The Story:
This intimate two-person musical follows the marriage between Michael and Agnes from their wedding day through 50 years of married life. Jennifer Blomfield and John Laird star in this endearing production written by the same team (Tom Jones, Lyricist and Harvey Schmidt, Music) that wrote the longest running musical in history, The Fantasticks.

Directed by Cynthia Anthony, with Musical Direction by Debbie Lagomarsino and Choreography by John Lambie, the show begins with all the joys and hopes of a wedding day (and night). By the time the curtain closes on Act I, Michael and Agnes have had two children - a son and a daughter - and survived a near breakup as each copes with middle age. Their life together continues in Act II with the maturation of their children, leaving them alone together in their house unsure of their relationship now that the children have moved out. Ultimately, this rite of passage in their marriage passes as they prepare for the next phase of self-discovery, and, eventually, move out of their house into retirement and the twilight of their lives. "Perhaps the best way to describe this story is through the titles of the witty songs.," states Director Cynthia Anthony. "Beginning with the title song, I DO! I DO!, then "I Love My Wife", "Something Has Happened", "Love Isn't Everything", "Nobody's Perfect", "The Honeymoon is Over", "When the Kids Get Married", "Someone Needs Me" and "This House". The most famous song from the show, "My Cup Runneth Over" became an international hit due to its intensely romantic melody and lyrics."

Everyone can relate to this humorous tale of love found, fought for, lost and rediscovered. Asked by a family member, "What's so funny about a couple that's been married for 50 years?" Anthony replied, "What isn't?" Humor, forgiveness, acceptance and self-reflection are all explored in this musical that is set entirely in the bedroom of Michael and Agnes. The intimacy and fights, fears and joys, humor and tears of a troubled, yet loving, marriage are shared with the audience in the lovely Park Ballroom, which has been the theatrical home for Wine Country Theatre this season.

The Cast

     Jennifer Blomfield has performed professionally since 1972 in Theatre and in Night Clubs. Past Owner and Artistic Director of SLO Children's Theatre at Unity, Artist in Residence with Children's Creative Project and Past President of Children's Education Theatre at The SLO Little Theatre, Jennifer is in her 10th year as Drama Teacher at Mission College Prep High School. Jennifer has performed in over 60 productions as a leading lady. Her favorites include: Eliza in My Fair Lady, Fiona in Brigadoon, Maria in Sound of Music, Marian in The Music Man, Hodel in Fiddler On the Roof, and Molly Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Jennifer has won numerous awards at Regional Festivals including Best Actress at The Salt Lake Acting Company, San Luis Obispo Little Theatre and The American College Theatre Festival, placing 2nd in the nationals.
     She has served as a Board Member for the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, the San Luis Obispo Symphony and San Luis Obispo Little Theatre as well as Transitions Mental Health. She is currently working on her Marriage Family Therapist License and is the proud Mother of three daughters and 5 grandchildren. She is married to David Booker and dedicates this performance to him for his patience and support in "living with and through all the Drama"!

JOHN LAIRD as Michael Snow

     As a professional singer/musician for over 20 year in Los Angeles, John sang on hundreds of records, CDs and radio commercials and sang and appeared in movies such as The Santa Clause and Get Smart. He has performed all over the world either as a featured artist of with performers such as Tony Bennett, Whitney Houston and Michael Bolton. As a member of Clare Fischer’s vocal jazz group 2+2, John earned three Grammy nominations and won the Grammy for Best Vocal Performance by a Jazz Group or Duo in 1986. He is a graduate of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera’s Music Theater Workshop and holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in psychology.
     John relocated to the Central Coast in 1996 to develop and manage his family’s wine grape vineyards and since that time has become heavily involved in local community theatre. He has played keyboards for several productions and was musical director for Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Oklahoma! On stage he has appeared in The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Bye Bye Birdie (Albert F. Peterson), Annie (Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks), Jekyll and Hyde (Sir Danvers), M Butterfly (Rene Gallimard), The Fantastiks (Hucklebee), This is Rock ‘n’ Roll (Jack Hooke), The Sound of Music (Captain von Trapp), Miracle on 34th Street (Leslie Sawyer) and most recently Deathtrap (Sidney Bruhl). Having worked closely with Cynthia Anthony in the past, he is delighted to be making his first appearance with Wine Country Theatre in I Do! I Do!