2009-2010 SEASON

EVENTS THIS YEAR:

  • World "swine flu", Global pandemic. ... Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President... ... Michael Jackson dies in strange circumstances. ......WikiLeaks

  • Time Square Bomber ...  BP Oil Spill

cele 4.jpg
Celebration poster-flattened.jpg

Celebration

By Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
October , 2009

Directed by Mitchell Fields
Choreography by Wendy Lynne & Mitcell Fields   Music Direction by Marcia Snavely

Set and Lighting Designer - Ben Needham    Costume Director - Caitlin Van Neil

Technical Director - Marcus Dana       Properties: Ben Needham
Stage Manager - Mandi Stevens

CAST

Potemkin    Luke Wehner

Orphan    Nick Hyland

Angel    CorLesia Smith

Mr. Rich    Bryan Kravitz

 


 

THE REVELERS
Lindsey Anderson (S), Samantha Becker (J), Zoe Conley (S), Kayla Davis (S),Terra Gatewood (J), Laurel Gehrisch (J), Katherine Gottsegen (S), Jessica Gramc (J), Morgann Grampp, Sean Grandillo (J), Marissa Greenwald (S), Derrick Hann (S), Kourtney Horne (J), Kyle Marbury (S), Rachel Martinelli (J), Tali Merdler (J), Alex Ranchman (J), Kayla Spira (J)

THE ORCHESTRA
Keyboards -Marcia Snavely (Conductor), Robert Day

Percussion -  Kathy Shoenfelt, Brian K. Manchen 

Guitar - Jesse Fishman, Bass - Joyce Gilliland,

cele 5.jpg
cele 3.jpg
cele 8.jpg

MUSICAL NUMBERS

ACT ONE

    CELEBRATION    Potemkin and Revelers

    ORPHAN IN THE STORM    Orphan & Revelers

    SURVIVE    Potemkin and Revelers
   SOMEBODY    Angel and Devil Girls

    BORED    Mr. Rich

    MY GARDEN    Orphan and Revelers
   WHERE DID IT GO?    Rich and Revelers

    LOVE SONG    Angel, Orphan, Potemkin, Rich & Revelers

 

ACT TWO

    I’M GLAD TO SEE    Orphan and Angel

    IT’S YOU WHO MAKE ME YOUNG    Rich and Revelers

    NOT MY PROBLEM    Potemkin and Revelers

    FIFTY MILLION YEARS AGO    Orphan

    BEAUTICIAN BALLET    Rich and Revelers

    SATURNALIA    Revelers

    UNDER THE TREE    Angel and Orphan

    WINTER AND SUMMER    Revelers

    CELEBRATION (REPRISE)    All

cele 9.jpg
cele 6.jpg
cele 2_edited.jpg
cele 1.jpg

     Look Homeward Angel

By Ketti Frings

Based on the Novel by Thomas Wolfe
Directed by Tom Fulton
Set Design by Ben Needham
Costumes by Caitlin Sandham 

CASt

Eliza Gant - Olivia Sciccolone

W.O. Gant - Mitchell Fields

Eugene Gant - Bryan Kravitz

                                  Austin Murray

Laura James - Zoe Conley
Ben Gant - Derrick Hann
and the ensemble of the Academy

LH Angel Banner.jpg

Look Homeward, Angel is a 1957 stage play by the playwright Ketti Frings. The play is based on Thomas Wolf's 1929 largely autobiographical 

novel of the same title.

 

Look Homeward, Angel traces the coming of age of Eugene Gant, as well as the lives of his family members. It takes place in the town of Altamont, North Carolina. Eugene's mother, Eliza, runs a boarding house, "Dixieland", where boarders often interact with and affect the lives of the Gants. His father, William Oliver, runs a marble sculpture shop, where his prized possession, a statue of an angel, is kept.

The play begins by showing life in the boarding house when a young woman, Laura enters and requests to stay there. Gant enters drunk, but is eventually helped by his daughter, Helen. The next scene sees Eugene and his brother, Ben, discussing life and love. Eugene meets Laura, and they appear to fall in love, though Eugene lies about his age, claiming to be older. Eliza and Gant fight over the matter of selling his shop and the angel statue.

LH Angel Set.jpg

February 12, 13, 14

2010

Eliza enters the boarding house and begins arguing with Ben, cumulating in her slapping him. The next scene, days later, sees Gant and Eugene working in his shop. Laura enters to confront Eugene about the truth—she has lied about her age and he has as well. Eliza enters, ready to sell Gant's shop, until he at last announces that rather than use the money for Dixieland's expenses, he would take the money, put Gene in college, and begin traveling. Eliza rips up his check in a fit of fury and exits. Immediately following, Ben falls ill. He is then seen on his deathbed, where he dies.

austin goofy.jpg
Cantebury Knights Tale Poster copy.jpg
rubbing noses.jpg
  • The Canterbury Tales

Adaptation by Andrew May from the Novel by Chaucer
Directed by Andrew May
 

Carpenters wife happy.jpg

CHAUCER (Speaking in the original Middle English)

Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote

The droughte of Marche hath perced to the mote,

And bathed every veyne in swich licour....

Andrew May's new adaptation is an hysterical retelling of these raucous tales from the 14th Century.   Played with just 8 actors taking on several roles each from Chaucer himself to the imbecilic Millers in the Miller's tale.  May brings them all to life with a nod to Monty Python along the way.
 

Many commentators marvel at Shakespeare's ability to address the concerns of today's audiences with plays that were written 400 years ago.

 

Yet it was 200 years before that when Chaucer penned his account of the "full nine and twenty" pilgrims setting off from the Tabard Inn on the road to Canterbury. The moralistic stories of love, sexual discrimination, revenge and forgiveness are probably more relevant today than when they were first seen.

THE KNIGHT'S TALE
THE MILLER'S TALE

THE REEVE'S TALE

THE TALE OF SIR TOPAZ

THE PARDONERS TALE

THE WIFE OF BATH'S TALE

with

Austin Murray, Liana DeCates, Ben Ducoff, Hanna Cheplowitz

Laurel Gehrish (Nichole), Cole Hersh, Ryan Stafford, Dior Stephens

chaucer 3.jpg
mother and baby.jpg
miller mad.jpg
goofy carpenter.jpg

  • Alice in Wonderland

By Lewis Caroll
Directed by Julie Kolibab and Wendy Kriss
 

  • The Three Sisters

By Anton Chekhov
English Translation by Randall Jarrel
Directed by Tom Fulton 

 

  • Agnes of God

By John Pielmeier

Directed by Bernadette Clemens