GTG’s 36th Season:



The Drowsy Chaperone

A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. If you've ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, "Dear Lord in heaven, please let it be good," this is the show for you!

GTG’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone is directed by Steve Duprey with musical direction by Anthony D’Agostino, choreographed by Barb Herbert with rehearsal pianist, Deb Hodgeman. The cast is 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 is 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).

It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love. The musical will be directed by Steve Durpey and be performed at the Smith Opera House July 17, 18 & 19 at 8pm and July 20 at 2:00pm.


GTGYT’s Honk!

The Youth Theater has been busy rehearsing for their summer production of HONK! We are very excited this year to announce that Pat Collins, creator of GTGYT is back at the helm and directing this fantastically fun show.  According to Collins, HONK! is an upbeat and  over-the-top contemporary rock version of the Ugly Duckling which was produced with much success at Geneva High School in 2003.  Although HONK! promises to be a real hoot it is also a deeply moving story about human diversity and how we treat those who are different than us.

The cast includes a wide range of parts including ducklings, geese, swans, turkeys, a villainous cat and dancing frogs, fish and stage hands and are played by Regina Asamoah, Tesin Bailey, Evelyn Balzer, Sean Britton-Milligan, Alexus Coleman, Morgan Collins, Alyssa Comatis, Zoe Fowler-Calabrese, Catherine Hamblin, Connor Hibbard, Isaiah Johnson, Vincent Johnson, Laurel Kendrick, Colette Lapresi, Olivia Lawrence, Phoebe Lehman, Makayla Maynard, Sydney Moore, Hannah Newcomb, Lexie Parker, Tayah Payne, Abbey Ritter, Tonianne Rowe, Samantha Steinlicht,  Emma Thomas, Angelica Vazquez-Colon, Milagro Vega-Cruz. 

In addition to Collins, HONK!, will include  musical direction by Christine Sauter, costume design by Luann Preston-Wilsey, choreography by Kaylee Millerd, set designer by Cherry Rahn-Lee, scenography by Annie Wilsey, Master Carpenter is Bill Burd, sound design by Terren Warranis,  Assistant Director is Kat McCorkle with Sharyn Powell providing special assistance.  The student technical crew is composed of Shawn Hanley, Madalyn Kime, Rebecca LaPage, Ethan Lawrence, Juliana Parotta and Megan Newcomb. 

The cast has been rehearsing at Geneva High School and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Performances of HONK! will be at Geneva High School on August 1& 2 at 7pm August 3 at 2pm. HONK! and  is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International of New York.  


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!



News:

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!

   
         


Playwrights/Playreadings

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.  

Auditions

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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