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SVC Players Present Moliere's Comedies

Jennifer Szczepanek
Posted: Wednesday Jan 19, 2011
Saint Vincent College Players will present a student production of the musical comedy Carnival at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, February 4, 5, 11 and 12 and at 2 p.m. Sundays, February 6 and 13 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on campus. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Carnival is a Broadway classic that premiered on April 12, 1961 at the Imperial Theatre where it played until December 15, 1962, when it moved to the Winter Garden Theatre. The musical closed on January 5, 1963 after 719 performances. The music and lyrics for the show were written by Bob Merrill with book by Michael Stewart based on material by Helen Deutsch. The musical is based on the 1953 film, Lili.

The Saint Vincent production is being directed by Colleen Reilly with music direction by Thomas Octave and choreography by Renata Marino.

“Some people might be familiar with the movie version of this show, Lili, that starred Leslie Caron, which was released in 1953,” Ms. Reilly noted. “The movie was not a musical but the stage play tells the same story of a charming young woman who finds herself orphaned and comes to a traveling circus where she expects to find a family friend. Unfortunately, the friend has died and she has a series of misadventures before getting a job working for the carnival’s puppeteer, Paul, who has also had a series of misfortunes that forced him to give up his ballet career and join the circus. The story is about Lili growing up and her relationship with Paul.”

The show is appropriate for patrons of all ages. “I think the show will appeal to a broad audience since older people will like the sweetness and innocence of the story, younger people will appreciate some of the naughty humor and very young children will enjoy the juggling, puppets and the charming songs,” Ms. Reilly predicted.

The cast includes Zac Rumski, a junior arts administration major from Pittsburgh (15210) as Jacquot; Lauren Donahue, a junior arts administration major from Walkersville, Maryland; Danielle Byrne, a freshman music major from Williamsport, and Allyson Lambert, a sophomore music major from Saltsburg, as the Bluebird Girls/Roustabouts; Alex Policicchio, a sophomore studio arts major from Johnstown, as B.F. Schlegel; Lydia Gibson, a freshman music performance major from Saint Marys, as The Incomparable Rosalie; Rob DiVencenzo, a senior computing and information science major from Cleveland, as Marco the Magnificent; Alyssa Hennessy, a junior communication major from Latrobe, as Princess Olga; Averie Shaughnessy, a sophomore arts administration major from Monroeville, as Gladys Zuwicki; Victoria Magiera, a sophomore business marketing major from West Mifflin, as Gloria Zuwicki; Colleen Fisher, a junior chemistry major from Cheswick, as Greta Schlegel; Anna Steighner, a sophomore political science major from Kittanning, as Lili; Tom Cocchi, a sophomore business finance major from Pittsburgh (15243), as Grobert; Pat Shiner, a senior business marketing major from Cleona, as Paul Berthalet; and Sam Comfort, a a senior history major from Washington, as Dr. Glass. The ensemble is comprised of Lauren Spang, a junior elementary education major from Belle Vernon; Tom Cocchi; Victoria Magiera; Averie Shaughnessy; Alex Policicchio; Allyson Lambert; Danielle Byrne; Lauren Donahue; Zac Rumski; Alyssa Hennessy; Sam Comfort; and Colleen Fisher.

The orchestra will be comprised entirely of Saint Vincent College students.

Discounted tickets ($7) are available for groups of ten or more. For further information, phone 724 805-2229.