November 4, 2016
As Time Goes By
Opening night at theatre is a passionate experience that builds excitement and eagerness. This tired and true observation was alive and evident Friday night at the Falls Theatre in Wappingers Falls, as an anxious audience filled the house for the County Players’ opening-night production of The Last 5 Years. Those in attendance who arrived with high expectations were richly satisfied with a stellar production of Jason Robert Brown’s one-act musical.
As the audience filtered in, the stage was open and in plain view of conductor Joel Flowers’ 6-piece proficient orchestra, seated on risers upstage. While down stage right and left were two clearly delineated, elevated apartments. Thus Hanna Manner’s multi-level set design is perfectly suited for the two characters Jamie and Cathy to spill their musical narratives in opposite directions, from Jamie’s beginning-to-end and Cathy’s from end-to-beginning.
The element of Time in this set-to-song narrative is paramount as Director Anna Marie Paolercio allows Time to function as the production’s third character. Further, it is Time that allows two convincing and vocally proficient actors, Frank Anthony Fasano III as Jamie Wellerstein and Cheyenne See as Cathy Hiatt, to forcefully deliver the full range of each character’s emotions, stretching from the titillating tingle of first love to the disheartening thud of a collapsed marriage. Jamie shares his personal ascent and Cathy her descent through clever and catchy lyrics, as Jamie’s story is revealed in chronological order, while Cathy’s is delivered in reverse. They join on stage with a Time related duet representing their marriage, “The Next Ten Minutes.” It contains some of the musical’s most brilliant and prophetic lyrics. “I am not always on time,” Cathy coyly reveals, as Time continues to carry them further and further from each other. In terms of a marriage, they seem as two ships passing in the night: “one without a sail and the other without a rudder.”
The Last Five Years is the most entertaining, thought provoking theatre of the current season, delivering cleverly composed music and lyrics, with skillful, broadway ready vocalists, while at the same time pricking the mind with concepts and questioning the potential of Time. “As time goes by,” it is said, “The world will always welcome lovers.”
Subsequent performances will be November 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and November 13 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $19 for seniors/children under 12. Call the Box Office at 845-298-1491 for reservations or order your tickets online at www.countyplayers.org. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted. County Players Falls Theatre is located at 2681 W. Main, Wappingers Falls, NY.
By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Christine Crawfis
Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m.
Performance dates – February 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 2017
Swelling with the glorious music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this psychological mystery has played to thunderous applause the world over. The New York Post raved that its Broadway premiere was “a total, iridescent triumph.” Vienna, 1781: the city of drama, intrigue and scandal is abuzz with the arrival of a young Mozart, who can write an opera a week but can’t control his exuberant giggling and notorious libido. Antonio Salieri—until now the royal court’s most lauded musician—recognizes Mozart’s genius, calling him “God’s magic flute.” Pious, wicked, and soon-to-be guilt-ridden, Salieri tries everything to subvert the success of this enfant terrible. Will that include murder?
Winner of a Tony Award for Best Play, the Academy Award for Best Film, and triumphant in recent revivals in London and on Broadway, Amadeus weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power This theatrical masterpiece, filled with some of the greatest music ever composed, will be a thrilling start to the New Year!
12 m, 3 f (some roles may double)
ANTONIO SALIERI plays ages 35 – 77 in the play. Italian composer and musician in the court of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. He is proud, proper, restrained, ambitious. He has spent his life doing what is expected of him, and he wants the reward of being a magnificent composer, but his talent fails him. He is deeply and corruptingly jealous of Mozart.
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART plays ages 25 – 35 in the play. Silly, passionate, absurd, and a genius composer, he comes to the court of Joseph II at the age of 25, and his reputation precedes him. His impolitic, frantic, mocking behavior makes enemies of the courtiers around him, and he and his family suffer from poverty and indignity. He is crude and brilliant.
CONSTANZE WEBER Mozart’s wife. She is lower class, out of her depth at court, but principled and loves Mozart. She can be silly with him, but also admires his talent. She is shrewd when she needs to be.
JOSEPH II The Emperor of Austria. His every opinion is supported and magnified by those around him. He is never challenged or questioned. He is a fundamentally uninteresting man made fascinating by his position.
COUNT JOHANN VON STRACK
COUNT FRANZ ORSINI-ROSENBERG
BARON VAN SWIETEN
These three men are in the Emperor’s inner circle. They are extremely skilled in the art of politics; they are wealthy, and they are knowledgeable. They are unused to making mistakes, or to admitting to making them. They hold themselves carefully, as if their power were a fragile thing.
THE VENTICELLI These two are Salieri’s spies—they are everywhere and bring him all the news and gossip. They blend in with everyone everywhere. They function as a chorus in the play.
KATHARINA A beautiful singer, Salieri’s student, who performs for Mozart. She should be young and lovely, and the actor does not need to be able to sing. (Non-speaking role).
TERESA SALIERI A solemn woman, she supports her husband but does not understand his music or his ambition. (Non-speaking role.)
The cast will also feature a number of Citizens of Vienna. These actors will play a number of non-speaking roles (Salieri’s valet, cook, wife, a priest, Giuseppe Bono, citizens of Vienna and servants.) These parts will create an ensemble and chorus that together drive the action of the play.
Those auditioning may wish to prepare a classical (dramatic or comedic) monologue no longer than 2 minutes. Everyone will be asked to read from the script.
For more information, please contact director Christine Crawfis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Second night of auditions for A COUNTY PLAYERS CHRISTMAS tomorrow night at 7pm!
***We can use more adults to help round out the cast.***
Come on out and join the fun this holiday season!
A COUNTY PLAYERS CHRISTMAS
Directed by Tom Lawrence
Sunday, September 25 at 7 p.m.
Monday, September 26 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: December 2, 3, 4, 2016
County Players is casting for its first annual Christmas Show! Seeking 30 singers and readers (ages 10 and up) to perform a variety of seasonal songs and readings. Come to auditions prepared to sing a Christmas song of your choice and to read a portion of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings beginning September 28 – November 16, then November 20 and 22. Production Week begins November 27.
For more information: Tom Lawrence, (845) 702-7077; email@example.com