MOM’S GIFT in Rehearsal

Lisa Hornick. Nancy Bondurant Couch, Danielle Purdy, Casey Thomas, Ben Friedell, Roxanne Rippa in MOM’S GIFT. Tonight & Tomorrow at 8:00 PM (Friday April 21, Saturday April 22), and Sunday Matinee (April 23) at 2:00 PM, at the Weiting Theater in Worcester, NY.

For reservations to the Dinner + Play, call the Worcester Inn at 607-397-8500. To buy tickets for the Play only, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/catskill-players-presents-moms-gift-tickets-33265459886.

MOM’S GIFT – April 21-23 – Wieting Theatre

The Catskill Community Players, now in their 43rd season, present the heartwarming family comedy “Mom’s Gift” by Phil Olson, at the Wieting Theatre in Worcester, on April 21st & 22nd at 8 pm, preceded by an optional special theater dinner at the Worcester Inn across the street, with a 2 pm matinee show on Sunday, April 23rd followed by dinner at the Worcester Inn.

In this comedy with a heart, Mom (played by Nancy Bondurant-Couch, CCP Director, and theater teacher at SUNY & Hartwick) has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. The husband is being played by a 20 year veteran of the CCP stage & local favorite, Dr. Ben Friedell.

Like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Mom has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter, Kat, played by SUNY theater major, Lisa Hornick.  Kat has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program.

One by one,  the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost. The cast is filled out with Danielle Purdy playing Kat’s ditzy sister, “Brittney”, Roxanne Rippa playing family friend “Trish”, Casey Thomas playing Kevin, and Bhala Jones playing the nosey neighbor Mrs. Norquist.

Director Shadow LaValley was a theater major at SUNY Oneonta, and he is supported by a strong creative team, including Nancy Bondurant-Couch & Diana Friedell as Producers,  with assistance by Dylan Thompson, Sapphira Koerner as Stage Manager assisted by Amethyst Gardner, Taylor Clark designing costumes, and Andy Frank as set designer.

Purchase Advance tickets for the Play only ($18 & $15 for Sr. Citizens) online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/catskill-players-presents-moms-gift-tickets-33265459886, or if Dinner + Play Ticket is preferred, make Reservations for the special rate of  $42, $39 for Sr. Cit. by calling the Worcester Inn at 607-397-8500. Tickets  are also available at the Door at the Wieting Theatre, starting one hour before performance times. For more information  find Catskill players on Facebook (Click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/65056613773/)

“A humorously poignant and thought ­provoking story… Touching and hysterical in turns…Heartwarming and compelling…This story is a heartfelt cross between family dynamics, the loss of a loved one, and the power of love.” ­ -Tolucan Times

The Catskill Community Players and the Wieting Theatre are thankful to be the recipients of a 2017 Otsego County Community Events Grant.

Auditions – MOM’S GIFT

Audition Notice:

The Catskill Community Players will be holding open auditions for the play

Mom’s Gift

by Phil Olson

A family comedy in two acts.

Seeking a cast of 7 (5 women and 2 men)

Directed by: Shadow C. LaValley

Audition location:

First United Methodist Church

66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY 13820

• Saturday, January 21st from 4pm-5:30pm

• Sunday, January 22nd from 1pm-2:30pm

Callbacks:

Location will be made available to those who are called back

By Invitation Only

• Sunday, January 29th from 1pm-2:30pm

Performance Dates:

Option 1:
• Friday, April 28th
• Saturday, April 29th
• Sunday, April 30th


Option 2:
• Friday, May 12th
• Saturday, May 13th
• Sunday, May 14th

• Performance Location: TBA

Things to bring:

• A complete print out of your schedule, conflicts and prior commitments.

• A headshot/resume

• If you do not have a resume, you will be need to write down your previous acting experience on forms that will be made available to you.

• If you do not have a headshot, you will have your photo taken for the director’s reference.

How auditions will work:

• You will be asked to read pages from the script in front of the director and fellow performers.

• If you are unable to attend either audition, please contact the director before January 22nd: 607.434.5025 or lavalley_shadow@yahoo.com

Synopsis:

• In this family comedy, Mom has been dead for almost a year and suddenly shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost. She is sent back to her home to complete a mission so that she can clear up unfinished business. With so many things to fix, Mom turns to her daughter (Kat) for help. One by one the family’s secrets are unearthed to reveal a surprising twist at the end.

Character Description:

Kat (25-32)

• The oldest of two sisters. Plain, extremely smart, sharp, forthright, but likeable. Has a sense of humor. Vulnerable and sympathetic. Playfully sarcastic. Not a mean spirited character.

Mom (50-60)

• Good sense of humor. Deeply caring. A Vikings fan.

Dad (50-60)

• A doctor. Nice guy. Reserved. Holds cards close to the vest.

Brittney (19-23)

• The younger of two sisters. Pretty. A Hooters girl. Peppy, ditzy, sincere, genuine, not sarcastic.

Trish (35-40)

• She’s pretty and is kind at heart. Works as a nurse.

Kevin (25-32)

• The neighborhood boy, now turned adult. Good looking, successful business person, jock in high school.

Mrs. Norquist (65+) (Voiceover)

• Neighbor. A little loopy. We never see her.

DUETS – October 21-23 – Wieting Theater

The Catskill Community Players present the award winning romantic comedy “Duets”, by Peter Quilter, at the Wieting Theater in Worcester, on October 21st & 22nd at 8 pm, preceded by an optional special theater dinner at the Worcester Inn across the street, with a 2 pm matinee show on Sunday, October 23rd followed by dinner at the Worcester Inn.

DUETS is a hilarious tribute to the strength and madness of the human heart.  It is a romantic comedy made of four sets of characters,  having four crucial moments.  In the first scene, Jonathan and Wendy (played by Ben Friedell and Diane Stammel) are on a blind date and hoping to get it right this time even though they’ve never got it right before; In the second scene, Barrie (played by Scott West) is not really interested in women but Janet (played by Roxanne Rippa) sees that as no reason to stop trying; Shelley (played by Rebecca Maeder Chien) and Bobby (played by Shadow LaValley) have decided to holiday in Spain to finalize their divorce whilst drowning in cocktails; Angela (played by Diana Friedell) is marrying for the third time to the dismay of her brother Toby (played by Bill Goertemoeller) and amidst a barrage of bad omens and a dress resembling a parachute.

Diana Friedell, President of the Catskill Community Players, is producing, Nancy Bondurant-Couch, who teaches theater classes at both SUNY and Hartwick, is directing, with Lisa Hornick, a Theater major at SUNY Oneonta serving as stage manager, and Charlie Reiman constructing sets.

Purchase Advance tickets and Dinner Reservations ($42, $39 for Sr. Cit, $18 for Show Only) for the October 21st-23rd show by calling the Worcester Inn at 607-397-8500. For more information go to www.catskillplayers.org or find Catskill players on Facebook (Click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/65056613773/

“This bittersweet quick-change comedy is streaked with pathos and is effortlessly charming, with each character sketched with verve and skill” (Sydney Morning Herald)

Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike

The Catskill Community Players present the award winning comedy, “Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike”, by Christopher Durang, at the Wieting Theater in Worcester, on May 13th & 14th at 8 pm, preceded by a special theater dinner at the Worcester Inn across the street, with a 2 pm matinee show on Sunday, May 15th followed by dinner at the Worcester Inn.Vanya Sonia Masha Spike poster - 3-23-16

Siblings Vanya (Scott West) and Sonia (Abbey Koutnik) share the family homestead in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they bicker and complain about their lives. Suddenly their movie-star sister, Masha (played by Diana Friedell), swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike (Shadow C. LaValley). Cassandra, their fortune telling housekeeper, played by Bhala Jones, forecasts impending doom when Nina (Katie McKenna), the beautiful young aspiring actress comes a calling and becomes the object of Masha’s jealousy.

Vanya - Scott West
Vanya – Scott West
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Sonia – Abbey Koutnik
Masha - Diana Friedell
Masha – Diana Friedell

 

Spike - Shadow C. LaValley
Spike – Shadow C. LaValley
Cassandra - Bhala Jones
Cassandra – Bhala Jones

 

 

Nina - Katie McKenna
Nina – Katie McKenna

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Bondurant Couch, who has been the director for Oneonta High School Productions for the past eight years, is directing, with Diana Friedell producing, Charlie Reiman constructing sets and Laurie Wehmeyer stage managing.

Purchase Advance tickets and Dinner Reservations ($42, $39 for Sr. Cit, $18 for Show Only) for the May 13th-15th show by calling the Worcester Inn at 607-397-8500. For more information go to www.catskillplayers.org or find Catskill Community Players on Facebook.

 

“Deliriously funny. . . a heedless good time.”
– NY Times

Almost, Maine

'Almost, Maine' Postcard

The Catskill Community Players present the romantic comedy, “Almost, Maine”, by John Cariani, at the Wieting Theater in Worcester, on November 13th & 14th at 8 pm, preceded by a special theater dinner at the Worcester Inn across the street, with a 2 pm matinee show on Sunday, November 15th followed by dinner at the Worcester Inn.  “Almost, Maine” is an award winning play — featuring 9 different couples,  in 9 short plays, portrayed by 18 local actors and actresses.

The Story:  On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. A review from the NY Sun called it “A snowy charmer…. These nine tales of love in the time of frostbite have a winning glow that proves surprisingly contagious.”

Nancy Bondurant Couch, who has been the director for Oneonta High School Productions for the past eight years, is directing, with Diana Friedell producing, Reggie Brunson constructing sets, and Kyra McKissick stage managing.  Actors include Dr. Ben Friedell, Diana Friedell, Scott West, Kristin Sloth, Alex Riba, Tiffany Doris, Ed Stammel, Kathy Shimberg, Christine Juliano, Laurie Wehmeyer, Rebecca Chien, J. Lentner, Shane Heidecker, Danica Sessions, Gary E. Stevens, Diane Stammel,  Carol Dean and Doug Decker.

Purchase Advance tickets and Dinner Reservations ($42, $39 for Sr. Cit, $18 for Show Only) for the November 13th-15th Show by calling the Worcester Inn at 607-397-8500.

~ Menu ~

  1. New York Strip Steak.
  2. Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Mango Chutney
  3. Baked Stuffed Haddock with Crab meat stuffing
  4. State Fair marinated grilled half Chicken
  5. Spicy Barbequed Grilled Lamb Chop
  6. Vegetarian Special–Spinach Pie
  • The dinners will all begin with a cup of Harvest Soup and an all you can eat Salad Bar with our special Home Made Rolls.
  • All Entrées will be served with your choice of Agratin or Baked or Mashed Potatoes or special seasoned Rice.
  • All Dinner will be served with your choice of vegetable. Choices include Broccoli, Green Beans with Garlic and Brazed Mixed Veg.
  • All Dinners will be served with a choice of Desert which include:
    Blue Berry Crisp, Blue Berry Pie, Apple Pie and more

Auditions: ALMOST, MAINE

AUDITIONS!
for Catskill Community Players’ production of
ALMOST, MAINE
(alternatively “Love, Loss and What I Wore”)

'Almost, Maine' Graphic

AUDITION INFORMATION DATES — TWO Dates:
• WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., TIME: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
• WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 17th at the Wieting Theater, 168 Main St, Worcester, TIME: 6:30-8:00 pm.

If you can’t make those two times, please contact Nancy, Director, 607-433-0575, or via e-mail – nancybcouch@yahoo.com, for an alternate audition time.

• WHAT: You will be asked to read from the script. And fill out an Audition Sheet with your prior experience & Conflicts — Scripts will be provided. Please bring a print-out (or your calendar) with your Unavoidable Conflicts for Sept-Oct-Nov.

• PERFORMANCE DATES:
• November 13-15, at the Wieting Theatre in Worcester, NY, combined with Pre-Show Dinner at the Worcester Inn.
• November 20th and 21st, at Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, Oneonta, NY. (still in formulation at this time)

• Synopsis:

Almost, Maine is “a play about real people who are really, truly, honestly dealing with the toughest thing there is to deal with in life: love.” –John Cariani, author

Almost, Maine is a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just… “Almost.”

On a cold, clear, moonless night as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend — almost — in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

• About the Casting:

Almost, Maine is an ensemble play about 9 different couples in various stages of falling in or out of love. In the original production, two female and two male actors played the nine couples.

The number of actors in the CCP production will not be determined until after auditions. We anticipate that we will cast between 6 and 16 actors and that some actors will play more than one role.

All roles are open. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Point of information: Some of the scenes will require the characters to kiss.

Everyone of college age and above is welcomed to audition.

The Director is Nancy Bondurant-Couch, who has directed for the past eight years at Oneonta High School, and currently teaches at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College.

• Back Up Plan

In the event that we are unable to cast ALMOST MAINE (due to not enough men), the back-up choice will be LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE by Delia Ephron and Nora Ephron, which is all WOMEN. Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman.

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE is a scrapbook of side-splitting stories about unfortunate prom dresses, the traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, short skirts, and the existential state of having nothing to wear. “Funny, powerful, sweet and saucy! Goes directly to the heart, soul and vanity of every woman, young and old.” – Variety

• REHEARSALS:

Flexible rehearsal dates, times and locations will be arranged after casting.

How often you are called for rehearsal will depend on your role(s).

TECH & DRESS REHEARSALS: Will be scheduled between Nov. 1 and Nov. 13th. Tech Week – you will need to be available evenings from Nov. 9th-12th.