February 2013
8, 9, 10*, 15, 16, 17*,20**, 22, 23, 24*
Wednesday**  Fridays and Saturdays     8PM
*Sundays     2PM
CAST



TRACY TURNBLAD…………………………………………………… Catherine Joseph
EDNA TURNBLAD……………………………………………………………. Michael King
WILBUR TURNBLAD………………………………………………………………… Rick Fountain
MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE…………………………………….… Cassandra Lindsey-Williams
VELMA VON TUSSLE………………………………………………………………….. Angie Joachim
CORNY COLLINS…………………………………………………………………………Joe Lucenti
LINK LARKIN …………………………………………………………………………..Randy Davidson
PENNY PINGLETON………………………………………………………………………Nina Rodriguez
SEAWEED J. STUBBS ……………………………………………………………………Ruben Soto
AMBER VON TUSSLE ……………………………………………………………………Mallory Wray
PRUDY PINGLETON/GYM TEACHER/MATRON……………………...………………Bianca Slota
MR. SPRITZER/MR. PINKY/PRINCIPAL/GUARD …………………...……………… David Basile


The DYNAMITES & The Record Shop Crew

SHAYNA……………………………………………..…………………………….. Cheryl Emanuel
KAMILAH………………………………………………….…………………………… Brianna Hall
JUDINE……………………………………………………………………………. Yesenia Santiago
DUANE …………………………………………………..……………………………. Erick Lozada
LITTLE INEZ………………………..…………………………………………………... Makari Mack


The COUNCIL

TAMMY ……………………...............................................………………… Maria Meier
BRAD …………………………………………………………………………. Austin Welker
LOU ANN…………………………………………………………………………….. Alison Bogatay
SKETCH…………………………...........................................……………………………. Nick Osley
SHELLEY……………………………………………………………………..… Julia Grace Feinberg
BRENDA………………………………………………………………………………. Emily Stisser
I.Q.  …………………………................…………………………………………Andrew Matte

PRODUCTION STAFF:

DIRECTOR………………………………………………………………………………... Becky Beth Benedict
MUSICAL DIRECTOR………………………………………………………………… Sean Pallatroni
CHOREOGRAPHER ……………………………………………………………………………..Alison Bogatay
PRODUCER…………………………………………….……………………………………….. Michael May
STAGE MANAGER………………………………………………………………………………… Leena Kronenwetter
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER……………………………………………………………………………. Patti McCauley
COSTUME DESIGNER ………………………………………………………………………………..Moonyean Field
SET DESIGNER ………………………………………………………………………………… Becky Beth Benedict
SET CONSTRUCTION CARPENTER………………………………………………………………………….. George Fields
SET PAINTERS …. Nina Rodriguez, Lori Rodriguez, Vinnie Brigada, Jack Collins, Leena Kronenwetter, Makari Mack, Gabrielle Mack, Becky Beth Benedict, Alison Bogatay, and others
PROPS MISTRESSES ………….… Becky Beth Benedict, Alison Bogatay, Patti McCauley, Leena Kronenwetter
LIGHTING DESIGNER …………………………………………………………….. Diane St. Amand
LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR……………………………………………………………..…. Nathaniel Hodgdon
_______SPOTLIGHT OPERATOR ………………………….…………………………………………………………. Lori Rodriguez
BOX OFFICE MANAGER…………………………………..………………………………………………………… Virginia Zdebski
PUBLICITY PERSONEL ……………………………………..……………………. Deb Brigada, Michael May & Sylwia Mroz
WEBMASTER……………………………………………………………………………………...…Carl Calhoun
HEAD SHOT & REHEARSAL PHOTOGRAPHER …………………………………………………………Siara Bates
_GRAPHIC DESIGNER……………………………………………………………………………………..……………... Dan Silva
PROGRAM DESIGNER……………………………………………………………………………………… John Warchol

PIT ORCHESTRA:
KEYBOARD/CONDUCTOR………………………………………………………………………………… Sean Pallatroni
BASS… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… David Uhl
DRUMS … …………………………………………………………………………………….………………Matt Torcellini
GUIATAR ………………………………………………………………………………………..………………Nick Cutroneo
REEDS…………………………………………………………………………………………………….……Robert Nanna

music by
Marc Shaiman


lyrics by
Scott Wittman
and
Marc Shaiman


book by
Mark O'Donnell
and
Thomas Meehan

DIRECTOR
Becky Beth Benedict


MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Sean Pallatroni


CHOREOGRAPHER
Alison Bogatay
scroll down to view photos
rehearsal photos by Siara Bates
Cast photo by Siara Bates
Dress Rehearsal Photos
by
Krista Stepansky
Theartsetc.com
(review)

HAIRSPRAY

Reviewed by B. K. Grant



Can’t think of a better way to spend a cold winter’s afternoon than to experience the heated excitement of The Opera House Players’ production of Hair Spray. Mother Nature’s tricks failed to dampen the spirits of the nearly full house on Sunday afternoon. True to tradition, the show must go on; and ‘go on’ it certainly did.



Hair Spray, based on John Waters’ 1988 New Line Cinema film, at first touches gently on the racial issues of 1962; however as act one progresses, the message is delivered loud and clear through song and dance. The opening number, ‘Good Morning Baltimore’, succeeded in getting our toes to tapping; the next, ‘The Nicest Kids in Town’, had us literally jumping in our seats. And that’s in the first ten minutes! Using her newly found fame, a bubbly Maryland teenager campaigns for integration on a nationally televised dance show, and teaches everyone a thing or two. The atmosphere of this funny satire only accelerates from there. The pit orchestra is outstanding with their musical renditions; the great accompanying choreography is reminiscent of the moves of the early sixties, enhanced with exciting antics and gyrations. The costuming (stripes and argyles and plaids, oh my) are spot on for the era, accented by the mile-high bouffant ‘do.



This reviewer’s theatrical history reads as being part of the backstage crew, or swinging a hammer or paintbrush creating part of the set. It takes guts to be on stage in front of hundreds of people, attempting to win them over as they sit there, judging you. The varied experience of this wonderfully diverse cast of twenty four ranges from seasoned performers (many), to OHP first-timers (nine), to an exciting dual-role theatrical debut. Six members of the company shine as sixteen different characters; many of the cast also double as production personnel. So many different hats are worn by those involved – the reason no specific actors’ names are mentioned in this review, lest I forget or miss-identify someone. The greatness of the whole is due to the accumulative greatness of its parts. Suffice it to say the cast and crew took on the challenge of this production, and like a great oiled machine, delivered a fantastic product. The energy level couldn’t be any higher, and this show couldn’t be any better. Kudos to all. Everyone, from the pigtailed eighth grader to big mama, was magnificent. Bravo!

 

The Broad Brook Opera House is always entertaining. There aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe their production of Hair Spray; you’ll just have to see it for yourself.


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