2015-2016 Past Performances

And A World to Carry On
August 20 – August 29, 2015

Conceived, Written, and Directed by Barry Silber
Co-written by Carole Coppinger
Musical Director John Wilshusen
Featuring the music of Laura Nyro
Produced by Judith Sachs and Rae Schwartz


And a World to Carry On is the first play written about the life story of the underrated and relatively unrecognized singer/songwriter, Laura Nyro.
Barbra Streisand, the Fifth Dimension, and Three Dog Night are among the artists that scored top ten hits with Ms. Nyro’s compositions.
This story explores why Ms. Nyro never achieved superstardom, while achieving critical acclaim during the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

CAST:

Lou – Fred Lasday
Young Laura – Madison Levine
Laura – Erica Garraffa
Tootie/3 Dog Night – John Wilshusen
Johnny/Artie/Crosby – Eric Misener
Herb/Bones – Ernesto Sears
David Geffen – John Watson
Danny, Billy, Stills, and 3 Dog Night – Sam Burke
Leon – Joshua Goff
Patti/Florence/Backup Singer – Natasha Mckeller
Nona Hendryx and Back-up Singer – Kym Welch
Marilyn/Sarah/Backup Singer – Yandje “Jae” Welch
Lamont, Felix, Nash, and 3 Dog Night – Richard Barnes
Leon Huff and Ron – Joshua Goff

CREW:
Stage Managers – Kym Welch and Shirley Overton
Assistant Stage Manager – Joshua Goff
Set Design – Bob Lorenzen Set Construction Barry Silber, Bob Lorenzen, Sam Burke,
Richard Coppinger, Eric Misener, Jen Martin, Lamar Seufert, Ernesto Sears,
Dave Snider, Sandy Yosha, Brad Planchot,
Jeanne M. Adams, and Jim Russell
Set Dressing – Bob Lorenzen, Dave Snider, and Lamar Seufert
Costume & Hair Design – Deborah Lastinger of D&K Costumes
Sound Tracks – Nancy Fueyo and John Gustafson
Lighting & Sound Design – Bob Lorenzen
Sound Tech – Bob Lorenzen
Lights Tech – Rae Schwartz
Props – Denise Deneen
Photography – Greg Turner
Programs – Rae Schwartz
Tee, Posters & Flyers – Deb Kelley
Rose Photo Credit – Nina Saarinen

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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
July 10 – August 1, 2015

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Directed by Victor Carr | Produced by Jim Russell

A hilarious “who done it” that pokes fun at 1940s movie thrillers and campy musical comedies. The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assembles for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.”

The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of whom figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows.

The “Slasher” is eventually unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting satire while the “Slasher” strikes again—and again.

As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions.

With no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time!

Also, it’s not a musical!

CAST

Helsa – Trish Farber
Michael Kelly – Matt Hippen
Ken – Justin King
Eddie – Sam Burke
Bernice – Penni Willen
Roger – Jon Hilden
Marjorie – Lynn Cammareri
Nikki – Susan Belliveau
Patrick O’Reilly – Tyler Walker
Elsa – Georgia Kosloski

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
June 5 – June 27, 2015

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Directed by Marc Sanders | Produced by Judith Sachs

Five very different bridesmaids are in Tracy Marlowe-McClure’s wedding. The women start talking and figure out that they are not really friends with Tracy. While discussing their personal lives, many past issues are resolved and result in the women having more satisfaction with their lives.

CAST
Autumn Pandolfo – Frances
Paul Jannereth – Tripp
Mary Jordan – Trisha
Joie Marsh – Mindy
Jen Martin – Meredith
Alicia Spiegel – Georgeanne

 Breaking Legs
April 17 – May 9, 2015

Directed by Robin New | Produced by MaryAnn Bardi, Rae Schwartz and Deb Kelley

“Breaking Legs” mixes the restaurant biz, show biz and gangster biz for outrageous laughs when a professor tries to interest some shady characters in backing his play. Throw in the gorgeous — and demanding — daughter of one of the good fellas and POW! They don’t call ’em HITmen for nothing.

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CAST:
Terence O’Keefe – Jim Moss Frankie Salvucci – Dale Noss Mike Francesco – Rob Lecuyer
Tino De Felice – Edward Webber Lou Graziano – Thomas Pahl Angie Graziano – Jenn Hall

CREW:
AD/Stage Hand – Madison Maha
Stage Hand – Meggann Bautista

Looking
March 20-April 4, 2015

Directed by Dawn Kidle | Produced by Jennifer Martin

From one of Canada’s most popular playwrights comes this hilarious comedy. Val is an O.R. nurse, Andy is in the storage business, Nina is a police officer and Matt is the host of a morning radio show. They’re middle-aged, single and looking. Val agrees to meet Andy after answering his personal ad in the newspaper and Nina and Matt are coaxed into joining their friends for support. What follows is hilarious, touching and so very true to life.

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CAST:
Matt – Eric Misener
Andy – Carl Canestrano
Nina – Kym Welch
Val – Christa Jerome

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily
February 13 – March 7, 2015

Directed by Mike Cote | Produced by Carlyn Postle

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The wit of Oscar Wilde meets the cunning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when Wilde brings his dear friend, Lillie Langtry, to Baker Street. Someone has stolen the highly intimate letters Lillie exchanged with the Prince of Wales, and now she is being blackmailed. Only Holmes can solve the case, going so far as to disguise himself as an early version of Lady Bracknell from Wilde’s latest play, The Importance of Being Forthright, while Watson falls head-over-heels for the Jersey Lily and a wicked professor attempts to bring the Crown to its knees.

Cast

Sherlock Holmes – Miguel Rodriguez
Dr. John Watson – Jeffery Dow
Mrs. Lilllie Langtry – Samantha Parisi
Oscar Wilde – Jim Moss
Mrs. Irma Tory – Angel Borths
Mrs. McGlynn – Susan Dearden
John Smythe – Rob L’Ecuyer
Abdul Karim – Tom Campbell
Professor Moriarty – Stephan Brelawski

Crew

AD – Susan Dearden

On Golden Pond
Jan 9 – Jan 31, 2015

Directed by Frank Stinehour | Produced James Cass

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The play is a classic American comedy/drama that is every bit as touching, warm, and witty today as when it debuted on Broadway in 1979.

Retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer spend every summer at their home on Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter visits, bringing along her fiancé and his 13-year-old son. The turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the gap between three generations, and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, all combine to give this play a poignant insight into modern family relationships.

Cast

Norman Thayer, Jr – Rick Kastel

Ethel Thayer – Petra Sussman

Chelsea – Wendy Davidson

Bill – Eric Misener

Charlie – Dale Noss

Billy Ray – Sebastian Hagelstein

Crew

Stage Manager – Connie Jones

Babes in Toyland
November 28- December 20

Directed by Carlyn Postle | Produced by Keith Postle

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With new, fresh music, this classic tale will wow audiences, both young and old. The villainous Barnaby has fallen in love with sweet Mistress Mary Quite Contrary. If he can’t buy her love, then he’ll force her to marry him by threatening to foreclose on her mother, the poor Widow Piper. Mary already has her heart set on marrying Barnaby’s nephew Alan — but not if Barnaby can help it! He hires two bumbling ruffians to do away with Alan, but Alan returns to Mother Goose Land amidst much rejoicing. Mary journeys to the mysterious Toyland through the dangerous Spider Forest. But wait! Barnaby hasn’t given up, and he herds the whole gang of Mother Goose Land characters to Toyland in pursuit of Mary. There we encounter the magical mystery of Toyland as we meet the Master Toymaker and his quirky assistants Grumio and Marmaduke. This charming musical tale through the worlds of Mother Goose Land and Toyland will delight audiences of all ages!

CAST

Widow Piper – Lynn Cammareri
Mistress Mary – Heather Haskell
Alan – Ryan Farnworth
Barnaby – Thomas Pahl
Gonzorgo – Lauren Rodriguez
Roderigo – Marc S. Sanders
Master Toymaker – Larry Weglarz
Grumio – Kayla Ginty
Girl With Curl – Mckayla Whiteside
Little Bo Peep – Natalie Claro
Little Miss Muffet – Serena Kline
Mary Had A Little Lamb – Lisa Morrison
Little Betty Blue /Inspector Marmaduke – Crystal Reina
Goldilocks – Kaedin Cammareri
Little Red Riding Hood – Mara Blander
Elf – Julia Sanders
Polly Put The Kettle On – Abby Burge

CREW
Carlyn Postle – Director
Keith Postle – Producer /Tech Director
Rae Schwartz – Asst. Director.
Keith Postle – Tech Director
Lynn Cammareri and Heather Haskell – Music Directors
Laura Roberts – Choreographer
Nora Paine & John Camacho – Sound
Kym Welch & Mark Blander – Spotlight
Todd Wiener – Lights
Shirley Overton – Props


Doubt
Nov 6 – Nov 15, 2014

Directed by Jim Russell and Produced by MaryAnn Bardi


Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, Doubt is set in the fictional St. Nicholas Church School, in the Bronx, during the fall of 1964. Doubt is a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior. In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius takes matters into her own hands. One of the most riveting dramas in modern American theatre, Doubt poses a haunting question: What do you do when you’re not sure?

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CAST

Sister Aloysius – Amy C. Ragg

Father Flynn – Jeff Roush

Sister James – Jen Martin

Mrs. Muller – Kymberli Welch

Suite Surrender
October 10-25, 2014

Directed by Mike Cote | Produced by Ann Lehman

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It’s 1942 and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel- assistants, luggage and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance, that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30’s and 40’s.

Cast In Order of Appearance:

Zach “Hippie” Griswold – Francis
Larry Weglarz – Otis
Ray Zacek – Mr. Dunlap
Petra Sussman – Mrs. Osgood
Penni Willen – Dora Del Rio
Jan Brown – Claudia McFadden
Jim Moss – Mr. Pippet
Joie Marsh – Murphy
Susan Dearden – Athena Sinclair

Little Shop of Horrors Musical Special Engagement
September 5 – September 27, 2014

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman Music by Alan Menken Based on the film by Roger Corman,
Screenplay by Charles Griffith.

Produced by Frank Stinehour | Directed by Matt Bravo | Musical Direction by Amy Nickerson

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A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.

Cast

URCHINS – Brittany Lajoyce, Kay Brown, Lisa Stanforth
MR. MUSHNIK – Thomas Pahl
SOTS ORIN SCRIVELLO, D.D.S. – Miguel Rodriguez
AUDREY II – THE VOICE OF THE PLANT – Kelly Clow
SEYMOUR – Oliver Sprague
AUDREY – Erica Heiden