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Musical 'Grand Night for Singing' Final Presentation at Summer Theatre

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Posted: Thursday Jul 10, 2014

July 11, 2014

An evening of music and romance with A Grand Night for Singing will be the final presentation of Saint Vincent Summer Theatre’s 46th season opening on July 31, directed by veteran director Colleen Reilly Rossmiller.

The preview performance is scheduled at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, July 31. Regular performances are set for 8:10 p.m. Aug. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Matinees are scheduled at 2:10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, Wednesday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 17.

“A Grand Night for Singing is a compilation musical,” Rossmiller explained. “It is a musical where the creator takes songs from, in this case, various musicals written by one duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and puts them all together into a new piece. We’ve had great success with musicals of that sort in the past. Forever Plaid is a compilation musical; so is last summer’s hit, I Love a Piano. This is another marvelous example of that genre. The main attraction, I think, of A Grand Night for Singing is the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. It’s been 60 years since an original Rodgers and Hammerstein musical last debuted. The Sound of Music was their last collaboration. But there’s a reason why their names are still known to people who were born generations after they stopped working together. Their music is still hummed by people who may never have seen one of their shows on stage. They are one of the great song-writing duos in American history and their music is just magical. It’s rich, it’s romantic, it’s funny, it’s charming, it’s touching and it speaks to a lot of people. It resonates with people in a very, very special way.”

“This musical includes some of those best loved songs like “Hello Young Lovers,” “A Wonderful Guy,” “I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” which are great comic pieces, great romantic pieces,” she continued. “Some of these songs, which are woven into the fabric of our lives, are presented here in a new context with some new characters, new vignettes and new circumstances. I think the result is just utterly delightful. I think people are going to have a magical, sort of float-on-air kind of evening.”

Rossmiller noted that the cast contains some old favorites who Saint Vincent audiences know and love and also a few new performers who they are very excited to welcome to the stage.

“We have Greggory Brant, who has appeared in our recent productions of Forever Plaid as well as I Love a Piano,” she said. “Greggory has a beautiful voice and a very charming manner and is a joy to work with. I’m looking forward to directing him again and I know our audiences are looking forward to seeing him again.”

“Kevin Daniel O’Leary is going to be in this show,” she noted. “He’s already been in two shows for us this summer. Kevin always does marvelous work. He’s always inventive and captivating.”

“We also have Renata Marino returning to appear in this show as well as to choreograph it,” Rossmiller said. “Renata is one of the most exciting performers to watch. She’s always alive on stage, always doing wonderful things. Her choreography, of course, has been an essential part of our productions of Forever Plaid and I Love a Piano and I’m sure she will bring the same skill and sensitivity to this production.”

“We have two new performers joining us for A Grand Night for Singing -- Caroline Nicolian and Bre Pursell,” Rossmiller informed. “I haven’t worked with either of them previously, but I have seen Bre on stage. I saw a performance she did as an undergraduate at Point Park that was just captivating. Caroline’s audition blew us away and she comes very highly recommended. I’m looking forward to working with both of these ladies. I think they will be a wonderful addition to our company.”

Rossmiller reported that the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre has had a great season this summer. “I’m very happy that we are ending our season on a high note, no pun intended,” she concluded. “The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, our marvelous cast, this charming production full of delightful moments and humor and romance. What better way to end the summer! What better way to spend a hot night in August than in a cool theatre watching people sing and dance to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein! I think it’s just a glorious way to end a glorious summer.”

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 on-line reservations, and such reservations
are transferable, but non-refundable.

Individual tickets are $10 for preview performances, $19 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, $22 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $16 for matinees. Special
theatre party group rates apply to groups of 20 guests or more. Senior citizens, 62 or older, are eligible for a $2 discount upon request on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
evenings only. Student tickets are available for $10 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 service is provided to and from the spacious and convenient parking areas adjacent to the Saint Vincent Basilica.

Saint Vincent Summer Theatre continues 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 all matinees. Theatre officials encourage donations if patrons enjoy themselves at the after-the-show party.

A free brochure is available by contacting the Saint Vincent Theatre box office at 724-537-8900.

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Photos: Greggory Brandt, Caroline Nicolian, Bre Pursell, Kevin Daniel O’Leary and Renata Marino

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