important because they helps fund local musical theater, which provides opportunities for our own homegrown talent in the Bryan/College Station area. We have so much talent in this area, and TTC is one of the few places they can plug in and really hone their craft before eventually going on to other venues all over the world.”

Children’s Cast:

Squirrels; Christiana Kocmoud & Henry Bradford

Pandas; Lilly Sutton & William Bradford

Skunks; Sophie Maedo & Emmelee Orr

Giraffes; Leah Bradicich & Caleb Kocmoud

Zebras; Samantha Bradford & Trey Walker

Rhinos; Katy Sutton & Lauren Mack

Horses; Harrison Bradford & Jade Trimnal

Chickens; JT Epps & Bella Lee

Dogs; Janie Kate Jordan & Josiah Kocmoud

Monkeys; Sydney Boriskie & Harper White

Sheep; Nicholas Criscione & Claire McAdams

Goats; Seth Maedo & Caitlin Corkran

Alligators; Alexis Girouard & Makynzie Trimnal

Pigs; Madeline Phillips & Michael Hueste

Tigers; Logan Sutton & Mary Joy Kocmoud

Deer; Megan Maedo & Sydney Woodard

Hippos; Hannah Bradicich & Ike Taylor

Cows; Jackson Boring & Maggie Beard

Crows; Anna Hale & Jessi Shipp

Lions; Emma Krajicek & Laura Orr

Elephants; Daniel Minke & Andrew Kocmoud