NSCP Announces 2017 Season

Not So Common Players is pleased to announce it’s 2017 Season!

The season will begin in April 2017 with Lucky Stiff directed by Gary Hoffmann. The show is based on the novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth.  Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn… or else his uncle’s gun-toting ex!


Marc de la Concha will direct the summer of 2017 show, Fiddler on the Roof.  The story is set in the little village of Anatevka, and centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy, and sadness.

Fiddler on the Roof

In the fall of 2017, Adam Coons will driect I Love You Because.  The show is a modern twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in New York City. A young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.


Not So Common Kids Present Suessical JR.

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The Not So Common Kids Summer Camp will present their production of Suessical JR.  on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 5PM on the Clifton Common Stage in Clifton Park.

Friday, July 22 – 5PM

Saturday, July 23 – 5 PM

Clifton Park Common Stage

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Seussical JR. provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting and costuming and can easily accommodate a large cast of expandable “Seussian” creatures.

More information:  518-371-6681 or 518-779-5061

Not So Common Players Present Damn Yankees

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JULY 15-17 at 8PM

JULY 21-24 AT 8PM

Clifton Park Common Stage

Not So Common Players brings to life a production of Damn Yankees on the Clifton Common Stage-

FREE Musical theatre under the stars thanks to the Town of Clifton Park who has sponsored NSCP’s work for 15 years!

Based on the novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop, Damn Yankees the Broadway mega-hit and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, hits it out of the park! The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot have made this sporty musical comedy a true American classic.

Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life that he’s left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self and shepherds the Senators to the World Series.

Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, Damn Yankees is a homerun hit, featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor. The perfect choice for a high school’s spring musical or community theatre production, Damn Yankees is a wicked, romantic comedy, sure to please.


518-371-6681 or 518-779-5061

NSCP Present Forever Plaid and The Marvelous Wonderettes

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April 8         Forever Plaid                                  8 PM

April 9         The Marvelous Wonderettes       2 PM

Forever Plaid                                  8 PM

April 10        The Marvelous Wonderettes      2 PM

April 15        The Marvelous Wonderettes      8 PM

April 16        Forever Plaid                                 2 PM

The Marvelous Wonderettes     8 PM

April 17         Forever Plaid                                2 PM

See both Saturday shows and enjoy a discount on your dinner at Bellini’s in Clifton Park!!!

Performances at

Shenendehowa High School East

Little Theater

970 Route 146, Clifton Park

Free Musical Theater Sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park

For More information please call

Pat O’Donnell 371-6681

David Rossi 779-5061

Call for 2017 Directors, Music Directors and Production Staff


Not So Common Players

Call for Directors, Musical Directors, Producers, and Production Staff

For 2017 Season

Clifton Park: Not So Common Players (NSCP) calls for directors, musical directors, producers, and production staff for the 2017 Season.  The productions, sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park, are FREE theatre.  Performances are April/May, July (on the Clifton Common), and October/November.  Submissions accepted through April 15th 2016.

NSCP’s first production was in June 2001…You’re Gonna Love Tomorrowand has proven true for the group, now in its 14th season.  Other shows include Little Shop of Horrors, Into The Woods, Wizard Of Oz, The Spitfire Grill, Godspell, Cinderella, Oliver! Anyone Can Whistle, Cinderella, Man of La Mancha, The Music Man, Chess, State Fair, Secret Garden, A…My Name Will Always Be Alice,  Little Women, Chess, Violet, Anything Goes and our NSCKids productions Annie, Jr., Guys and Dolls, Jr.  and G2K Oklahoma!

In 2016 NSCP presents:  Forever Plaid and Marvelous Wonderettes (April), Damn Yankees (July), NSCKids Seussical Jr. (July) and Smell of Success (October).

Check out the website for more information.  www.notsocommonplayers.org

Interested Directors, Musical Directors, Producers, and Production Staff should download the attached letter and show submission form and send the show submission form and a resume to:

Not So Common Players, P.O. Box 296, Clifton Park, NY 12065, Attention:  Pat O’Donnell.  Fax: 383-5088; email: patodonnell@cliftonpark.org.

Deadline for submissions is April 15th 2016.

NSCP will present 3 musical theatre productions and possibly 1 play and/or 1staged reading in 2016.

NSCP encourages members of the community to get involved in musical theatre, drama, and staged readings.  We seek to provide growth and learning experiences for all with each production and to promote enthusiasm for theatre throughout the community.

For additional information:  Pat O’Donnell at 371-6681.

The mission of Not So Common Players is to produce a variety of high quality theatrical presentations, while providing hands-on educational opportunities in all aspects of theatre to both children and adults, and a meaningful experience for our many volunteers.

Click Here to Download Director Letter and Show Submission Form

Auditions for Forever Plaid and The Marvelous Wonderettes

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Not So Common Players Present: Auditions for Forever Plaid & The Marvelous Wonderettes

Show Dates: April 15th-17th and 22nd-24th.
All shows will be at Little Theater at Shenedehowa High School East in Clifton Park.

Directed By: Brian Avery
Produced By: Jill Ross
Musical Direction By: David Rossi & Dian Dippold
Choreography By: Heather D’Arcy

Come be part of this highly unique and fully immersive experience as NSCP presents two shows in REP. We will be casting 8 actors who will perform in one show, and work on the other! Each show will have 4 performances over 2 weekends with a different show each night! Performers must be available for every performance!!!

Audition Dates: Wednesday January 6th and Friday January 8th @ 7pm (Sign in at 630pm)
Callbacks: Saturday January 9th (time TBA)
Audition Location: NSCP Storefront (2 doors down from Toys R Us), Village Plaza Shopping Center, Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a Broadway song. NO A CAPPELLA SINGING!!!! An accompanist will be provided but you must provide music in the appropriate key. Wear comfortable clothing as there will be a movement audition. No cold readings. Please bring a head shot and resume and a list of known conflicts through the performances dates.

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Forever Plaid is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This deliciously fun revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!

Once upon a time, there were four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered they shared a love for music, and then got together to become their idols – The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo’s and The Crew Cuts. Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, they became “Forever Plaid”. On the way to their first big gig, the “Plaids” are slammed broadside by a school bus and killed instantly. It is at the moment when their careers and lives end, that the story of Forever Plaid begins…. Singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations, and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they’re not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950’s.

Character Breakdown:
Francis: The leader and caretaker of the group. Confident. Asthmatic. He has a great deal of compassion for the music and the group. Romantic crooner and spiritual singer. Range: F3 – B5
Sparky: The clown of the group, who is shown to have a heart. Very sharp and loves singing his tailor-made solos. Wears a retainer and has a slight speech impediment. Energetic and clever. Range: F3 – G5
Jinx: The shy one. He lives his life terrified and doesn’t always remember what song comes next. Sparky’s step-brother, he occasionally gets a nosebleed when he sings above an A. Range: F3 – C6
Smudge: The worrier. He worries about the props, the running order, and always assumes the audience won’t like him. Has chronic nervous stomach and is oddly reluctant to perform. Wears glasses, which hides his good looks and sex appeal. Range: F3 – G5

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The Marvelous Wonderettes, a smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In Act 2, the Wonderettes reunite and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

Character Breakdown:
Cindy Lou: knows she is the prettiest girl at Springfield High. She knows she will be named Prom Queen and acts out against her best friend Betty Jean when things don’t go her way. She makes the biggest change between Act 1 & 2, having learned the lessons of true love and loss. Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt: E3–F5. Sings melody line on most songs, so the other girls hang their vocals on this voice. Among the songs she sings lead are: ‘Allegheny Moon,’ ‘Son of a Preacher Man,’ and ‘Maybe’.
Missy: is the over-achiever of the group. Very controlled, very concerned that everything at the prom turns out wonderful and perfect. Head of the prom decorations committee; and absolutely smitten with her music teacher. Her best friend is Suzy. Range: Soprano: G3–A5. Wide range, floating high vocals and belting throughout the show. Among the songs she sings lead are: ‘Secret Love,’ ‘You Don’t Own Me,’ and ‘Wedding Bell Blues’.
Betty Jean: is the class clown, tomboy, always vying for attention with Cindy Lou, her best friend. It’s also highly probable that Betty Jean wants to be with Cindy Lou herself, but just doesn’t even know what those feelings really are. Cindy Lou steals Betty Jean’s boyfriend away, which causes a lot of the friction at the prom. She holds this grudge against Cindy Lou until they make up at the 10-year reunion. Range: Alto with strong low range: D3–E5. Among the songs she sings lead are: ‘Lipstick on Your Collar,’ ‘I Only Want To Be With You,’ and ‘That’s When The Tears Start.”
Suzy: is the gum-chewing, happy-go-lucky, go-along girl. Super-best friends with Missy, Suzy is always a little giddy and a little silly, and finds great pleasure in everything she does. In love with the lighting operator, completely surprised when named prom queen. Frustrated, sad, hormonal, and pregnant in Act 2. This role requires an excellent part singer and expert comedienne. Range: Mezzo-Alto with both sweet and soulful voice: G3–E5. Among the songs she sings lead are: ‘Stupid Cupid,’ ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me,’ and ‘Rescue Me’.
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If you have any questions please email the Director: Brian Avery- Music1504@hotmail.com

NSCP own Monica Cangero launches That Reminds Me…

That Reminds Me Press Kit

That Reminds MeA New Web Series Will Host New York City Premiere in Partnership with Wix

New York, NY – September 25, 2015, That Reminds Me…, a new web series about the things that “just happen” when you’re with your family, will premiere on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 9 pm/8 pm CST.

The series will launch in partnership with Wix.com, o ne of the world’s leading drag-and-drop website editors. Wix.com will co-host the New York City Red Carpet Premiere of That Reminds Me… on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015. The pilot episode will launch live from Wix Lounge New York and can be watched on www.ThatRemindsMeTheSeries.com.

That Reminds Me… aims to attract a wide audience that will include baby boomers and millennials alike. It is a show with something for everyone!

Think Modern Family meets Arrested Development with a healthy dose of classic sitcom.

The seven episode series was hatched in the creative minds of Executive Producers Jenny Paul, Chelsea Roach, and Monica Cangero and Co-Executive Producer Marla Pachter. The ensemble cast is led by Jenny Paul a s Janie, the somewhat rational older sister; Chelsea Roach as Kelsey, the off-the-wall younger sister; and Monica Cangero as Elaine, the girls’ recently widowed mother.

Joining them is veteran actor Greg Mullavey as Grandpa Kelsey. Mullavey is best known for his lead role in Norman Lear’s hit TV series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Younger audiences recognize him as Grandfather Shay in Nickelodeon’s i Carly.

The rest of this functionally dysfunctional family includes actress, casting director and producer Helene Galek as “chakra clearing” Aunt Carol. Greg Carter, a veteran of New York’s cabaret and theater scene plays Janie’s level-headed biological dad, Carter. Steven Hauck, who plays Carter’s long term partner and Janie’s other dad Martin, is known to fans for his film, television and theater roles including King Lear with Paul Sorvino, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Marla Pachter, the series creator and head writer, has written and produced several shows including F YE, a n entertainment news series and Lemons, a mockumentary web series. Pachter’s writing has appeared on Huffington Post, The Frisky, Glamour, Yahoo and Today. In development: Jane Doe (a dark comedy pilot).

That Reminds Me… is directed by Wendy Seyb (director/choreographer), whose vibrant work includes the Rainforest Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall which featured Sting, Kevin Spacey and James Taylor (choreographer), The Pee Wee Herman Show (Broadway/HBO), Off-Broadway’s The Toxic Avenger and Murder for Two, and various shows with Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon and edited by Mike Cucinotta, best known for his work on Bear City 2: The Proposal, is the co-founder of IconsofFright.com and the video editor for AMC Network’s new streaming service, Shudder.

Watch the pilot starting on October 6 at 9pm/8pm CST.  Then stay tuned for a brand new episode launced on www.ThatRemindsMeTheSeries.com at 9pm/8pm CST every other Tuesday.  For more information visit www.ThatRemindsMeTheSeries.com , like on on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@TRMtheSeries).

Contacts Executive Producers Jenny Paul

214.437.8723 Monica Cangero 518.441.7715 thatremindsmetheseries@gmail.com

Media and Press

Alina Gutierrez 347.255.6506 alinagutierrez@gmail.com

Not So Common Players Present VIOLET

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As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she’s traveling across the 1964 Deep South towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist that will make her beautiful. Though she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those that are lying deeper than her skin; and on the way she meets a young, African-American Soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical “imperfections”.

Not So Common Players present Anything Goes


Not So Common Players Presents its 14th Year of Free Theater In

Clifton Park with “Anything Goes”

Where: Clifton Commons (Outdoor Stage)

What: Not So Common Players presents “Anything Goes”.

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman

When: July 17th-19th and July 23rd-26th at 8PM

Tickets: Free Admission (Bring a Chair or a Blanket)

Not So Common Players is a not-for-profit theater company sponsored by the town of Clifton Park. For 14 years, they have produced free musical theater for audiences to enjoy. From July 17th-19th and 23rd -26th at 8pm on the Clifton Park Common Stage (located outdoors), Not So Common Players will present “Anything Goes.” This Cole Porter musical is a classic tale of boy-meets-girl with an hilarious twist of far-fetched antics and over-the-top scenarios tied together beautifully by one of Porter’s best scores.

Join Reno Sweeney and the cast as they travel the seas aboard the S.S. American. What happens once they leave port is sure to entertain and amuse all audiences. A multiple Tony Award winning musical, “Anything Goes” has been produced three times on the Broadway stage with such musical icons as Ethel Merman, Patti LuPone and, most recently, Sutton Foster in the leading role. The most recent 2011 revival is currently touring nationally.

“Anything Goes” includes some of Cole Porter’s greatest songs, such as, “It’s De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top” and of course “Anything Goes.” Free and appropriate for all audiences, this show is not to be missed, highlighting some of the best local talent in the Capital District. Director Michael Camelo and member of the Board of Directors for Not So Common Players said, “I was thrilled with the number of talented actors and actresses that came out for this show. It was an extremely difficult decision to cast this show, but I am so excited with the cast we selected.” Jill Ross, Producer and Not So Common Players Board Secretary said, “The cast and crew is a wonderful mix of newcomers and Not So Common Players regulars that’s so important to ensure that we can continue to produce high quality shows for our audiences.”

Not So Common Players has been producing quality theatrical productions in Clifton Park since 2001, and has produced a summer show on the Common Stage since 2002’s production of “Crazy for You”. A not-for-profit theater company, NSCP was established to enrich the lives of the Clifton Park Community through the Theatrical Arts. They continue to do so by including a vast amount of talent, not only on stage but behind the scenes as well.

More information can be found at www.notsocommonplayers.org or by contacting producer Jill Ross at (518) 429-0411 or by email at 919.jill@gmail.com

NSCP is Pleased to Announce New Board Members!

Not So Common Players is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members.  The three bring vast amounts of experience and talent to the board and we are very pleased they have agreed to join us!  Congratulations and Welcome!

Michael Camelo is an Arts Management student at SUNY Purchase who will be graduating this year.  He comes with a great deal of experience as an actor, costumer, producer, and director.  Michael has been in several Not So Common Player shows and is currently directing the summer production of Anything Goes.  Michael is a hiring manager and office clerk for Price Chopper.  We are very excited to welcome him to the NSCP Board.

Marcia Lenehan has been working in capital district community theater for more than 18 years.  She has designed makeup for shows more than 50 shows with various theater groups including Not So Common Players, SLOC, Family Players, Schenectady Civic Players, and Spotlight Players.  She comes with vast amounts of experience and knowledge regarding many aspects of theater! There are very few people in community theater that have not worked with Marcia!  In her professional life she is the Director of the Environmental Division of the Albany County Department of Health.  Marcia is a very welcomed addition to the NSCP Board!

Elisa Harrington-Verb is a dynamic, energetic, and creative person who will make a fabulous addition to the NSCP Board.  She has performed in many shows throughout the capital region including with Not So Common Players and Schenectady Light Opera Company.  She has a vast amount of volunteer experience in both theater and other organizations!  Elisa is a teacher at the Jewish Community Center and Coordinator of Primary Education at Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady.  We are so happy to welcome Elisa to the NSCP Board.