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SVC Players to Present Musical Comedy 'Pajama Game' March 15-17, 22-24

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Posted: Friday Feb 22, 2013

Feb. 22, 2013

Saint Vincent College Players will present five performances of the musical comedy, “Pajama Game,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15, 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.

The musical comedy is based on the novel, 7 ½ cents, by Richard Bissell, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell.

Colleen Reilly is the director, Thomas Octave is the music director and Renata Marino is the choreographer. Penny Lin Lambright is serving as the technical director and also designed the costumes and set. Aaron Gray is assistant musical director and pianist. Sheena Chopra is the vocal coach.

“It is a delightful musical,” Reilly commented. “It had a Broadway premiere in 1954 and there was a movie based on it not long after that starring Doris Day. It is based on the novel, 7 1/2 cents and tells the story of a labor dispute at a pajama factory in Iowa. That might not sound like the stuff of romance, comedy or drama but in fact it is all three. The factory supervisor and the union leader fall in love in the middle of the labor dispute.”

“There are also a number of songs that people will recognize even if they don’t know the musical itself,” Reilly continued. “Hernando’s Hideaway, Steam Heat, and especially Hey There, which has been recorded by many popular singers. It’s a great script with a lot of funny, supporting characters and dance numbers.”

Reilly noted that the show has a large cast. “We have a number of talented students in this show,” she said. “Kara Laus, playing Babe Williams, is a very talented all-around performer. She has a great voice and moves well with great dancing ability. Ed Graybill is a voice major but this is only the second show he has been in. He is new to acting but he is a hard worker and I think he will be a lot of fun to watch. We also have a lot of students who have been in many of our other plays during the past several years. Mark Harris and Alex Policicchio are funny in supporting roles as is Cameron Smith. Rona Gehring, who plays Gladys, is great. Mary Kathleen Cassidy is doing a nice job as Mae. The ensemble is very strong as well.”

“It’s a very popular show,” Reilly concluded. “It has been done all over America. At its core it is a very sweet show that is suitable for all ages and can be enjoyed by many generations.”

If Saint Vincent theatre goers think they are seeing double, it is because there are two sets of siblings in the cast. “We have never had that occur before,” Reilly noted, “with John and Rory Mitrik and Mitchell and Victoria Magiera all in the show. It is a compliment to SVC that siblings are enrolled.”

The students in the cast include: Kara Laus, sophomore music performance major of Carnegie; Ed Graybill, freshman music performance major of Pittsburgh (15215); Mark Harris, sophomore music major of Belle Vernon; Alex Policicchio, senior studio arts major of Johnstown; Cameron Smith, sophomore history major of Kittanning; Rona Gehring, sophomore music major of Robinson; Mary Kathleen Cassidy, freshman music performance major of Bridgeville; Casey Ciocco, senior criminology, law and society major of Latrobe; Ali Kertz-Brooks, freshman music major of Kirkwood, Missouri; Amanda Slowey, sophomore undecided major of Bethel Park; Abigail Sugrue, freshman music major of Export; Colleen Fisher, senior chemistry education major of Cheswick; Nerissa McCollin, senior liberal arts with biology concentration major of Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago; Tessa Hennessy, freshman early childhood education major of New Market, Maryland; Hannah Wojtowicz, freshman music performance major of Pittsburgh (15227); Brandon Snyder, junior biology major of Laughlintown; Jonathan White, freshman music major of Greensburg; John Mitrik, sophomore computer science major of Charleston, West Virginia; Rory Mitrik, senior history major of Charleston, West Virginia; and Mitchell Magiera, freshman political science major of Jefferson Hills.

The workers and ensemble include: Shelby Klick, freshman marketing major of Vandergrift; Mitchell Magiera; Denise LoPreto, freshman psychology major of Front Royal, Virginia; Julianne Bartko, freshman undecided major of McKeesport; Casey Ciocco; Ali Kertz-Brooks; Amanda Slowey; Abigail Sugrue; Averie Shaughnessy, senior English major of Monroeville; Colleen Fisher; Nerissa McCollin; Tessa Hennessy; Hannah Wojtowicz; Mark Harris; Jonathan White; Rory Mitrik; Jonathan Pauley, sophomore history major of Bethel Park; and John Mitrik.

General admission reservations are available in advance by contacting Colleen Reilly at 724 805-2229. Tickets ($10) will also be available at the door on the day of performance.

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Photo: Saint Vincent College Players rehearsing for the Pajama Game include, from left, Mandy Slowey, Mark Harris, Tessa Hennessy, Alex Policicchio and Cameron Smith. The romantic comedy opens on March 15. 

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