Auditions Announced for LITTLE WOMEN

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Auditions for Little Women

Directed & Choreographed By: Brian Avery

Producer: Marlene Countermine

Musical Direction: Linda Zanitto

Stage Manager: Regina Baker

Costumes: Debbie Lummis

Set Design: Michael McDermott

Sound Design: Winn Huntley

Make-Up: Marcia Marra Lenehan

Hair: Elizabeth Sherwood-Mack

Props: Jill Ross

**Recommended ages: 16 and Up**

All auditions will take place at the NSCP Storefront in the Village Plaza Strip Mall by Toys R Us off of Rt. 146 Clifton Park.

Auditions will be held:

Tuesday January 13th 630pm

Thursday January 15th 630pm


Friday January 16th 630pm (You will be notified by phone if you need to attend callbacks.)

***Anyone interested in the role of Jo should become familiar with the song Astonishing***

Rehearsals will begin in February.

Show Dates: April 10-12 & 16-19 at the Clifton Park Library.


Please come prepared with 16-32 bars of a broadway musical that showcases your talent. NO A CAPELLA SINGING! Singing from the show is recommended but not required. Please bring a headshot and resume as well as comfortable shoes.

SYNOPSIS: Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women, follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.


AMY MARCH The youngest, most energetic sister with a rather pompous air about her. She later marries Laurie.

Range: Cb4 – Gb5

AUNT MARCH A formidable, over-bearing matron and great-aunt to the March sisters. The wealthy socialite in town.

Range: E3 – F5

BETH MARCH The second youngest sister who tragically dies of Scarlet Fever. Peace-maker, lover, and an optimist who is always encouraging her sisters to dream.

Range: A3 – G5

JO MARCH Our story’s protagonist. Passionate, adventurous, and brave. She has the idea of writing Little Women and eventually becomes engaged to Professor Bhaer.

Range: E3 – A5

LAURIE LAURENCE The bright-eyed boy-next-door with considerable charm. He loves Jo but later falls in love with Amy.

Range: Bb2 – Bb4

MARMEE MARCH The girls’ mother. She is the strong backbone of the family, who is courageous in spite of the difficult odds she faces.

Range: Eb3 – Eb5

MEG MARCH The world-weary, yet hopeful, oldest sister who yearns for a great life. She marries John and has twins with him.

Range: A#3 – Gb5

MR. JOHN BROOKE Laurie’s tutor and a rather stiff man; shows very little emotion. He later marries Meg and changes.

Range: C#3 – F#4

PROFESSOR BHAER German Professor who exemplifies proper manners. He is a boarder in Mrs. Kirk’s boarding house and eventually falls in love with Jo.

Range: G2 – F#4

MR. LAURENCE Laurie’s grandfather. Seems harsh and intimidating, Befriends Beth. Older.

Range: Baritone

Questions please email the Director: Brian Avery at

NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS presents CHESS, the musical


Book by Richard Nelson
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Benny Andersson and
Bjorn Ulvaeus

Directed by: Frank Meredith
Musical Direction by Adrienne Sherman
Choreography by Sara Fittizzi
Produced by Sally Burke


October 17, 18, 18 and 23, 24, 25, 26
Friday/Saturday 8 PM; Thursday 7:30 PM; Sunday 2:00 PM
Shenendehowa HS East (Moe Road Entrance)

All performances are FREE and open to all!

Sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park with additional funding through a grant from Saratoga Arts which is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

21194-NSCP-Chess+LR+RET“Chess is a musical with book by Richard Nelson, music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story involves a romantic triangle involving two chess grandmasters, an American and a Soviet, fighting over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other—all in the context of a politically-driven, Cold War-era tournament between the two men. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any specific individuals, the character of the American was loosely based on Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov.”

Not So Common players is excited to produce this amazing rock opera, borrowing concepts from many other productions over the past 25 years. We hope the authors will be pleased with our effort.


NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS is proud to announce a stellar cast, featuring Molly Rose McGrath (Florence), Shawn Hahn (Anatoly) and Brandon Jones (Freddie), with an ensemble including: John Burke (Gregor), Peter Caracappa (Walter), Adam Coons (Arbitor), Heather-Liz Copps (Svetlana), Matt Dembling, Bill Depew (Nicholai), Caitlyn Efner (Young Florence), Jeffrey Jene (Molokov), Alyson Kelly, Diane Lenahan, Bill McColl, Sarah Moran, Julia Popova, Marisa Reimer, Bill Sanderson, Allisa Serdyuk, Laura  Zeltman Smith and Chris Stefani.

Come join us for a truly spectacular show!21199-NSCP-Chess+LR+RET

Contact: Sally Burke, 877-5648; Pat O’Donnell, 371-6681

NSCP is proud to announce the Cast and Crew of CHESS




Burke John Old Gregor/ensemble
Caracappa Peter Walter
Coons Adam Arbitor
Copps Heather-Liz Svetlana
Dembling Matt ensemble
Depew Bill Nicholai
Hahn Shawn Anatoly
Jene Jeffrey Molokov
Jones Brandon Freddie
Kelly Alysson ensemble
Lenahan Dawn ensemble
Moran Sarah ensemble
McColl William Associated Press Reporter/ensemble
McGrath Molly Florence
Popova Julia ensemble
Sanderson William ensemble
Serdyuk Alisa Female Reporter
Smith Laura Zeltman ensemble
Stefani Chris Insulting Reporter


Meredith Frank Director
Sherman Adrienne Music Director
Burke Sally Producer
Petrillo Neale Set Design/Master Carpenter
Fitizzi Sara Choreographer
Boynton Karen Costumer
Mackenzie Jim Lights
Lord Joel Sound
Katz Sarah Assistant Sound
Goodwin Julia Assistant to Costumer
Concra Joe and Maryann Props
Brand Katie Graphic Design
Lenehan Marcia Make-up Design
Burke John Set Construction
Heinrichs-Loeffel Bettina Set Painting Design
Charlebois Elise Stage Manager Rehearsals
Werner Jen Stage Manager Performances
Petrik Irina Dialect Coach
Heath Dan Stage Crew/Set Construction
Jakubowski Jeff Stage Crew

NSCP Announces 2015 Season


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In the spring of 2015, NSCP welcomes Brian Avery to the director’s chair with the musical Little Women. Based on the life and novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

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In the summer of 2015, Not So Common Players and director Michael Camelo will bring the musical Anything Goes to the Common. Anything Goes is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. This age-old tale of boy-meets-girl and the complications that ensue will intrigue every audience. It’s a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where Anything Goes!

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In the fall of 2015, Not So Common Players welcomes back Alana and Matt Streifert to direct Violet. This moving story depicts a young woman with a scarred face, who in 1964, embarks on a journey by bus from her farm in North Carolina, all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma in order to be healed and made beautiful through the healing touch of a TV evangelist. Along her journey Violet is able to repair the scars that are lying deeper than her skin and meets a young African-American soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical “imperfections.” Violet will be a must see!

NSCP Presents Original Kids' Play by Shen Grad in September


Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  Have You Filled a Bucket Today logo

Opens September 19 with school performances at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Additional performances, all at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library:
September 19 at 7:00 PM
September 20 and 21 at 2:00 PM
FREE Admission!

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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.

Playwright Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead (a 1994 Shenendehowa graduate) first heard about Carol McCloud’s award-winning 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 the problem of 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.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is a popular book in elementary schools across the U.S. and abroad. Many schools have adopted the bucket filling concept as their school theme, so it has been embraced by teachers, children and parents alike.

The Not So Common Players look 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 today’s society.

Long-time Shenendehowa teacher and drama club director Dora Myers will direct, and Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead will join us as artist in residence.

For more information, contact producer Sally Burke, 518-877-5648;

Not So Common Kids Present G2K Oklahoma!


NSCP Kids LogoJuly 18 and 19
5:30 PM

On the Common Stage
Clifton Common Park
Vischer Ferry Road

Join Not So Common Kids as they present G2K Oklahoma!, the culmination of their July educational experience in musical theatre!

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

Rodgers & Hammerstein's STATE FAIR on the Common

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July 18, 19 & 20
July 24, 25, 26 & 27

All Performances at 8 PM
On the Common Stage
Clifton Common Park
Vischer Ferry Road

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!

Director ~~ Music Director ~~ Producer
Adam M. Coons ~~ Maria Elmer ~~ Nicolle Galligan

FREE Musical Theatre under the stars!
Sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park

Auditions for Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library – July 15 and 16 at 6:30 pm Bucket-Filling-Fairy-187x300

Sides (pages of the script for auditions) available for pickup at Clifton Park Town Hall


  • Trey: a 4th grade student (and skit characters Aidan and Tommy); smart, energetic, playful and sometimes naughty.
  • Mimi: a 20-something camp counselor; enthusiastic, compassionate, and nurturing with a bright smile and a pleasant voice.
  • BFF (Bucket Filling Fairy): a Fairy Godmother-type character who is whimsical, dramatic and bubbly, and who speaks in rhymes.
  • Professor Smarty Pants III: a 40-50 science teacher (male); intellectual and narcissistic.
  • Students: 5 or more campers (3 girls, 2 boys):
    • Christina (and skit characters Paloma, Kimberly, Mom, Lucy)
    • Madeline (and skit characters Lexie, Catherine, Carina, Rhonda, Addy)
    • Josie (and skit characters Lizzy, Elena, Tanya)
    • Jasper (and skit characters Abuelito, Nathan, Kurt, Mikey, Ben, Alexander)
    • Trevor (and skit characters Andrew, Mr. Muench, Reagan; Elijah, Shawn, Gregg)

Memorize one character from the following on page 7 and pages 17-20:





Plus memorize one other skit role in skit # 7, 11, 12, or 13.

Please read over all roles as you may be asked to read one in character.

Contact NSCP! Get involved!

Contact us if you love theatre and want to participate! We are always open to new ideas and people who want to be involved in theatre… both on stage and behind the scenes. We are looking for technical support in all areas, as well as administrative help — marketing, public relations and fundraising.

To get involved with NSCP contact:

David Rossi Pat O’Donnell Sarah (Sally) Burke
518-779-5061 518-371-6681 518-877-5648

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Not So Common Players are sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park and generously supported by Windsor Development.

As a natural extension of the 14 years NSCP has served the community of Clifton Park and the Capital Region at large with FREE musical theatre, we have worked with the Town and other local arts organizations on preliminary discussions and planning for the development of a community theater/performing arts center in Clifton Park. In addition to a theatre, rehearsal space, set building and storage space, and dressing rooms, such a center would also ideally include classrooms, arts studios, dance studios, photography labs and gallery space. NSCP looks forward to continued collaboration with the Town of Clifton Park and other local arts organizations to eventually make this dream a reality.

With the help of the community and the ongoing support of the Town of Clifton Park, Not So Common Players will continue its mission of providing quality theatrical productions and educational opportunities to the residents of Clifton Park. A vibrant arts scene adds immeasurably to the quality of life in the Town and throughout the Capital Region.

State Fair Cast Announced

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Not So Common Players is pleased to announce the cast and crew of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair!

Please join us July 18-20 and July 24-27 at the outdoor stage on the Common in Clifton Park for this wonderful show! All performances are at 8PM.

Abel Frake – Rick Reed
Melissa Frake – Suzanne Rayome
Margy Frake – Elizabeth Sterling
Wayne Frake – Tom Swimm
Harry – Alex Hoffman
Emily Arden – Laura Marra
Gus – Tony Scanu
Dave Miller – Ray Burns
Eleanor - Marissa Harrington-Verb
The Fair Announcer – Henry DiMaria
The Hoop-La Barker – Henry DiMaria
Vivian – Tess Myers
Pat Gilbert – Chris Malatesta
Charlie – John Roose
Lem – Curtis Elmer
Clay – Richard Lenehan
Hank Munson – Tony Scanu
The Chief of Police – Curtis Elmer
Violet - Hannah Wheeler
Judge Heppenstahl – Richard Lenehan
The Fairtones – Tess Myers, Kara Hogan, Linda Segreto
Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville – Deb Paniccia
Jeanne – Dianne DeSantis

Deb Paniccia, Ray Burns, Hannah Wheeler, Caitlyn Efner, Julie Mahoney, Sarah Eichenbaum, Kayla Seeley, Tony Scanu, Justine Pascual, Erin Hunziker, Bryan Brown, John Roose, Henry DiMaria, Dianne DeSantis, Kara Hogan, Linda Segreto, Tess Myers, Tony Scanu, Curtis Elmer, Marissa Harrington-Verb


Director – Adam M. Coons
Producer – Nicolle Galligan
Music Director – Maria Elmer
Choreographer/Assistant Director – Adrian Mallozi
Costume Design – Debbie Lummis
Stage Manager – Regina Baker
Props - Jill Ross, Jennie Pines
Lighting Design/Execution – Jennifer Larsen
Sound Design/Execution – Neale Petrillo
Set Design – Michael McDermott
Master Carpenter – Adam M. Coons