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Backstage September 2006

BACKSTAGE - September, 2006

Auditions for a Unique Holiday Presentation

Amahl GraphicChatham Opera and Chatham Community Players will co-produce Menotti’s holiday opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” with 12 performances which will take place on December 15, 16, 17, 22 & 23, 2006. Auditions for all roles will take place on September 18, 19 & 22 at 7 p.m. at the Chatham Playhouse, which is located at 23 North Passaic Avenue in Chatham. Non-professional and professional performers with experience in opera or musical theater are encouraged to audition. The show will feature a 21-piece live orchestra.

Amahl and the Night Visitors” is the story of a young, crippled boy, Amahl, and the miracle that cures him. It was first performed on December 24.1951, in New York City, at NBC studios, where it was broadcast on television. The opera is now a popular family Christmas classic. ‘Amahl... ‘ is full of humor, wonder, and drama, and the music is tuneful and charming.

Constantine Kitsopoulos HeadshotConstantine Kitsopoulos, who is General Director of Chatham Opera, will be conducting the production. Kitsopoulos is a resident of Chatham. On Broadway he was music director and conductor for Baz Luhrmann’s production of “La Bohème,” Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” and “Les Misèrables,” among others. Kitsopoulos is teaming up again with Robert Pridham on this exciting collaboration between Chatham Opera and Chatham Community Players. Having directed “Master Class,” "Proof," "How I Learned To Drive," "Side Man," and several other shows, Pridham returns as our director.

Performers should come prepared to sing either an aria in English or a traditional musical theatre song in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Bock & Harnick, etc., which shows off their voice to its best advantage. For more information, please contact Kristin Barber at 732-208-4184. For more details, please visit the auditions page.


Fall Brings Arthur Miller’s “A View From The Bridge

A View from the Bridge GraphicTo be presented in November, we offer this riveting story of fate, lust, and betrayal, love gone wrong. Set in a Sicilian neighborhood in Brooklyn, the drama tells of longshoreman Eddie Carbone’s struggle with intense psychological and physical drives that lead him to betray his own family. A recent revival on Broadway drew rave reviews, calling it one of Miller’s best plays, a modern classic.

Our cast is Pete DiMarco as Eddie, Julianne DiPietro-Renshaw as Beatrice Carbone, Dana Vigliotti as Catherine, Neil Fasolino as Marco, Al Sperduto as Alfrien, Billy McArthur as Rodolpho, and David Gazzo, Tony La Russo, Ray Petro,David Neal, Hilde Steinberg and Jessica Cornish. We welcome Rob Pherson as our director, assisted by Producer Joelle Bochner and Production Coordinator Mara Lundstrom, with stage manager Jennifer Dzama.

The production will run three weekends, November 3 through 18, at The Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, Chatham.

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Here And There...

Kristin Barber (“Proof,” “Jersey Voices ’04, ’05”) will be performing in Playhouse Association of Summit’s “Children’s Hour,” directed by Kate Schlesinger (who’s directed and acted for CCP)...Stuart Scheer (“West Side Story”), David Simon (“Pippin”, “Joseph...Dreamcoat”, “West Side Story”), Will Lampe (“A Christmas Carol”), Shannon Barry (“Pippin,” “Into the Woods”), Chris Cantalupo (“Pippin”), Matt Burns (“...Carol,” “Into the Woods,” “...Mockingbird”), Roxanna Arrojo (“Jersey Voices ‘06”), and Philippe Levesque (“Into the Woods,” “Jersey Voices ’05.” “Pippin”) were all cast in 4th Wall Theatre’s upcoming production of “Assassins” directed by Bob Cline (“...Mockingbird,” “Into the Woods,” “Pippin”)...Matt Burns will also be performing at Studio Playhouse’s “Full Monty,” directed by Bob Cline...Michael Pasternak (“Pippin”) was Daniel in “Once on This Island, Jr.” at the Summit Playhouse, directed by Renee Palermo (“Into the Woods”)...Tom BlewittJersey Voices ’04-‘06”) will be performing in “Music From a Sparkling Planet” at the Chester Theatre Group...Voltaire Balderrama (“...Carol,” “Pippin”) and Jonathan Wierzbicki (“Jersey Voices”) starred in “Lonely Planet” for the Ledge Theater...Joann Scanlon (who’s directed and acted for us) will be directing an upcoming production of “The Cemetery Club” for Westfield Players.