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.

Show Dates: November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, & 19 2016 at 8 pm and November 6 & 13 2016 at 3 pm

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director: Linda Galati Hunt

Asst. Director: Michele Davis-Tortu

Choreographer: Tom Stumme

Band Director: Talia Yellin Fisher

Vocal Director: Mark Urmson

Stage Manager: Sarah Pogolowitz

Co-Producers: Ginny Swann, Brian Mahoney

CAST

Tommy – Cory Meccariello

Mrs Walker – Tara Dromgoole Feathers

Capt. Walker – Tom Lamphere

Uncle Ernie – Jon Rivkind

Cousin Kevin – Danny Seifert

Gypsy – Mia Mbuy

Sally Simpson – Suzanne Rainear

Minister/Mr. Simpson – Paul Joslin

Minster’s Wife/Mrs. Simpson: Dawn Sheppard

The Hawker – Barry Polis [Nov. 4, 6, 11,12, 19], Craig Ratner [Nov. 5, 12, 18]

The Specialist – Barry Polis

10 year old Tommy – Noah Salmanson [Nov. 4, 6, 12, 18], Quintin Seifert [Nov. 5, 11, 13, 19]

4 year old Tommy – Alex Nardo [Nov. 4, 6, 12, 18], Dakota Seifert [Nov. 5, 11, 13, 19]

Ensemble – Christopher Betzler, Tami Dimmerman, Megan Higgins, Paul Joslin, Aviva Legatt, Joel Legatt, Rachel Pogolowitz, Craig Ratner, Mike Salmanson, River Seifert, Liz Sutton, Maggie Szeder, and Christina Webster

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Keyboards: Talia Yellin Fisher (conductor), Lynn DellaPietra, Brian Shapella

Guitars: Jon Cooper, Andrew Bowser

Bass: Kyle Ennis

Drums: Todd Feathers, James Dilks [matinees only]

French Horn: Peter Appelbaum

 

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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.”

Show Dates: March 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 – 2017 at 8:00 pm and March 5, 12 – 2017 at 3:00 pm

Presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director: David Ben Leavitt

CAST

Minstrel – Tali Trofa

Princess #12 – Isabel Bowser

Wizard – Robert Monroe

Lady Larken – Lindsay Kulp

Queen Aggravain – Michele Loor Nicolay

Prince Dauntless the Drab – Glen Haber

King Sextimus the Silent – Todd Barton

Jester – B. Ever Hanna

Sir Harry – Jason Schaum

Princess Winnifred – Kristen Danley

Ensemble – Tom Aberant, Christopher Betzler, Isabel Bowser, Liz Brennan, Mia Carter, Carolyn DeMayo, Alexandra Kohlburn, Jessica Lewis, Erin Maguire, Richard Pogolowitz, David Richman, Taylor Simone Simmons, Michael Stadnicki, Maggie Szeder, and Carmen Walton

 

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.

Show Dates: May 5, 6, 12, 13 – 2017 at 8:00 pm and May 7, 14 – 2017 at 3:00 pm

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director: Scott Grumling

Asst. Director: Tom Ryan

Stage Manager: Sarah Pogolowitz

Producer: Cheryl Chewkanes

CAST

Bernard – Tom Ryan

Jacqueline – Lauren Kerstetter

Robert – Anthony Marsala

Suzanne – Leah O’Hara

Suzette – Shelli Pentimall Bookler

George – Vinny Ali

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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. Written by Neil Simon. Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French

Show Dates: May 6, 7, 13, 14 – 2016 at 8:00pm and May 8, 15 – 2016 at 3:00 pm

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director: Steve Arcidiacono

CAST

Nora – Julie Every-Clayton

Laurie – Cadence Freeman

Jack – Scott Grumling

Kate – Bonnie Kapenstein

Blanche – Lauren Kerstetter

Stanley – Cory Mecca

Eugene – Evan Paszamant

 

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South Pacific

NCT-South-Pacific-logo-1This romantic Rogers and Hammerstein musical is set in the South Pacific Islands during World War II. The story follows a young navy nurse, Nellie Forbush and Lt. Joe Cable as they struggle to overcome long held prejudices and the realities of war as they find themselves in unconventional love affairs: Nellie with an older French plantation owner, Emile de Becque, and Lt. Cable with Liat, the daughter of a colorful local entrepreneur (Bloody Mary). Well known songs from the show include: “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Cock-eyed Optimist”, “Nothing Like a Dame” and “Younger than Springtime”.

Show Dates: November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 2015 at 8:00pm and November 8 &15 2015 at 3:00pm

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director: Sally Foster-Chang

Music Director and Conductor: Raquel Garcia

Accompanist: Judy Large

Choreographer: Kenneth Fisher

CAST

Nellie Forbush – Rebecca Finkenaur

Emile De Becque – Jonathan Sills

Bloody Mary – Ginny Swann

Lt. Joe Cable – Corey Buller

Luther Billis – Dan Boyd

Liat – Brianna Lopez

Ngana (De Becque child) – Isabel Bowser/Rachel Rafferty

Antoinette (De Becque child) – Skylar Ortiz/Amanda Santos

Jerome (De Becque child) – Sam Heft/Noah Salmanson

Maura (Bloody Mary’s Assistant) – Meghna Thomas

Henri – Washington Saah

Capt. Brackett – Fred Ditmann

Cdr. Harbison – Todd Barton/Rich Pogolowitz

Lt. Buzz Adams – Andrew Bowser

Stewpot – Jeff Swafford

Professor – Bob Monroe

Ensemble: Todd Barton, Andrew Bowser, Isabel Bowser, Cristy Chory, Lisa Franks, Sam Heft, Linda Hunt, Aviva Legatt, Joel Legatt, Bob Monroe, Alex Ortiz, Skylar Ortiz, Rachel Pogolowitz, Rich Pogolowitz, Rachel Rafferty, Denise Rose, Washington Saah, Mike Salmanson, Noah Salmanson, Amanda Santos, Elizabeth Sutton, Jeff Swafford, Nick Taddeo, Meghna Thomas

 

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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!

Show Dates: May 1, 2, 8, 9 2015 at 8:00pm and May 3, 9 2015 at 3:00 pm

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director: David Leavitt

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Elwood P. Dowd – Peter Hayes

Mrs. Chauvenet – Norma Kider

Duane Wilson – Steve Kuerschner

Myrtle Mae Simmons – Caylynn Lott

Judge Gaffney – Andrew Maksymowych

Betty Chumley – Liz McCallum

E. J. Lofgren – Chuck McCallum

Veta Louise Simmons – Maura McInerney

William R. Chumley, M.D. – Brian McKay

Ruth Kelly, R.N. – Meaghan Reid

Lyman Sanderson, M.D. – Patrick Martin

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The Music Man

NCT-MusicMan-Logo_v1An affectionate valentine to Smalltown, U.S.A. in a bygone era, Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

This Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters and a one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads. Funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best!

Show Dates: March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 2015 @8:00pm and March 8, 15 2015 @3:00 pm

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director: Deb Schrager

Choreographer: Sally Rothschild

Vocal Directors: Erin Toscani and Mark Urmson

Producers: Brian Mahoney and Susan Davit

Conductor: Barbara Newberry

Stage Manager: Harvey Perelman

CAST

Charlie Cowell – Kevin Walters

Conductor – Kenny Duthie

Harold Hill – Chris Seifert

Mayor Shin – Bill Burdick

Mayor Shin – Stephen Kuerschner

Ewart Dunlap (QUARTET) – Andrew Bowser

Oliver Hix (QUARTET) – Fred Dittman

Jacey Squires (QUARTET) – Gary Bullock

Olin Brit (QUARTET) – Ken Olin

Marcellus – Dennis Wheeler

Tommy – Sam Gamberg

Marion – Alicia Culleton

Mrs. Paroo – Judy Rodes

Amaryllis – Skylar Ortiz

Winthrop – Sam Heft

Winthrop – Noah Salmanson

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Eulalie – Ginny Swann

Zanetta – Leigha Osborn

Gracie Shin – Samantha Sandhaus

Gracie Shin – Savana Sandhaus

Alma Hix – Brenda Pretco

Maud Dunlop – Jennifer Tinubu

Ethel Toflemier – Aviva Legatt

Mrs. Squires – Rachel Pogolowitz

Constable Locke – Bob Monroe

Ensemble – Nick Tadeo, Faria Rehman, Hiba Ansar, Amy Wolgin, Julianna Messinger, Cadence Freeman, Erin Maguire, Matt Buzzell, Isabel Bowser, Matt Hengel, and Mark Hengel

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The Wedding Singer

NCT-Wedding-Singer-logoIt’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer’s sparkling new score does for the ’80s what Hairspray did for the ’60s. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Show Dates: March 4, 11, 12, 18, 19 – 2016 at 8:00pm and March 6, 13 – 2016 at 3:00 pm

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director: Tom Stumme

Choreographer: Jenna Michael

Music Director: Raquel Garcia

Accompanist: Judy Large

CAST

Julia – Alison Kachnoskie

Robbie – Ben Long

George – Chris Bartholomew

Sammy – Vince Vuono

Holly – Meghan Chambers

Glen – Rob Frankel

Rosie – Renee Grant

Linda – Juliet Klinman

Angie – Brittany Recupero

Ensemble: Rachel Berger, Rebecca Burns, Sami Cojocariu, Aimee Goldstein, Caitlin Kelly, Charly Klinman, Aviva Legatt, Joel Legatt, Rachel Pogolowitz, Brittany Recupero, Jenn Smth, Chris Waters, and Jasmin Wiley

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Aida

NCT-AIDA-Logo_v1Aida is a pop rock musical that plays out to a stirring Tony and Grammy Award-winning pop score by Elton John and Tim Rice. This contemporary musical takes on the classic tale of timeless love. On the banks of the Nile, unfolds the triumphant tale of love that transcends warring nations and brings a country together. It’s a story of our times, about love, self-worth and ultimately battles against all odds.

Show Dates: November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 2014 at 8:00pm and November 9, 16 2014 at 3:00 pm

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director: Barbara Sherman

Choreographer: Tom Stumme

Music Director and Conductor: Raquel Garcia

Accompanist: Judy Large

Stage Manager: Phil Nathanson

Co-Producer: Linda Galati Hunt

Co-Producer: Jon Rivkind

CAST

Aida – Mia Mbuy

Amneris – Alexandra Rush

Radames – Justin Damm

Zoser – Chris DiMeo

Mereb – Chris Bartholomew

Nehebka/Ensemble- Brittany Adams

Pharaoh/Ensemble – Jon Rivkind

Amonorosa/Ensemble – Todd Barton

Ensemble/Dancers –  Michelle Davis, Rachel Berger, Mary Kate Sullivan, Crystal Nielsen, Sara McMenamin, and Nicolette Silverman

Ensemble/Guards – Nick Taddeo, Michael Sherman, Tom Stumme

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Born Yesterday

NCT-Born-Yesterday-MDThe vulgar, egotistic junkman, Harry Brock, has come to a swanky hotel in Washington to make crooked deals with government big-wigs. He has brought with him the charming but dumb ex-chorus girl Billie, whose lack of social graces embarrasses even Harry. Billie must be taught some of the amenities, and a few basic bits of information. The young, idealistic magazine reporter Paul Verrall, who has been investigating political skullduggery and is interested in Brock’s activities, agrees, for a salary, to educate Billie. He finds Billie has a natural honesty and a frank streak in her, and she begins to learn about history, politics, and what Harry really is and what he wants

At a dramatic moment she rebels against being merely a tool in Harry’s crooked schemes and refuses to sign the documents which she has come to learn are part of an ambitious effort to defraud the public. This precipitates a crisis, as Billie readies to leave Harry for a new life of her own. Harry’s reaction takes the only form he knows: physical violence. Billie now knows that she can no longer have anything to do with Brock, and realizes she and Paul have fallen genuinely in love. Just before she leaves Harry, she helps Paul get a hold of incriminating documents of Harry’s which will result in scandal and disaster. At the end, Paul and his promising pupil turn their backs on the anti-social and anti-democratic Brock and strike out on their own.

Performances May 2, 3, 9, 10 2014 at 8:00pm May 4 & 10 2014 at 3:00pm

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director: Cheryl Chewkanes

CAST

Harry Brock – Michael Tamin Yurcaba

Billie Dawn – Diane Christiano

Paul Verrall – Ryan Goulden

Ed Devery – Gary Bullock

Eddie Brock – Ryan Neff

Senator Norval Hedges – Ben Kendall

Mrs. Hedges – Maura McInerney

Helen/The Manicurist – Ellen Wang

Assistant Manager/Barber – Dave Arnold

Bellhop/Boot Black – Phil Nathanson