New Leading Men Pack a “Powerful Punch” for Theatre Du Jour

Jethro (Derek Potocki) reminds Huck Birchbumble (Jim Byrne) to leave his “hands off” Sallie Mae.
Photo Credit: Jesse Dobrzynski

TDJ welcomes two more all-star local faces to their talented family of thespians! Jim Byrne and Derek Potocki join the cast of The Hilarious Hillbilly Massacre – an interactive, touring (dinner theatre) murder mystery coming to Central New York this October!
“When these two local actors showed up for auditions, I knew I had found my hillbillies! “Huck” and “Jethro” could only be played by these two incredibly talented men. mused Director Jennifer Snow. “They come to rehearsal *in character* when they walk through the door and keep me laughing until the very end! I am so excited to share their talent with our audiences, who I just know will have a “hog-slappin’ good time” as they bring these hilarious characters to life for them!”

An Auburn native and heavy hitter in the CNY theatre scene, Jim is a recipient of a TANYS Merit Award (Theater Association of New York State) for Excellence in Acting as The Doctor/Notary/Servant in the Harlequin production of Gianni Schicchi. Jim earned film credits as the character of Sonny in the Robert Lieberman film Nothing But green lights. Jim has a BS degree in Recreation from SUNY Cortland and studied Theater Arts at SUNY Cortland and The University of North London. Jim’s credits also include Bob Ewell (To Kill a Mockingbird), Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Cinderella’s Father (Into the Woods), Grandfather (Ragtime), and The Father (Eurydice). Other roles include Herr Schultz (Cabaret, Redhouse), Harvey (Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Auburn Players), Wilbur Turnblad (Hairspray, Redhouse), Rooster (Anne, Auburn Players).
Another CNY rockstar in every sense of the word, Derek Potocki is a SALT and SAMMY nominated performer. Derek is a veteran of the entertainment scene, having done short films, television and theater for several years. Derek is the lead vocalist in the 80’s supergroup Pop Rox and has toured the world as a sports entertainer. Derek does fight/stunt choreography for many productions in Central New York. He was last seen as the lead in 12 Angry Men, Melvin/Toxic in The Toxic Avenger Musical, and Darth Vader in Star Wars The Musical.
Don’t miss them or their shennanigans in this fantastic fall offering. (Adult language and themes – 18+ recommended) The Hilarious Hillbilly Massacre by Peter DePietro is part of the Quality Inn / GS Steamers Dinner Theatre Series, (October 6th) the Eis House Dinner Theatre Series, (October 12th) and the Barnes Hiscock Mansion Dinner Theatre Series (October 17th).
For more information and to secure your dinner theatre experience, which includes photo booth, music & cocktail hour, dinner & another murderous interactive production… visit

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