Broadway classics move into Student Art Month spotlight

Thursday March 28, 2013

WINDHAM COUNTY -- Classic musicals take center stage at three area schools the Arts Council of Windham County’s Student Art Month winds down.

’Pajama Game’

opens in Bellows Falls

The Bellows Falls Union High School Drama Club presents its spring musical, "The Pajama Game" on Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., in the BFUHS auditorium. General admission is $5.

The dangers of a workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this romantic comedy. Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin, played by James Morton, and Babe Williams, played by Paige Moody, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.

’Guys and Dolls’ continues
at Leland & Gray

The Leland and Gray Players present "Guys and Dolls," the musical based on stories by Damon Runyon with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, on Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Leland & Gray’s Dutton Gymnasium.

Director is Ann Landenberger, with Abby Wicker as assistant producer. Ron Kelley is music director, and Broadway veteran Terrie Robinson is choreographer. Scenery was created by Leland & Gray art teacher Kristen Wilson’s design classes, and costumes are the creations of Wicker with volunteers Kim Soule, Vera Gervais, Bonnie Cramp and others.

The cast includes Addie Mahdavi, Rachael Turner, Adam Culver, Rebekah Winot, Susie Francy, Patrick Hauer, Arik Clark, Madison Cannella, Nathaniel Van Osdol, Kenny Cashman, Jesse Cannella, William Jagiello, Zoe Soule, Jesse Newton, Maddi Etman, Gable Rak, Tino Benson, Jasmine Domenick, Gia Casella, Sean Kiziltan, Asa Chapin, Michael Zima’nyi, Alana Redden, Nastia Stevens, Kayla Wilson and, from Newbrook Elementary, Fairen Starks and Sam Thibault. Crew includes Max Cramp, Sam Harrison, Maezie Cramp, Genevieve Darling, Rachel Spence, Grant Cullen and others.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors in advance or at the door. For more information, contact Ann Landenberger at or 802-365-7355, ext. 204.

’Carnival!’ coming to

The Grammar School

PUTNEY -- "Carnival!" is coming to The Grammar School from April 3-6.

An amusing love story, set in a traveling circus, "Carnival!" features the popular theme song "Love Makes the World Go ‘Round," and the whimsical, eccentric characters of Lili, an optimistic orphan; Marco, the magnificent magician; his partner the incomparable Rosalie; Paul Berthalet, a lonely, bitter puppeteer; and B.F. Schlegel, the demanding owner and ringmaster of "The Grand Imperial Cirque De Paris."

Amidst the magic and fantasy of the circus, exists a playful tale of hidden love, deception, jealousy and innocence. As this comedic drama unfolds, audience members of all ages will enjoy the antics of the Siamese twins, gypsy snake charmer, souvenir salesman and burly strong man; the feats of jugglers, clowns, acrobats, magicians, and puppeteers; and a performance filled with music and dance.

The Grammar School’s 7th and 8th grade students bring this entertaining revival to life in a full-scale theatrical production.

Director and choreographer is Juliet Avelin, and producer and music director is Alli Lubin. This is Lubin’s 20th production as head of the Music Department at TGS. Working with Lubin throughout the production are assistant producer and backstage manager Sally Seymour and choral director Jared Stolper. In the orchestra pit, under Lubin’s direction, are: Dan DeWalt, piano, accordion, trumpet, Stolper, guitar, Carol Cutts, keyboard, and Lisa O’Keefe, flute. Costume design is led by Natalie Thompson with assistant Jan Spanierman; and set design is led by Julia Zanes, with signs designed and painted by Donald Saaf.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, April 3-6, at 7 p.m., at The Grammar School campus, 69 Hickory Ridge Road. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and alumni, $25 for families, and sold at the door. To reserve seats, call TGS at 802-387-5364. Thursday’s performance is presented as a benefit for Putney Family Services. For more information visit


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