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

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, 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:

“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


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


• 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.