SHHS Drama is proud to present their spring production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard opening May 4, 2017, in the Olmscheid Auditorium at St. Helens High School.
From publisher Samuel French Inc, “Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play.”
The cast of 16 actors features Ray McGuire as Rosencrantz, Matthew Jurkiewicz as Guildenstern, Thomas Barley as Hamlet, Prussia Johnson as Ophelia, Jeff Higgins as Claudius, Anastasia Weber as Gertrude, David Ryder as Polonius, Morgan Benedict as Horatio, McKenna French as The Player, and Arthur Jerome as Alfred. The Tragedians include Alycia Eidem, Jessica Matzke, Travis Matzke, Christopher Sychowski, Regan Tolman, Samuel Walker. Jenny Fournier is the stage manager and Ron Barnett directs.
The show runs May 4, 5, and 6 at 7 pm and May 6 at 2 pm at the Olmscheid Auditorium at St. Helens High School. Tickets are $7 general admission and are available at the ticket booth 30 minutes for each show.
ShoeString Community Players is celebrating 35 years with this hilarious musical. As stated on www.nunsense.com Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree
is presented as a promotional tour for Sister Mary Amnesia’s newly released album, I Could’ve Gone to Nashville. After regaining her memory Sr. Amnesia realizes she is Sister Mary Paul, a former country singer. Reverend Mother, feeling that one should not waste God-given talent, gets Sister Mary Paul a recording contract and now she is on a national tour. Introducing two new characters, Sister Mary Wilhem (the convent nurse), and Father Virgil Manly Trott (Sister Leo?s real-life brother), this show is filled with hysterical one-liners and infectious comic tunes. Audiences participate in a rousing “Country Auction” and join with the cast as they sing We know that somewhere up in heaven you’re a saint, Patsy Cline! Will Sister Amnesia leave the convent for the Grand Ole Op’ry? You’ll have to wait till the finale, Do Unto Others to get the answer.
Auditions are May 15, 17, 18 at St Helens Middle School Cafeteria, 6:00-8:00pm
Audition dates are also for anyone interested in orchestration and production crew.
Performance dates: July 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29
Character Descriptions and requirements:
Must be able to sing very well and some dancing.
Sister Mary Paul [AKA Amnesia] – The daffy nun who was hit on the head with a crucifix and for a long time didn’t remember who she was. Still called Sister Amnesia, she turned out to be Sister Mary Paul, a Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes winner who had once been a country singer.
Sister Mary Wilhelm – Superintendent of Nursing for the Diocese of Newark. She appears rather severe but turns out to be lots of fun. As a teenager she appeared in a movie with Frankie Avalon.
Sister Robert Anne – The streetwise tough kid from the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. A constant source of aggravation for superiors, but loved by the kids she teaches. She is the voice of the puppet, Sister Mary Annette.
Sister Mary Leo – The young novice who hopes to dedicate her life to God as a ballerina, but who is constantly frustrated by Reverend Mother’s refusal to let her perform in a tutu. She is soon to take her vows and receive her black veil.
Father Virgil Manly Trott – A Franciscan priest who is Sister Mary Leo’s real-life brother. He is very handsome and well aware of it. He is an authentic country singer originally from Mississippi.
Sister Mary Regina – Mother Superior of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, We hear from her in this show via “voice-over” on the telephone.
Brother/Sister Stage Manager – Appears as him/herself, with messages for the others.