The Fantasticks – Spring 2010 – directed by Debbie May, musical direction by Dian Dippold. Winner of 6 TANYS Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards: Meritorious Achievement in Acting to Rick Reed, Alana Sangiacomo and Matt Streifert; Meritorious Achievement in Directing to Debbie May; Meritorious Achievement in Lighting Design and Execution to Jim Mackenzie; Special Award for One of the Most Unique Curtain Calls in the History of Theatre
Clue, The Musical – Fall 2009 – directed by Laura W. Andruski, musical direction by Pat Douglass.
Bye Bye Birdie – Summer 2009 – directed by Sean Carter, musical direction by David Rossi.
The Spitfire Grill – Fall 2008 – directed by Don Countermine, musical direction by Vince Bonafede. Winner of 4 TANYS Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards: Excellence in Acting to Alana Sangiacomo and Debbie May, Meritorious Achievement in Acting to Matt Streifert, Meritorious Achievement in Properties to Joe and Mary Ann Concra
The Wizard of Oz – Summer 2008 – directed by Laura W. Andruski, musical direction by Pat Douglass. Winner of 3 TANYS Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards: Excellence in Costume Design to Debbie Lummis, Excellence in Direction to Laura W. Andruski, Meritorious Achievement to the Three Crows: Jacob Brode, Kevin Escudero, Ryan Glynn for Ensemble Work
They’re Playing Our Song – Spring 2008 – directed by Jennifer Depew, musical direction by Sherri Strichman.
Red, Hot and Cole – Fall 2007 – directed by Alan Angelo, musical direction by Vince Bonafede.
In Fall 2007, we celebrated the rich, masterful genius of song Cole Porter in “Red, Hot and Cole.” Directed by Alan Angelo with musical direction from Vincent Bonafede, it was a swell party indeed! Audiences found themselves swaying to the music and singing along to the popular tunes such as “I Love Paris,” “Anything Goes,” “Let’s Misbehave” and “You’re the Top.” Kudos to the hard working production team, including set designer Don Countermine, costumer Karen Boynton, choreographers Bill Baetz, Sarah Nelson and Lori Koopman and AD Cynthia Nagle.
In Spring 2007, we traveled back to the early 20th century for Little Mary Sunshine, a spoof of early operettas and an era gone by. Deftly directed by NSCP favorite, Doug deLisle, the audience fell in love with this “sometimes silly, sometimes sappy, but always fun” musical. Thanks to musical director Sherri Strichman, choreographer Donna Hatch and makeup & wig/hair designer David Tinkham for joining the NSCP team. Congratulations to our TANYS Roving Adjudicator Merit Award winners: costumer Karen Boynton; makeup & wig/hair designer David Tinkham; actors Sarah Sutliff, Tim Orcutt and Frank Meredith; and the Town of Clifton Park, for “their dedication to bringing musical theater to the community.”
Fall 2006 brought an homage to the “American Idol” craze, the original Marty Egan musical National Icon. This satirical show was helmed by first time director (and NSCP Secretary) Cynthia Nagle, with musical direction by NSCP’s omnipresent Dian Dippold. Competitors thrilled the audience by performing popular songs and broadway standards like “Big Spender,” “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Can’t Help Lovin that Man” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.”
Summer 2006 had us going Into the Woods on a musical fantasy adventure. Directed by Tom Heckert, with musical direction by David Rossi and choreography by Heather D’Arcy, the show follows multiple fairy-tale characters crossing paths in the woods – not merely resolving the characters’ dilemmas, but also exploring what happens after happily ever after. Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful score features “No More,” “No One Is Alone” and “Children Will Listen.” Our production received 3 TANYS Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards: Excellence in Costume Design to Karen Boynton; Excellence in Performance to Christine Bendorf as Cinderella; and Excellence in Production Concept and Execution to the Director and Production Staff.
In Spring 2006, we hopped aboard Noah’s Ark for the little known Richard Rodgers tale, Two by Two. Director Laura W. Andruski, choreographer Tiffany Pinard Westendorf and musical director Pat Douglass had the audience grinning ear to ear and tapping their toes to “Two by Two” and “I Feel Like I’m Ninety Again.” Who knew that a Biblical tale could be so hilarious and profound! Congratulations to TANYS Roving Adjudicator Merit Award winners Kevin McNamara for his charming portrayal of Noah, and Packy Anderson for being “the voice of God” through his fantasic sound design.
We welcomed Halloween 2005 with a special treat, the scary/cool musical, Little Shop of Horrors. The songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken created this charming retro 60’s spoof with tuneful songs like “Suddenly Seymour,” “Dentist,” “Get It,” “Somewhere That’s Green” and the title song “Little Shop of Horrors.” Kudos to director Doug deLisle, choreographer Jennifer Girard and musical director Dian Dippold for a rockin’ show. Special thanks to Angel Acevedo for creating all of the Audrey II puppets for NSCP!
Summer 2005 brought our lucky ace, Guys and Dolls. With our largest crowds to date, audiences sang along to classics like “Luck Be a Lady,” “Marry the Man Today,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” and “Bushel and a Peck.” Thanks again to our hard working summer crew, including director Debbie May, musical director Barret Germain and choreographer Kristen Douglas. TANYS Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards were handed out to female leads Kay Koch and Molly McGrath.
In Spring 2005 we performed Some Enchanted Evening, a retrospective of the best songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein, to a standing room only crowd. Familiar tunes included “Oklahoma,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair,” “Shall We Dance” and “Younger than Springtime.” With a talented cast of newcomers to NSCP and the dedication and talent of director Darryl Drew, choreographer Kevin McNamara and producer Jillian Weiner, this was some enchanted evening indeed!
In Fall 2004, Marty Egan directed an original play created just for us called 27 Million: A Murder Mystery Musical. Set to the music of ABBA, The Doors, Barenaked Ladies and classic Broadway and 50’s and 60’s tunes, the show followed the rise and fall of a young woman who marries rich older men for their money and then kills them off. Written by our director with several NSCP board members as the leads, this show was a delight! Thanks to our musical director Nicole Gabriel, choreographer Kristen Douglas, accompanist Dian Dippold and most especially to Marty for blessing us with a fantastic show.
Our Summer 2004 production, Annie Get Your Gun, proved that “There’s No Business Like Show Business!” With a scene stealing performance by NSCP newcomer Molly McGrath, this production was top notch. Directed by Debbie May, with musical direction by Barret Germain and choreography by Stephanie O’Connell, the show’s Irving Berlin songs included: “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” “Anything You Can Do” and “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly.” TANYS Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards were given to Molly McGrath, J.P. Ford and costume designer Karen Boynton.
In Spring 2004 we performed an original revue, Rockin’ the Nite Away, created and directed by Brad Peak and Richard Lenehan. The show, based on the Alan Freed 50’s and 60’s rock ‘n’ roll revues, had the crowd on its feet singing along to the best songs of the era.
We were thrilled to be invited (for the first time) to perform at First Night Saratoga to help ring in 2004. Located at the wonderful venue of Empire State College behind Congress Park, each performance was greeted by an enthusiastic full house. We would like to thank the talented performers: Eric, Jodi, Allyson, Jennifer, Brad, Richard, Kristen, Frank and Steve, and give a special ovation to our writer Marty Egan, musical director Dian Dippold, percussionist Matt Dintrone and choreographer Kristen Douglas for devoting their time during the busy holiday season.
Our Summer 2003 production was the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, South Pacific. Directed by Deborah May with musical direction by Marcia Dawson Streed, the show attracted a fantastic crowd! No doubt the timeless tunes, such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bali H’ai,” “Honey Bun” and “Younger than Springtime” attracted the masses. However, the standing ovation vocalists Richard Mazzaferro and Elisa Verb received confirmed what a wonderful production this was.
In March and October of 2003, we presented the original play The Queen of Hearts, written by local playwright Marty Egan and directed by our own Richard Lenehan. Musical direction was supplied by the reliable and talented Dian Dippold. The play, funded by the Town of Clifton Park, was an event to celebrate the town’s 175th anniversary.
In Summer 2002, we performed the Tony award winning musical, Crazy for You. The high energy comedy which included mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music, including “Someone to Watch over Me,” was the perfect summer show. The Not So Common Players would like to thank the talented performers, musicians, crew members, and especially the directors, Peter Caracappa and Marcia Dawson Streed, who devoted their time and energy.
Our first production, in June 2001, was You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow, A Stephen Sondheim Evening. This was a great little revue with music from “Follies,” “A Little Night Music,” “Merrily We Roll Along” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” With over 500 people in attendance, the show was a great success. Directors were Lori Koopman and Danya Plotsky.