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May 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2022

The Mel Brooks Musical:
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN 

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music by Mel Brooks
Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

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Direction by Kevin Barnes
Musical Direction by Karen Dalmer-Sheehy
Choreography by Cassandra Mandia

64th Season Sponsor: Hudson Valley Credit Union

Bronze Show Sponsor: Facilities Maintenance Corp.

“Puttin’ On The Ritz” Words and music by Irving Berlin © 1928, 1929 by Irving Berlin (ASCAP) © Renewed

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

CAST
(in order of speaking)

Inspector Hans Kemp……………….Dylan Parkin

Ziggy…………………………………..James Neithardt*

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein……..Sam Eisenbaum*

Elizabeth Benning………………….Macy McKnight*

Igor……………….Michael J. Frohnhoefer

Inga……………….Amy Schaffer

Frau Blücher…………….Michele George

The Monster……………Scott Woolley

The Hermit/
Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein………Duane Joseph Olson*

Ensemble of Gravediggers, Villagers, Medical Students, Passengers, Mad Scientists

Stephanie Blake, Connie E. Boden, Mike Boden, John Carter, Joseph DeAngelo, Matt Fields, Liisa Henry, Karen Hoben, Mark Moody*, Glen Morrice*, Jenn Propfe, Howie Riggs*, Ed Ringwood*, Peggy Ringwood, Laura Seaman

*Denotes County Players Stage Debut

SYNOPSIS

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein!

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

The Young Frankenstein pre-Broadway for try-out played at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington from August 7 through September 1, 2007. Young Frankenstein began previews on Broadway on October 11, 2007, and opened on November 8 at the Lyric Theatre (then the Hilton Theatre) and closed on January 4, 2009, after 485 performances. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, it starred Roger Bart as Frankenstein, Megan Mullally as Elizabeth, Christopher Fitzgerald as Igor, Sutton Foster as Inga, Andrea Martin as Frau Blücher, Shuler Hensley as The Monster, and Fred Applegate as Inspector Kemp. Sets were designed by Robin Wagner and costumes by William Ivey Long; orchestrations were by Doug Besterman. Young Frankenstein, although well-received with audiences and award nominations, only ran for 29 previews and 485 performances. A U.S. tour started on September 29, 2009 in Providence, Rhode Island. A revised version of the show opened in London’s West End at the Garrick Theatre on October 10, 2017 (after a tryout at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle) to positive reviews.

“The Broadway Musical at its dizziest, glitziest and funniest! Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman pull out every stop with divine silliness and a touch of genius. Brooks’s lyrics are bright and witty. The book is great. The scenery is delicious. The special effects are among the cleverest things I’ve ever seen on stage.” – Clive Barnes, New York Post

“A high density of talent, the hardest-working supersize ensemble and the largest percentage of gags per scene. ‘Puttin on the Ritz’ is truly exhilarating.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“A surefire smash! Mel Brooks has outdone even his wildly popular The Producers and surpasses himself as a lyricist! He doesn’t disappoint!  Choreographic hilarity from director/choreographer Susan Stroman! She and the designers have worked wonders! With lightning flashes, thunder crashes, fog creeps and electrical impulses zigzagging, Young Frankenstein has come to life! A Monster Hit!”– Malcolm Johnson, The Hartford Courant

“It’s a Hit! This remarkable show out-jokes The Producers and is much above its competitors. With eye-popping scenery, praiseworthy performances, inspired choreography and devilishly acrobatic dances, it’s visually breathless – and breathtaking. It gives any horror flick’s special effects a run for the money.” – John Simon, Bloomberg News

MUSICAL NUMBERS

ACT ONE

Overture……………Orchestra

Scene 1: A Village in Transylvania, 1934

“The Happiest Town”…………….Villagers

Scene 2: Medical School, New York City

“The Brain” …………… Frederick, Students

Scene 3: Hudson River, Pier 57

“Please Don’t Touch Me”………….Elizabeth, Voyagers

Scene 4: A Railroad Station in Transylvania

“Together Again” ……………….. Frederick, Igor

Scene 5: A Hay Wagon

“Roll in the Hay” …………………. Inga, Frederick, Igor

Scene 6: Castle Frankenstein

Scene 7: The Grand Hall of Castle Frankenstein

“Join the Family Business”………..Victor, Frederick, Ancestors

Scene 8: The Laboratory

“He Vas My Boyfriend”……………Frau Blücher

Scene 9: The Town Hall

“The Law”………………….Kemp, Villagers

Scene 10: The Laboratory

“Life, Life”……………….Frederick

Scene 11: The Courtyard of Castle Frankenstein

“Welcome to Transylvania”……………..Transylvania Quartet

“Transylvania Mania” ………………..Igor, Frederick, Inga, Villagers

 

THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION

 

ACT TWO

Scene 1: The Forest

“He’s Loose”…………….Kemp, Villagers

Scene 2: The Laboratory

“Listen to Your Heart”…………………Inga

“Surprise”………………… Elizabeth, Frau Blucher, Igor, Entourage

Scene 3: A Remote Cottage in the Forest

“Please Send Me Someone”………………….Hermit

Scene 4: The Dungeon of Castle Frankenstein

“Man About Town”………………………Frederick

Scene 5: Theatre in Transylvania

“Puttin’ on the Ritz”

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin……………….Frederick, The Monster, Inga, Igor, Ensemble

Scene 6: A Cave in the Forest

“Deep Love”……………….. Elizabeth

Scene 7: The Laboratory

Scene 8: The Village Square

“Frederick’s Soliloquy”……………………Frederick

“Deep Love” (Reprise) …………………The Monster, Villagers

“Finale Ultimo”………………….The Company

 

ORCHESTRA

Conductor, Keyboard 1…….. Karen Dalmer-Sheehy

Violin……………… Alison Chase

Woodwinds……………….. Dave Cole, Roger D’Aquino, Alix Janove

Trumpets……………………..John Barath, Jim Mulder

Trombone…………………. Steve Kessler, Michael Roe (substitute)

French Horn…………… Lucas Workman

Bass………………………Matt Woolever

Drums………………….Bob Russo

Keyboard 2……………Melinda Kessler, Laurie Woolever (substitute)

WHO’S WHO
(in alphabetical order, cast then crew)

STEPHANIE BLAKE (Ensemble) has been a part of many community theatre productions, beginning as a young child. Some of her favorite roles include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (HERMIA), Boeing Boeing (GABRIELLA), and Proof (CLAIRE). Stephanie has been a dance and theater educator in the Hudson Valley for the past ten years, and in her free time she performs as a competitive ballroom dancer. Stephanie is thrilled to be a part of this production of Young Frankenstein, and she would like to thank her fellow cast mates and crew for making this such a wonderful experience. Break a leg!

CONNIE E. BODEN (Ensemble/Costume Crew) is thrilled to be back on stage with County Players having been behind the curtain Costume Designing for Seven Keys to Baldpate, Pride and Prejudice, Almost, Maine, and Exit Laughing, as well as Into the Breeches at The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.  Favorite stage credits include County Players productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (ENSEMBLE) and Guys and Dolls (ENSEMBLE) and Oliver! (NANCY) at the Stable Theater in Bamberg, Germany.  Connie thanks Kevin and Jen for her ticket to Transylvania!  Many thanks to sister costume minxes Karen, Rosemary, and Jo.  “Much love to Villager #5, my favorite dance partner.”

MIKE BODEN (Ensemble) is honored to be a part of this great production team!  He has been a part of multiple County Players productions, both on-stage and as crew.  Notable productions include The Drowsy Chaperone (FELDZEIG), and stage manager for Pride and Prejudice and Exit Laughing, as well as stage manager for Into the Breeches at the CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.  Mike teaches history at Dutchess Community College, and served 23 years as an armored cavalryman in the U.S. Army.  “Thanks to Kevin and Jen for this opportunity and the entire cast and crew for their fantastic work on this show.  Love always to Connie.  Go Army, Beat Navy!”

JOHN CARTER (Ensemble) is a Veteran of the United States Navy!  This is John’s fifth show with County Players. His favorite roles were in The Wiz (COWARDLY LION) in Umoja, CA, and in Jesus Christ Superstar (JUDAS) at County Players. John would like to thank Kevin and the entire production crew for bringing him back to the stage after a five year hiatus. “JOIN THE FAMILY BUSINESS!!!”

JOSEPH DEANGELO (Ensemble) has performed in plays in the Hudson Valley since 1973. His most recent was in the New Deal Creative Arts Center production of Something Rotten (SHYLOCK). This is his eighth show with County Players. Joe wishes to express the two loves in his life to thank: first and foremost is his wife Robin, and second is the enjoyment he gets out of entertaining in local theater. “Thank you.”

SAM EISENBAUM (Frederick) is a Dutchess County native. His recent roles include Dracula (HARKER), Spring Awakening (MORITZ), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (HERO). Well, he was almost Hero…in this theater, actually, but, in March 2020, the show was tragically postponed. Since then, he has not formally taken the stage. Therefore, he is elated to finally be back performing in the theater. Well, hopefully. If you’re reading this, then that’s a good sign. After acting in numerous staged readings, sketches, and short films, he is now ready to present, for your intellectual and philosophical pleasure, Young Fronkensteen. “That is not a typo, I assure you. But, I digress. The whole cast and crew have poured their brains into this show and it has truly been an honor to work with them. So, without further ado, and without any shame, please enjoy the demonstration, stimulate your cerebral cortex, and give my creature life!” County Players Debut!

MATT FIELDS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be doing his third show with County Players! Favorite past roles include The Drowsy Chaperone (ROBERT) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (GOOPER) with County Players, and Arcadia (SEPTIMUS), Avenue Q (NICKY), and A Little Night Music (HENRIK) with RPI Players. He would like to thank his lovely wife Emily for sharing in his passion for theatre, and for putting up with him whenever he loudly rehearsed in the other room.

MICHAEL J. FROHNHOEFER (Igor) is very happy to be back on stage!! A very grateful thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that make County Players an incredible place to be: those who help usher, build sets, box office, stage manage, costumes – there are far too many to mention. You are the heart and soul of County Players! Special thanks to Mom, Dad, family and friends. “Enjoy the show!!”

MICHELE GEORGE (Frau Blücher) is happy to return to the County Players stage. Favorite roles at County Players include The Drowsy Chaperone (CHAPERONE) and Guys and Dolls (ADELAIDE). She has also had the pleasure of working with Kevin and Jen on Spamalot (LADY OF THE LAKE) and The 39 Steps (ANNABELLA/PAMELA/MARGARET). Other County Players credits include Godspell (ROBIN) City of Angels (DONNA/OOLIE), Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Our Town. She most recently performed in the Up In One and CENTERstage production of Once (BARUSHKA), another sassy, violin playing lady with an accent and an updo. When not onstage, Michele is an elementary school orchestra teacher.

LIISA HENRY (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on the County Players stage. She has performed in numerous shows around Dutchess County and Off-Broadway. The last show at County Players was for the 60th Anniversary review where she sang Don’t Cry for Me Argentina. She has also been in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Memphis, 50th, Christmas Review, and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, all at County Players, just to name a few. She would like to thank Kevin for an amazing show and theatre family and her family for standing beside her. This show is dedicated to her mom, Marilyn Wickman, who just passed this March.

KAREN HOBEN (Ensemble) previously performed in County Players productions of Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (SOPHIA/ENSEMBLE), and Memphis; Trinity’s production of In the Heights; and Chicago (GO TO HELL KITTY / ENSEMBLE) and Cabaret with The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.  She has an extensive background in ballet and modern dance and loves to be outdoors and hiking.  Karen is excited to be back on stage and to be part of this great show.  Love to Tim and Liv always.

MACY MCKNIGHT (Elizabeth) is thrilled to be making her first return to the stage since college, where some of her favorite roles include: Love’s Labour’s Lost the Musical (MARIA), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (SUSAN) and Avenue Q (MRS. T.). Her love for the arts expands to film, and her first feature length project, The Way that I Am (PRODUCER / EVA), was released for streaming on Prime Video and Apple TV in February. Special thanks to Connor, Teagan, Eric,  and Ghost for being her test audience, and to Ted for being her number one fan. County Players Debut!

MARK MOODY (Ensemble) has over a decade of experience as a character actor at Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion and has performed in several plays including Man of La Mancha and Evita. He is a Crystals Technician and Machinist for Spectral Systems Inc., an FTIR Laser Optics Manufacturer in Hopewell Junction. County Players Debut!

GLEN MORRICE (Ensemble) is elated to be a part of the cast of Young Frankenstein. He previously performed in Bye, Bye Birdie, Footloose, and Hairspray with Masque and Mime at Roy C. Ketcham High School; Spamalot and Assassins with the Mimes and Mummers at Fordham University, and Avenue Q in Rhinebeck. Glen is excited to be making his County Players Debut!

JAMES NEITHARDT (Ziggy/Ensemble) is ecstatic to be playing the role of Ziggy in County Players production of Young Frankenstein! He hopes you have and electrifyingly good time and enjoy the show! County Players Debut!

DUANE JOSEPH OLSON (Hermit/Victor) has most recently been seen in various productions at the CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, including A Gentleman‘s Guide to Love and Murder. Duane is also the voice of the audiobook “Things Seen and Unseen” on Audible. Acting aside, his design work can be found on many NY stages and attractions, as well as the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors. Duane thanks his loved ones and friends he made along the way! County Players Debut!

DYLAN PARKIN (Kemp) This is Dylan’s tenth performance with County Players. Previous credits in the region include Seven Keys to Baldpate (MAGEE). A Number (BERNARD 1, BERNARD 2, MICHAEL BLACK), Tough Love (DANNY MARINO), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (CHIEF BROMDEN), The Covid Confessions (DANIEL), The Laramie Project (STEPHEN BELBER), Braille Garden (GUS), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (WILLIAM BARFEE), The Drowsy Chaperone (MAN IN CHAIR), Shrek the Musical (SHREK), Miracle on South Division Street (JIMMY NOWACK), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (FREDDY BENSON). He would like to thank Kevin for giving him the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful work. Special thanks to Kevin, Christine, and everyone at County Players for creating a safe and enjoyable environment to work in during these unique times. As always, he would like to thank his family and friends for their unwavering support.

JENN PROPFE (Ensemble) is happy to be back on the County Players stage after a four year hiatus. She was last seen as in Guys and Dolls (MISS SILK) in 2018, and previously appeared in CP in Concert,  Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A County Players Christmas, All American Big Band Style, A Grand Night for Singing,  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Once Upon A Mattress – way back in 2004.  When Jenn is not performing, she can be found greeting patrons with a smile as House Manager here at County Players Falls Theater. Jenn would like to thank her kids for pushing her to do another show as we all welcome live theater back again after the pandemic.

HOWIE RIGGS (Ensemble) has appeared in many productions with various Hudson Valle companies since 2015. Credits include in Pippin (CHARLEMAGNE) and most recently Laughing Stock, both at the CENTER for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck.  “Thanks to Kevin for the opportunity and, as always, to family, friends, and cast mates for patience and support.” County Players Debut!

ED RINGWOOD (Ensemble) was preceded in this first by his younger brother, David, and his younger sister, Peggy. Currently retired, he has occasionally done work as a background extra for TV and movies. County Players Debut!

PEGGY RINGWOOD (Ensemble, Properties) is excited to be a part of this wonderful cast and crew! Recently, she was assistant stage manager for CHOICES: A Rock Opera at Whippoorwill Hall in Armonk, NY. Peggy last appeared on-stage in Seven Keys to Baldpate (MRS. QUIMBY) and Almost, Maine (GAYLE/MARCI), both while heading Properties. She has worked backstage and headed Props for several recent County Players productions. Peggy adds this to her proudest (theatre) moments, appearing on stage with her older brother, Edward, making his County Players debut, and having previously appeared alongside her younger brother, David, in the 2018 production of You Can’t Take It with You. As always, she is grateful for her family, the County Players friendships she’s made, and to her “Props Peeps.” Peggy is thankful for our returning patrons and offers prayers for those who are here in spirit. As always, remember to “Have fun!”

AMY SCHAFFER (Inga) is thrilled to be back on the County Players stage with such an amazing cast and crew! Past roles here include Pride and Prejudice (JANE BENNET / MISS DEBOURGH), Almost, Maine (SANDRINE/RHONDA), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (RONA LISA), The Drowsy Chaperone (JANET VAN DE GRAFF), A Charlie Brown Christmas (LUCY), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (CHRISTINE COLGATE), The Marvelous Wonderettes (SUZY), The Miracle Worker (KATE KELLER), Grease (SANDY), She Loves Me (AMALIA BALASH), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (SUNNY), and Into the Woods (CINDERELLA). Other notable roles: The Music Man (MARIAN PAROO), Lend Me a Tenor (MAGGIE), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (HELENA), and Sunday in the Park with George (YVONNE/NAOMI). Amy would thank Kevin, Jen, Karen, and the fantastic cast and crew for such a fulfilling experience! She sends very special thanks to the five best people: Morgan, Abby, Emily, Kate, and Rebecca, and to her Mom for always being there!

LAURA SEAMAN (Ensemble) is delighted to be back on the County Players stage. She made her theatrical debut in Guys and Dolls (MISSOURI MARTIN) in 2018, and followed the next year with an ensemble role in The Drowsy Chaperone. Laura’s background is as a dancer, having graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in dance. She has performed extensively as a modern dancer and is also an accomplished choreographer. Laura is grateful for the opportunity to perform with this talented cast and crew. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.

SCOTT WOOLLEY (The Monster) just awoke to find himself on-stage, strapped to a table. What a nightmare! A faint memory suggests he’s been here not too long ago. The boots seem familiar, but his mind feels slow, and he is quite possibly a different gender. He wants to cry for help, but can’t quite manage the words. If he could, he would thank his bride for putting up with all the groaning and growling. It can’t be helped… just rehearsing after all!


FRANK ALFANO (Assistant to Director) is happy to be back with County Players after a two year absence. He is happy to be part of Young Frankenstein, and wishes to thank Kevin, Jen, and the cast for their hard work.

KEVIN BARNES (Director) has been active with County Players for more than 30 years, directing many shows including Spamalot, Aida, The 39 Steps, Boeing-Boeing, and Noises Off, and appearing on-stage in 23 productions, most recently in You Can’t Take It with You (MR. KOLENKOV). He has created lighting designs for nearly 40 shows.  Behind the scenes, Kevin serves on the County Players Board of Governors.  He is also the company’s technical director.  He would like to thank his lovely wife, Susan Sciacca, and their daughter, Ava, for the freedom to do what he loves.

JODY COLEMAN (Co-Production Manager) is thrilled to be working with Kevin. She is also currently serving as Secretary on the County Players Board of Governors. Thanks to Kevin and Jen for making the job so easy and to Roger for being her Co-Production Manager. The talented cast and hard-working crew deserve a big round of applause. “Shout out to my three grand-dogs and four grandsons! All my love to Paul.”

ROGER D’AQUINO (Co-Production Manager) is thrilled to be involved in his 35th musical at County Players. He’d like to thank the cast & crew for all their hard work and dedication in producing such a fine show. Last seen learning his ABC’s in The 25th Annual Putnam Valley Spelling Bee, Roger is now hanging in Young Frankenstein’s pit playing multiple instruments. When not at County Players, you can find Roger playing with The Big Band Sound, in some pit orchestra somewhere in the Hudson Valley, or happily returning to traveling the world. “A special thanks goes to my wife, Linda, for putting up with all those nights out.”

KAREN DALMER-SHEEHY (Music Director) is thrilled to be returning to County Players for its first post-pandemic musical.  Most recently, she served as the music director for Something Rotten (New Deal Creative Arts Center).  Other favorite productions include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (County Players) and In the Heights (Newburgh Free Academy). Karen teaches music in the Newburgh school district, where she also works as the music director for the NFA Musical productions. “Many thanks to the cast and crew, and to her family for their endless encouragement, love, and support.”

KAREN EREMIN (Costume Designer) “My dad loved Marty Feldman.  Thanks to Kevin, Jen, Jody, Peggy, and Roger for allowing me to pretend to be worthy of working with the Abby Normal minds behind this production. Humps off to Josephine Shum, who built each one of the iconic looks onstage (and more); and to Rosemary and Connie for swooping in, polishing, and making these costumes sing. Impossible without teamwork.  This one is for you, Wilbur Ustick. xo”

ROSEMARY EVAUL (Costume Crew) is a retired English teacher from Roy C. Ketcham High School, and has spent more than 50 years involved with educational theatre. It’s quite pleasant to “graduate” to be among the adults at County Players and work alongside people she has admired for years.  She has worked four recent shows for County Players, and is especially happy to be working with her “sewing sisters” Connie, Karen, and Jo on this very special costume period piece.  Enjoy!

CASSANDRA MANDIA (Choreographer) is a professional ballroom dancer and instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Dutchess here in Wappingers Falls.  She is thrilled to be making her debut as a musical theater choreographer with the amazing County Players.  While she has appeared in roles on stage at The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck (Spring Awakening) and with the Castaway Players (Rent, Girlfriend from Hell, Grease), this is her first time taking on a large role behind the scenes.  It has been a dream of hers to make it back to the theater and she would like to thank Kevin Barnes for trusting her and giving her this incredible opportunity to create.  “A big thank you to the entire cast for their dedication and determination to tackle this choreography head on!  Kevin, Jen, Karen, Jodi, and Roger: thank you all for your guidance and encouragement during this process.  To my amazing husband, John, thank you for pushing me to follow my heart and taking care of our boys while I had the chance to achieve some of my dreams – I love you.  I dedicate this show to my inspiration and my dear friend, Kevin Archambault  – I hope I made you proud.”

DANI MASTERSON (SFX Makeup and Hair) has been a makeup artist for over 30 years. Her experience in productions on stage, in film, or on television is extensive, including favorites like Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, Spamalot, and Amadeus. Most recently, Dani was stage manager for CHOICES: A Rock Opera at Whippoorwill Hall in Armonk, NY. County Players and Westchester Broadway Theater are homes to both her makeup and wig design and expertise. To add to her resume, Dani was awarded Best Hair Design for Broadway World Regional Awards 2019. Not only is she an acclaimed artist, she is also adding another major accomplishment this year, as she is being inducted into the Buglers Hall of Fame this Spring. She also aids our Homeland Security forces as a Moulage Specialist, creating hyper-realistic SPFX causalities for mock training for our service men and women.

Josephine SHUM (Costume Crew) loves to work on challenging and outrageous costumes. Some of her most memorable projects are the heavily padded outfit for Mrs. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, the fancy dress from The Drowsy Chaperone, and the dazzling transformation dress from Cinderella. Her absolute favorite, however, has to be the colorful puffy shirts worn by the dancing Havana waiters from Guys and Dolls. She would like to thank all the actors who are brave enough to model her creations. Josephine holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. Currently, she is a seamstress at a local fashion house.

MARK WEGLINSKI (Sound Designer) is an Emmy Award winning Hudson Valley native professionally credited with the live television musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, The WIZ, Peter Pan, and Sound of Music LIVE! (NBC), and A Christmas Story LIVE! (FOX). Additional shows include Great Performances for WNET-PBS and BroadwayHD.com, Good Morning America, This Week with George Stephanopoulos and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (ABC), CMT Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, the State Funeral of President George H.W. Bush and the 2018 Royal Wedding. Local credits include Prelude to a Kiss, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Guys and Dolls (County Players), The Language Archive (The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck), and Chicago, Hello Dolly!, and Anything Goes (Marist College). Mark would like to welcome back the patrons, performers, and personnel who choose to make time for theatre and the arts in their busy lives.

JEFF WILSON (Lighting Designer) has been actively involved with Hudson Valley theatre since appearing in Camelot at County Players in 1991.  He has designed lights for over two dozen shows at County Players, including Almost, Maine, Miracle on South Division Street, The 39 Steps, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Aida.  Jeff has also directed eight shows for County Players, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone. He has also designed lights for Clove Creek Dinner Theatre, Trinity Players, Our Lady of Lourdes High School, New Deal Creative Arts, and The Woodstock Film Festival.  Jeff is a long-time member of the County Players board, and has been honored as a lifetime member.  By day, he is a software engineer at IBM.  Jeff is a very active runner who recently completed his fourth 26.2 mile marathon (Millbrook Marathon,) and will very soon run the 50 mile Rock the Ridge endurance race to benefit the Mohonk Preserve.  In the fall, he plans to run the NYC Marathon for the American Cancer Society.


MEL BROOKS (Writer, Composer & Lyricist, Producer) Director, producer, writer and actor, Mel Brooks is the recipient of three 2001 Tony Awards (Best Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Musical) and two Grammy Awards (Best Musical Show Album and Best Long Form Music Video) for The Producers. Mr. Brooks began his distinguished career during television’s “Golden Age” as a writer for Sid Caesar on Your Show Of Shows in 1951. In 1955 and in 1957, Brooks received Emmy Award nominations (with others) for the best comedy writing for Caesar’s Hour, and in 1956 he was nominated (with others) for best writing for a variety or situation comedy. In 1952, Brooks wrote sketches for Leonard Sillman’s Broadway smash-hit revue, New Faces of 1952, and in 1957, together with Joe Darion, he wrote the book for the Broadway musical Shinbone Alley, which starred Eartha Kitt. In 1962, he wrote the book for the Broadway musical All-American, starring Ray Bolger. In the 1960s, Brooks teamed up with Carl Reiner to write and perform The 2000 Year Old Man albums, which became immediate bestsellers. In 1960 and 1961, Brooks and Reiner received Grammy Award nominations for the best spoken word comedy for 2000 Years and for best comedy performance for 2000 and One Years, respectively. In 1997, Brooks and Reiner teamed up again for The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000. Both a book and a CD were released, the CD winning a Grammy Award in 1998 for the best spoken word album comedy. Brooks wrote and narrated The Critic, a short satire on avant-garde art films, which received the Academy Award for best animated short subject in 1964. In 1965, he teamed up with buck Henry and created Get Smart, the long-running televisions show starring Don Adams as Agent 86. Brooks, along with others, received an Emmy Award for outstanding writing achievement in a comedy-variety in 1967 for The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special. In 1968, he wrote and directed his first feature film, The Producers, starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, which earned him an Academy Award for the best original screenplay written directly for the screen. He then went on to create a remarkable string of hit comedies: 1970, he wrote, directed and acted in The Twelve Chairs; 1974, co-wrote, directed and acted in Blazing Saddles, and was nominated, along with John Morris, for the best title song, “Blazing Saddles”; 1974, co-wrote and directed Young Frankenstein; 1976, co-wrote, directed and starred in Silent Movie; 1977, co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in History of the World, Part 1; 1983, produced and starred in To Be or Not To Be; co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in the hit sci-fi spoof, Spaceballs; 1991, co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in Life Stinks; 1993, co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in Robin Hood: Men in Tights; 1995, co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in Dracula: Dead and Loving It. For three successive seasons, Brooks won the Emmy Award for his role as UNCLE PHIL on the hit comedy show, Mad About You. His visionary film company, Brooksfilms Limited, founded in 1980, has produced some of America’s most distinguished films, among them: David Lynch’s The Elephant Man, David Cronenberg’s The Fly, Frances, Richard Benjamin’s My Favorite Year and 84 Charing Cross Road, starring Anthony Hopkins and Mr. Brooks’ wife, Anne Bancroft. In 2021, at age 95, Brooks published a memoir, All About Me!

THOMAS MEEHAN (Book) received the Tony Award for co-writing the book for The Producers in 2001 and in 2003 for co-writing the book for Hairspray. He received his first Tony Award in 1977 for writing the book of Annie, which was his first Broadway show, and has written the books for the musicals Rocky, Elf the Musical, Cry-Baby, Young Frankenstein, Chaplin, Bombay Dreams, I Remember Mama, Ain’t Broadway Grand, and Annie Warbucks. In addition, he was a long-time contributor of humor to The New Yorker, an Emmy-Award winning writer of television comedy, and a collaborator on a number of screenplays, including Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs and To Be or Not To Be. Mr. Meehan was also a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild. He and his wife, Carolyn, divided their time between a home in Nantucket and an apartment in Greenwich Village, near which, on Hudson Street, she owned and presided over the long-running and near-legendary children’s store Peanut Butter & Jane. He died on August 21, 2017, at his home in New York City, seven days after his 88th birthday.

MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.


Information in “Who’s Who” is provided by those listed. Any opinions expressed are of the players and not necessarily of County Players.


STAFF FOR YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Director……………Kevin Barnes

Music Director………….Karen Dalmer-Sheehy

Production Managers……….Jody Coleman, Roger D’Aquino

Choreographer…………Cassandra Mandia

Stage Manager………..Jennifer Mille

Set Design…………………Jennifer Mille

Set Construction Crew………….Kevin Barnes, Ralph Bowman, Jody Coleman, Roger D’Aquino, Sam Eisenbaum, Vincent Farina, Keith Faucher, John Leinung, Grace Marra, Mary McNight,Jen Mille, Bill Peckham, Tom Schmeelk, Dan Sims, Marcus Suhonen, Alan Thomas, Douglas Woolley, Scott Woolley

Lighting Designer………………..Jeff Wilson

Sound and Projection Designer……………Mark Weglinski

SFX Makeup and Hair……………..Dani Masterson, Michael Worden

Costume Designer…………………..Karen Eremin

Costume Crew………………Connie E. Boden, Rosemary Evaul, Josephine Shum

Properties…………………Peggy Ringwood

Assistant Director…………………….Frank Alfano

Tech Operator……………………….Kim Barnett

Publicity/Marketing/Ads………………..Christine Crawfis, Stacy Greenspan, Joe Pettignano, David J. Ringwood

Publicity Photos/Headshots………….Harold Bonacquist

Production Photography………….Louisa Vilardi

Postcards/Programs/Brochure……….Thomas G. Byrne, Christine Crawfis, Stacy Greenspan, Joe Pettignano, Louisa Vilardi

Box Office ……………Julie Eads Woolley, Jeff Battersby, Laurie Brown, Christine Crawfis

House Management……………Jennifer Propfe, David Ringwood, Jeff Wilson

Special Thanks……………Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion / Holiday Spirit Festival, Ceramics by You (IMO long-time County Players supporter, Charles Wood), Escape Time Adventures, Kayel Conklin, Mike Friedman, Tony Ravinsky

SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

We would like to extend our thanks to the following individuals, businesses, and institutions who have provided invaluable support.

Arts Mid-Hudson

County of Dutchess

Dutchess ProPrint

Dutchess Tourism

Hudson Valley Credit Union

Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust

Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Mill House Brewing Company

A&R Security

Stewart’s Shops

Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP

Lawrence J. Paggi, PE, PC

millhousebrewing.com
louisavilardiphotography.com
kitcolbourn.bhhshudsonvalley.com

lagrangevethospital.com
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antonellasrestaurant.com
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COUNTY PLAYERS BOARD OF GOVERNORS

(2021-2022)

President……….Christine Crawfis

1st Vice President……….Jeffery Battersby

2nd Vice President……….Michael A. Boden

Secretary……….Jody Coleman

Treasurer……….Michael J. Frohnhoefer

Kevin Barnes

Michael Boden

Kathryn Bowman

Kit Colbourn

Roger D’Aquino

Joe Pettignano

David J. Ringwood

Jeff Wilson

 

Honorary Lifetime Members:

Kevin Barnes & Sue Sciacca

Joe & Rachel Cassidy

Dilys Clark

Jody & Paul Coleman

Roger & Linda D’Aquino

Scott B. Diamond

Peter & Bernice Edman

Therese & William Knight

Tom & Enza Lawrence

Anna Marie Paolercio

Bill & Jayne Peckham

Joe Pettignano

Doug & Sylvia Propfe

John T. Sloper

Jeff Wilson

Douglas & Julie Eads Woolley

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www.fredastaire.com/dutchess
gosafeguard.com

2021-2022 Season Donors

The long history and success of County Players is rooted in the people who believe that our work is worthy of their support. Subscribers/Members may choose to support our ongoing work in many ways, including donations. We wish to express our special appreciation to the following contributors of $25 and more (list is current as of October 1, 2021).

(*= Current member of County Players Board of Governors; IMO=In Memory Of.)

STARS ($500+)

Philip & Felicia DiNonno
Carolin Serino
Doug & Julie Eads Woolley

Angels ($200+)

Mr. & Mrs. Terry Barber
Kevin Barnes* & Sue Sciacca
Michael* & Connie Boden
Ralph & Kathryn* Bowman
Harry & Denise Brace
Karen Brewster & Tom Halstead
Kristin Catalano & William Halvey
Paul & Jody* Coleman
Christine Crawfis* & Robert Miller
Roger* & Linda D’Aquino
Peter & Angela Fatzinger
Michael J. Frohnhoefer*
Mac & Bonnie Hammond
Dick Herodes
Albert Hughes
Robert & Jean Kaminski
Jeffrey Knipe
Dominic & Karen Mazza
Jeanne M. Pagliaro
Doug & Sylvia Propfe
Ange & Bette Rapa
Eugene & Jewel Ratzlaff
David J. Ringwood*
Edward T. Smith

Benefactors ($100+)

Mr. & Mrs. James Barba
The Battersby Family (Jeffery Battersby*)
Linda Beasimer
John & Louise Blakley
MaryAnn & Mary Beth Boylan
Dilys Clark
Kit Colbourn*
Alex & Debbie Contini
Carole DiNonno
Michael & Judith Elkin
Keith & Terry Faucher
David & Laura Follis
Leonard & Barbara Greenberg
Bob & Nancy Groeninger
Brenda Haase
George & Anita Harnen
Edwin Joba
Bill & Sharon Jordan
Alan & Patty Little
Victor T. Mitchell
Tom & Susan Murphy
Joel & Millie Neuman
Tom & Grace Padworski
Kenneth J. & Stephanie Parchinski
Joe Pettignano*
Jacqueline Przytula
John Reifenberger
James Rockrohr
Elisa Sawall
Cathy Schmitz
Janice Shufelt
Joe & Kathy Timm
David Weaving & Georgette Orlando
Michael & Patricia White

 

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PATRONS ($25+)

Michael & Julie Adamcek
Phyllis J. Alongi
Laurie Brown
Pat Burbridge
Fred & Michele Cantor
Richard & Kathy Carroll
Kayel & Anna Conklin
Susan T. Davis
JoAnn Decker
Ben & Lorraine DeClemente
Paul & Amy Dickerman
Carol Dodge
Vincent Farina
Martin & Grete Finkelstein
Gordon & Diane Flaherty
Sandra Goldberg
George C. & Anita Harnen
Leeann Guerrier Haubrich
Gerald & Sheila Hayes
Edward & Pamela Herbst
Michael Hickey
Donna Howard
John Hughes
Anita Jones
Thomas Lachman
Raymond & Carmen Langevin
Raymond M. Leduc, Sr.
Paul Lenci
Deborah Magdalene
Marion Mandra
Rosemarie Martini
Alice McCarthy
Jeff McKoy
Daniel Meyer & Karen Marron
Robert & Anita Morrison
Jeanne O’Connor
Mary Ann Page
Anna Marie Paolercio
Carol F. Petvai
Robin Piggott
Judith Dolan Pretak
Joanne Prunty
Nancy Ranalli
Arlene Reich, IMO Edward Reich
Conrad & Norma Remick
Lillian Reiser
Kevin Robinson
Judy Rosenfeld
Mary Jo Ross
Joseph & Melissa Ruggeri
Janet Shaker
Eileen Sicina
Patricia Slattery
Linda St. Martin
Roger Szafranski
Debbie Tamas
Joseph & Pamela Tarquinio
Carl & Karen Whitehead
Edward & Anne Williams
Jeff Wilson*
Nancy Yambem


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2021-2022 Individual Donors

Donors may also choose to support our work by making an individual contribution (not associated with a subscription) during our fiscal year. We wish to express our special appreciation to the following individual contributors of $50 and more (list is current as of December 31, 2021).

(*= Current member of County Players Board of Governors; IMO=In Memory Of; IHO=In Honor Of.)

($2,500+)

Anonymous
Thomas G. Byrne
Kevin Robinson

($1,000+)

Phil & Felicia DiNonno

($500+)

Ralph Eads
Denny & Rosemary Evaul
Joel Finkelstein
Joseph Granda
David & Susan Hopper
Raymond Leduc, Sr.
Carolin Serino

($250+)

Michael* & Connie Boden
MaryAnn & Mary Beth Boylan
Ralph & Kathryn* Bowman
John & Ingrid Collins
Christine Crawfis* & Robert Miller
Jack Fedigan
Dick Herodes
Bradford & Barbara Kendall
Victor T. Mitchell
Michael & Sara Rothman
Tom & Leslie Schmeelk
Douglas & Julie Eads Woolley

($100+)

Mr. & Mrs. James Barba
The Battersby Family (Jeff Battersby*)
John & Louise Blakley
Shirley Brereton
Craig Patrick Browne
Ann Citron
Kit Colbourn*
Eileen Doherty
Bernice Edman, IMO Peter Edman
Michael & Judith Elkin
Robert Ernest, IMO Carole Ernest
Susan Budson Fink, IMO Allen Fink
John & Marcia Gauquie
Nancy Goetz
Jerry & Sandy Goldberg
Eleanor Hopkins, IMO Conrad Remick
Albert Hughes
Robert & Jean Kaminski
Bill & Doris Kennedy
Jeff Knipe
John Leinung
Patty Little
Jerry Martin (Safeguard Print & Promo Apparel)
Sean McCarthy
Robert McKee
Evelyn Morin, IMO Conrad Remick
Joel & Millie Neuman
Robert O’Dowd
Georgette Orlando & David Weaving
John Ossenkop
Bill & Jayne Peckham
Joe Pettignano
Bruce Picchi
Nancy Piscitello
Joe & Mary Prior
Doug & Sylvia Propfe
Jeff Purdy
Donald & Arlene Rider
Barbara Shelley
Roxanna Synnet
Roger & Christine Szafranski
Alan & Rosemary Thomas
Susan Tribendis, IMO Conrad Remick
Vern & Beverly Victoria
Jeff Wilson*
Beth Zambito

($50+)

Susan Battersby
Ernie & Jayne Baumbach
Kevin Barnes* & Sue Sciacca
John Brockway
Richard & Judith Carson
Eugenia Castillo
Deborah Cohen
Vijay Dalal
Shirl A. Davis-Susser
Ben & Lorraine DeClemente
Paul & Amy Dickerman
Kathleen Dispensa
Michael Eisenbaum
Margot Fein, IHO Doug Woolley & Julie Eads Woolley
Martin & Grete Finkelstein
Michael J. Frohnhoefer*
Emily Gallo
Joyce Giangrasso
Craig Grant
RD & Klara Hamlyn
George & Anita Harnen
Marie Hasenpflug
Richard & Lucy Hawkins
Melinda Heady
Mary Hemingway
John H. Hughes
Nicholas & Jo Johnson
Chuck & Judy Kronzek
Diane Landau-Flayter
Patricia Marsh
Alice McCarthy
William Neiman
Elizabeth Neubauer
Dennis & Donna O’Brien
Anna Marie Paolercio
Kenneth J. Parchinski
Brune Picchi
Cal & Susan Polikoff
Ange & Bette Rapa
Arlene Reich, IMO Edward Reich
David Ringwood*
Judith Robbins
Elisa Sawall
Edmond Selby
Janet Shaker
Joe & Pam Tarquinio
Jeanne Valentine-Chase
Melissa Vieux
Judith Waye, IMO Conrad Remick
Mark Wilson, IMO Conrad Remick

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divinewinebarwappingers.com

Adopt-A-Seat Donors

Cast & Crew of Prelude To A Kiss (2021)
Cast & Crew of Pride and Prejudice (2021)
Cast & Crew of The Price (2021)
Cast & Crew of Seven Keys to Badpate (2022)
Beryl Colbourn
Robert Ernest
Rosemary and Denny Evaul
Robert Fiorentino
Tom Halstead & Karen Brewster
Susan Harvey
Victor T. Mitchell
Bill & Jayne Peckham
David J. Ringwood
Joe Prior
Jeff Wilson

paggiengineering.com

aparosesecurity.net

NOTES

NO RECORDING
The use of any audio or video recording device, and the taking of photographs, with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Violators may be punished by ejection and violations may render the offender liable for monetary damages.

FIRE NOTICE
Fire exits are indicated by illuminated signs above the exit doors. In the event of fire or other emergency, please WALK to the nearest exit door.

TURN OFF ELECTRONIC DEVICES
The use of cellular phones, pagers, and other audible or light-emitting electronic devices is an annoyance to your fellow theater-goers and can interfere with our wireless lighting and sound systems. If you are in possession of any of these devices, please ensure they are TURNED OFF, not merely silenced, throughout the performance.

NO SMOKING
County Players At The Falls Theater is a smoke-free building. Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the premises and within 50 feet of any of the entrances.

Guests expecting EMERGENCY MESSAGES should notify the house manager upon their arrival at the theater. Patrons may be contacted by calling the Box Office.

LATECOMERS will be seated at the discretion of the management at the first appropriate interval on a space available basis.

RESTROOMS are located in the back of the theater.

EMERGENCY RESUSCITATION EQUIPMENT (AED) is located behind the refreshment counter in the lobby. County Players is designated a Heartsafe Location by the Dutchess County Commissioner of Health.

PARKING is at your own risk. County Players is not responsible for parking tickets, towing fees, or damage incurred to vehicles of patrons. Please obey all parking signs and regulations.

TICKETS are non-refundable. We do not accept unpaid reservations. Purchases may be made in advance or call the Box Office or online at countyplayers.org using your MasterCard, VISA, or Discover, by mailing a check at least two weeks prior to a performance.

COMMENTS and suggestions are welcomed by County Players. Please direct them to the House Manager who can be located through the Box Office. Policies are subject to change without notice.

TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS

County Players is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN: 14-6030877). All contributions are deductible to the extent provided by law. County Players deeply appreciates those forward-thinking individuals who include the organization in their financial and estate planning.

 

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