“Jesus Christ Superstar: Audition Call for Male Singers

The Players Club Theater of Swarthmore is holding auditions for male singers to appear in their upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar, the extraordinary hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Superstar first opened in London in 1969, and then New York in the early 1970’s, and has since been performed throughout the world in many languages. It’s a very strong, male influenced, cast of singers that form the foundation of this superb musical, and demands vocalists in all the male ranges. Director Bohdan Senkow said, “Because the show’s story is done entirely to music; those auditioning do not necessarily need to have had a great deal of acting experience; but will enjoy the challenge of being a part of a tremendous musical production.”

This highly moving story will be set in its traditional time and locale of Jerusalem; as Christ, long recognized as a truly historic figure, returns to the region as a preacher and healer. The production looks at Christ as a man, facing the wrath of the governing aristocracy and religious leaders, who begin fearing that this preacher and healer of the common people, will undermine their stringent iron grip on the nation.

Those men interested in auditioning, are asked to contact the director Bohdan Senkow at 610-742-4136 or at basenkow@yahoo.comJesus Christ Superstar will be performed for ten performances over three weekends from April 20 to May 5, at the 300-seat Players Club Theater, in Swarthmore, Pa. Rehearsals are in the evening on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning at 7:00PM. The Players Club welcomes people of all multi-cultural diversities.

Old Academy Players to premiere ‘A Song I Forgot To Sing’

East Falls’ historic Old Academy Players continues celebrating its 95th season by presenting the world premiere of “A Song I Forgot To Sing”, written and directed by Philadelphia native and Old Academy Players member playwright Rob Rosiello.  The play is produced by Charlotte Higgins. Set design is done by T. Mark Cole. Show dates are:  March 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18, 2018; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM.
Rosiello states, “‘A Song I Forgot To Sing’ is a later in life coming of age story.  It demonstrates that you can “begin again” at any age.  The play is a marriage of the worlds of theatre and art.  The inciting event of the play, a painting that has been cut apart and sent around the world, was inspired by Philadelphia abstract artist, Favi Dubo. Every year around the holidays, Favi creates an abstract painting and then cuts it apart, mounts it on card stock and sends the smaller pieces to friends, family and colleagues.  I was a recipient of a “Favi Card” in 2010 and was so inspired by the story, used it as the impetus for the play.”
Synopsis:  Venice, 1951. Pieces of an abstract painting have been sent to strangers around the world with a few simple words scrawled on the back. Reclusive American actress Dora Chadwick, a recipient of one of the pieces, is obsessed with finding the source and solving the riddle. Her search, assisted by her companion, Emma, eventually leads her to Venice and to Annabella, a mysterious blind Italian tour guide.  The elusive Annabella provides more questions than answers.  As the truth is slowly revealed, it becomes apparent that in order to reassemble the painting, each of the three women must put herself back together by facing her own demons and finding a way to heal.
Cast stars Caitlin Riley as Annabella de Matteo, Sandra Hartman as Dora Chadwick, and Theresa Swartz as Emma Jane Biddle.
If You Go: Old Academy Players, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, is a non-profit community theater located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls (Philadelphia), the urban village on the Schuylkill River.  Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932.  Old Academy Players has provided continuous community theater since 1923 and featured the acting debuts of both Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky.
If you have 15 or more in your party, you can take advantage of group discount pricing.  Parking for all performances is free.  Individual tickets are $20 each.  Tickets may now be purchased online at www.oldacademyplayers.org.  Tickets may also be reserved by calling 215-843-1109.

Delco Premiere of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ at Colonial Playhouse

Next for Colonial Playhouse is “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, adapted from the novel by Mark Twain by Timothy Masen and directed by Sam Barrett. It’s a Delco premiere! Join Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher in this imaginative, highly theatrical adaptation of Mark Twain’s incomparable classic. Performances are March 9-25, 2018.
Tickets are Fridays & Saturdays: 8 pm ($15), Sunday Matinees: 2 pm ($13) and Children 12 and under: $12 (all performances) and are available at  colonialplayhouse.net.

The cast features:

Tom Sawyer  – Isabella Ursone
Huck Finn – Kayla Teplica
Mark Twain – Jake Sloss
Aunt Polly – Gwen Armstrong Barker
Sid – Daniel Brittain
Jim – Kyla McKnight
Muff Potter – Sean Wiley
Injun Joe – James Hulme
Doc Robinson – Bill Haburcak
 Dobbins – Annaliese Gove
Becky Thatcher – Violet Wiley
Joe Harper – Josh Ursone
Rev. Forbes – Kathryn Leech
Judge Thatcher – Bill Haburcak
Mrs. Harper – Ruth Brittain
Prosecutor – Jessica Kohn
Defender – Patrick O’Neil
School Children – Chase Barker, Gabrielle Gove, Avalon Leech, Rhiannon Baldini, Molly Gray and Elizabeth Teplica
Townspeople – Ally Batot, Eileen Wiley, Jen Ursone
Singers – Dotti Bobst  and Patrick O’Neil

Colonial Playhouse is at 522 W. Magnolia Ave.. Aldan, PA 19018

Forge Theatre to present ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

The ladies of “The Dixie Swim Club” at Forge Theatre.

The winter weather outside might be frightful, but inside Forge Theatre it’s hot, sunny, and delightful as final preparations are underway for their upcoming production of “The Dixie Swim Club.” A touching comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten,”The Dixie Swim Club” tells the story of five Southern women whose friendship began years ago while on their college championship swim team. Every August they set aside one long weekend and meet at the same beach cottage in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, leaving husbands, kids and jobs behind. Four of those weekends, spanning a period of thirty-three years, are the focus of”The Dixie Swim Club.”

Directors Linda Mandlowitz and Nance Brown have assembled a cast of top-notched actors who are challenged with the task of aging themselves physically and emotionally from their mid-forties to their mid-seventies.  The “Southern Belles” include Barbara Hannevig (Sheree- practical, team captain), Bev Smith (Dinah- wise cracking, overachieving lawyer), Lauren Rozensky Flanagan (Lexi-pampered, vain, youth obsessed), Marsha Amato-Greenspan (Vernadette- self-depricating, hard luck case) and Paula Larsen (Jeri Neal- sweet, ditsy ray of sunshine). 

Denise Nissle (Set Designer) and Steve Nissle (Master Carpenter,Builder) have transformed this little black box theatre into a charming beach cottage, complete with sand dune. Rounding out the Production Team are Denise Wisneski (Producer), Linda Blystone (Stage Manager), Stephanie Tagye (Costumer), Mercedes Kathryn Duran (Make Up), Lew Osterhoudt (Lighting Design), and Ron Quirk (Lights and Sound). 

Performance dates are February 23, 24, March 2, 3 ,4*, 9, 10, 11*. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm with Sunday* matinees at 2:00 pm.  An Opening Night pre-show reception will be held on Friday, February 23 at 7:00 pm, sponsored by the Cast and Production Team. Ticket prices are $16 – Adults, $13 – Under 18,  and $15 – Seniors (65+). Due to limited seating, reservations are strongly recommended. Call 610-935-1920 or visit www.forgetheatre.org .

Forge Theatre is located at 241 First Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Please do not park on First Ave. Parking is available at Washington and Main Street.


Celebrate ‘La Famiglia’ at Colonial Playhouse

Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes” a book by Lorraine Ranalli, has inspired “La Famiglia” – three one act comedies. Ron Hill directs the world premiere of these three comedies at Colonial Playhouse, 522 W. Magnolia Ave. Aldan.

Performances are February 23, 24 at 8p.m. and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for all performances are $20, which includes a copy of Lorraine Ranalli’s book. Tickets can be reserved online at http://colonialplayhouse.net/la-famiglia/

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents the popular musical “The Producers”

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents the ever-popular musical “The Producers” with book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Mel Brooks on March 6-April 1.  The multiple Tony-award winning musical is directed by Keith Baker, music directed by Douglass Lutz, with choreography by Stephen Casey and starring Danny Rutigliano and Michael Doherty and featuring Nicole Benoit, Fred Inkley, Morgan W. Reynolds, Jo Twiss, and Danny Vaccaro.  The ensemble features Luke Bradt, Kathryn Brunner, Nicole Calabrese, Zachary J. Chiero, John D. DiFerdinando, Becca Goebel, Louis Jannuzzi III, Lauren Krigel, Patrick Ludt, Niklaus Patrick Miller, James E. Ofalt, Dominick Sannelli, Erika Wasko, and Keith Watford.
“The Producers” opened on Broadway to historic, unanimous rave reviews, earning a record-breaking twelve Tony Awards. This laugh-out-loud musical is the story of scheming producer Max Bialystock and his mousy accountant Leo Bloom. They discover that under the right circumstances they could make more money producing a flop than a hit, never anticipating that their sure-to-offend musical will become a surprise sensation. This side-splitting tour-de-force spoofs grand, old-fashioned Broadway musicals while paying tribute to them all at the same time.
Previews begin Tuesday, March 6 with opening night on Thursday, March 8.  Performances run Wednesday through Sunday with a single Tuesday preview until April 1.  Tickets start at $45, with discounts for students, groups and military personnel.  Tickets are available by visiting brtstage.org or calling the BRT Box Office at 215-785-0100.  Bristol Riverside Theatre is located at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, PA.

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at PCS, Feb. 9-24

Rachel Hendrickson and Justin Caizzo star in “Little Shop of Horrors” at Players Club of Swarthmore. Photo by Anne Marie Scalies

Next for the Players Club of Swarthmore is the sci-fi smash “Little Shop of Horrors” about a nerdy florist who finds a chance for success in romance with the help of a man-eating plant. Familiar Alan Menken and Howard Ashman tunes from the show includes “Suddenly Seymour,” “Feed Me,” and “Downtown.” Directed by Ed Donlevie, with musical direction by Pat D’Amato and choreography by Emily Aaron Fishman.

The cast features:

Seymour – Justin Caiazzo 
Audrey – Rachel Hendrickson 
Orin – Dave Gregory 
Mr. Mushnik – Sean Murray
Audrey II – Abrham Bogale*
Urchins: Dana Corvino, Liz Iannacci, Neil Kirchsling , Kat Lemon , Rachel Medori
Puppeteer – Amelia SanFilippo
“Little Shop of Horrors” runs from Friday, Feb. 9, through Saturday, Feb. 24. Thursday performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Also, audiences can meet the artists in a talk back discussion after the Feb. 18 performance. Buy tickets by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111,  at the door or online at www.pcstheater.org.

Stagecrafters presents ‘Come Back, Little Sheba’

Nancy Bennett as Lola and Rusty Flounders as Doc in “Come Back, Little Sheba” at StageCrafters. Photo by Sara Stewart

The third production of the 2017-2018 season at The Stagecrafters, William Inge’s classic American masterwork written in 1949, “Come Back, Little Sheba,” will open on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Its narrative follows a few days in the lives of the Delaneys, Doc and Lola, married to each other for over twenty years, each scarred by loss and disillusionment.  Their lusterless and unfulfilled marriage is about to face yet another challenge when the couple takes in Marie, a young college student, as a boarder.  As tensions mount amidst the interplay of these three people, one can literally sense the time bomb ticking in the background.  This is a sensitive and poignant story rendered in a simple but powerful way previously unknown in American theater.
William Inge (1913–1973) has to be counted among the great masters of American realism.  Among his most highly regarded works are “Picnic” (1953), which earned him the Pulitzer Prize, “Bus Stop” (1955), and “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” (1957).  “Come Back Little Sheba” (1950) was the first of Inge’s plays to enjoy broad acclaim on the national stage, premiering on Broadway in February of 1950 and running for nearly 200 performances.  The cast included Shirley Booth as Lola and Sidney Blackmer as Doc, each of whom took home Tony Awards, for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively.  In a 1952 film adaptation Booth reprised her Broadway role opposite Burt Lancaster, for which she won both the Golden Globe and the Oscar.
Production performance dates are February 9-25:   Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8 pm, Sun @ 2 pm.  Tickets are available at $21 online (no service charge), $25 at-door.  (Thursday. & Friday eve performances 2-for-$32 online, 2-for-$35 at-door).  Students with valid ID $15.00, Seniors $22 (at-door, any performance).  Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $15.00 a ticket, paid in advance.  The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance.  For information call 215-247-8881; for reservations-direct call 215-247-9913.  The theater is located in the heart of Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Ave.  Visit website for details:  www.thestagecrafters.org.
Special NOTE:  “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A sessions will be held following the performance on Friday, Feb. 16.  All attendees at that performance are welcome to stay and join in the discussion.

‘A Steady Rain’ Continues Walnut’s Studio 3 Season

Walnut Street Theatre’s 2017-18 Independence Studio on 3 season continues with the hard-hitting and gripping A STEADY RAIN. Written by Keith Huff and directed by Fran Prisco, the production begins previews on February 20, opens February 22, and continues through March 25.

Marc D. Donovan and Keith J. Conallen in “A Steady Rain” at the Walnut Street Theatre. Photo courtesy of Walnut Street Theatre.

A STEADY RAIN follows two Chicago cops, Joey and Denny, who have been friends since kindergarten and are like brothers. Intensely loyal, they want to do right by the force, their family and each other. Joey is a loner with a bit of a drinking problem. Denny is a family man passed over for promotion one time too many. Their relationship is put on the line after responding to a domestic disturbance that takes a turn for the worse. Each man’s harrowing version of the truth becomes a fight for their own survival. Where the moral grey area exists, A Steady Rain begins.
Set in the seedy Chicago streets, the two wrestle between their own beliefs and morals, all while walking the thin line between right and wrong. “I am thrilled to bring this enthralling story to life at the Walnut,” noted Director Fran Prisco. “The Independence Studio on 3 is the perfect place for this intimate but blistering story of two friends and police officers who struggle to balance temptation with justice.”
A STEADY RAIN was produced by Chicago Dramatists in 2007 before transferring to the Royal George Theatre in February of 2008. That production won the Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best New Work, Best Actor, and Best Production. The show then went through a series of staged and table readings, including an Off-Broadway workshop, before opening at the Schoenfeld Theatre on September 29, 2009. That production starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig (in his Broadway debut). The 12-week engagement broke the record for the highest weekly gross of a non-musical production on Broadway. It received several rave reviews and was named one of the Top 10 Plays of 2009 by TIME Magazine’s Richard Zoglin.
Playwright Keith Huff spent more than 20 years working for a medical journal by day and writing plays by night. After A Steady Rain opened on Broadway in 2009, his writing career rocketed. He received an offer to write for the Emmy Award-winning AMC series, Mad Men and wrote and co-produced several episodes with the series. In 2013, he began work developing the Netflix series House of Cards. He worked on the show as a writing producer—creating outlines, character arcs, and storylines for each episode. In 2014, Huff worked as a consulting producer for the TV show Helix. In 2015, he was the executive producer of the TV show Full Circle and, until 2016, he was the supervising producer of the show American Crime. Huff is currently working on developing A Steady Rain for the silver screen.

Tickets are $35-$40 and are now available at 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787. Tickets are also available at walnutstreettheatre.org or Ticketmaster.com.

‘Wait Until Dark’ next for Hedgerow Theatre

The innovative and suspenseful thriller, “Wait Until Dark” tells the story of housewife Susan Hendrix who is recently blinded in a car accident. Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susan’s life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has the stolen diamonds they seek.

The classic thriller comes to the Hedgerow Theatre stage February 8 to March 18, directed by Jared Reed. The cast features Adam Altman, resident company members Owen Corey, Lisa VillaMil, and Matthew Windham and theatre school student Abby Kanes. Reed describes the show as an “… intelligent gripping thriller that puts us in the mind of a powerful woman fighting for her life against some desperate, resourceful criminals.”

This innovative and suspenseful play follows housewife, Susan Hendrix (Lisa VillaMil), who is recently blinded in a car accident. Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susan’s life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has the stolen diamonds they seek.

“A blind woman who must use all her resources to survive against a ruthless group of criminals is just great drama. And the final confrontation you’ll need to ‘see’ to believe,” Reed encourages.

The show previews Thursday, February 8 at 7:30, opens Friday February 9 at 7:30pm and runs through March 18. Special Matinee Wednesday March 7th at 2:00pm.

Adult ticket prices are $35, with a $3 discount for seniors. Tickets for those ages 30 and under, as well as for students, are $20. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $18. Prices include all fees and are subject to change. For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley.