Jayden Choquette, left, plays Freddy Benson in Lyric Theatre’s musical, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” playing this weekend at the Flynn. His costars Sarah Connor are Ryan Morra. CREDIT: Ryan Bent Photography:


Choquette Plays a Dirty Rotten Scoundrel

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Thursday April 05, 2018

Jayden Choquette takes the stage in Lyric Theatre Company’s spring musical, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” April 5 to 8 at Burlington’s Flynn Theatre. Choquette, a resident of South Burlington, plays one of the lead roles, a rookie conman named Freddy Benson. This sidesplitting musical, based on the popular 1988 MGM film of the same name, takes the audience to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated with a good dash of mischief, the musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” tells the story of Lawrence Jameson, a suave conman who makes his lavish living by talking rich women out of their money. Choquette’s character, Freddy, more humbly swindles women by stirring their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, the two conmen attempt to work together, only to find that the small French town is not big enough for the two of them. They make a bet, the first one to extract $50,000 from Christine Colgate, a young heiress, wins, and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues; one that will keep audiences laughing and guessing to the end.

Along with Choquette, other South Burlington residents involved in this entirely volunteer production include Evan Brown and Chris Martens in the ensemble and Ted Anderson as technical director.

For more information, including show times and tickets, visit www.flynntix.org.