A House Divided

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.    

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:   Jeffrey Milstein
 
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:   Cheryl Balas
 
Michelle/Nun Ensemble:   Talitha Trofa
 
Tina/Nun Ensemble:   Erin Heisey
 
Ernie/Nun Ensemble:   Ryan Coffey Keaton
 
Nun Ensemble:   Liz Brennan
 
Nun Ensemble:   Hannah Weissmann
 
Nun Ensemble:   Kristen Danley
 
Nun Ensemble:   Kate Reynolds
 
Nun Ensemble:   Rachel Pogolowitz
 
Nun Ensemble:   Julie Smith
 
 
 

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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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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Harvey

NCT-Harvey-Logo_v2When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey (a pooka in the guise of a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit) to guests at a society party, his sister Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! This classic stage hit provides a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos that you won’t want to miss!

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