July 11, 2018
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will conclude the summer portion of its 50th season of professional theatre with the Ken Ludwig farce, Leading Ladies, from Aug. 2 to 19. It will be directed by Saint Vincent producing artistic director Greggory Brandt.
“In this hilarious comedy by the author of Moon Over Buffalo and Lend Me a Tenor, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing ‘Scenes from Shakespeare’ on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania,” Brandt said. “When they hear that an old lady in York, Pennsylvania, is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! You can only imagine what happens next.”
Preview performance is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, Wednesday, Aug. 8, Sunday, Aug. 12, Wednesday, Aug. 15, or Sunday, Aug. 19. There are no performances on Mondays, Aug. 6 or 13.
The eight-person cast includes David Cabot who will play “Duncan,” Tim Hartman as “Doc,” Jack Lafferty as “Leo,” Cav O’Leary as “Jack,” Erika Strasburg as “Meg,” Gael Schaeffer as “Florence,” Jenny Malarkey as “Audrey” and Christian Durand Mϋller as “Butch”.
Cabot, Hartman, Malarkey, O’Leary and Schaefer are all veterans of the Saint Vincent Theatre stage.
Cabot has appeared in 15 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 and Moon Over Buffalo. He is most recently remembered for his performance of “Oscar Madison” in The Odd Couple in 2016 and as the “Bishop of Lax” in last season’s popular farce, See How They Run.
Hartman played “Murray” in The Odd Couple in 2016 and the “Narrator/Mysterious Man” in the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre’s musical production, Into the Woods, in 2015.
Malarkey has appeared three times at Saint Vincent including the role of “Gloria Hawkins” in Boeing Boeing (2014), “Eileen” in Moon Over Buffalo (2015) and “Caitlin O’Hare” in Over the River and Through the Woods (2016).
O’Leary, who played the lead role “Elwood P. Dowd” in Harvey earlier this summer, will be making his 23rd appearance on stage with this performance. He made his debut in 2009 as “Cosme McMoon” in Souvenir. Since then he has appeared as “Sparky” in Forever Plaid, as “Rick Steadman” in The Nerd, as “Felix Ungar” in The Odd Couple and as “Lionel Toop” in See How They Run, along with many others.
Schaefer, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree, has performed the roles of “Ethel” in Moon Over Buffalo and “Aida” in Over the River and Through the Woods at Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. In addition to regional theatre, she has performed off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway.
Lafferty, a master of fine arts grad of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, has six films to his credit including leads in Nails of Fury, Pigsty, Dog Day Afternoon, Connor and 4 Weeks. He has also worked on stage at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and the Nevada Conservancy Theatre.
Mϋller, who studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, has worked in both regional and educational theatres and in film.
Pittsburgh actress Strasburg has worked at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Kinetic Theatre Company and Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. She is recognized from commercials she has done including those for Marriott Hotels, Dick’s Sporting Goods, UPMC, Fisher Price and Eyetique.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre patrons are asked to make ticket reservations in advance because all seats are reserved for 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. An additional $1 service change will be applied to all tickets when they are picked up from the box office. Presently, theater patrons can 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. In addition, student tickets along with aspiring artists 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 beautiful Saint Vincent College campus. Free 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 reception 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 all matinees. Theatre officials encourage donations ($5 per person) if patrons enjoy themselves at the after-the-show gathering.
The final show of the 2018 season, Home for the Holidays: A Christmas-style Concert Celebration, created by Brandt, will have three performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.
A free brochure is available by contacting the Saint Vincent Theatre box office at 724-537-8900.
These performances were supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Photos: David Cabot, Tim Hartman, Jack Lafferty, Jenny Malarkey, Christian Durand Muller, Cav O’Leary, Gael Schaeffer, Erika Strasburg
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