Middlebury actor Leigh Guptill takes to the Burlington stage

Girls Nite Out Productions will present the dramatic comedy, “Sitting Pretty,” by Amy Rosenthal Oct. 3-13, at Main Street Landing’s Black Box Theater located at Lake and College Streets in Burlington. Sure the performance is up in Burlington, but cast member and Middlebury resident Leigh Guptill represents. 

“Sitting Pretty” is about Nancy, a shy, insecure, delightfully Rubenesque middle-aged woman who suddenly finds herself “redundant” after being downsized from her job as a shorthand typist. Her dynamic and assertive sister Nina works at an art museum, and doesn’t know what to do with her despondent sister. A suggestion by Nina that she find a hobby leads Nancy on a journey of self-discovery that transforms the lives of their friend Max, the artist Philip, his paramour Zelda, and the members of Nancy’s art class.

The show is produced by Janet Stambolian and directed by Cheri Gagnon. 

Guptill plays the role of Phillip in this play. It’s his second appearance with GNOP — his first was “Smokey Joe's Cafe.” Guptill also played the character Gaston in Lyric Theatre’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and was Curly in Stowe's production of “OKLAHOMA!” Though, most of us know Guptill from his local performances, which include “Shrek, The Musical;” “Forever Plaid;” “Of Mice and Men;” “Boeing, Boeing;” “The Real Inspector Hound.” 

During the day, Guptill works as “the Wizard” at The Top Floor in Middlebury — it’s a business computer solutions company.

Tickets are on sale at flynntix.org or 86-FLYNN for $25 (seniors, students and group discounts available). 

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