Billy Budd – David Rush’s Adaptation of Herman Melville’s Literary Classic

Harlequin Productions of Cayuga Community College is proud to present David Rush’s adaptation of Herman Melville’s literary classic Billy Budd. This fictitious adventure leaves viewers on the edge of their seat when the young sailor Billy is left to defend himself against mutiny claims by dismal master-at-arms Claggart.

Billy Budd runs 2 weekends, March 10-12 and March 17-19. Each performance will begin at 8PM in the College’s Bisgrove Theatre. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door; $2 for students and $7 for general admission.

Young and innocent Billy Budd (Nikki Baker-Lanning) and Lieutenant Ratcliff (John Exner) climb aboard the HSM Indomitable during the Napoleonic wars. Though Billy seems to be well liked by fellow crew mates and the ship’s captain, Vere (William Mosier), the old and wise Dansker (Liz Stanistreet) warns Billy that master-at-arms, Claggart (Meg Owren) is not too fond of him. With the help of his spy Squeak (Ryan Baldwin), Claggart is able to create a whirlwind of trouble for young Billy. Rounding out the remaining crew members are Monica Espada, Ashley Hatten, Chumani Ketcham, Dan Netti, Mark Parry, and Donovan Stanfield. Along the way Billy meets friends, chants about the day’s work and love of grog, and faces unwarranted hardships. All of which will leave the audience wanting more.

The polished execution of the six shows is in part possible due to the student technicians which feature Molly Sharples as stage manager along with Angela Bringley and Erika Barcomb as light board and sound board operators. The young actors of CCC are so lucky to work with the professional design staff that includes, Scenery-Robert Andrusko; Lighting-Brad McLean; Costumes-Virginia Fennessy; Props-Teri Gadsby and Sound-Chris Yeckel. Billy Budd will be directed by CCC’s very own Bob Frame in his 57th production with the college!

For further information contact: Bob Frame 315-294-8640 or e-mail