Chapel Street Players http://chapelstreetplayers.org /// Your Ticket to Great Theater Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:47:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.6 72764603 (A. Renaldi) The Fantasticks http://chapelstreetplayers.org/a-renaldi-the-fantasticks/ http://chapelstreetplayers.org/a-renaldi-the-fantasticks/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:24:56 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2209 submitted by Anthony Renaldi

Fantasticks-11Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow. Try to remember, and if you remember, then follow, follow, follow, that memory to experience Chapel Street Players’ production of The Fantasticks.

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Fantasticks-11Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow. Try to remember, and if you remember, then follow, follow, follow, that memory to experience Chapel Street Players’ production of The Fantasticks.

The enchanting musical that first premiered at the Sullivan Street Theatre, an intimate, off-Broadway venue in New York City’s Greenwich Village on May 3, 1960, and went on to set a record as the world’s longest running musical with 17,162 performances before closing in 2002, returned to the equally intimate Chapel Street Players’ stage on June 9th. First seen on the CSP stage in 2001, the latest production of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s commedia dell’arte-style fable, adapted from Edmond Rostand’s “Les Romanesques,” is back for a new, limited run.

Fantasticks-13The magic begins with the first melodic notes of the overture as a traveling troupe of actors take to the stage and the charming narrator and rogue-for- hire, El Gallo, implores the audience to remember when love was tender and new (“Try to Remember”). The charming bandit then invites the audience to experience a world of magic and moonlight, explaining the plot of the play. The Fantasticks is a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet—a romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, two feuding fathers, and a wall. Matt and Luisa fall in love, despite the wall their fathers have built to keep them apart. The young lovers believe their parents are against their budding romance, but the scheming gentlemen have secretly orchestrated the whole affair, even going so far as to hire professional bandit, El Gallo, and a band of actors to “abduct” Luisa so that Matt may heroically defeat the brigands and secure the union. The ruse works. Matt and Luisa fall in love, but grow apart and separate when El Gallo exchanges the moon for the sun and they discover that what seems magical by moonlight loses its charm under the glaring light of day. Matt and Luisa finally find their way back to one another after experiencing the harsh realities of the world. They realize all they ever wanted was each other, emphasizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

Fantasticks-01Bob Miller is charming as the narrator/rogue-for- hire, El Gallo, and captivates the audience, with his rich, unamplified voice, inviting the audience to use their imagination and enter a world of moonlit magic. Samuel White and Donna Marie Pizzo are adorable as the star-crossed lovers, Matt and Luisa. White and Pizzo exhibit wonderful chemistry, pleasant vocals, and great energy. Jim Conte (Hucklebee) and Patrick Ruegsegger (Bellomy) are delightful as the garden-happy dads, garnering big laughs and entertaining with their vaudeville-like song and dance numbers. Dennis E. Williams as Henry, the ancient (and dusty) actor, and Sam Dressler as Mortimer, the death-scene specialist Indian (he’s not really an Indian), hysterically stole the scenes in which they appeared.

Ray Barto faithfully replicates, as much as possible, the staging of the original production and Bill Fellner gives equal treatment to the classic score. There are no over-the- top, glitzy numbers here, no fancy-schmancy sets, and certainly no re-imagined adaptation of this beloved classic, just a piano, a handful of actors, some basic props and costumes, and a lot of imagination. The result is the same heart-warming experience that has delighted theatre goers for 57-years.

The Fantasticks runs through June 24. Call the box office at (302) 368-2248 or visit www.chapelstreetplayers.org to reserve your tickets today.

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Audition :: 1984 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/audition-1984/ http://chapelstreetplayers.org/audition-1984/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:10:58 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2187 6/25 @ 7pm & 6/28 @ 7pm

Director Judith A. David looks for actors/actresses to fill up 16 characters for our 2017-2018 opening production, 1984. Flexible roles, Male and Female from 18 and up. There will be some violence and adult situations.

If away from Newark or having any questions,

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6/25 @ 7pm & 6/28 @ 7pm

Director Judith A. David looks for actors/actresses to fill up 16 characters for our 2017-2018 opening production, 1984. Flexible roles, Male and Female from 18 and up. There will be some violence and adult situations.

If away from Newark or having any questions, please email Csp_email at yahoo.com to see if an appointment can be arranged.
Show date:  Oct 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 @ 8pm / Oct 8 @ 2pm / 2017

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(A. Renaldi) Holy Traffic: Rough Road Ahead http://chapelstreetplayers.org/renaldi_holy_traffic/ http://chapelstreetplayers.org/renaldi_holy_traffic/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:25:21 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2096 submitted by Anthony Renaldi

Holy Traffic, the original play by Paul Maltby, follows the exploits of the Dallariva brothers, Tony, who has just recommitted himself to his Catholic faith (and is about to have that faith tested), and his scheming brother,

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(L to R ) Bill Potter. Jeremiah Dillard photo by Peter Kuo

Holy Traffic, the original play by Paul Maltby, follows the exploits of the Dallariva brothers, Tony, who has just recommitted himself to his Catholic faith (and is about to have that faith tested), and his scheming brother, Joey, who has hatched an unholy plan to steal the Popemobile during the pontiff’s visit to Atlantic City and who needs Tony’s help to pull it off. The Dallarivas take the audience (and an unintended passenger) on a wild, night-time ride along the Jersey Shore in this farce as Tony and Joey encounter an assortment of nuts—evangelical snake handlers, New Age pagans, Satanists and Voodooists—during their attempt to deliver the stolen Popemobile to their buyer.

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Traffic, directed by Connie Regan and Vaughan Ellerton, drove onto the Chapel Street Players stage on the final day of March and runs through April 8th. This play has plenty of laughs and a diverse cast. Act One moves along at a nice pace with only minor bumps in the road. The dialogue seems forced at times and left me wondering if Bill Potter (Joey) had forgotten his lines and had to resort to ad-libbing his way through the scenes, but I ultimately decided it was the actor’s (or director’s) chosen delivery style. The squabbling between the brothers is initially funny, but wears thin quickly, becoming less funny as the play goes on. There are bright moments in the play, including a very funny motel exorcism scene. The play satirizes religion, so those easily offended by that type of humor should take that as a disclaimer. Additionally, Joey drops F-bombs like a B-52 over Iraq, so audience members should be prepared for that, particularly if bringing children to the show. Act Two is where the play hits a speed bump and limps to the side of the road, forcing the audience to endure ‘til the end and wishing fervently to push the OnStar button for roadside assistance…or at least an editing pen. The problem is that, at two hours and forty-seven minutes, the play is a bit too long. That’s not to say there aren’t still big laughs to be had (some of the biggest came in the second act), but the playwright should have put a sharper point on his editing pencil and cut repetitive material and material that simply didn’t work. It would be interesting to see this play after a laying on of hands in the form of a critical review/re-write.

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(L to R) Marlene Hummel, Sharon Brown photo by: Peter Kuo

Jeremiah Dillard played Tony with great conviction as his brother’s unwitting accomplice and drew laughs each time he (literally) came under the spotlight to denounce his faith. Brooks Black shined as Millie and Colleen Boyle, Marlene Hummel, and Sharon Brown were hilarious as novice exorcists. As always, CSP does wonders with their small stage. Vaughan Ellerton gets kudos for a smart, functional set design as well as for the cleverly engineered Popemobile, which nearly stole the show.

Here’s where the rubber hits the road. Holy Traffic is not the best production to hit the CSP stage, but it isn’t horrible, so take a pew and take a chance on this original production before it closes. If you don’t like it, you can always pray for deliverance.

Holy Traffic! runs through April 8 (visit http://chapelstreetplayers.org/ for specific show dates/times and other offerings by CSP).

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Write/Rehearse/Perform – A 24-Hour Playwriting Festival http://chapelstreetplayers.org/24-hour-playwriting-festival-1/ http://chapelstreetplayers.org/24-hour-playwriting-festival-1/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:16:07 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2057 April 29, 8pm / All tickets are $5

Starting at 8pm, Apr 28, Six playwrights will work overnight to create 6 original 10-minute plays. By morning, the plays will be delivered to directors who will then choose their casts and begin rehearsals. At 8pm, ready or not,

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April 29, 8pm / All tickets are $5

Starting at 8pm, Apr 28, Six playwrights will work overnight to create 6 original 10-minute plays. By morning, the plays will be delivered to directors who will then choose their casts and begin rehearsals. At 8pm, ready or not, the shows will go on. Join us for the creative results. It’s sure to be a fun night for everyone!

Audition: Friday, April 28 th at 7:30 pm
Performance: Saturday, April 29 th at 8:00 pm (YES! 24 HOURS LATER!!)

About the Festival

We are compressing the whole process of writing, rehearsing, and performing 6 plays into 24 hours. After the Friday night auditions, the writers will overnight write the six plays of 10-15 minutes length. Directors will start rehearsals Saturday morning full throttle, speeding to the performance 12 hours later! The Good News: Tech week will now be Tech 30 minutes! The Bad News: This crazy feat of creation will be over in about 24 hours (except for the after party, of course)!

Audition Requirements

An adventurous soul with a “We can DO this!” attitude is recommended. Each actor should bring an interesting prop to the audition. As their audition piece, each actor will have up to 2 minutes to “pitch” why the writers should use this oh-so interesting prop in their play. If the actor doesn’t bring a prop, we got your back! We’ll have a selection of less-interesting props to choose from (so bring yours – no explosives, please). If cast, you will need to be available on Saturday from 8:30 am to the end of the performance that night. All actors must be 18 years or older.

Obligatory Higher Purpose Statement

The main thing we want to accomplish with this festival is to CREATE some new art and HAVE FUN! Your focus on enjoying the compressed creative process while supporting your fellow adventurers with patience and a low-maintenance attitude is expected. Plus how often do you get the chance to bring a character to life for the very first time in a show that was just written?

Please address any questions you may have to Joseph Pukatsch at irsher@mindspring.com or Alan Harbaugh at alan2home@yahoo.com.

See you and your prop on April 28 th at 7:30!

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(A. Renaldi) The Diary of Anne Frank: A Story of Hope and Innocence Lost http://www.officialanthonyrenaldi.com/?p=518 http://www.officialanthonyrenaldi.com/?p=518#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:29:24 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=1992 The Diary of a Young Girl has become one of the most important texts of the Holocaust. The author of that diary, Annelies Marie Frank, better known to the world as Anne Frank, became one of the most tragic and certainly one of the most debated Jewish victims of that horrific period in world history.

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The Diary of a Young Girl has become one of the most important texts of the Holocaust. The author of that diary, Annelies Marie Frank, better known to the world as Anne Frank, became one of the most tragic and certainly one of the most debated Jewish victims of that horrific period in world history. Diary is the true story of Anne and her family. Forced to flee Nazi Germany in 1934, the Frank family settled in Amsterdam where Otto Frank established a successful business, but by 1942, the Nazis invaded The Netherlands and the Franks were forced into hiding to escape being dragged off to the Nazi death camps. Those familiar with the story know that the Franks were discovered in an attic and arrested in 1944. That hiding place, the secret annex above Otto Frank’s business, would become their home and their self-imposed prison for two years, and is also the setting for Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s 1955 drama, The Diary of Anne Frank. If you’re somehow unfamiliar with this story or have never experienced the story played out on stage, Chapel Street Players is presenting their production of the play in Newark, Delaware now.

Set against a backdrop of the looming danger of Nazi occupied Amsterdam, this Jeff Robleto directed production ably captures the despair, claustrophobia, frustration, and abject fear of discovery for Anne and the other seven occupants of the confined, overcrowded attic apartment while highlighting the minutia of everyday life—homework, family arguments, a school girl’s obsession with movie stars as well as her crush on a boy.

Maria Cardillo delivers a delightful performance portraying Anne, the ever hopeful and exceptionally bright diarist, not as the canonized figure that the real-life Otto Frank wanted the world to see, but rather as a typical adolescent, bursting with all of the youthful anguish conveyed through the pages of Anne’s diary and prone to irritating enthusiasm (for some of her fellow confinees), irrational mood swings, pettiness, and the sexual urges and temptations that are inevitable when hormonal teenagers are involved.

Victor Cardillo, Maria’s real-life father, delivers a credible performance as the compassionate Otto Frank, especially in the scenes he shares with his daughter. Lisa Osicky portrays Edith with convincing, heart wrenching frustration because of the situation in which they’ve found themselves and the increasing hostility directed at her from Anne. Gabrielle Rambo brings quiet dignity to the role of Margot and Lisa Velardi breathes life into the character of Mrs. van Daan, generating laughter in key moments to diffuse the tension. A principle source of that tension is Christopher M. Woerner who, as Mr. van Daan, complains endlessly and argues with everyone, particularly Anne and Peter, the van Daan’s shy and socially awkward son played wonderfully by Preston Kifer. Pete Matthews rounds out the cast of principal actors as Mr. Dussel, an irritant and foil for Anne and Peter.

Chapel Street Players’ set designer, Ray Barto, worked his magic to transform the small stage into the cramped attic with its various rooms.

During their self-confinement in the attic at Prinsengracht 263, the Franks never lost hope that the nightmare would eventually end and that they could return to their lives. Anne’s diary was a testament to that hope and to her indomitable human spirit, the spirit that exists in all of us. Diary beautifully represents that hope. Our world has changed little since the 1940s. There are no longer Nazis occupying the streets, but racism, bigotry, and hatred are all still very much alive today as then, making this play and the words of a young Jewish girl as relevant as ever. Our world is still volatile, but like Anne, we can hope for a better tomorrow for “where there’s hope, there’s life.”

The Diary of Anne Frank runs through February 11th (visit http://chapelstreetplayers.org/ for specific show dates/times and other offerings by CSP).

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Chapel Street Players’ production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” directed by Jeff Robleto,

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Few diaries are as well-known (or as devastating) as the that belonged to Anne Frank, a Jewish teen who spent two years in hiding with her family during World War II.

Chapel Street Players’ production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” directed by Jeff Robleto, effectively transports the audience to the Secret Annex in 1940s Amsterdam.

Like the book, “Diary” the play shows the everyday, even mundane, side of a horrifying situation. It’s the “normal” things – the bickering over small things, Anne’s slowly developing crush on a boy, and the moments of laughter – that make it come to life as a story about real people who, aside from living in an attic with limited rations for years, are not that different from any of us.

Pennsville High senior Maria Cardillo shines bright as Anne, who goes into hiding a cheerful and curious girl in pigtails, and is taken away as a young woman who somehow still found things to smile about.

Maria’s father, Vincent Cardillo, plays the role of Anne’s father, a nice detail in a story that is so much about family devotion. Lisa Osicky plays Anne’s mother, a woman holding it together as best she can and butting heads with Anne along the way. Anne’s more somber and less outspoken sister, Margot, is played by Gabrielle Rambo, who brings plenty of presence to an often-quiet role.

One of my favorite performances in this production is Lisa Velardi as Mrs. Van Daan. Not because Van Daan is unusual and exciting, but because Velardi makes her a very real and relatable woman. Van Daan’s son, Peter, played by Preston Kifer, adds another layer to the household dynamic, as the only unrelated youth Anne sees in all that time.

Through it all, the family believes they will be able to go back to their regular lives soon, back to school and work and cooking unrationed meals. Even as they hear that most of their friends have been captured, they – especially Anne – have hope.

The diary is so iconic that it’s not a spoiler to say that almost none of them would survive concentration camps and knowing that makes Anne’s innocence and optimism more powerful.

As director Robleto says in his message, “in an era where the world seems as divisive as ever, we need to remember the words of a little girl who never stopped believing that people were really good at heart.”

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(NewsJournal) Chapel Street’s Alt-Christmas show mocks seasonal shows http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2016/12/08/chapel-streets-alt-christmas-show-mocks-seasonal-shows/95171514/ http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2016/12/08/chapel-streets-alt-christmas-show-mocks-seasonal-shows/95171514/#respond Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:59:01 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=1945 When it comes to Christmas, Chapel Street Players like to do their own thing, maybe the most experimental of their regular season shows.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” features a trio of community theater actors as comic versions of themselves putting on a show.

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When it comes to Christmas, Chapel Street Players like to do their own thing, maybe the most experimental of their regular season shows.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” features a trio of community theater actors as comic versions of themselves putting on a show.

Tired of the same old holiday fare, they challenge themselves to perform every Christmas story they can think of in less than two hours.

Brooks Black just wants to do “A Christmas Carol,” as usual, but Colleen Doyle, decked out in a Jacob Marley’s ghost costume, can’t face another year of Scrooge and the gang.

Fellow “ghost” Frank Newton gets on board to ditch the play for a fast-moving montage-slash-mashup of beloved Christmas stories, most of them from the Christmas TV specials of ‘70s and ‘80s childhoods.

From “The Grinch” to a copyright-compliant knockoff of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the Cindy Starcher-directed show covers as many classics as possible.

Though the pacing is uneven at times, Doyle and Newton do a good job as comedic foils to Brooks’ Straight Woman, a balance that works well. Doyle, in particular, has hilarious moments as the ultra-enthusiastic and often naive one.

While the first Act is a montage filled with familiar Christmas story references, Act 2 narrows it down (for the most part) to two: “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This mashup is the show’s highlight, as the two classics intertwine with ease (or at least they make it look easy).

“Every Christmas Story” doesn’t try to be an “edgy” alternative to typical holiday plays; it isn’t a Christmas show for people who don’t like Christmas shows.

It’s something different without being too different – a fun couple of hours revisiting classic Christmas favorites with three actors in an intimate theater.

Holly Quinn is a Wilmington freelance writer.

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