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The Flying Muskrat Theatre Company Cheat, Pray, Die

By • Jun 26th, 2012 • Category: Reviews, Virginia
Cheat, Pray, Die
The Flying Muskrat Theatre Company
James Lee Community Center Theater, Falls Church, VA
Reviewed June 21st, 2012

The Flying Muskrat Theatre Company made their public début as a community theater at the Jame Lee Community Center last Thursday evening with an evening of ten-minute plays and a series of improvisation sketches.

The evening opened with the Deputy Dog Comedy Troupe entertaining the audience with various improvisation games. The sketches created were entertaining, although a few of the transitions inside scenes and between games were awkward. Getting a bit more audience involvement would be a goal for future performances.

The short plays were mostly written by high school students. While all were interesting, a few needed a few more rewrites. Especially well received were the funny The Dry Cleaners (what happens when you decide not to drop your clothes at the dry cleaners?) and Southeastern Airlines (how to train new pilots from another field). To Cheat or Not To Cheat was an ambitious sketch involving a student’s decision to cheat on a test, with a devil and an angel appearing to show the consequences of his actions. Washington Capitals voice Wes Johnson appeared in an ongoing gag sketch A Children’s Story playing characters such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and William Shatner reading a bedtime story to his infant.

The group was created after the cancellation of a Ten Minute play festival at Falls Church High School. The students were told they could perform their plays outside the school grounds, so they started the process to put together the production themselves. The company is now preparing for “An Evening of One-Acts” in August. Auditions will be held this Friday. Check the Flying Muskrats Theatre Company web site for details.

It will be interesting to see how the Flying Muskrats evolves over time after their inaugural production.

Photo Gallery

To Cheat or Not To Cheat The Dry Cleaners
To Cheat or Not To Cheat
The Dry Cleaners
To Cheat or Not To Cheat A Children's Story
To Cheat or Not To Cheat
A Children’s Story

Photos provided by The Flying Muskrat Theatre Company


A Children’s Story
Performed by Wes Johnson and Matt Nordan

Deputy Dog Comedy Troupe
Featuring: C.J. McCraken, Zach Goubeaux, Will Craun, Julian Rosen, Riley McGrath, Mitchell Kohlhass, Alice Boyers, and Brennan Jones

Possums Anonymous
Written by Matt Nordan and Directed by Jimmy Miller

  • Nolan: Mark Zubaly
  • Ferdinand: Sam Johnson
  • Michael: Zack Camp
  • Leo: Da-Linh Dinh
  • Miss Stewart/Assistant Director: Melanie Reuter

The Dry Cleaners
Written by Wes Johnson and Stacy Ficerai and Performed by Brennan Jones and Melanie Reuter

A Lover’s Quarrel
Written by by Brennan Jones and Directed by Catherine Kiesel

  • Boy: Brennan Jones
  • Girl: Jill O’Gara
  • Girl’s Understudy: Ava Hockenberry

Southeastern Airlines
Written by Wes Johnson and James L. Jones
Performed by Sam Johnson

To Cheat or Not To Cheat
Written by Jimmy Miller and Directed by Brennan Jones

  • Mrs. Goldberg: Melanie Reuter
  • John: Mark Zubaly
  • Eugene: Brennan Jones
  • Angel: J.D. Moreno
  • Devin: Olivia Budzik
  • Stage Manager: Stephanie Miller


  • Producer: Susan Kidd
  • Stage Manager: Stephanie Miller
  • Run Crew Head: Ava Hockenberry
  • Run Crew: Krista Plaugher
  • Backstage Manager: Matthew Brehm
  • Program: Katie Davidson
  • Lobby: Boris Mewborn
  • Usher: Adam Moreno

Disclaimer: The Flying Muskrat Theatre Company provided a complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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