June 8, 2017
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre continues its 49th season of professional theatre with the British comedy, See How They Run! by Philip King opening Thursday, June 29, directed by Saint Vincent Producing Artistic Director Greggory Brandt.
The preview performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Regular evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1, Tuesday to Saturday, July 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. Matinees are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sundays, July 2, 9 and 16 and Wednesdays, July 5 and 12. There are no performances on Monday, July 3, Tuesday, July 4 or Monday, July 10.
The 28th annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 7, with an 8 p.m. curtain time that evening. All proceeds benefit the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. To receive an invitation or for further details, phone 724-805-2901.
“So swift is the action, so involved the situations, so rib-tickling the plot in this London hit that at its end audiences are left as exhausted from laughter as though they had run a foot race,” commented Brandt. “Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress, a cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, an old maid, four men in clergyman suits presenting the problem of which is which, for disguised as one is an escaped prisoner, and a sedate Bishop aghast at all these goings on and the trumped up stories they tell him. This farce is sure to please everyone who loves to laugh.”
The production features David Cabot as “The Bishop of Lax,” Kevin Daniel O’Leary as “Lionel Toop,” Maria Silverman as “Miss Skillon,” Elizabeth Chappel as “Ida,” Daina Michelle Griffith as “Penelope,” Dave Holyoak as “The Reverend Arthur Humphrey,” Dan Krell as “Lance-Corporal Clive Winton,” Christopher Swan as “Sergeant Towers,” and Mark Tinkey as “The Intruder.”
Cabot, Griffith, Krell, O’Leary and Swan are all veterans of the Saint Vincent stage.
Cabot has appeared in 14 previous shows beginning with his role as Oscar Jaffe in Twentieth Century in 2009. He subsequently appeared in Is He Dead?, Almost Maine, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Ladies Man, Taking Steps, Suite Surrender, The Foreigner, Too Many Cooks, Lend Me a Tenor, Jeeves in Bloom, Heroes, Moon Over Buffalo and, most recently, the role of “Oscar Madison” in The Odd Couple last season.
Griffith is remembered for her roles in Boeing Boeing, Taking Steps, Jeeves in Bloom, Into the Woods and most recently as “Gwendolyn Pigeon” in The Odd Couple last summer.
Krell has been on the Saint Vincent stage twice. In 2011 he played “Mark” in Taking Steps and in 2015 he played the memorable role of “Mitch Albom” in Tuesdays with Morrie.
O’Leary, a Greensburg native and Hempfield Area High School graduate, first appeared on the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre stage in 2009 in Souvenir and came back the following season in Is He Dead? and Almost Maine and every season since in The Odd Couple, Moon Over Buffalo, Into the Woods, Grand Night for Singing, Jeeves in Bloom, Boeing Boeing, Lend Me a Tenor, I Love a Piano, Too Many Cooks, The Nerd, Plaid Tidings, The Foreigner, Suite Surrender, Forever Plaid and The Ladies Man.
Swan was in last season’s hit comedy as “Speed” in The Odd Couple.
Silverman, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in theatre and Chinese at Yale University, also trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She has appeared on regional, New York and off-Broadway productions and was in the ensemble of a View from the Bridge on Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre.
Chappel, who studied at the University College Dublin, also trained at the William Esper Studio. She has appeared with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Prime Stage Theatre and other work including films and commercials.
Holyoak, who studied at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, has done both theatre, film and radio work.
Tinkey, who lives in Evans City, has performed at the Sight and Sound Theatre, Liberty Theatre, The Strand, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre patrons are asked to make ticket reservations in advance because seats are reserved at all performances except Thursday evening preview shows, which are general admission. Reservations may be made by calling the theater box office at 724-537-8900. Theatre patrons may also make reservations online by going to www.svst.org. A credit card is required for online reservations, and such reservations are transferable, but non-refundable.
Individual tickets are $15 for preview performances, $22 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, $25 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $18 for matinees. Special theatre party group rates apply to groups of 20 guests or more. Senior citizens, 62 or older, are eligible for a discount upon request on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings only. Special subscription plans are also available. Four-show and three-show subscription plans are again being offered this season. In addition, student tickets are available for $12 for any seat, any performance.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre performances are all scheduled in the comfortable, air-conditioned Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent College campus. Free van shuttle or trolley service will continue to be provided to and from the spacious and convenient parking areas adjacent to the Saint Vincent Basilica.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will continue to feature its well-known Cabaret, the special after-the-show party to which all theatre patrons are invited. Saint Vincent students serve snacks, hot dogs and beverages after the production and also provide entertainment. The cabaret is open after all performances except Thursday preview shows and matinees. Theatre officials encourage donations ($5 per person) if patrons enjoy themselves at the after-the-show party.
Upcoming productions include My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Aug. 3 to 20 and Showstoppers, A Broadway Revue, Oct. 6 and 7.
A free brochure is available by contacting the Saint Vincent Theatre box office at 724 537-8900.
Photos: David Cabot, Elizabeth Chappel, Daina Michelle Griffith, Dave Holyoak, Dan Krell, Kevin Daniel O’Leary, Maria Silverman, Christopher Swan and Mark Tinkey
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