In 1981, Joe Amato and a group of dedicated Saint Catherine of Siena parishioners had a dream – an amazing technicolor dream, that has endured for three generations. That dream was Saint Catherine’s Players and bringing “Broadway” to town to benefit not only our audiences, but to provide a rich and rewarding theatre experience to our cast and give back to our parish and the greater community during the Lenten season.
Mounting a full-scale musical production that welcomes a cast of more than fifty amateur and seasoned actors from age 8 to 80 with orchestra, sets, lights, sound, costume and a host of other support functions is a monumental task only made possible with the support of our pastor, the parish, the SCP board, production team and countless volunteers.
So, as the curtain closes on this our 35th production, we take this opportunity to give special thanks to those brave families who supported Joe’s dream in the early 1980’s with time, talent and treasure so that Saint Catherine’s Players would “fly” for years to come with each new generation. We know we have missed many, but here is our honor roll of SCP Parish Pioneers:
Amato, Azzara, Baxendale, Berzolla, DeCsepel, DiGiovanna, Humphrey, Hoelscher, LeFebvre, LePoutre, Kashatus, Kelly-Stevens, Lynch, Lapcevic, Morelli, Pulick, Santora, Telerico, Tobin, Yax, Zadrosny and Zdinak.
“Dreams do come true if only we wish hard enough!” – Peter Pan
Jody Breakell & Wendy Blumenthal
You don’t want to miss out on all the adventures of Peter Pan, the Darling kids, Lost Boys, Indians, Pirates and of course Captain Hook!
Tickets are still available for this weekend, but don’t delay
Great article from Greenwich Free Press:
http://greenwichfreepress.com/around-town/arts/hot-stuff-order-your-st-catherines-players-peter-pan-tix-online-to-be-assured-a-seat-60053/Peter Pan Picks!
1/29/16: The cast and crew have been busy for a month already! Music, dialogue, choreography, costumes, props, orchestration, lighting design, sound design, set construction, scenic design, set decoration, publicity, advertising, social media, program, house managing, refreshments and cast parties….We may need “faith, trust and a little fairy dust” to get our act together but we also need lots of work by lots of folks to bring you the best in community theatre!
TICKETS GO ON SALE NEXT WEEK!!! – February 1st!!!
There is still time to become a Patron or Program advertiser.
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Consider a Guiding Star level donation of $250 and which includes two reserved seats to the performance of your choice!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME OUT TO AUDITION. Close to 100 over the two nights!
Congratulations to the cast of PETER PAN!!!!
Peter Pan Lauren Sherwood
Captain Hook Tony Morello
Wendy Katie Suss
Smee Michael Busani
Tiger Lily Samantha Holomakoff
John Charlie Adorney
Micheal William Frankle
Mrs. Darling Lynn Carbino
Mr. Darling Greg Suss
Liza Janna Mathes
Nana Doug Pulick
Ostrich Maria Murljacic
Crocodile Sophie Jaeger
Wendy – grown up Sarah Fradkin
Jane Mary Kate Frey
Lost Boy – Slightly Peter McDermott
Lost Boy – Curley Alexis Killeen
Lost Boy – Tootles Luke Merrill
Lost Boy – Nibs Nicolas Camacho
Lost Boy – Twin 1 Molly Kriskey
Lost Boy – Twin 2 Ellen Norell
Pirates – Starkey Jack Ullrich
Pirates – Cecco Kathie Murphy
Pirates – Noodler Femi Shabiolegbe
Pirates – Jukes Sue Neville
Indians Sam Carbino
Indians Julia Doss
Indians Darian Fauser
Indians Devan Fauser
Indians Nicole Martins
Indians Michele Metzger
Indians Maria Murljacic
Indians Victoria Pareda
Indians Eva Serra
Indians Maggie Ullrich
Lost Boys Wigwam Stephanie Busani
Lost Boys Wigwam Georgia Mann
Lost Boys Wigwam Catherine O’Brien
Lost Boys Wigwam Harrison Thompson
Lost Boys Wigwam Libby Zola
Lost Boys Teepee Mary Kate Frey
Lost Boys Teepee Aly Janssen
Lost Boys Teepee Austin Janssen
Lost Boys Teepee Kelly Janssen
Lost Boys Teepee Sofia Luna
Lost Boys Teepee Claire Maher
Lost Boys Teepee Emma McDermott
Lost Boys Teepee Samantha Pascale
Lost Boys Teepee Ella Piu
Lost Boys Teepee Laura Sherman
Pirate Ensemble Lynn Carbino
Pirate Ensemble Sarah Fradkin
Pirate Ensemble Janna Mathes
Pirate Ensemble Bonnie Kelley-Young
Pirate Ensemble Wendy Mages
Pirate Ensemble Kathleen Suss
Pirate Ensemble Mary Whelan
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to accept your role by Sunday 12/7
All cast members under 18 must provide a parent/guardian email contact for our records.
Thanks to everyone who came out to audition for Peter Pan! Close to 100 of you sang and danced over the past two nights.
For many of you it was your first experience at an open audition call and we hope that the experience was a positive one. For others it was returning and trying out again. Whether you are cast or not, it is a very important learning experience for any actor to get up there and give it your best!
Our Directors now have the difficult task of finding the right blend of actors, singers and dancers for this year’s production.
We will be finalizing the casting over the next few days and posting the list here on Saturday.
Stay tuned…and thanks again!
St. Catherine’s Players announces audition calls for its 2016 production of
Monday, November 30
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
St. Catherine of Siena Lucey Parish Hall
Riverside Avenue at the corner of Route 1, Riverside, CT.
This is the Broadway version of the show with mainly adult principals and an active ensemble of all ages.
Children must be at least eight years old or in third grade.
Come with a prepared song and sheet music in your key for the accompanist.
A group dance audition will be held each evening.
Please bring a list of your rehearsal and production date conflicts (January through mid-March).
Zach is a classically trained composer, arranger, conductor, and performer. A graduate of the Juilliard Pre-College Program, he holds a B.A. in Music from New York University and an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, with a concentration in Opera, from SUNY Binghamton. An adjunct professor at Westchester Community College, he teaches Brass and Composition in addition to conducting the Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, and the Music Department’s main-stage productions. He concurrently holds the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Eastern Festival Symphony Orchestra.
Dave Durell will be staying on in the pit on Bass!
Take A Bow
As many you have already heard, Vinnie and Yvonne Yax have retired and relocated to South Carolina. While this is very exciting news for them, as they look forward to being away from the “snowmaggeden” Greenwich winters and closer to their grand kids, it is bittersweet to our Players family as they took their final bow with us in March.
Both active parishioners at Saint Catherine of Siena parish for many years, it was Saint Catherine’s Players that brought this dynamic duo together. Yvonne first joined SCP in 1983 for “Go Out Singing” and Vinnie started in 1985 with “Camelot”…and Camelot it was, as he met his true love and future wife on the stage.
Through the years they have filled many roles with the Players both on and off the stage. Yvonne has had numerous memorable featured roles including Marty, in “Grease,” a most remembered Mother Abbess in the 1997 “Sound of Music,” Madame Liang in “Flower Drum Song,” Madame Thiang in “The King & I,” Mrs. Sowerberry in “Oliver” and finally, Yente in the 2003 “Fiddler on the Roof.” All very unique characters and Yvonne brought a little bit of herself to each of these roles! Off stage Yvonne was our costume designer for numerous shows in the 90’s and party planner supreme for the original opening night celebrations and most of our final cast parties for the last 15 years. Both her children, Joanie and Joey, have been part of the Players as well.
Vinnie played Burt Healy in our first production of “Annie” in 1987, proudly sharing the stage with his daughter Jennifer, who played Annie. His most outstanding role however, and where he showed his true colors, has been that of producer extraordinaire for the past twenty years.
A year-round volunteer job of scheduling, budgeting, paying bills, wrangling, cajoling, setting up chairs, building sets, hanging lights, getting permits, securing show rights, ensuring fire inspections, renovating consulting, peacemaking and being an all around great guy. Vinnie is the quiet and enduring presence that has kept our troupe, this multi-faceted, multi-generational and multi-talented family we call Saint Catherine’s Players, together for twenty years while seeing profits are managed to give back to the Parish when we can and ensuring we have the funds to stage the next year’s production.
Like Yin and Yang, or is that Yin and Madame Liang, the Players owe a huge debt of gratitude to Vinnie and Yvonne. We know that they are only a phone call away and phone calls they will get!! We also expect to see them in the audience next March and every year after!
As the Production Board rallied to tackle the post-Yax era, Jody Breakell and Wendy Blumenthal took on the roles of Co-Producers. Jody has been with the Players for 23 years on and off the stage and for many of those alongside her two children Michele and Chris Suttile, who grew up on the stage like so many young people in our theatre community. When she wasn’t on the stage, she was working behind the scenes as Associate Producer for many years with Vinnie. She soon took on set decorations and brought her partner in crime and life into the SCP family. Wendy has taken to the paint brush and staple gun with great enthusiasm but we have also tapped her talents for PR, desktop publishing, graphics and program layout. Their new roles will be challenging and rewarding, more so than they ever thought!
Exit, Stage Left
Much to our surprise another major script change was on the way. Our longest tenured SCP director, Stuart Adelberg, has made the decision to step down after 24 shows with the Players.
“After a good amount of soul searching, I have decided that it is time for me to step aside as the director of the Players. I have been honored and blessed to work with an incredible group of people who have become very special to me. I am so proud of what we have done together and I have fond memories that I will cherish forever. Thanks for letting me accompany you all on a fantastic 23 year journey.”
We have been honored and blessed to have Stuart at the helm for such an incredible run. He has seen three generations of “Players” come through the church hall over the years and has had an indelible positive impact on each of them. The caliber and consistency of the productions have truly put SCP on the community theatre map in Fairfield and Westchester counties.
Marilyn Adelberg came on board with Stuart and has worn many hats for the Players through the years, from PR to program, to opening night receptions and cast parties. Her most significant contribution however, was bringing the players into the digital age. She created and maintained our website, Facebook pages and our Constant Contact database enabling our many Players, patrons, auditioners and audience members to be up to date with the latest happenings.
Not to be forgotten, Jesse Adelberg, Stuart and Marilyn’s son, has been involved since he could toddle. On stage or back stage, Jesse was a great addition to the invaluable “A-team”.
On behalf of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Msgr. Detscher will be recognizing and thanking the Adelbergs for their many years of service to the Players and the Parish this Fall at a Sunday service to be announced. We will keep you posted as plans progress.
On With the Show!
Over the summer our Production Team of Jody Breakell, Wendy Blumenthal, Rita Lapcevic, Patrica Moran, Cyndy and Doug Pulick, Kathy DiGiovana, Melody Andersen, Bill Wright, Allen Jackson, Msgr. Detscher and Father Hoffmann launched a search for a director for our 2015 production. We are pleased to announce that we have engaged Joe Guttadauro, a familiar face to our cast and audiences, to direct, with Lauren Sherwood, another SCP alumnus as choreographer. Both Joe and Lauren have been active in community theatre on and off the stage throughout Fairfield County and we know we are in good hands moving forward with this year’s production of : SEUSSICAL the Musical!
While there have certainly been some major changes to our team, our SCP family remains intact, our alumni and sponsors are supportive and we look forward to many years of the very unique experience that Saint Catherine’s Players has been bringing to all: producers, actors, musicians, crew, costumes, set and lighting designers, patrons, and audiences since Joe Amato began this theatre group in 1981.