Summer 2018
A Season of Celebration with Laughter and Memories!
Our 50th Year!

Saint Vincent Summer Theatre is a professional theatre, sponsored by Saint Vincent College, which employs members of the Actors’ Equity Association.

“The Saint Vincent Summer Theatre company is an all-star cast of some of New York’s and Pittsburgh’s greatest professional stage performers. Director Greggory Brandt has done excellent work making it a must-see for theatre fans.” – Broadwayworld.com  

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Greggory BrandtIT’S GOING TO BE A SUMMER OF LAUGHTER AND MEMORIES!

Dear Patrons and Friends,

I am delighted to welcome you to our 50th Season! Come celebrate 50 years with laughter and memories.

It’s not easy to follow the many successes throughout the years of the summer theatre (including last summer)! We hope you join us for some special productions, including a reprise of our first show, which was done during the first season of the summer theatre in 1969, the comedy, Harvey. And I encourage you to return during the rest of your summer for two more exciting shows including the laugh-out-loud musical comedy, Nunsense, and lastly Ken Ludwig’s popular farce, Leading Ladies.

And after the success of last year’s “Showstoppers Concert,” we will be bringing you, Home for the Holidays: A Christmas Concert Celebration, this December for only three performances.

I am very pleased to continue the rich history and tradition that is Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. And we will continue to be grateful for the faith you place in us, and sincerely hope you derive as much pleasure from our productions as we do when creating them for you.

I hope to see you this summer at the theatre and thank you for your constant support.

Many blessings,

Greggory Brandt
Producing Artistic Director
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre
  • Director’s Profile

    Greggory Brandt (Producing Artistic Director) is proud to continue the rich history and tradition of the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. He has been a professional actor and director for over 25 years and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association along with the Stage Directors and Choreography Society.  Gregg was in the cast of the Broadway musical, A Tale of Two Cities, and was in both the Broadway and National Touring productions of Les Misérables (Enjolras/Swing). Gregg’s other National Tours include Camelot and Bells Are Ringing, both under the direction of Pittsburgh native Rob Marshall.  He has performed leading roles in many regional productions including, Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Beast), The Secret Garden (Archibald), Carousel (Billy), A Little Night Music (Mr. Lindquist), A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), “Coach Bolton” in Pittsburgh Musical Theatre’s production of High School Musical, “Sir Sagramore” in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of Camelot, “Smudge” in Saint Vincent Summer Theater’s productions of Forever Plaid & Plaid Tidings, “Alex” in their production, I Love a Piano, and the role of “Martin” in A Grand Night for Singing.

    As a director, Gregg served as the Production Supervisor for Barnabus Theatre Productions new musical, Amazing Grace: The True Story (Broadway debut July 2015), where he directed the New York debut workshop and regional concert performances. Additional directing credits include, Disney’s High School Musical and High School Musical 2 at the Cresson Lake Playhouse, Damn Yankees, which earned him the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Directing Award, Carousel, All Shook Up, Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award winning play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, A Tribute to the Beatles, A Jazzy Christmas, A Sondheim Celebration and numerous other musical revues.  Gregg has directed recent productions at SVST including The Marvelous Wonderettes, Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie, Into the Woods, Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo, Route 66, Over the River and Through the Woods, Cole: An Entertainment Based on the Words and Music of Cole Porter and Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.

    Gregg holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre / Vocal Performance as well as a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He has been a theatre, musical theater & voice professor at notable universities including NYU (Tisch), Rider University, and Carnegie Mellon University. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Saint Vincent College. Gregg was the baritone soloist at The Cathedral of Saint Patrick in New York City under the direction of Robert Long for several years.  An avid concert performer, Gregg has been featured with numerous symphony orchestras including The New Jersey Festival Orchestra, The New York Chamber Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Washington Symphony, The Butler Symphony and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. greggorybrandt.biz

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HARVEY

Written by Mary Chase

Directed by Greggory Brandt

Preview performance: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24

Evening performances: 7:30 p.m. May 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, June 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Matinee performances: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, Wednesday, May 30, Sunday, June 3, Wednesday, June 6, and Sunday, June 10

(No performances on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 or Monday, June 4)

When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey too! It turns out that Elwood’s delusion has a strange influence on more than one of the doctors, and in the end maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.

This winsome comedy about a lovable eccentric and his 6-foot-3 ½-inch-tall friend
 is sure to cast a satisfying spell.” – NY Times

“Harvey” is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.


NUNSENSE

By Dan Goggin

Directed by Greggory Brandt

Preview performance: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28

Evening performances: 7:30 p.m. June 29 (Gala), 30, July 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14.

Matinees: 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, Thursday, July 5, Sunday, July 8, Wednesday, July 11, and Sunday, July 15
(no performances on Mondays July 2 or 9, Tuesday, July 3. or Wednesday, July 4)

Five of the 19 surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken, a one-time missionary order, discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally killed the other 52 residents of the convent with her vichyssoise. Upon discovering the disaster, Mother Superior had a vision in which she was told to start a greeting card company to raise funds for the burials. The greeting cards were an enormous success and, thinking there was plenty of money, the Reverend Mother bought some home entertainment equipment for the convent, leaving her with no money in the kitty to pay for the last four burials. With the deceased nuns on ice in the deep freeze, they decide to stage a variety show in the Mount Saint Helen's School auditorium to raise the necessary amount. Get ready to meet Mother Superior, Mary Regina, her competitive but dignified rival, second-in-command Sister Mary Hubert; Sister Robert Anne, Sister Mary Leo, and wacky, childlike Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. The entertainment that they present includes solo star turns, madcap dance routines and an audience quiz!

"You don't have to be Catholic to love Nunsense!" - Entertainment Tonight   

“Nunsense” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc


LEADING LADIES

By Ken Ludwig

Directed by Greggory Brandt

Preview performance: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2

Evening performances: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

Matinee performances: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, Wednesday, Aug. 8, Sunday, Aug. 12, Wednesday, Aug. 15, or Sunday, Aug. 19.
(No performances on Mondays, Aug. 6 or 13)

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. 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. 

 “Ludwig’s farce is so funny that it will make sophisticated and reasonable men and women of the 21st century cackle ‘til their faces hurt.”  Houston Press

“Leading Ladies” is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.


HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: A CHRISTMAS-STYLE CONCERT CELEBRATION

Created by Greggory Brandt

Evening Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15

Matinee Performance: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16

This holiday revue will celebrate the Christmas season with some of your favorite holiday songs.  “Home for the Holidays” will feature more than 20 classic holiday selections from Broadway musicals including White Christmas and Holiday Inn as well as from memorable movies and other timeless holiday traditions. Come and hear some of your favorite holiday songs performed by top-notch Broadway performers!    

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Reservations

Saint Vincent Summer theatre patrons are asked to make ticket reservations in advance as seats are reserved at all shows except on Thursday evening preview performances, which are general admission. Our Box Office now accepts credit cards as a form of payment. All tickets are subject to a $1 processing surcharge.

The following are ways to make a reservation:

  • Before May 2, you may use the mail-in reservation form in this brochure.
  • You may also email boxoffice@svst.org.  Please include your name, phone number, address, date and time of the show, number of tickets and any seating preferences. We will contact you to confirm your email reservation.
  • From May 2 to Aug. 19, you may call the Box Office, 724-537-8900, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • And starting May 2, you may make your reservations online. Online reservations require a credit card payment at the time of the reservation, and are non-refundable. You can print your tickets from the luxury of your home!

Ticket Prices

Individual Tickets

  • Preview Performances - $15
    (All seats are general admission, no reservations accepted)
    Thursdays, May 24, June 28 and Aug. 2
  • Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings - $22
  • Friday or Saturday evenings - $25
  • Matinees - $18

Theatre Party Group Rates (20 to 34) Save $2 per ticket!

  • Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday Evenings - $20
  • Friday or Saturday Evenings - $23
  • Matinees - $16

Theatre Party Group Rates (35 or more) Save $4 per ticket!

  • Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday Evenings - $18
  • Friday or Saturday Evenings - $21
  • Matinees - $14

Senior Citizen Discount (62 or older) Save $2 per ticket
Senior citizens, 62 or older, may request a discount of $2 per ticket on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings ONLY. This discount may not be requested in conjunction with any other discount or coupon including preview performances, matinees, subscriptions and group discounts.

Student Discount/Performing Artist Discount
Full-time students with a valid student ID or an aspiring performing artist may purchase a ticket for any performance for only $12.

Subscriptions (For Evening Performances Only)
3 admissions - $63

These admissions may be used in any combination for any of the shows (for example, three admissions to one show, one admission to three shows, etc.). When using a subscription for a Friday or a Saturday performance an additional charge of $2 per person is required. This is not a season pass and no seat is guaranteed without a reservation. The subscription is transferable, but non-refundable. No subscriptions will be sold after June 30.

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Gala

Make plans now to attend the 29th annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala on Friday, June 29, in the Robert S. Carey Student Center. It will be a festive evening of gourmet food and professional theatre hosted by a select committee of theatre supporters. All proceeds benefit the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. To receive an invitation or obtain further details, contact the Saint Vincent Archabbey Events Office, 724-805-2901.

Historyhistory

Experience Saint VincentWhen Archabbot Boniface Wimmer founded the monastery in 1846, he encouraged an appreciation of drama as a means of building self-confidence and character. That appreciation has become a tradition at Saint Vincent.

The popularity and wide range of dramatic activities over the years have been evident in Saint Vincent Preparatory School Dramatic productions, the annual Passion Play, operettas with Saint Xavier’s Academy, college plays such as A Man for All Seasons, audience pleasing student musicals beginning with West Side Story and student drama organizations.

In 1969 the curtain rose for the first time on a unique dramatic adventure; the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre, founded by a Benedictine monk, Father Tom Devereux, O.S.B. The theatre has endured for more than forty-five years and has offered scores of college students the unique opportunity to work with theatre professionals in all aspects of the theater. Thousands of lives have been enhanced by Saint Vincent Theatre’s positive impact on the artistic life of the college and surrounding community. 

Fr. Tom Devereux, O.S.B. “Father Tom (pictured left) was the courageous one who placed it all on the line and made it work…so that we who began with him could have what we took away from the place…large portions of who we are and what our purpose in life is. He did it. Tom did. He made us understand that we SERVED the people and he was our model when he parked cars and passed out beer and hot dogs. He made us aware of how special a gift we had all been given, and he demonstrated how to use it humbly. Nothing…nothing can ever duplicate what he did; but a spirit of community and hospitality at the theatre can certainly continue it. I pray that the special nature of the place can be retained… It was special; it remains special; and I pray that it will always be special.” — John Carosella, Co-Founder Saint Vincent Summer Theatre




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Unique to Saint Vincent Summer Theatre, the Cabaret is an opportunity for patrons to enjoy a summer evening after taking in a performance.

Held directly after the show, Cabaret serves food and drinks to theatergoers and allows them to sit at tables inside and outside of the Carey Center, all while enjoying live music.

Cabaret has been a tradition almost as long as the Summer Theatre program has existed and continues to this day. Saint Vincent College students make up the personnel who help to cook, serve and entertain.