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Seeking Directors for Our 95th Season Tuesday, 26 April 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players are seeking directors for their 95th (2016-2017) Season. This group has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. For the upcoming season they have secured rights to produce, “Talk Radio” by Eric Bogosian in late October, “Bell, Book and Candle” by Jane Van Druten in early March and “Moon Over Buffalo” by Ken Ludwig in early May.

Over the next month, we will be interviewing candidates for these three productions. Please send your resume and references to Directing@chathamplayers.org before May 31, 2016 and indicate which play you are interested in directing. Please be sure to include the word, "Director" in the Subject Line of your email. These are paid positions and amounts can vary depending on experience & show. For additional information on the Chatham Community Players, please visit www.chathamplayers.org.

Monty Python’s “Spamalot” Brings
Chatham’s 94th Season to A Hysterical Close
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The Chatham Community Players concludes its 94th Season with Monty Python’s hilarious “Spamalot”. This musical will run from May 6 through May 21. James Mosser directs, Patrick Phillips is the musical director and Jennifer Williams is the choreographer, all three are from Union.

Never have the Middle Ages been so funny as they’re depicted in this musical cloned from the classic 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Python’s own Eric Idle wrote the book & lyrics and composed the score with John Du Prez. “Spamalot” opened on Broadway in February 2005. The madcap hit won three Tony Awards, including best musical, and ran for more than 1,500 performances. “Spamalot” takes liberties with everything and everyone, including history, royalty, decorum, bravery, musical theater and just about everything else. Audiences also will meet showgirls, flying cows, dancing monks, coarse French soldiers, an armless and legless knight and a killer rabbit. Does this sound like a something you would want to miss? Join Us!

The talented and diverse group of actors making up the hilarious “Spamalot” cast are Mark Smith of Roxbury as King Arthur, Chip Prestera of Stirling as Sir Robin, Peter Horn of Plainfield as Sir Lancelot dba Lance, Joseph Laurino Jr. of Union as Patsy, Mike Patierno of South Orange as Sir Galahad/Prince Herbert's Father/The Black Knight, Howard Fischer of Berkeley Heights as Sir Bedevere/Dennis' Mother/Concorde, Robyn Lee Horn of Plainfield as The Lady of the Lake, Gus Ibranyi of Bloomfield as Historian/Herbert/Not Dead Fred/Sir Robin's Minstrel, Jonathan Duvelson of Union as Sir Not Appearing/The Dancing Nun/Robin’s Minstrel, Ronin Ruste of Union as French Guard/Sir Bors/Robin’s Minstrel and the Ensemble is made up of Emily Cyrier of Randolph, Danielle Pennisi of Cedar Grove, Lori Bennett Reyes of Pequannock, Alyssa Carbonell, Toni Orallo, Ashley Phillips, Christopher Erdman, Cameron Brito all from Union.

“Over the past nine years, Jennifer Williams and I have had a lot of success with the students in the Union High School Theatre Department and we are excited to get to work with a company like Chatham Players that has such a wonderful Reputation. The company is fantastic and you don’t get material that is more fun than “Spamalot.” The show is not only terrifically funny, but also features some excellent song and dance numbers,” said director, James Mosser.

Rounding out Mosser’s talented production team, the Producer and Scenic Designer is Bob Lukasik, Production Coordinators are Steffi Denmark and Esther Musili, Stage Manager is Tom Marshall, Scenic Painting by Andrea & Dean Sickler, Costume Designers are Cheryl Galante and Christina Kirk, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy and Sound Designer is Joe DeVico.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8pm and May 15 at 3pm. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com. The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin accepting phone reservations on April 26 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. Monty Python’s “Spamalot” is presented by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Chatham's 2015-2016 Season ~ 94 Years Sunday, 05 April 2015
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August: Osage County - October 2015

By Tracy Letts

"In Tracy Letts' ferociously entertaining play, the American dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the twenty-first century with eyes blazing, nostrils flaring and fangs bared, laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you're squirming in your seat even as you're doubled-over laughing. A massive meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accord—not to mention on the decline of American integrity itself." ~ Variety

The Lion in Winter - March 2016

By James Golden

Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

SPAMALOT - May 2016

Music and Lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, Book by Eric Idle

It's comedy fit for a king! Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, "a chorus line of legless knights”, men in tights (with legs), not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French taunters. This show features one of the most energetic, tuneful scores of the last decade. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations.