Not So Common Players brings to life a production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man 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 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.
Come and see what “The Wells Fargo Wagon” brings to River City! oops! that is Clifton Park!
CONTACT: Director, Debbie May firstname.lastname@example.org; 332-6188; Richard Lenehan, Producer: email@example.com; or Sally Burke, co-producer: firstname.lastname@example.org 877-5648.
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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.)
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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.
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 (email@example.com)
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NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS ANNOUNCES
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
PLEASE NOTE: TEENS ARE WELCOME AT ADULT AUDITIONS!
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
|This role has been cast.
|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
|Marian’s Irish mother
|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)
|Eulalie’s four gossipy friends (Alma Hix, Mrs. Squires, Ethel Toffelmier and Maud Dunlop)
|A young man “from the wrong side of town”; secretly seeing Zaneeta Shinn
|The mayor’s oldest daughter; secretly seeing Tommy Djilas
|An anvil salesman who tries to expose Hill as a con man
|The town sheriff
|Marian’s young piano student
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 332-6188; Richard Lenehan, Producer email@example.com; or call 877-5648 (Sally Burke, co-producer))
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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!
April 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8pm. April 25 at 7:30 PM.
April 21 & 28 at 2pm.
FREE MUSICAL THEATRE
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
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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.
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Sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park,
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.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For additional information contact: Sally Burke -877-5648; Pat O’Donnell- 371-6681
Photo credit: Shawn Morgan Photography
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Sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park, Not So Common Players presents OLIVER!, a Dicken’s Classic. Show dates are: July 13, 14, 15 and 19, 20, 21, 22. Performances are ALL @ 8:00 PM at the Clifton Common Stage.
OLIVER! Is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. Oliver Twist is sold to a Dunstable undertaker after asking for more dinner at the orphanage. Escaping to London he is taken in by Fagin to join his gang of child pickpockets. Wrongly accused of a theft he meets a more kindly gentleman who takes him in, to the concern of one of Fagin’s old pupils, the violent Bill Sykes. In the middle is Nancy, Sykes’ girl whom Oliver has come to trust.
Produced by Debbie Lummis, directed by Shane Thompson, assisted by Debbie May, with musical direction by Adrienne Cosey and choreographed by Edmund Metzold, OLIVER! is staged with a cast of 50!
Major roles are played by Jack Siple as Oliver, Bobby Ruggles as the Artful Dodger, Ian Gauthier as Fagin, Laura Tortoricci as Nancy, Chris Malatesta as Bill Sykes, Henry DiMaria as Bumble, Melissa Putterman Hoffman as Widow Corney, Maureen DiMaria and John Burke as Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry. William Sanderson as Dr. Grimwig, Kae;i Heffner as Bet, Eric Marte as Charley, Maureen Gallagher as Charlotte, Charlie Dorado as Noah, Debbie May as Mrs. Bedwin, Debbie Paniccia as Old Sally and Joe Malone as Mr. Brownlow.
Fagin’s Kids, the Workhouse Orphans and the Ensemble include:
Carly Anders, Mia Badalucco, Masnsen Bouzidi,Thiziri Bouzidi,Richard Briggs, Danny Christman, Zaz Christman, Richie DiMaria, Nicholas Gabriel, Emily Gallinger, Audrey Lapinski, Sienna Mahoney, Molly McCarthy, Katie Paniccia, Grace Poniatowski, Jack Price, Sam Price, Ryan Skinner, Anna Stoneman, Heather Swallow, and Kayla Wheeler.
Carly Anders, Mia Badalucco, Masnsen Bouzidi, Thiziri Bouzidi, Richard Briggs , Danny Christman, Zaz Christman, Richie DiMaria, Christian Fox, Nicholas Gabriel, Patch Gallagher, Emily Gallinger, Ashley Gibbons, Abigail Graves, Amanda Graves, Jill Hoffmann, Audrey Lapinski, Brooke Mahoney, Jake Mahoney, Luke Mahoney, Sienna Mahoney, Molly McCarthy, Katie Paniccia, Grace Poniatowski, Jack Price, Sam Price, Ryan Skinner,Anna Stoneman, Brianna Swallow, Heather Swallow, Kayla Wheeler.
Ensemble:–Kaeli Heffner, Eric Marte, Charlie Dorado, Maureen Gallagher, Debbie May, Joe Malone, Carly Anders, Mia Badalucco, , Masnsen Bouzidi, Thiziri Bouzidi, Jacob Kearns, Charity Buckbee, Danny Christman, Zaz Christman, Katie Di Maria, Richie DiMaria, Christian Fox, Nicholas Gabriel, Patch Gallagher, Emily Gallinger, Ashley Gibbons, Abigail Graves, Amanda Graves, Jill Hoffman, Audrey Lapinski, Brooke Mahoney, Jake Mahoney, Luke Mahoney, Sienna Mahoney, Molly McCarthy, Debbie Paniccia, Katie Paniccia, Justine Pascual, Ava Petreikrs, Grace Poniatowski, Jack Price, Sam Price, Ryan Skinner, Anna Stoneman, Beth Swallow, Brianna Swallow, Heather Swallow, and Kayla Wheeler.
NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS is excited about producing a show with more than 50 in the cast!…and ALL THOSE KIDS!
Come, enjoy Musical Theatre under the Stars with us. Bring your chairs, blankets and bug spray and enjoy a picnic with the family.
Contact: Pat O’Donnell @ 371-6681; Sally Burke @ 877-5648.
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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.
Director FRANK MEREDITH
Choreographer MYLEAH MISENHIMER
Fight Choreographer JEREMY NOBLE
Musical Director JONATHAN MEREDITH
Producer SALLY BURKE
Sancho Panza–Norman Eick
Dr. Carrasco–Doug Gladstone
Captain of the Inquisition–Michael Feit
Guards and Men of the Inquisition– Mark David, Daniel Heath, William Sanderson,
Moorish dancers–Alysson Kelly and Sarah Moran
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- email@example.com ; 231-4400
Sally Burke – firstname.lastname@example.org; 877-5648
Not So Common Players—www.notsocommonplayers.org.
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June 18, 2012
The Not So Common Players of Clifton Park Announce
Summer Camp Scholarship Winners
The Not So Common Kids Summer Camp in Clifton Park was awarded a grant from Stewart’s Holiday Match 2012. This grant enabled Not So Common Kids to offer 2 scholarships of $125 each to be applied to the camp fee of 2 students. An application process was followed to be eligible for the scholarship.
Not So Common Players is pleased to announce that Madalyn Montgomery of Niskyuna and Paroma Lahiri of Rexford have been awarded the scholarships for the NSCKIDS Summer Camp.
Not So Common Kids Summer Camp runs from July 2 – 21. 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 Annie Jr. The show is performed at the Clifton Common Stage on July 20 and 21.
For additional information contact: Sally Burke, 877-5648; email@example.com; www.notsocommonplayers.org.
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Sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park, NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS is pleased to announce season 2013.
In January of 2013, Monica Cangero will direct The Beast, written by local playwright Marty Egan. This fully staged play will be presented at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. 1943, Occupied France. One man’s plan for survival- cause no trouble, wait till they go away and let the War take care of itself. But what if the War has other plans?
In April of 2013, also at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, Rick Reed will direct Bingo, the Musical, a splashy, zippy outrageously funny show exploring the weekly obsession of 3 pals. Fierce competition emerges, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite.
Summer 2013 at the Clifton Common Stage will find Debbie May as director of The Music Man. “Oh Ya Got Trouble”, “Seventy-six Trombones”, “Pickalittle (Talk-a-little)” and “The Wells Fargo Wagon” are just a few of the 20+ songs that bring back warm memories of this delightful show about Harold Hill and the River City Boys Band.
Back again to the Shen HS East Little Theater in October 2013, Corie Rowe will direct The Secret Garden. The story is set in the early years of the 20th century. Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in the British Raj, is orphaned by a cholera outbreak when she is eleven years old. She is sent away from India to Yorkshire, England, to live with relatives whom she has never met. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden, as well as to her sickly cousin and uncle.
The hauntingly beautiful score will leave you wanting more.
NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS is excited about developing a continuing relationship with the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library.
For additional information contact: Pat O’Donnell-371-6681 or Sally Burke-877-5648.
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NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS presents
July 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22
FREE MUSICAL THEATRE
Sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park
The Common Stage @ 8:00 PM
NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS 2012 summer production, OLIVER! , opens July 13, 2012 and runs for two weekends: Friday through Sunday, July 13-15 and Thursday through Sunday, July 19-22. All performances begin at 8:00 PM. Performances are free, but donations of non-perishable food for the Jonesville Food Pantry will be greatly accepted.
This musical adaption of Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, with music, book and lyrics by Lionel Bart, follows the orphan, Oliver, through Victorian London. From the Workhouse, to the undertakers’, to the company of Fagin’s pick pockets, Oliver seeks his place in the World. In the end, he finds his home.
OLIVER! , directed by Shane Thompson (assisted by Debbie May), choreographed by Edmund Metzold, with musical direction by Adrienne Cosey, tells the story of Oliver (Jack Siple) and his life at the Workhouse with its overseerer Mr. Bumble (Shane Thompson) and his assistant Widow Corney (Melissa Putterman-Hoffmann). He’s soon sold to the undertakers, Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry (John Burke and Debbie May). Oliver escapes, and is befriended by the Artful Dodger (Bobby Ruggles) and joins a band of pick pockets led by Fagin (Ian Gauthier). He soon meets the lovely Nancy (Laura Tortorici) and evil Bill Sykes (Chris Malatesta). In the end, he finds his grandfather, Mr. Brownlow (Joe Malone), but not before lives are lost.
Come enjoy the telling of a rough and tumble life through song and dance in this classic production, OLIVER!. On July 20 and 21, make it a family evening by attending the NOT SO COMMON KIDS production of ANNIE, JR., beginning at 6:00 PM. Bring a blanket and enjoy an evening of theatre under the stars. Refreshments available from the Shenendehowa Color Guard.
Contact: Pat O’Donnell-371-6681; Debbie Lummis-441-8610 or
Sally Burke – 877-5648
Website: www.notsocommonplayers.org and www.cliftonpark.org
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Not So Common Kids under the direction of Sean Carter and Nicolle Gabriel open ANNIE, JR at the outdoor stage on the Clifton Common for two performances on July 20 and 21 @ 6 PM.
FREE musical theatre presented by the NSCKids Theatre Camp. There are 50 kids in the camp between the ages of 8-14 and everyone of them perform in this production.
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2013 Officers and 2013 Season
NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS announces its 2013 slate of officers. Serving as Chair is David Rossi. He has been a member of the Board since 2011 and was a driving force behind the establishment of Not So Common Kids. Rounding out the slate are Jeremy Noble as Treasurer and Jill Ross as Secretary.
Not So Common Players 2013 season marks its first fully-staged play – The Beast. This world premier written by local play write, Marty Egan, opens on January 25, 2013, and runs through January 27, 2013. Other shows this season include: BINGO, the Winning Musical (April); The Music Man (July) and The Secret Garden (October). Not So Common Kids will perform Guys & Dolls Jr.
Not So Common Players, founded in 2000 and sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park, is a non-profit community theatre group committed to providing high quality productions to the residents of Clifton Park, Saratoga County and the Capital Region. Not So Common Players has produced more than three dozen classic and contemporary musicals, revues, original works by local authors and staged readings. As a part of its educational mission, Not So Common Players also offers Not So Common Kids, a three-week summer theatre camp for children. Adults and children alike have the opportunity to learn and participate in all areas of stagecraft with Not So Common Players.
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Call for Directors, Musical Directors, Producers, and Production Staff
For 2014 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 2013.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submissions is April 15th 2013.
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 or David Rossi 518-779-5061
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THE BEAST, AN ORIGINAL PLAY WRITTEN BY
PRODUCED BY NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS / DIRECTED BY MONICA CANGERO
OPENS JANUARY 25TH AT THE CLIFTON PARK-HALFMOON LIBRARY
“The Beast” is a play set in one of the darkest periods of World War II. From mid-1940 till late 1944, most of France was occupied by the German Army, led by Hitler’s Nazis. What remained of the French Army were in prison camps or had escaped to England to join the Allied forces. The French people had to wait and hope for the war to end, while the Nazis rounded up and deported Jews, Gypsies and other “undesirables” to camps in the East. Some of the French formed a Resistance, a loose collection of small groups who caused as much trouble as they could for the German occupiers. For their part, the Germans reacted ruthlessly, and by 1943, when our story takes place, the Resistance has come to a standstill. Also, by then, the German Command, expecting an invasion, increased their forces in northern France, moving into the smaller villages and quartering their officers in local homes.
The Mercier Family is one of those told to expect an officer to be living with them. Gerard Mercier is the town’s banker, a quiet man who only wants to be left alone and wait for the war to be over. He is confident of his ability to handle their new tenant, a major named Kessel. This Major Kessel seems pleasant enough, but things are not always what they appear at first glance. Before he realizes it, Mercier is drawn into the German officer’s plans, little step by little step until it seems there is no hope of finding a way out.
This program received support from The Saratoga Program for Arts Funding, which is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
Jimmy Cupp, Stephen Henel,Aaron Holbritter, Sue Katz, Lydia Nightingale, and Brian Toal.
FREE THEATRE AT THE CLIFTON PARK-HALFMOON LIBRARY JANUARY 25, 26, 27.
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