GTG’s 38th Season:

Circle Mirror Transformation

What do you love about community theatre? Geneva Theatre Guild has teamed up with the Department of Theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to answer that question with Annie Baker’s Obie Award-winning play Circle Mirror Transformation. Circle Mirror Transformation runs May 19th and 20 at 7:30 and May 21st at 2:00 and 7:30 in McDonald Theatre in the brand new Gearan Center for the Performing Arts on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.

Circle Mirror Transformation taps into the essence of community theatre: an eclectic group of people come together for six weeks and through their work in a community drama class, find their real lives forever altered. Like many of Baker’s other award-winning plays, Circle Mirror Transformation is set in her fictitious college town: Shirley, VT. Marty (Joanne Saracino) has always dreamed of teaching an adult creative drama class. The class is comprised of her supportive husband James (John King), new-to-town former actress Theresa (Emily Fisher), recently-divorced Schultz (Jason Kinsey), and taciturn teenager Lauren (Tayah Payne). Over the course of the six week class, relationships are forged and decimated, secrets are revealed, and lives are transformed. The imaginary Shirley, VT and real-life Geneva, NY bear many resemblances to one another: the town-gown synergy, the rural location, the inter-connected webs of professional and personal lives. We may see our friends or ourselves in one of the four students in Marty’s drama class or we may see ourselves in Marty. Familiar theatre games take on deeper resonances as these six individuals connect. Circle Mirror Transformation is a love letter to community theatre and a tribute to the hidden power of performance.

Circle Mirror Transformation is directed by Chris Woodworth, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and a community theatre participant for over 25 years. The production will feature scenic and lighting design and technical direction by Bill Burd and sound design by Kelly Walker. William Smith rising junior Kathleen Fowkes serves as stage manager. Jennifer Haskell Mitchell serves as producer.

Tickets for all performances are $10.00 ($8.00 for students and seniors) and can be purchased in advance at Area Records and Music or at the door. Seating is general admission and latecomers will not be seated. Parking is available in the Medbery lot, which is adjacent to the Gearan Center. Circle Mirror Transformation is not recommended for young audiences.

For more information, visit contact Chris Woodworth ( or 315-781-4581). For a short trailer of the production, visit

Now Accepting Proposals for the 2016/2017 Season

It is hard to believe that it is once again time to start thinking about the upcoming Geneva Theatre Guild season but it is and we have officially opened the proposal process for the upcoming September 2016 to August 2017 season. Attached you will find the updated season proposal packet. Proposals, along with all supplemental materials, will be due by June 1, 2016. The committee and Board will review materials over the summer months and will contact you no later than September 1, 2016 regarding the status of your proposal. 

We understand that it is often difficult to plan so far in advance for a production, particularly to get staff to commit so far in advance. The Season Planning Committee will consider all completed proposals even if you are unable to get people to commit to all necessary staff roles. If the proposal is approved, we will work with you to secure staff as needed. 

If you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact me at We look forward to working with you in planning for a wonderful 2016-2017 season. To download the proposal form, CLICK HERE

Youth Theater Summer Musical: Through The Looking Glass

Take a wildly entertaining trip through Alice’s looking glass to the beat of a hip-hopping soundtrack by Bill Francoeur.  This adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass depicts the coming-of-age story with fun twists and music audiences of all ages will adore.  With a book by James Devita and music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, you’ll recognize some of your favorite characters of Wonderland and meet dozens of new ones along Alice’s journey.  As a pawn from the second square of the chessboard, Alice must travel to the eighth square to accomplish her goal of becoming a queen.  Each step of her passage brings her face to face with new characters and adventures as well as celebrations when she achieves each aspiration.  The Youth Theater Summer Musical will be directed by Tina Crandall-Gommel. Show dates are July 29-31. Click here for registration information!

The Summer Musical is “Beauty and the Beast”

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over 13 years and was nominated for 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular songs and unforgettable characters.

With Direction by Damian Grzeskowiak, Musical Direction by Holly Blueye, and Choreography by Emily Hanley, performances will be August 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2016 @ 7:30pm and August 7 @ 2:00pm. Click here for audition info!


Thanks to all who came and enjoyed the Geneva Theatre Guid’s Playwrights/Playreadings! Please consider writing a short play for next year’s show or audition and join in the fun that is community theatre!

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill thrilled Geneva audiences! Carmella Gentile-Rondon channeled the great jazz singer, Billie Holiday to perfection. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill was the directorial debut of Sean Britton-Milligan, mentored by Steve Duprey in GTG’s first Mentor/New Directors program.

Past years and news:

37th Season

It’s a Bird... It’s a Plane... it’s Superman!

The cast and crew of “It’s a Bird... It’s a Plane... It’s Superman had a grand time with this throwback to the Super hero era! The show was based on the comic book character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. The music is by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. The book is by David Newman and Robert Benton. Superman  went up on the boards of the Geneva High School Stage with the following local talent:  Superman (Kyle Caster),  Lois Lane (Nicolette Nault), Jim Morgan (Damon Fletcher), Dr. Abner Sedgewick (Connor Hibbard), Max Mencken (Derek Corsner), Sydney (Phoebe Lehman), Perry White                   (Vincent Johnson), Kenneth Banghart (Derek Corsner), Father Ling (Tayah Payne), Ling Sons  (Tonianne Rowe, Makayla Maynard, Evelyn Balzer,  Camren Derby-Lynch, and Carmine Cafiero.) The multitalented ensemble is comprised of:  Amanda Barnes , Laurel Kendrick, Anna Barnes, Aemilia Lehman, Alexus Lynn Coleman, Manon Lesault, Orianna Carrasquel, Taylor L’Huillier, Paige Case,  Celeste Millerd, Ashleigh David, Sierra Mitchell, Sara Delcano, Sydney Moore, Kate Equinozzi, Kexie Parker, Lily Feinberg, Abbey Ritter, Briana Johnson, Samantha Steinlicht, Beatrice Keenan, and Emma Thomas.

Shrek the Musical

Shrek garners Theatre Association of New York State roving adjudicator awards: Adjudicator: Paul Nelson

Excellence in Overall Technical Design and Execution to Craig Deisering, R.J. Rapoza, Pam Rapoza and their Production Staff

Excellence in Technical Design and Execution to Todd Lamar for his creation of the Dragon

Excellence in Costume Design and Execution to AErin Lanphear

Meritorious Achievement in Performance to the Cast

Shrek is based  on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film.


The three person cast of Steve Duprey, Kathryn Snyder and Aaron Landcastle were superb in the 2 act play, “Match.”  “Match” was directed by Larry Ann Evans, produced by Jen Mitchell, with sets by Debi Collins, Stage Manager Sean Britton-Milligan,  and lights and sound by Katie Duprey. The show opened at “The Pat”, The Pat Collins Black Box Theatre at the Geneva Community Center, May 7.

Need More Drama Friendraiser

Thank you to everyone who attended our friendraiser! And thank you to “The Flounge” for hosting the excellent event!

GTG’s 36th Season: 

GTGYT’s Honk!

The Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theater performed HONK! at the Geneva Middle/High School Auditorium August 1-3. HONK! is for the whole family, “a poignant yet hilarious contemporary rock version of the Ugly Duckling which highlights the importance of individual difference and diversity and helps all of us, young and old alike, better understand the importance of how we treat people who are different from us,” said Director Pat Collins. The talented cast of HONK! did a marvelous job!

The Drowsy Chaperone

GTG’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone, directed by Steve Duprey with musical direction by Anthony D’Agostino, choreographed by Barb Herbert with rehearsal pianist, Deb Hodgeman was well received at the Smith Opera House. All who attended raved that this production was better than the touring company that had been through Rochester the previous year! The cast was comprised of Pete Saracino (Man in Chair), Kyle Knapton (Robert Martin), Wesley Cady (Janet Van DeGraff), Larry Ann Evans (The Drowsy Chaperone), Spencer Edmonds (George), Grace Weiner (Mrs. Tottendale), Iuliu Balibanu (Underling), Pat Fegley (Mr. Feldzieg), Katie Brinkman (Kitty), Garrett Coons (Aldolpho), Alex L.G. Calvo Evans (Gangster #1), George Bastedo IV (Gangster #2), Abigail Adams (Trix the Aviatrix), and William Querrie (The Superintendent) with ensemble comprised of Mariah Ernhout-Fegley, Brittany Lopez, Sophia Turbide, and Nicole Zanghi. The production crew was led by Kate Duprey (Stage Manager), Erin Symonds (Asst. Stage Manager), Terri Knight-Miller (Costumes), Mary Jo Cole (Props), Terren Warranis (Sound Engineer), Sam Zulauf (Asst. Sound & Special Effects), Danielle Fiorentino (Lights).

Click here to see pictures from the show!

The Ages of Man

The Ages of Man: A Play in Four Acts was performed  April 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m.and April 13 at 2:00 pm at the Pat Collins Black Box Theater, Geneva Community Center, 160 Carter Rd., in Geneva.   Best known for his enduringly popular play Our Town (75th anniversary in 2013), playwright Thornton Wilder here explores the human journey from infancy through middle age.   Directed by Kathy Mater and Judy Zanin, The Ages of Man was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC and funded in part by grants from The New York State Council for the Arts and Finger Lakes Arts Grants.

GTG's 35th Anniversary Season:

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare's comedy about two couples in love with the wrong partners, and how they are finally brought together rightly, thanks in part to the bungling work of Puck will be a coproduction with HWS and directed by Chris Hatch. Performances are November 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 pm, November 3 at 2:00 pm at the Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva. Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors and Students and can be purchased at Area Records and Music the UPS Store and at the door. There are a limited number of free ticket vouchers that are available for HWS Students and can be picked up at the HWS College Store.

Guys and Dolls

A GTG/SCP co-production was a great success!  Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduced us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon. Directed by Pam Rapoza with Music Direction by Annie Backman and Hilary Chaya. performances were August 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 pm, August 11 at 2:00 pm at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva.

Over the River and Through the Woods

Kudos to the cast and crew of “Over the River and Through the Woods” on their TANYS awards!

GTGYT’s Dramatic Inventions

After four weeks of intense theatrical endeavors Dramatic Inventions students took to the stage! The four week program taught by Christine Sauter Milligan, Judy Zanin, Kaylee Millerd, and Cherie Leone with their apprentices Zack White, Stefan Uveges, Carly Vecchiotti, and Claire Noonan, culminated in a performance of songs, dance, and improv on Friday July 26 at 7:30pm and Saturday July 27 at 2pm. Everyone enjoyed the production in the Barn on Saint Claire Street on the HWS campus. Success!!!

GTG's 2012 Season:

The Odd Couple This classic Neil Simon comedy opens as a group of the guys assembled for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems
suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as “The Odd Couple” is born. The cast for “The Odd Couple” are Oscar Madison played by Steve Mitchell, Felix Ungar by Pat Fegley, Speed by John King, Murray by Jordan Youngmann, Roy by Dan Papperman, Vinnie by Josh Mansman, Cecily by Shannon Savard and Gwendolyn is played by Ana Schavoir.

Area Audiences Rave about Avenue Q Close to 900 people enjoyed the Geneva Theatre Guild's production of the smash-hit Broadway musical, "Avenue Q" at the Smith Opera House this past July.  The cast, which included Kyle Knapton (Princton), Chelsea Lynn Miller (Kate Monster), Jared Pratt (Nicky), Ben Raha (Rod), Pat Fegley (Brian), Sara Lawler (Gary Coleman), Laura D. Feligno (Christmas Eve), Craig Deisering (Trekkie Monster, Bad Idea Bear), Erin Yunker (Lucy the Slut), and Nicole Skelly (Mrs. Thisletwat, Bad Idea Bear) was fantastic.

Over 16 people worked under puppet maker, Deb Poplaski to create the puppets that were used in the show, they include Ellie Albro, Laura D. Feligno, Craig Deisering, Kate Duprey, Mariah Earnhout-Fegley, Elizah Eddington, Larry Ann Evans, Danielle Fiorentino, Kyle Knapton, Terri Knight-Miller, Sara Lawler, Annie Wilsey, Luann Preston-Wilsey, Ben Raja, and Becky Wagner. Many hours of cutting, sewing and hot glue gunning were used to create the more than 20 puppets. 

The show was about real life in New York City, as told by a cast of people and puppets through a hilariously irreverent, Tony-winning book and score. Director Steve Duprey did a marvelous job with the cast, crew and overall look of the show. Two attendees who came told producer, Larry Ann Evans "We saw the show over at Geva and we came to see GTG's. We came to GTG's last night and we're here again tonight. We like your's better."

GTGYT: Les Misérables Breathtaking!

Les Misérables, Broadway’s legendary musical, which had been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers was performed on the stage of the Geneva High school/Middle School auditorium July 27-29. 

Even though this was the school version of the show, this was no watered down, Disney-esk version of Les Misérables. As a matter of fact, because the show was performed entirely by youth, they delivered a stronger emotional punch, bringing so much energy and spirit to a show that has become a relic. 

With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton this musical was not an easy task for this cast of 32 to bring to the stage.

Under the adept directorial hands of director Jennifer Sherron Stock and Music Director Christine Sauter Milligan the area kids were not only up for the task of bringing such a masterpiece to the Geneva High School stage, but in the process touch the hearts of more than 500 attendees.

The cast of 32 was composed of students from 5 area school districts.  They were: Katrina Amberg (Fantine), Beka Bekauri (ensemble), Garsevan Bekauri (ensemble), Giorgi Bekauri (Jean Valjean), Tomari Bekauri (ensemble), Jackie Bivens (ensemble), Sean Britton Milligan (ensemble), Garret Coons (Thenardier), Cecilia Foe (ensemble), Connor Hibbard (Gavroche), Anna Howard (ensemble), Sidney Howard (Eponine), Isaiah Johnson (Courfeyrac), Kevanesha Johnson-Harrison (ensemble), Trenton Henry (ensemble), Phoebe Lehman (ensemble), Roslind Loudon (ensemble), Abby Mattey (ensemble), Ara McCorkle (Cosette), Kat McCorke (ensemble), Ashanti Nelson (ensemble), Claire Noonan (Mm. Thenardier), Tayah Payne (ensemble), William Querrie Jr. (ensemble), Tonianne Rowe (little Eponine), Alexis Smith (ensemble), Aria Smith (little Cosette), Zack White (Jevert), Morgan Wright (ensemble), Abigail Veirtel (ensemble), Alex Huxley (Marius), and Cameron Williams (ensemble).

The Pit Orchestra was magnificent and was deftly directed by Mike Witter and the costumes were  beautifully detailed and designed by Luann Preston Wilsey. 

Nancy Curvin Playground Players Each summer, two local college students are hired to direct a small company of high school actors in a play for audiences of young children (between five and ten years of age) and senior citizens.  The play then tours the three county area in late July and early August, giving free performances at parks, playgrounds, day care centers and nursing homes.  The student actors are paid a stipend for each performance. The Curvin Players will present between twelve and fifteen performances of Three Little Pigs... I Mean, Three Little Hogs by Larry Brumer this summer. Go to the Nancy Curvin Page to see the 2012 Summer schedule.. The  Directors for 2012 summer are Allana Overstreet and Kat McCorkle.

Playwrights/Playreadings Here are the show pictures from our wonderful Playwrights/Playreadings series!


GTG long-time board member, Eleanor Stearns has been named a Safeco Community Hero and we’ve received a $5,000 grant – thanks to Dan Chacchia who nominated her!

GTG's 2011 Season was wonderful

25th Anniversary of Youth Theatre!

All the Great Books (abridged) “All the Great Books (abridged)” was directed by Patrick Fegley and performed November 4-6 and 11-13 at the Pat Collins Black Box Theater at the Geneva Community Center on Carter Road.  The show was hilarious!!! Photos of the show will surely be up soon.

Youth Theatre presented Youth! , August 11-13 at 7pm and August 14 at 2pm at the Smith
Opera House. Thanks to all of the directors and technical crew and of course to the kids themselves, the show was a wonderful success! Check back soon to see pictures of the show.

GTGYT Alumni Reception!!

On Saturday, August 13 there was a special reception at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on the patio behind the Scandling Center for anyone and everyone who was involved in the Youth Theatre. Thanks to everyone who came, we will try to post pictures soon.

Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre Month!

By an official proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Geneva, Stu Einstein has named August as Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre month in the city of Geneva in recognition of their 25th Anniversary.

“I wish the much success in the coming years,” said Mayor Einstein.

The Nancy Curvin Playground Players had another successful season. Thank you to the directors, actors and the Geneva Recreation Center for making this program so wonderful!

Into the Woods

Into the Woods was performed at the Smith Opera House July 21-24 and was directed by Steve Duprey, with vocal music direction by Angela Libertella Calebrese and orchestra direction by Anthony Calabrese. Into the Woods intertwined the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and followed them further, to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes. The cast of 17 did a wonderful job in their rendition of Sondheim’s fractured fairytale, leaving attendees at the Smith Opera House wishing for more!



Thanks to all of our Playwrights, actors and directors that made Playwrights/Playreadings so enjoyable. Don’t wait till the last minute to write your play for next year. Look on the Playwrights/Playreadings page to find out criteria and format.  


Check back in September to find out audition information on our fall show.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Our first show of the year is a musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers around a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adoles
cents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The cast is made up of actors from all around the area: Rona Lisa Peretti is played by Laura D. Feligno, Vice Principal Panch is played by Brad Backman, Mitch Mahoney is played by R.J. Rapoza, Olive Ostrovsky is played by Jenny Hatch, William Barfee is played by Craig Deisering, Leaf Coneybear is played by Patrick Fegley, Marcy Park is played by Emily Swenson, Chip Tolentino is played by Dan Papperman and Loagainne Schwartzandgrubenierre is played by Mariah Ernhout-Fegley. Directed by Pam Rapoza, the show will be performed at the Geneva Community Center ,160 Carter Road, across the street from Geneva High School.  Show dates are Feb. 10-12 @ 8pm, Feb. 13 @ 2pm and Feb. 17-19 @ 8pm.



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