Actors Theatre of Indiana’s production of “Ruthless The Musical!” includes a unique component.
Eleven different well known area residents, including Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, will perform in a rotating cameo role in the comedy. Brainard will appear in the Feb. 2 show.
Carmel City Councilor Jeff Worrell is the only person scheduled to appear more than once, appearing in the Jan. 31, Feb. 13 and 15 performances.
ATI co-founder Cynthia Collins, who is acting in the show, said the play materials suggest the possibility of using the role for a local celebrity.
“It’s set up by the authors,” Collins said. “A lot of theaters do that, and we thought it would be fun. The whole show is a complete crazy farce.
“We can’t say who the character is because that’s a surprise,” Collins added. “They do have line. They are a punchline to a running joke throughout the show. They’re all really nice to do this and give their time. Hopefully, (the rotating actors) will have a good time even though it’s short and sweet, it’s pretty funny within the context of the show.”
Among those appearing is ATI Music Director Brent Marty (Jan. 26) and Brad Osborne (Feb. 8), whose wife, Meg, handles publicity for ATI. Osborne, of Chapman-Osborne Legacy Realtors, is a Carmel Clay Schools bus driver.
Other performers appearing in the cameo role are Fox59 reporter Sherman Burdette (Jan. 25), Carmel business owner Randy Sorrell (Feb. 1), Fox59 anchor Ray Cortopassi (Feb. 9), Donatello’s co-owner and former Current Publishing reporter Adam Aasen (Feb. 10), Carmel businessman Don Katz (Feb. 14), Current Publishing advertising sales representative Dennis O’Malia (Feb. 16) and Carmel Fire Dept. Public Information Officer Tim Griffin (Feb. 17).