Little Shop of Horrors

 

Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination

Performances: November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 – 2018 at 8:00pm   November 4 & 11 – 2018 at 3:00pm

CAST:

Seymour: Christopher Betzler

Audrey: Rachel Sweeney

Mushnik: Rachel Kaiser

Orin Scrivello: Brandon Marraffa

Crystal: Melany Rosa

Chiffon: Meg Cranney

Ronnette: Gabriella Grosso

Featuring: Ben Deivert, Kathleen Lord, Lauren Hanak, Rachel Berger, and Vince Vuono

Audrey II: 

Richard Johnson (Voice) 

Anthony Florendo (Manipulation)

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Director: Justin Walsh
Music Director: Lynn DellaPietra
Choreographer: Gabrielle Impriano
Stage Manager: Asia Kolakowski
 

California Suite

 

A humorous confection divided into four parts: 

In Visitor from New York, Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband, the question being with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah’s well-wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold.

The Visitor from Philadelphia is a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband “en flagrante delicto” with a drunken hooker.

Visitors from London Academy Award nominee Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband, Sidney, whose homosexuality will be no comfort tonight.

The Visitors from Chicago are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.

Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best.

 

Director: Erin Guard

Performances:  May 3, 4, 10, 11 – 2019 at 8:00pm   May 5, 2019 at 3:00pm

 

West Side Story

 

 
West Side Story takes place on New York’s West Side in the mid-1950s amidst widespread racial and social tension. The show begins as a war is building between two rival gangs fighting over the same piece of turf: born and bred New York boys, The Jets, and Puerto Rican immigrants The Sharks. In the midst of the battlefield are two young romantics, good-boy Tony, a Jet ready to leave the gang life behind, and wide-eyed Maria, the sister of Sharks leader, Bernardo. When Tony and Maria unexpectedly meet and fall for one another, tension between the rival groups only escalates, leading to a bloody and senseless rumble that costs both sides young lives. In spite of the violence, the true story at the core of the show is two lovers trying to find a way to be together—and whether either can survive when hate and ignorance are unwilling.
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. 
 
Director: Linda Galati Hunt
Music Director: Raquel Garcia
Choreographer: Kenneth Fisher
 

Performances:  March 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 – 2019 at 8:00pm   March 3 & 10 – 2019 at 3:00pm

 

A House Divided

 

May 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12 – 2018
Book, Music and Lyrics by
Michael J. Salmanson, Maureen Kane Berg and Thomas C. Berg

A world premiere! Drawing on real events, this musical provides an intimate look at the Lincoln family’s personal and political struggles during their White House years.  Despite enormous odds, personal loss and political intrigues, the Lincolns overcome their divided “houses”  (family, cabinet and country), relying on their love, wit, wisdom, strength of  conviction, and the help of unlikely allies.  The story of Lincoln’s and our nation’s ultimate triumph, and the tragedy of his still-unfinished legacy, will touch your heart and mind.    

 

Director:                   Michael Salmanson

Music Director:         Talia Yellin Fisher 

Assistant Music Director:   Jim Speer

 

CAST:

Abraham Lincoln           Danny Seifert
Mary Lincoln                  Megan Keiser
Robert Lincoln               Christopher Betzler
Willie Lincoln                 Kai Sherman
Tad Lincoln                     Sam Heft
Elizabeth Keckley          Blessing Osazuwa
Wm. Seward                   Randall Frame
Salmon Chase                John Cochrane, jr.
Kate Chase                      Gabriella Grosso
John Wilkes Booth        Mark Urmson
Narrator Keckley           Muneera Walker 
 
Ensemble:
 
Gary Bullock
Sally Foster-Chang
Lisa Franks
Melanie Jones
William McVail
Andrea Ogle
Rich Pogolowitz
Dakota Seifert
Quintin Seifert
River Seifert
Moss Stern
 
 

Sister Act

March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 – 2018
Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater

CAST:

Deloris Van Cartier:   Kyleen Shaw
 
Mother Superior:   Barbara Sherman
 
Sister Mary Robert:   Megan Smith
 
Sister Mary Patrick:   Laura Cilia
 
Sister Mary Lazarus:   Danielle Lachall
 
Monsignor O’Hara:   Bob Monroe
 
Curtis:   Alfred Lance
 
Eddie:   Chris DiMeo
 
TJ :   Ever Hanna
 
Joey:   Christopher Betzler
 
Pablo:   Glen Haber
 
Sister Mary Martin-of Tours:   Ellie Knickman
 
Sister Mary Theresa:   Liz Brennan
 
Michelle/Nun Ensemble:   Talitha Trofa
 
Tina/Nun Ensemble:   Erin Heisey
 
Ernie/Nun Ensemble:   Ryan Coffey Keaton
 
Nun Ensemble:   Hannah Weissmann
 
Nun Ensemble:   Kristen Danley
 
Nun Ensemble:   Kate Reynolds
 
Nun Ensemble:   Renee Grant
 
Nun Ensemble:  Crystal Nielsen
 
 
 

Director:   Michael Sherman

Music Director:  Raquel Garcia

Choreographer:  Maggie Szeder

 

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18 – 2017
Book, Music & Lyrics by Rupert Holmes

Director: Barbara Burke Sherman

Music Director: Raquel Garcia        

Choreographer: Tami Cohen Dimmerman

CAST LIST

Character Names Cast Member
John Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget Danny Seifert
Mayor Thomas Sapsea / Mr James Hitchens Michael Sherman
Neville Landless / Mr. Victor Grinstead John Cochrane 
Reverend Mr. Crisparkle / Mr. Cedric Moncrieffe Christopher Betzler
Durdles / Mr. Nick Cricker Todd Barton
Bazzard / Mr. Phillip Bax Andrew Kelleher
Deputy / Mr. Nick Cricker II Vince Vuono
James Throttle / Horace / Stage Manager Chuck Moore
Citizen of Cloisterham / Alfred Grumple Mike Salmanson
Edwin Drood / Miss Alice Nutting Megan Keiser
Rosa Bud / Miss Deirdre Peregrine Marie Spidale 
Princess Puffer / Miss Angela Prysock Linda Galati Hunt
Helena Landless / Miss Janet Conover Gabrielle Grosso
Wendy (Moonfall Quartet) / Miss Isabel Yearsley Rachel Pogolowitz
Beatrice (Moonfall Quartet) / Ballet Dancer /Miss Florence Gill Maggie Szeder
Townsperson / Miss Violet Balfour Carmen Walton
Townsperson / Miss Mathilda Kirkby Ellie Knickerman 
Townsperson/ Ballet Dancer / Miss Gwendolen Pynn Chloe Sierka 
   

 

The Who’s Tommy

Pete Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph is electrifying. Post WWII England, Tommy becomes catatonic after he witnesses the murder of his mother’s lover by his father. When his pinball playing ability is discovered, he is able to break from his catatonia and becomes an international superstar. This powerful tale of a deaf, mute and blind pin-ball player who becomes an international messiah bursts on the stage in this multi-award winning adaptation of the original chart-topping rock album. Hit songs include “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me,” “Sensation,” and more.

 

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Once Upon A Mattress

“The Princess and the Pea” is a well-known fairy tale, but wait until you hear the true version of the story. The Minstrel, both a character within the story and the narrator, first sings the traditional version—but then he notes that it is “not quite accurate.” Did you know that the princess who actually wins Prince Dauntless the Drab’s hand is the 13th candidate for the job? Or that it wasn’t the pea at all that caused her such a sleepless night? This charming adaptation of the tale is full of humor, romance, and royal comeuppance, and the songs are hilarious, melodic, romantic, and occasionally a bit bawdy. From the opening notes of “Many Moons Ago” through “The Minstrel, the Jester, and I” to “The Swamps of Home,” you’ll laugh and tap your feel along with the Prince, who declares “I’m in Love With a Girl Named Fred.”

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Don’t Dress For Dinner

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

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Brighton Beach Memoirs

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Part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn neighborhood. Eugene Jerome, Simon’s alter ego, is the narrator and central character of the plot, dreaming of baseball and girls, and coping with the family’s daily struggles along with his formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for heartwarming hilarity, served up Simon-style. As the clouds of war gather over Europe, this bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the story of a loving Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.” Definitely one of Neil Simon’s best works, and a show not to be missed.

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