Donovan Leary as the Preacher in "Bonnie and Clyde."

Meet the “Bonnie and Clyde” cast: Donovan Leary says to “expect the unexpected” with this musical

The Livingston Post is profiling cast members of the Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “Bonnie and Clyde,” which runs this Saturday and Sunday.

The Community Theatre of Howell is back on the big stage this month with the musical “Bonnie and Clyde.”

A Tony-nominated musical, “Bonnie and Clyde” is the alluring “behind-the-headlines” story of the love, adventure and crimes that captured the attention of an entire nation. Featuring blues, gospel and rockabilly music, this thrilling musical follows Bonnie and Clyde’s desperate pursuit of their dreams as their inevitable end draws near.

The show is directed by Luke Daniels, with Amanda Daniels as assistant director. The producers are Kim Carnahan and Linda Peasley; Lynda Bednarczyk is the stage manager; Rick Spangler is tech director; David Anderson is the vocal director; Lottie Moorehouse is the choreographer; and Dawn Eldred is doing costumes.

In today’s story, we feature Donovan Leary of Fenton, who plays the Preacher in the show.

How did you become involved with CTH?

This show is my first with CTH and I couldn’t be happier to be sharing the stage with such wonderful company.

What are some memorable past roles and shows, either with CTH or other groups?

My two favorite roles I’ve had the honor of playing would absolutely be the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” and Nostradamus in “Something Rotten.”

Donovan Leary as the Preacher in “Bonnie and Clyde.”

Most people don’t think of musical theater when they think of “Bonnie and Clyde.” What can the audience expect with this show?

Expect the unexpected, this show is bound to take you through a wide range of emotions. Prepare yourself for love, laughter, law-breaking, and loss.

What do you like about your role?

I definitely enjoy blending the “fire and brimstone” side of the Preacher with the “truth and light” side. I also love how much this role has expanded my range.

How does it feel being back in the theater after such a long break?

It’s always a wonderful feeling being on stage, I was fortunate enough to perform in “Something Rotten” at Fenton Village Players this past July. It feels wonderful to be back.

The Community Theatre of Howell is presenting the music, “Bonnie and Clyde” at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell. Shows are Nov. 13-14, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, available by clicking here.

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