Upcoming Events

Not So Common Kids Summer Camp 2014

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Not So Common Kids is an educational experience for students ages 8-14. Students will spend their morning participating in classes with professionally trained actors and musicians. Students will learn, practice and improve their skills in acting, singing, movement and improvisation. During the afternoon, students will participate as actors and stage crew in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s G2K Oklahoma! They will learn about the process of producing a musical and present their finished product in a live outdoor performance on the Clifton Common Stage on the evenings of July 18 & July 19 at 5:30 p.m – weather permitting.

Many of our past campers have gone onto perform in other shows both locally and on Broadway!

Camp runs 9AM – 3PM  - Monday – Friday

Cost of the Camp is $400 per student  (Sibling Discount Fee $360)

For more information contact David Rossi at DRossi20@aol.com or 518-779-5061 or Sean Carter smart@hotmail.com or 518-573-0386

To sign up for camp please visit Town of Clifton Park Office of Parks and Recreation

Not So Common Players present....

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Not So Common Players will present its spring production of A…My Name Will Always Be Alice on April 4-6 and 10-13.  The production will take place in the Community Room at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library on Moe Road in Clifton Park.  The show is at 7:30 PM Thursday, 8 PM Friday and Saturday, and 2 PM Sunday.

A…My Name Will Always Be Alice is a combination of the 1984 award winning Off-Broadway musical revue A…My Name Is Alice and its 1992 sequel A… My Name is Still Alice. The songs and sketches are among the most beloved from each revue. It is a slick and lively revue created by a wide variety of comedy writers, lyricists and composers offers a marvelous kaleidoscope of contemporary women. The music ranges from gospel to country western to rock to some glorious pop ballads.

Sean Carter directs the show with musical direction by David Rossi.   Marlene Countermine and Jill Ross are the producers.

Not So Common Players is sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park.  Performances are free and open to the public.

State Fair Auditions

Not So Common Players
Announces Auditions for:
Rogers and Hammerstein’s
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Director:  Adam M. Coons
Producer: Nicolle Galligan
Musical Director: Maria Elmer
Choreographer: Adrian Mallozzi

May 5 & 6, 2014 @ 7pm
Sign in @ 6:30

Shenendehowa Adult Community Center
6 Clifton Common Boulevard
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Performance Dates: July 18-27, 2014
Please prepare 16 bars of a classic, or standard musical theatre song.  No acapella singing.  Accompanist will be provided.  You may sing something from the show.  There will be a brief dance audition as well as readings from the script.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s only musical written directly for the screen is now a stage musical that’s had critics raving from coast to coast. Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, STATE FAIR travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway. Set to the magical strains of an Academy Award-winning score and augmented by other titles from the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, STATE FAIR is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver!

Cast of Characters
Abel Frake (Baritone) – is a hardworking farmer whose gruff demeanor sometimes hides his caring nature. He takes great pride in his accomplishments, whether his family, his farm or Blue Boy, the hog he has nurtured so lovingly. Because of his pride, he is determined not to lose the bet he has made with Dave Miller. Therefore, seeing to it that Blue Boy wins the competition at the State Fair means everything to him.  Age 45-55
Melissa Frake (Alto) - is a hardworking farm woman for whom family comes first. She neither asks for nor expects very much for herself her joy comes from the accomplishments of her family. She is constantly concerned with the wellbeing of her husband and children. When something wonderful actually happens to her winning the blue ribbon for her mincemeat the emotions are so unfamiliar that she really doesn’t know how to react.  Age 45-55
Margy Frake (Mezzo) - is a simple farm girl who has just graduated from high school. She’s looking to the future, but doesn’t know what she wants from life. As she says in the song It Might as well Be Spring, she’s “vaguely discontented” and keeps “wishing I were somewhere else,” although she has no idea of where that might be. When she agrees to answer her boyfriend Harry“s marriage proposal after the fair, the impending decision weighs heavily on her. While she knows that he will be a good husband and do everything he can to make her happy, meeting the more worldly Pat Gilbert makes her realize that she won’t find whatever it is she’s been yearning for with Harry.  Age 18-22
Wayne Frake (Tenor) -is a young farmer who is very content with his life. He adores his girlfriend, Eleanor, but her decision to go away to college throws him off-balance. Receiving attention from the sophisticated Emily gives him a false sense of maturity and importance who needs Eleanor anyhow? Ultimately he realizes that he would never be happy with any life other than the one he already has.  Age 20-25
Harry is an extremely earnest, hardworking farmer who has his whole future figured out, and it all revolves around Margy. Therefore, when she turns down his marriage proposal, he is suddenly faced with an uncertain future he never anticipated. Although Harry is a somewhat comic character, it is essential that we believe his proposal is a realistic option for Margy.  Age 20-25
Emily Arden (Mezzo) – has worked extremely hard to overcome the unhappy circumstances of her past. She dreams of a career on Broadway and is single-minded in her focus to achieve that dream. Meeting Wayne reminds her of the sort of life she is giving up in pursuit of her goal, and having been hurt herself, she wants to makes sure that Wayne doesn’t get hurt in the same way.  Age 25-35
Gus - the Frake’s hired man.
Dave Miller - the local storekeeper.
Eleanor- Wayne’s girlfriend.
The Fair Announcer
The Hoop-La Barker
Vivian – a cooch dancer
Pat Gilbert (Baritone)- a newspaper reporter.  Age  20-25
Charlie - a newspaper photographer.
Lem (Baritone)- a farmer.  Age 45-55
Clay (Tenor) - a farmer.  Age 45-55
Hank Munson (Baritone)- a farmer.  Age 45-55
The Chief of Police
Violet - his daughter.
The Fairtones - Emily’s backup act.
Judge Heppenstahl
Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville
Barkers, Vendors, Judges and Fairgoer
For questions please contact Director, Adam Coons atword_ness21@yahoo.com or Producer Nicolle Galligan at cat_woman24@msn.com

Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?

A Brief Synopsis/History of “Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?” Bucket-Filling-Fairy-187x300

From the website:

The new play “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” is a modern take on the golden rule with humor, heart, and larger-than-life characters. Based on Carol McCloud’s award-winning books, the play tells the story of Trey, a 4th grade student who learns about bucket filling from his summer camp counselor and her memorable friends.

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead first heard about Carol McCloud’s book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? at a meeting at her son’s school. She read it, loved it, and thought it would make great theatre. She was confident that a play would be a fun and effective way for schools and theatre companies to address bullying.

Ann Marie was thrilled when Ms. McCloud gave her permission to adapt the book for the stage. She had great fun setting the play at a summer camp and creating original characters, like Bucket Filling Fairy (BFF), a magical creature who speaks in rhyme, and Professor Smarty Pants III, a science professor who loves to talk about himself.

Carol McCloud’s award-winning book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is popular in elementary schools across the U.S. and abroad. Many schools have adopted the bucket filling concept as their school theme. Therefore, the play is popular among teachers and children alike. Parents appreciate its positive message as well.

Not So Common Players looks forward to bringing this positive message with appropriate tools to young people, parents and teachers as they deal with the horrendous torment of bullying in todays society.

Dora Myers will direct the play and the author, Ann Marie Gardiner Halstead (a Shen Graduate 1997), will join us as an artist in residence.

Auditions will be July 15 and 16 at 6:30 pm at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library.  We will be looking for teens ages 13-18 for 9-12 roles.  Descriptions to be posted at a later date.
For more information contact: Sally Burke, producer, at 518-877-5648; jburke6@nycap.rr.com.

NSCP announces CHESS Auditions May 19 & 20

Chess Audition announcement info: May 19 & 20, NSCP Storefront (between Toys’R Us and Joann Fabrics) in Clifton Park; 6:30 pm sign in.
Director: Frank Meredith
Music Director: Adrienne Sherman
Producer: Sally Burke
We are looking for strong vocalists and actors throughout the cast. We are using the Broadway script with a few minor adjustments to strengthen the story line. (This differs a lot from the concert video.)
Florence will  be more of a metaphorical White Queen than a pawn. The closing number will be a reprise of Someone Else’s Story.
The optional Arbiter’s Song will be used to open the second act if we can cast someone (male or female) to deliver a show stopping performance.
Four rehearsals per week, Sept. through mid-Oct., then more TBA up to production weeks:
Oct 10th (tech week) 17th through 26th (performances.)
Casting needs:
Florence: Strong belt voice (to E). Mid-thirties. Born in Hungary, brought up in America. She is clever, touching, vivacious, volatile. Freddie’s chess second.
Freddie: Rock tenor (to high C). 30’s-40’s. American chess champion; a cross between Bobby Fischer and John McEnroe. Arrogant and temperamental, but a genius. We need to see his artistry along with his danger and obsessiveness.
Anatoly: Baritone (to G#). 30’s-40’s. Russian champion. Unexpectedly charming. Doesn’t seem a romantic hero at first. Intelligent, feeling, passionate.
Molokov: Bass (down to F#). 40’s-60’s. Anatoly’s chess second. KGB type. Intellectually formidable. An actor who sings well.
Svetlana: late 20’s-early 40’s. Strong belt voice. Anatoly’s wife. Domestic, homey, wholesome. Dramatic contrast to Florence; not a cosmopolitan woman.
Walter: Bass-baritone (down to G#). 30’s-50’s. A marketing agent. Seemingly respectable, substantial, trustworthy. An actor who sings well.
Arbiter: Male or female (to high A). 30’s-40’s. Smooth, but with a quick temper.
Gregor Vassy: Baritone (A-d). 60’s-70’s. Florence’s “father.” Speaks only Hungarian (5 lines) and sings solo in Hungarian.
M & F, various ages: Reporters, merchandisers, Hungarians, Russians, Americans, etc.
Leads prepare to sing these songs in their entirety, unless indicated otherwise:
Florence: Someone Else’s Story
Nobody’s Side (1 verse & chorus)
You and I
I Know Him So Well
Freddie: One Night in Bangkok
Pity the Child
Anatoly: Anthem
You and I
Svetlana: You and I
I Know Him So Well
Arbiter (male or female): Arbiter’s Song
Gregor Vassy: Lullaby
Secondary roles and ensemble prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice.
An accompanist will be provided. Arrive early if you wish to work briefly with the accompanist.
Readings will be from sides provided at the audition.
Questions:  Frank Meredith- frankoflamancha@gmail.com

Not So Common Players Call for Submissions for 2015

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

For 2015 Season

Clifton Park: Not So Common Players (NSCP) calls for directors, musical directors, producers, and production staff for the 2014 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 2014.

NSCP’s first production was in June 2001…You’re Gonna Love Tomorrowand has proven true for the group, now in its 13th 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, and our 2nd NSCKids production Annie, Jr.

In 2013 NSCP presents:  The Beast (January), Bingo, the Winning Musical (April), The Music Man (July), NSCKids Guys and Dolls, Jr. (July) and The Secret Garden (October).

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

Interested Directors, Musical Directors, Producers, and Production Staff should mail a resume and show submission requests 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 2014.

NSCP will present 3 musical theatre productions and possibly 1 play and 1staged reading in 2014.

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.

Not So Common Players Announces Auditions for A…My Name Will Always Be Alice

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Not So Common Players is pleased to announce their Spring 2014 show A…My Name Will Always Be Alice directed by Sean Carter with musical direction by David Rossi.

A… My Name Will Always Be a Alice was conceived by Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd. The show is a combination of the 1984 award winning Off-Broadway musical revue A…My Name Is Alice and its 1992 sequel A…My Name is Still Alice. The songs and sketches are among the most beloved from each revue and are designed to be performed on a bare stage with set pieces. The music ranges from gospel to country western to rock to some glorious pop ballads.

We are looking for 5 female singers with amazing voices and the ability to sell a story through song. As the show has very limited dialogue and only 5 characters the rehearsal schedule will be extremely flexible and light. Show dates are April 4-6 and April 10-13.

Those interested in auditioning should prepare an up-tempo song or ballad in the style of pop or contemporary music.

Audition information:

January 14 and 16, 2014

Not So Common Players storefront
17 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY
Near Toys R Us, between DiNapoli Opticians and Miracle Ear

Auditions will begin promptly at 7:00 with sign-in beginning at 6:30.

If  you have any questions or concerns please contact Sean Carter at smcart@hotmail.com

Not So Common Players presents THE SECRET GARDEN


Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman

Music by Lucy Simon

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

October 25, 26, 27, 31

November 1, 2 and 3

Thursday 7:30 PM

Friday and Saturday 8 PM

Sunday 2 PM

Little Theater

Shenendehowa High School East

Free Musical Theater

Sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park

This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night, Mother. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies, and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing this compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

We are thrilled to have Corie Rowe direct her first Not So Common Players production.  Rowe brings her previous experience as a director and actress at various venues throughout the capital region to Clifton Park and to The Secret Garden. Rowe is joined by producer Jennifer Depew, who is producing her first Not So Common Players show.  Veteran musical director Adrienne Sherman brings her expertise to the show to round out a fantastic production team.

The show features many talented performers who are returning to Not So Common Players.  With such a talented team of people, The Secret Garden will be a MUST SEE!!

Not So Common Players will be accepting non-perishable food items at all performances to help support Shelter of Saratoga

For more information contact Pat O’Donnell 371-6681; podonnell@cliftonpark.org

or David Rossi 779-5061; DRossi20@aol.com

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the_secret_garden_BIGDirector Corie Rowe, Musical Director Adrienne Sherman, and Producer Jenny Depew are proud to announce the cast for NSCP’s production of The Secret Garden.  Show dates are October 25-27 and October 31 – November 3 at the Shen Little Theater.

Mary Lenox – Emily Gallinger

Martha – Kaeli Heffner

Colin Craven – Jack  Price

Dickon – Jack  Mastrianni

Archibald Craven – Michael Lotano

Dr. Neville Craven – Adam Coons

Lily – Erika  Hebert

Rose – Heather-Liz Copps

Mrs. Medlock – Sara Paupini Fittizzi

Alice – Emily Landona

Cpt. Albert Lennox - Jeffrey Jene

Lt. Shaw – Ian Gauthier

Ben – John Suttliff

Major Shelly – Rick Reed

Mrs. Winthrop – Connie Rowe Rauhauser

Ensemble – Caitlyn Efner

Ensemble – Alana Martin

Ensemble - Michelle Sausa

Ensemble – Lydia Nightingale

Ensemble – Henry DiMaria

Congratulations to all!!!

NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS announce cast for Man of La Mancha

Sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park, NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS announces the cast for Man of La Mancha our Fall production at the Shen East Little Theater.

Show Dates: October 19, 20, 21 and 25, 26, 27, 28, 2012.

Friday/Saturday @ 8 PM; Sunday @ 2 PM and Thursday @ 7:30 PM

Tech week starts: October 14th.

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Fight Choreographer JEREMY NOBLE



Cervantes/Quixote/Quijana–Shawn Morgan

Aldonza–Elisa Verb

Sancho Panza–Norman Eick

Governor–Joel Bramer

Innkeeper–David Bacheldor

Dr. Carrasco–Doug Gladstone

Padre/Juan–Jonathan Meredith

Barber/Muleteer–Dave Marcil

Antonia–Heather-Liz Copps

Captain of the Inquisition–Michael Feit

Housekeeper–Debbie May

Pedro–Jeremy Noble

Maria–Sarah Moran

Fermina–Alysson Kelly

Guards and Men of the Inquisition– Mark David, Daniel Heath, William Sanderson,

Moorish dancers–Alysson Kelly and Sarah Moran

Anselmo–The Moor–Contour–Tenorico–Quito–Jose–Juan–Paco–TBA.

Rehearsals will begin after Labor Day (Wednesday, Sept. 5th) and continue on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday- 7:00-9:00 pm and Sundays 2-4 PM.

Info: Frank Meredith- frankoflamancha@gmail.com ; 231-4400

Sally Burke – jburke6@nycap.rr.com; 877-5648

Not So Common Players—www.notsocommonplayers.org.

Man of La Mancha's "Impossible Dream" a reality!

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Not So Common Players proudly presents:

Man of La Mancha.

Production Dates:  October 19, 20 21 and 25, 26,  27, 28

Friday/Saturday 8:00 PM | Sunday 2;00 PM | Thursday 7:30 PM|

Shenendehowa HS East Little Theater (Moe Road Entrance) Free Musical Theatre

Directed by Frank Meredith, with musical direction by Jonathan Meredith and choreographed by Myleah Wisenhimer, the NSCP production of Man of La Mancha boasts of a stellar cast. 8672-MOLM=NSCP+LR

Cervantes/Quixote/Quijana–Shawn Morgan, Aldonza–Elisa Verb, Sancho Panza–Norman Eick, Governor–Joel Bramer, Innkeeper–David Bacheldor, Dr. Carrasco–Doug Gladstone, Padre/Juan–Jonathan Meredith, Barber–Dave Marcil, Antonia–Heather-Liz Copps, Captain of the Inquisition–Michael Feit, Housekeeper–Debbie May, Pedro–Jeremy Noble, Maria–Sarah Moran, Fermina–Alysson Kelly, Muleteers and Men of the Inquisition– Mark David, Daniel Heath, William Sanderson.


“This musical version of Don Quixote is framed by an incident allegedly from the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is the mad, aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza). Written by Reid Gagle

In the sixteenth century, Miguel de Cervantes, poet, playwright, and part-time actor, has been arrested, together with his manservant, by the Spanish Inquisition. They are accused of presenting an entertainment offensive to the Inquisition. Inside the huge dungeon into which they have been cast, the other prisoners gang up on Cervantes and his manservant, and begin a mock trial, with the intention of stealing or burning his possessions. Cervantes wishes to desperately save a manuscript he carries with him and stages, with costumes, makeup, and the participation of the other prisoners, an unusual defense–the story of Don Quixote.” Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

For additional information contact:  Sally Burke -877-5648;  Pat O’Donnell- 371-6681

Photo credit: Shawn Morgan Photography

Man of La Mancha receives TANYS Awards


Excellence in Musical Direction to Jonathan Meredith

Meritorious Achievement in Lighting Design and Execution to Jim Mackenzie

Meritorious Achievement in Sound Execution to Maddy Bullock

Excellence in Vocal Performance to Shawn Morgan as Miguel De Cervantes

Excellence in Vocal Performance to Elisa Verb as Aldonza

Excellence in Vocal Performance to Heather-Liz Copps as Antonia

Excellence in Acting to Joel Bramer for his portrayal of the Governor/Guitar Player

Congratulations to everyone involved for an excellent production. NSCP is  extremely proud of this show and the entire cast and crew!  Thank you so much.

NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS presents BINGO, the winning musical

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Sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park and located the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, Not So Common Players is proud to announce our spring production of BINGO, the winning musical.

Directed by Rick Reed, with musical direction by Adrienne Sherman and choreographed by Sara Fittizzi, BINGO is a splashy, zippy, outrageously funny musical. Meet Vern, Honey and Patsy: three pals that have driven through a terrible storm in the name of their weekly obsession. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competition, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite!

Performance Dates:
April 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8pm.  April 25 at 7:30 PM.
April 21 & 28 at 2pm.
At the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, Moe Road, , Clifton Park, NY


Bingo is about a group of die-hard bingo players who stop at nothing to miss their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite. These lovable characters spring to life with a smart, funny script and bouncy, hummable score. Audiences will be laughing in the aisles when they aren’t playing games of bingo along with the cast!

THE CAST:  Vern , Debbie May; Patsy, Amy Birchler,; Honey, Melissa Peterson; Sam Wonnietsk, Jeffrey Jene; Frank, John Roose; Minnie Martinelli , Laural Hayes ; Bernice Boodalay , Cori Irwin; Alison Boodalay,Sarah Moran.

Best friends and Bingo pals Vern, Honey and Patsy brave a terrible storm in order to attend the yearly celebration of the birth of Bingo and tribute to its founder, Edwin S. Lowe. As the storm knocks out power at the Bingo Hall, Patsy and Honey remind each other of the ominous night fifteen years ago that began in the same way. In flashback, Honey tells us about the night Vern and her best friend, Bernice, had their falling out. Bernice’s sweet, yet headstrong daughter, Alison, enters the Bingo hall in disguise – Bernice’s health is failing, and Alison is determined, with the help of Bingo, to reunite her mother with her long-lost best friend. (Samuel French)
“Popcorn, friendship, intrigue and a famous five-letter word. Bingo turns Grandma’s favorite form of gambling into fun-loving musical theater.” - The New York Times
Contact:  Sally Burke; jburke6@nycap.rr.com; 518-526-5648; patodonnell@ Clifton park.org; 371-6681.

NSCP Announces Auditions for The MUSIC MAN



Auditions for Meredith Willson’s MUSIC MAN

“An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of 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.” MTI

Harold Hill and Marion the Librarian have been cast from the March 16th audition. All other roles are available.

WHERE: Not So Common Players storefront,located in Village Plaza between Toys ‘R Us and Joann Fabric, Clifton Country Rd., Clifton Park NY 12065


WHEN: Audition Dates:

  • Thursday, May 2nd @ 6:00 PM (Children 10-12 for Amaryllis & Winthrop)
  • Adults w/Children (Familes/Townspeople) – Children for the BAND (need 12 children) – ages 10+ would be helpful if child can play an instrument (trombone, horn, trumpet etc.)
  • All children in the show should be accompanied by an adult in the show.

Adults and TEENS @ 8:00 PM

  • Friday, May 3rd @ 6:30 PM – Adults and TEENS

CALLBACKS – if needed—May 6th @ 7:00 PM

WHERE: Not So Common Players storefront, located in Village Plaza between Toys ‘R Us and Joann Fabric, Clifton Country Rd., Clifton Park NY 12065

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a Broadway Style song.  Please choose from the standard Broadway songs. Avoid Sondheim.  No a cappella. Bring sheet music. Accompanist will be provided.

Wear comfortable clothing for “movement” and/or dancing.  Readings from the Script will be supplied.


Professor Harold Hill

This role has been cast

Marian Paroo

This role has been cast.

Marcellus Washburn

Harold’s old friend, no longer a con man, who now lives in River City

Mayor George Shinn

A pompous local politician; suspicious of Hill

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn

The mayor’s wife

Mrs. Paroo

Marian’s Irish mother

Winthrop Paroo

Marian’s shy, lisping brother



The School Board (Barbershop Quartet)

Four bickering businessmen united by Hill (Olin Britt, Oliver Hix, Ewart Dunlop and Jacey Squires)

Pickalittle Ladies

Eulalie’s four gossipy friends (Alma Hix, Mrs. Squires, Ethel Toffelmier and Maud Dunlop)

Tommy Djilas

A young man “from the wrong side of town”; secretly seeing Zaneeta Shinn

Zaneeta Shinn

The mayor’s oldest daughter; secretly seeing Tommy Djilas

Charlie Cowell

An anvil salesman who tries to expose Hill as a con man

Constable Locke

The town sheriff


Marian’s young piano student

Gracie Shinn

The mayor’s youngest daughter

Townspeople and Families will also be cast from the auditions.

WHEN: Performance Dates: July 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28 all at 8:00 PM

WHERE: Clifton Common Stage

CONTACT: Director, Debbie May dmay@sgcsd.net; 332-6188; Richard Lenehan, Producer rlenehan@nycap.rr.com; or call 877-5648 (Sally Burke, co-producer))

Not So Common Players announces Auditions for Secret Garden


The Secret Garden Auditions

Show Dates:  October 25th – 27th and 31st to November 3rd

Anyone planning on Auditioning must be available for ALL SHOW DATES

Audition Dates:  Saturday, June 8th at 11 am for Children’s roles only
Tuesday, June 11th and Thursday June 13th at 7 pm for Adults (some children may be called to read again during adult auditions)

Location: Auditions will be held at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center located on the Clifton Common off Vischer Ferry Road in Clifton Park.

Please come with music, prepared to sing 16 bars (preferably) from a Broadway show.  It is not required that you sing something from The Secret Garden, it is required that you bring sheet music.  All auditioning will be asked to read.  Some may be asked to learn a short dance combination.

Brief Synopsis:

This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman.  Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Cast of Characters:

LILY – (26-37) Soprano – Mary’s aunt, Mr. Craven’s wife, now dead.  Her spirit continues to haunt her late husband, home and heart.
MARY LENNOX – (8-12) Mezzo – a ten year-old girl, who after the death of her parents in India, is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire, England.  Mary changes drastically over the course of The Secret Garden: she evolves from a spoiled, unloved and unloving creature to a girl who is full of spirit and surrounded by friends.
MRS. MEDLOCK – (30-50) Speaking Role – Mr. Craven’s housekeeper.  The head of the servants, Mrs. Medlock is distinguished by her punctilious obedience of all of Master Craven’s odd rules. Beneath her rigid exterior, she, like all the people of Yorkshire, is basically kind.
DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN – (25-40) Baritone – Archibald’s brother and Colin’s uncle, he tends to Colin during the latter’s illness. He is a bit stuffy and officious, and both Colin and Mary laugh at him at every opportunity.
MARTHA – (18 – 30) Mezzo – Mary’s friend and maidservant, Martha is distinguished by her charming frankness and levelheaded approach to all aspects of life. Her simplicity and kindness are a great help to Mary.
ARCHIBALD CRAVEN – (35-45) Tenor – Mary’s uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor, who suffers from a crooked spine and general ill health. He has been in a crushing depression ever since the death of his wife.

BEN WEATHERSTAFF – (40-65) Tenor –  A gruff elderly gardener who helps the children keep the secret of the garden. Although he is rather rough, Ben’s essential kindness is fundamental to his character.
DICKON – (12-14) Tenor – Two years older than Colin and Mary, has lived on Missel Moor his entire life and has a uniquely intimate relationship with the land.  He has a power to tame nature’s creatures which works on both Mary and Colin as well.  He is Martha’s brother.
COLIN CRAVEN – (8-12) Soprano – Archibald’s ten year-old son.  He was born shortly after the death of his mother, and his father could not bear to look at him because of his resemblance to her.  Colin’s childhood has been entirely bedridden, and his servants have been commanded to obey his every whim. As a result, Colin is extremely imperious and gloomy; when we first meet him, he is certain he is going to die. By novel’s end, however, he too will have undergone a transformation: he will have become a vigorous optimist, and will have won his father’s love.
MRS. WINTHROP – (30 – 50) Speaking Role – headmistress of the Aberdeen School for Girls
*ROSE LENNOX – (21-35) Mezzo – Mary’s mother.
*CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX (30-45) Tenor – Mary’s father.
*ALICE – (21-35) Soprano – Rose’s friend.
*LIEUTENANT WRIGHT (24-34) Baritone – officer in Mary’s father’s unit.
*LIEUTENANT SHAW (24-34) Tenor- fellow officer.

*MAJOR SHELLEY (18-30) Tenor- officer.
*MRS. SHELLEY (18-30) Alto – Major Shelley’s wife.
*MAJOR HOLMES – (32-48) Bass – officer.
*CLAIRE HOLMES – (30-45) Soprano – Major Holmes’ wife.
*FAKIR (25-40) Tenor
*AYAH – (21-40) Mary’s Indian nanny.

* These characters, referred to collectively as the Dreamers, are people from Mary’s life in India, who haunt her until she finds her new life in the course of the story. They are free to sing directly to us, appearing and disappearing at will.

Please contact Director Corie Rowe with questions regarding auditions (corierowe@yahoo.com)

Not So Common Kids Summer Camp Scholarship

The Not So Common Kids Summer Camp in Clifton Park has recently been awarded a grant from Stewart’s Holiday Match.  This grant has enabled Not So Common Kids to offer 2 scholarships of $200 each to be applied to the camp fee of 2 students.  There is an application process that must be followed to be eligible for the scholarship.

Scholarship applications are available at the Clifton Park Town Clerk’s Office, One Town Hall Plaza, Clifton Park NY and can also be found on the Not So Common Players website, http://notsocommonplayers.org/.  Deadline for submission is Friday June 7, 2013.

Not So Common Kids Summer Camp runs from July 1 – 20.  Students meet Monday through Friday from 9 – 3.   While at the camp, students learn about different aspects of theater including acting, singing, costumes, make-up, props, lighting and sound.  Additionally, students rehearse and perform a show; this year’s show will be Guys and Dolls Jr. The show is performed at the Clifton Common Stage on July 19 and 20.

Not So Common Kids Summer Camp Scholarship Application Packet (click here and packet will go to your downloads.)

76 Trombones and more! as Music Man comes to life on the Clifton Common Stage July 19-28 at 8 PM

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FREE Musical theatre under the stars thanks to the Town of Clifton Park who has sponsored NSCP’s work for 13 years!

“An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of 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.” (Music Theatre International MTI)

Director, Debbie May, a guidance counselor at Scotia Glenville SD and a Clifton Park resident, has directed 5 previous shows for NSCP and was the lead in BINGO, the winning musical at the Library in April and featured in OLIVER! our 2012 production at the Common Stage. “With a cast of 60, managing all the conflicts in actors schedules presents the most difficult challenge in mounting a show of this magnitude”, said Debbie.  “However, the end product is always worth the hassle and brings such joy to all involved.”

NSCP is pleased to have Jerry Gretzinger (WRGB News Anchor) in the role of Harold Hill.  “I love this role and have wanted to do it for sometime.  The added plus in working with NSCP, is that all my children are in the show too!  I look forward to a great show with many fond memories to hold onto.”, said Jerry.  Heather-Liz Copps, a Shen graduate with a BA from Marymount Manhattan and an MA from Catholic University, will play the role of Marion, the librarian.  Both Heather and Jerry are Clifton Park residents.IMG_8438

Come and see what “The Wells Fargo Wagon” brings to River City! oops! that is Clifton Park!

CONTACT: Director, Debbie May dmay@sgcsd.net; 332-6188; Richard Lenehan, Producer: rlenehan@nycap.rr.com; or Sally Burke, co-producer: jburke6@nycap.rr.com 877-5648.

Not So Common Players Announces 2014 Season

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In the spring of 2014 Sean Carter will direct A… My Name Will Always Be Alice, a combination of beloved songs from the award winning A…My Name Is Alice and its sequel, A…My Name is Still Alice. Conceived by Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd these songs and sketches will sure delight audiences.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair will be presented in the summer 2014 at the Clifton Common Stage.  Director Adam Coons will take us back to Iowa, 1946 where it will be  a Grand Night for Singing with this classic show.

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In October 2014 at Shen HS East Little Theater Frank Meredith  directs the Tony Award winning Chess. The ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics and international intrigues.

For additional information contact:  Pat O’Donnell-371-6681 or David Rossi-779-5061.

Music Man opens July 19th- 8 PM Free at the Clifton Common Stage

76 Trombones and more! as Music Man comes to life on the Clifton Common Stage July 19-28 at 8 PM.

Come and see what “The Wells Fargo Wagon” brings to River City! oops! that is Clifton Park!