‘Dearest’ meets ‘Queerest' in Camden

Sandy postpones ‘Mommie Queerest’

Oct 31, 2012
Jamie Morris plays the lead role in his “Mommie Queerest,” a stage parody of the 1981 film “Mommie Dearest.”

Camden — Canceled flights, flooding and several stranded “Mommie Queerest” cast members have led to the rescheduling of the parody of the cult classic film “Mommie Dearest” to Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. All tickets previously purchased for Friday, Nov. 2 will be honored for the new date; anyone unable to make the rescheduled date should send email to dmorrison@camdenoperahouse.com or call Dave Morrison at 236-7963 for a full refund.

New to the lineup will be a free screening with VIP seating for “Mommie Queerest” ticketholders of “Mommie Dearest” Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Camden Harbour Inn invites community to this free movie night in celebration of passing Yes on 1.

Cast members from “Mommie Queerest” will introduce the film. Will-call tickets can be picked up at the box office beginning at 6 p.m. Any seats remaining for the “Mommie Dearest” screening will be given out for free. For advance tickets for the “Mommie Dearest” film only, send email to raymond@camdenharbourinn.com. Tickets also may be available at the Camden Opera House at the box office two hours before the screening of the movie.

The full cast features many of the actors who have performed across the country in this zany all-male comedy. Christopher, Joan Crawford’s adopted son, is played by Brian Dunham; Brooks Braselman plays Christina, Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter; playwright Jamie Morris plays Joan Crawford and actor Daniel Pintauro, known from the hit TV show “Who’s the Boss,” plays multiple characters including the maid Carol Ann.

Christopher Kenney, known to Camden Opera House audiences and beyond as drag sensation Edie and The Mistress of Sensuality, host and emcee of one of the most popular shows in Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity,” is directing “Mommie Queerest.” Kenney is taking time out of his busy performance schedule to return to Camden due to his love of the village, the cause and his desire to bring a Broadway class act to town. Kenney won the LA Weekly Theater Award as Best Comedy Director for his work on “Mommie Queerest,” and was named by Las Vegas City Life readers as Best Local Theater Director for his work on Morris’ trilogy of plays.

Morris is best known for his stage parodies, which have toured the country since 2003. His other works include “The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode” and “The Silence of the Clams,” both of which had world premieres in Provincetown, Mass. He lives in Las Vegas and plays Father Mark in the long-running interactive comedy “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding” at Bally’s Hotel & Casino.

Following the performance of “Mommie Queerest,” all ticket holders are invited to an afterparty including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a meet-and-greet with the cast at Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn. For more information, contact the Camden Opera House at 470-7066 or Camden Harbour Inn at 236-7008.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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