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Exit 7 Players
in Ludlow, Massachusetts
www.exit7players.org

THEATER SEASON 2013 -- 2014

OLIVER_

Les Miserables Les Miserables

SEPTEMBER 27 - OCTOBER 13, 2013

 

 

 

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THEATER SEASON 2012--2013

AIDA

OCTOBER 12 - 28, 2012

 

CHAPTER TWO

FEBRUARY 8 - 17, 2013

 

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

MARCH 8, 9, 10  - 2013

 

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

APRIL 26 & 27, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

APRIL 28 @ 2:00 PM

MAY 3, 4, 10 % 11 @ 8:00 PM

MAY 5, 2013 @ 2:00 PM

 

2011 - 2012

 

 

Since 1984, the Exit 7 Players, located in Ludlow, Massachusetts,

have been dedicated to the production of

classical, contemporary, and musical works

that entertain, educate, and delight audiences of all ages.


 

Summertime 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

 

April 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8:00PM

April 15 and 22 at 2:00PM

 

Music and Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Based on C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E

Additional material by Jay Reiss

 

Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo

Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theater

 

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI)

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI

421 W 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

www.MTIShows.com

 

 

REVIEWED by B. K. GRANT

 

 This production offers professionalism that would make Broadway proud.

Thanks to the expertise of Paul Hamel (tech director), Michael Crowther (sound), Tom LeCourt (who directed this awesome performance) and Winnie Cardaropoli (producer), this reviewer was wistfully taken back to the small auditorium of grammar school: risers with stackable molded chairs neatly arranged, drum set and piano tucked against the back wall, and the single menacing microphone front and center. The Putnam County Pit Band marches in (unable to tell their right foot from their left), and under the talented direction of George Garber, creates musical magic.

 

An unusual aspect of the show is the interactive format from the very beginning: audience members are invited on stage by Rona Lisa Perretti to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six youngsters. Energetic Kathy Renaud (Titanic, Jekyll & Hyde and Thoroughly Modern Millie) is perfectly cast as uptight Rona, returning moderator, who frequently basks in the limelight of her past (as in long ago) win of the Bee.

 

Vice Principal Doug Panch is the learned word reader for the Bee. Eric Johnson (Titanic) plays this character wonderfully as somewhat dignified, if not a tad pompous, as he reads ridiculous ‘sentences’ for even more ridiculous spelling words.

 

Michael Garcia (Rent) successfully fills the bill as Mitch Mahoney, the Bee’s comfort counselor to those contestants who misspell and therefore must leave. A parolee performing community service, he has a soft heart hidden by a gruff persona.

 

William Barfee is very smart – and lets it be known at every opportunity. Spelling with his ‘magic foot’, Todd Porter (making his Exit7 debut) nails this nerdy personality and gradually becomes less and less obnoxious, almost endearing. 

 

Steve Grabowski (Rent) has the role of Leaf Coneybear down pat – he projects a quirky non-conformist which happenstance has placed in the Bee competition. Convinced he’s not the brightest bulb in the package, he does correctly spell his assigned words in a strange trance-like posture.

 

Olive Ostrovsky has to be the most animated character in the play: she’s all wiggles from the top of her head down to her pink sneakers. Nikki Wadleigh (Rent, Titanic) is amazing as she portrays Olive as shy and unsure, yet determined to succeed in the Bee. Her emotion-filled rendition of the “I Love You” song nearly brought this reviewer to tears.

 

Megan Hoy’s portrayal of Marcy Park is spot-on: an over-achiever expected to succeed in all endeavors, and not enjoying life at all. Quite a change from her role in Jekyll & Hyde, she is wonderfully convincing in her Catholic school uniform.

 

Chip Tolentino typifies the male teen’s mindset as he desperately struggles between sexual fantasies and concentrating on the spelling assignments at hand. David Webber, a senior at West Springfield High School, is marvelous as Chip; he has also appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Titanic and Into the Woods.

 

Kyle Boatwright excels as pigtailed Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, the youngest speller who strives to be perceived as totally normal, albeit having two gay dads as parents and a speech impediment. Quite a change from Kyle’s steamy appearance last year in Rent.

 

Kudos to Sue Crowther (stage manager), Mary Ann Scognamiglio (costumer), Mike Pandolfi and Jess Miller (lighting) for their talents, without which this show would not be nearly as fantastic .

 

A hit musical receiving critical and international acclaim, Tony Award winning Spelling Bee premiered on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre on April 15, 2005, closing on January 20, 2008 after 1,136 performances.

 

Playing, unfortunately, to a less than full house here at Exit7, this production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (a mouthful worth talking about) triumphantly delves into the psyche, revealing the pains of youth in striving for academic success. A great character study framed by clear dialog and lyrics, and one that teaches us all a little something, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is definitely worth a trip to Ludlow. You will be enlightened and entertained to the Nth degree with a laugh every minute.

Don’t miss it!

 

This show has been given a PG-13 rating for mature language and subject matter.

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Exit 7 Players Present

RENT

SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 2, 2011


                                                                                                  

Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson

 

Directed by Meghan Lynn Allen       Produced by Rebecca Johnson and Lori Rodriguez

Musically Directed by Bill Martin       Choreographed by Amy Meek

September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 2011 at 8 pm and October 2, 9 and 16, 2011 at 2 pm. 

 

REVIEWED BY B.K. GRANT

RENT WINS AGAIN!

 

The winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996, Rent is a trip – a trip back to the days of dreams, aspirations and loving your neighbor. It’s a journey many of us remember well, one remembered fondly or with pangs of regret. Exit 7’s production of Rent tells the story of a year in the life of a group of young people from various sides of the street who strive to resolve conflicts, salvage their relationships and ‘make it’ in New York City’s Lower East Side.

 

The rent is due. There’s no heat. The electricity goes out regularly. Everyone’s nearly broke. It’s Christmas.

 

The company’s rendition of “Last Year’s Rent” expands on this scenario with a musical decision not pleasing to their landlord, Benjamin Coffin, III. In his first appearance on the Exit 7 stage, Silk Johnson is smooth in the role of a former member of ‘the group’, now a well-to-do property owner who, while appreciative of their situation, still wants the rent due him.

 

Josiah Durham offers a great portrayal of Mark Cohen, good friend and the play’s narrator, who weaves the tale of the characters’ personal circumstances regarding HIV and sexual identity. A struggling film maker, he feels capturing snippets of his friends’ lives just may net him that elusive contract.

 

Tom Collins is a computer genius – one of few in the group with a steady job. Josh Osborne lends his strong voice to this brainy New Yorker, projecting a self-assured persona. His romantic interest is Angel Dumott Schunard, a street entertainer and drag queen. Michael Garcia is perfectly cast as the sexy Angel, complete with five-inch heels and tights.

 

Michael Lorenzo is wonderful in the role of Roger Davis, Mark’s roommate and frustrated song writer. He evokes all the feeling of a tormented artist’s desperation to accomplish his goal before leaving this world in “One Song Glory”.

 

Roger meets and eventually falls for Mimi Marquez, an exotic dancer. Kyle Boatwright is a steamy and sensual Mimi as she tempts and teases Roger. They are both disillusioned, sometimes hopeless in their particular situations, but there is a tangible attraction between them which offers some hope.

 

The introduction of Joanne, a lawyer (another ‘decent’ vocation) and Maureen, a performer and Mark’s former girlfriend, rounds out the main characters of the play. Christine Green, cast as Joanne, is wonderful as Maureen’s strong, not-so-silent, take charge lover. Maureen is dedicated to Joanne and to the cause; Nikki Wadleigh nails Maureen’s feisty free spirit flawlessly as she commands audience participation in her hilarious “Over the Moon”.

 

Act Two opens with the company’s out-pouring of the well-known “Seasons of Love” as they look hopefully toward the New Year. The lyrics are clear and heartfelt, as is every number presented for one’s overwhelming enjoyment. The musical tribute to their departed friend brought this reviewer to tears.

 

The individual stories within the play are emotionally intense, exploring all aspects of loneliness, fear of commitment, love and expectation. While the main characters shoulder most of the action, this production would not be as great without the Ensemble, namely: Marie Allie, Tina Clark, Ryan Duchesne, Susan Duncan, Steven Grabowski, Jess Miller, Kait Rankins, Dawn Rendell, Joey Stankiewicz and Andrea Wilson-Pierce. The troupe induces sadness, joy and everything in between throughout the audience. All the actors are deep within their respective characters, grasping every mood, every sensation, every gesture, and delivering ten-fold. Jonathan Larson would be bursting with pride.

 

Collectively with the cast, director Meghan Lynn Allen, producers Rebecca Johnson and Lori Rodriguez, musical director Bill Martin and his orchestra (Stephen Foster, Bonnie Germain, Jonathon Hagopian and Dane Scozzari) choreographer Amy Meek, technical director Paul Hamel and many more talented, dedicated people are to be congratulated on this great achievement. What an emotional journey! When leaving the theater, this reviewer was speechless. There are not enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe this performance.

 

Exit 7’s production of Rent is not just a great show or a superb show; it is an incredible rollercoaster of poignant experiences which grabs hold of you, heart and soul, taking you on the ride of a lifetime. No Day but Today.

Don’t miss it!

 

This show is for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

and contains material NOT APPROPRIATE for the younger audience.

RENT is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Music Theatre International (MTI), 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684, www.MTIShows.com.

 

RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop. Musical arrangements by Steve Skinner, original concept/additional lyrics by Billy Aronson, music supervision and additional arrangements by Tim Weil, Dramaturg, Lynn Thomson.

 

 

For any questions about the show, please call 413.583.4301

or e-mail exit7players@gmail.com, Attention: Rent.

Show dates are:

September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 2011 at 8 pm and October 2, 9 and 16, 2011 at 3 pm.

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2010 - 2011

 

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April /May 2011


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Jekyll & Hyde

October 29 - November 14, 2010

Once on This Island

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, August 2010


Titanic
April & May dates, 2010

UnionJack Tribute Band February 13, 2010

The Diamond Connection January 30, 2010

2010 Scholarship Application January 2010

Nuncrackers December 2009

Andrews Brothers October 2009

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf February 2009



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