Meet the Cast of “Drinking Habits”

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Drinking Habits by Tom Smith opens at the Picketwire Center for Performing and Visual Arts Thursday, April 15th at 7:30PM. It is Directed by Angelica Leija.

Here are the faces bringing life to Drinking Habits.

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Rachael Berg plays Sister Mary Catherine. She has previously appeared in the following Picketwire productions: “Yes Virginia,” “Mamma Mia,” “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Nuncrackers,” “The Crucible,” and “A Christmas Carol.”
Here’s what she had to say about her role in the show.
■Describe/discuss the character you play…what has been your process for creating your character?
She is new to the convent. She has a secret that causes chaos throughout the play. She’s a bubbly, innocent person who has shifty eyes. Throughout the chaos of the production she becomes more and more unhinged.
■How has this experience been for you so far?
So much fun! Every day I laugh and have the very best practices. All of the cast and crew are so talented and fun to work with.
■What do you hope people talk about in the car on the way home after seeing “Drinking Habits”?
That was the funniest, best show!

Omayra Pumalpa is taking on the role of Mother Superior. She has previous appeared in four other plays at Picketwire.
■Why did you decide to audition for “Drinking Habits”?
Quarantine has been too long and I needed something fun to do. Why not?
■Describe/discuss the character you play…what has been your process for creating your character?
My character is managing a small group of people. As you can imagine, I was more than prepared for this role after quarantining with two teenagers and two other kids.
■How has this experience been for you so far?
I have nothing but great fun working with the cast members and directors. It is great to have new actors and a young director and co-directors.

Jessica Rebel plays Sister Philamena. She has previously appeared in the following Picketwire productions: “State Fair,” “Les Miserables,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Nuncrackers.”
■Why did you decide to audition for “Drinking Habits”?
I love participating in theatre, especially musicals and comedies. It gives me an opportunity to share my silly side!
■Describe/discuss the character you play…what has been your process for creating your character?
My character is a reluctant co-conspirator. She’s a little odd, maybe a little ditzy. She reminds me a bit of Mary Sanderson from Hocus Pocus.
■How has this experience been for you so far?
It has been delightful. Such a fun, witty, hilarious collection of actors!
■Anything else you’d like to add?
This has been one of my favorite casts. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging. It has been a wonderful experience.

Cody Rogers plays groundskeeper George. Some of his previous Picketwire productions include “The Great Gatsby,” “Mamma Mia,” and “Bonnie & Clyde.”
■Why did you decide to audition for “Drinking Habits”?
I love the Picketwire community and comedy, this is the best of both.
■Describe/discuss the character you play…what has been your process for creating your character?
George is a fun dimwitted fellow who just wants to find his love again. As for my process, I just flowed with George’s personality because it was very similar to mine.
■How has this experience been for you so far?
It’s been incredible. I’ve enjoyed creating friends and laughing at the play.
■What do you hope people talk about in the car on the way home after seeing “Drinking Habits”?
I hope they say “Man, I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.” Because during these times we all need a good laugh.

Luis Ramirez plays Paul, one of the reporters who goes undercover at the convent in an attempt to discover an underground winery. Luis has previously appeared in Picketwire’s production of “The Crucible.”
■Describe/discuss the character you play…what has been your process for creating your character?
Paul is madly in love with Sally and will stop at nothing to have her in his arms again, even if that means tagging along on a full-out spy mission or wearing a dress. With a big heart and god-fearing personality, puppy dog Paul finds himself in quite a pickle as blasphemous Sally will stop at nothing to get front page news.
The inspo for my character is various Paul Rudd characters. It was seamless and felt very right.
■What do you hope people talk about in the car on the way home after seeing “Drinking Habits”?
How funny our cast is. We’re simply hilarious!
■Anything else you’d like to add?
Drinking Habits has been the perfect vehicle to showcase the amazing talent and humor our cast possesses. This play is a hilarious homage to slapstick comedies and farces that shaped the glory years of theatre. The performances from the cast would truly make the likes of Lucille Ball or Carol Burnett very proud.

Jenn Hart plays Sally, a reporter investigating reports of a secret winery at the convent. She has previously been involved in Picketwire productions such as “Les Miserables” and “Sweeney Todd.”
■Why did you decide to audition for “Drinking Habits”?
It sounded like a fun show, but I missed the first auditions. So, when I heard about the audition nights in February, I jumped at the chance.
■Describe/discuss the character you play…what has been your process for creating your character?
Sally is a driven, career-focused woman who goes after what she wants. It’s been very fun to get in her head and find what makes her tick.
■How has this experience been for you so far?
Amazing! The theatre is a very warm, welcoming environment. And the show is hilarious and fun!
■What has been the biggest challenge for you in this show?
Joining a cast that had already had several months to learn their parts. I felt like I had to work hard to catch up!

Patrick Smith plays Father Chenille. His previous Picketwire productions include: “Nuncrackers,” “A Christmas Carol,” “A Christmas Story,” “Dracula,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Mamma Mia,” and “Sleepy Hollow.”
■Why did you decide to audition for “Drinking Habits”?
My wife (Omayra Pumalpa) told me to audition and like a smart husband I like to make my wife happy. Because a happy wife is a happy life.
■Describe/discuss the character you play…what has been your process for creating your character?
I am Father Chenille, a slightly paranoid, conniving priest who enjoys his wine.
■How has this experience been for you so far?
Surreal and entertaining. Lots of laughter and hilarity.
■What do you hope people talk about in the car on the way home after seeing “Drinking Habits”?
How it was “Bust my gut” and “Peed my pants” hilarious.

Heather Pidcock-Reed plays Sister Augusta. She is also Assisting Directing the show. She has previously appeared onstage in the following Picketwire productions: “My Fair Lady,” “Mamma Mia,” “Dracula,” “A Christmas Story,” “Bonnie & Clyde,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Picketwire’s Got Talent.”
■Why did you decide to audition for “Drinking Habits”?
I was antsy to get back onstage after directing “The 39 Steps” for an extended period of time due to COVID-19.
■Describe/discuss the character you play…what has been your process for creating your character?
Sister Augusta is the mastermind of the secret winery. She’s a little rough around the edges, sassy, a quick thinker, and definitely kind of pushy. But her heart is in the right place. She reminds me a lot of Sister Evangelina in “Call the Midwife.”
■How has this experience been for you so far?
Working with my cast mates has been a lot of fun. Most of the cast has been working together for the past 6 months, which is a lot longer than we usually have to work on a show, so we’ve become a tight knit group. Our newer cast members fit right into that dynamic and it’s honestly felt like they’ve been here the entire time.
■What has been the biggest challenge for you in this show?
Definitely acting and assistant directing at the same time. I’ve acted and I’ve directed before…but I’ve never done both together. Since I’m onstage, I don’t have anything to do with directing actors, but I’ve been overseeing set construction, as well as working on a lot of the business and public relations end of the show.

Picketwire is extremely excited to have such a great cast to kick off our 2021 season, and end our 2020 season. Tickets are available online or at the box office beginning at 5:30PM.