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John Stavely | Dr. Dewey Cheetum


Down the dusty roads of the Deep South comes Dr. Dewey Cheetum, notorious purveyor of elixirs and false tonics. John Stavely portrays the medical tinker Cheetum in comic brilliance, capturing perfectly the life of deception of a traveling Snake Oil salesman around the turn of the century. The good Doctor and his suspect trade were meticulously researched by historical actor Stavely, as is all of his characters. A performer with many faces, Stavely is probably best known for his exacting portrayal of Jesse Fish, an unscrupulous broker during the Revolutionary War. He recently shared the stage with Colonial Williamsburg's William Barker (Thomas Jefferson) in a humorous Patriot-vs-Loyalist-Opportunist face-off. Stavely and Barker are considered two of the finest first-person historical actors in the country. Stavely has brought his talents to New York and Boston, as well as Florida where he is a popular entertainer. When he appears as the undegreed Doctor, gentlemen check your wallets, and ladies resist the temptation of Fountain of Youth waters and cure-all creams, as they were likely concocted the night before in his wagon.

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