The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival presents
Dinner with the Fabulous Four
21 East 3rd Street, 4th Fl.
Jamestown, NY, 14701
Diane combines her creative talents as a professional musical theatre actress with her natural comedic abilities in re-creating the character of “Lucy”. Since 1995, Diane has been licensed and authorized by CBS Worldwide and Desilu, too, LLC to portray “Lucy Ricardo” at Universal Studios Hollywood and throughout the country. Her extensive client list includes dozens of the top corporations in the country. She has been representing the iconic character at the festivals here in Lucille Ball's hometown since 1999, and was proclaimed "The Official Lucy Impersonator" of Jamestown, NY by Mayor Samuel Teresi. When not portraying the “Queen of Comedy”, Diane stays busy as an award winning regional theatre actress. She is the creator and star of her own show, "Nuttin' But Hutton" A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Betty Hutton, which she co-wrote with her husband. The production recently enjoyed a critically acclaimed world premiere in her hometown of Los Angeles. Other credits include: “Oklahoma!” (Aunt Eller), “Stormy Weather” at the Pasadena Playhouse, “Guys & Dolls” (Adelaide), “Singin’ In The Rain” (Lina Lamont), “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Mrs. Meers), “Gypsy” (Tessie), “Best Little Whorehouse” (Doatsie Mae), “Some Like It Hot” (Sugar), “Cinderella” (Portia), “No, No Nanette” (Flora), “Pal Joey” (Gladys), “How To Succeed...” (Hedy), “Anything Goes” (Bonnie) and “From The Top!” starring Carol Burnett. Sacramento Music Circus: "The Producers" (Hold Me/Touch Me), "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (Miss Flannery), "The Music Man" (Ethel Toffelmier) At the Hollywood Bowl: “The Sound of Music” and “The Music Man”. For Reprise Theatre Company: “On Your Toes”, “Fiorello!”, “On The 20th Century” and “Kismet”. Diane is happily married to her very own “Ricky Ricardo”, multi-talented musician Sam Kriger. Diane wishes to thank the staff of the LD Center for bringing her "back home", and to all the dedicated and loyal fans who always give her a warm welcome.
Bill Mendieta has worked with Andak Stage Company, the Actors’ Coop, the Road Theatre, Crown City Theatre, and the Antaeus Company (of which he is a member), El Teatro Campesino, San Jose Repertory as well as San Francisco, California and Nevada Shakespeare Festivals. His latest project is directing the world premiere of Pray To Ball at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. Recently, Bill has played Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy Live On Stage in Los Angeles, Chicago and the national tour. He earned the Best Actor Broadway-World Award for his performance. He has had leading roles in award-winning films including Best Picture (AFI Dallas film festival, etc.) for Soldier of God, and Trés. He’s also appeared on NBC’s Days of Our Lives and played the villain in the superhero web series, The Sanctum. Bill co-wrote and directed the comedy web series, Mob Boss Associate, and directed the plays Beauty, Brains and Personality, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film credits as a director include Dodgy Dish, Slow Dance, and in-house projects for the Mattel Corporation. His staging and multimedia credits include Tango del Cielo, which is currently on tour throughout North America. Bill has taught numerous workshops for the Music Center in LA (Will & Company), Shakespeare At Play, The Antaeus Company and the Joffrey Ballet.
Rhonda Medina began performing as a stage and variety actress in 1995. She has twice been awarded the Los Angeles
Drama Logue Critic’s Award for her performance in “Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” and “Witness for the Prosecution”. Rhonda began performing as a variety actress for Universal Studios Theme Park, Hollywood in 1996. From 1998 to 2001 Rhonda was a SAG commercial talent agent for the Bobby Ball Agency in Los Angeles. She booked more than 250 commercial jobs. Since that time, she has appeared in 11 commercials and voiced over 50 Radio Spots. Rhonda is happily married with two children. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas and performs as a Celebrity Tribute Artist on a weekly basis for local and national venues, coaches musical theatre, facilitates special programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, is the Drama Ministry Director for “Acting in Faith” as well as Stephen Ministry leader at Faith Lutheran Church. And, if that’s not enough…she also has a full-time job as a marketing director for a Dementia Day Care. Whew!
Recipient of the 2012 national INNY Award for “Best Improv Coach” and the founder of the Improv Trick Academies in LA and St. Louis. Toured alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the Second City Comedy Troupe and worked on the Dana Carvey show and Saturday Night Live.
Bill Chott has been improvising for over 20 years. Kids know him as "Mr. Laritate" from his four seasons on Disney's Emmy-winning Wizards of Waverly Place. He starred as "Thomas" in the Farrelly Bros. top ten film The Ringer, and appeared opposite Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary. He also makes cameo appearances in the films Galaxy Quest and Dude Where's My Car?
His television credits include performing and writing on The Dana Carvey Show, and voicing the popular "X-Presidents" and "Ambiguously Gay Duo" on Saturday Night Live. He has appeared on TV in such shows as 3rd Rock from the Sun, ER, Freaks n Geeks, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
$30.00 - $45.00
Join us in the historic Willow Bay Theater for a dinner show like no other! Join actors Diane Vincent, Rhonda Medina, Bill Mendieta, and Bill Chott as they take you through your laugh out loud meal in celebration of Desi Arnaz’s 100th birthday A choice of Yankee Pot Roast, Herb Rosted Chicken, or Three Cheese Lasagna will be served.
Approx. Duration: 90 min
Willow Bay Theater
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