Friday, February 3, 2017

Chatham Players’ Continues 95th Season with Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo”


 
The Chatham Community Players continues its successful 95th Season with Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo”. This hilarious farce will run from February 24 through March 11,Tom Frascatore from Weehawken directs. 

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious “Moon Over Buffalo” centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately, for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they are actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

The talented and diverse group of actors making up the “Moon Over Buffalo ” cast are David Romankov of Gillette as George Hay, Stacey Petricha of Chatham as Charlotte Hay, Tess Ammerman of Montclair as Rosalind "Roz" Hay, Meryl Nadell of Scotch Plains as Ethel, Thom Boyer of Somerville as Paul, Julie Anne Nolan of Little Falls as Eileen, Brendan Scullin of Stanhope as Howard, Lewis Decker of Millington as Richard Maynard. Frascatore added, “audiences can look forward to a fast paced, pedal-to-the-metal slamming door farce where a top notch cast of comic actors. Drunken swordplay, Noel Coward, Cyrano De Bergerac, Frank Capra and even General George S. Patton all crash together in a symphony of silly.
Rounding out Frascatore’s talented production team, the Producer is Joe DeVico, Scenic Designers are Roy Pancirov and Bob Lukasik, Stage Manager is Robin Barkey, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Christina Kirk, Lighting Designer is John Latona, Fight Coordinator is Steve Ruskin and original music is composed and performed by the Sound Designer, Joe DeVico.

“This show is non-stop humor surrounding the antics and egos of a theatrical family in crisis. The fate of the characters relationships, careers and personal struggles all come to a head as we follow them through one chaotic day both backstage and on-stage of one of their repertory productions. Expect to find at least one character with whom you can truly relate, while laughing alongside others at the often dysfunctional relationships portrayed throughout”, said Producer, Joe DeVico.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are February 24, 25, March 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 8pm and March 5 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 new online ticketing service, where you can now reserve your particular seat, simply go to ccp.booktix.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 February 14 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed. “Moon Over Buffalo” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s 2016-2017 season, visit www.chathamplayers.org. Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
 
 
Photo Caption 

(L-R) Thom Boyer of Somerville as Paul, Stacey Petricha of Chatham as Charlotte Hay and Tess Ammerman of Montclair as Rosalind "Roz" Hay in rehearsal. (photo: Joe DeVico)

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