SJCT TO PERFORM AT OFA AUDITORIUM

St. John’s Conservatory Theater (SJCT) will present their all-original musical THE ORCHARD OF HIDE & SEEK at the newly renovated million dollar Ogdensburg Free Academy Auditorium this coming June.

“This is a perfect opportunity,” explains SJCT’s Artistic Director Richard O’Donnell, “As our productions already showcase a predominantly school-aged cast. In that regard, performing at the OFA Auditorium accomplishes our goal to create educational, inspirational, and professional opportunities for local talent by expanding that experience tenfold.”

THE ORCHARD OF HIDE & SEEK, with a book, music and lyrics by O’Donnell, is a family-friendly comedy about Queen Gossamer and her eclectic tribe of fairies and pixies that inhabit the old apple orchard overlooking the St. Lawrence Sea. As they prepare for their spectacular seasonal celebration, the children from the area are also planning their annual game of hide and seek. However, trouble ensues as Capt. Jean-Pierre Beunet, his malevolent pirates and Ophelia, Delia, and Vermilia, the evil Witches of Hubbub, plot to take over the entire Orchard for themselves.

This is The Wizard of Oz meets Peter Pan Tim Burton-style,” says Musical Director Angela Conzone Dwyer, “And the OFA state-of-the-art facility will allow us to present the musical in all its technical splendor.  It’s a rather large cast, too, about 30 actors, dancers, and singers, so that adds up to a lot of flashy costumes, splashy production numbers, and toe-tapping musical numbers. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

SJCT’s 4th Season at the OFA Auditorium will open with THE ORCHARD OF HIDE & SEEK June 16 for a two-week run. KREEPY HOLLOW, based on Washington Irving’s classic Sleepy Hollow will open in October and then their adaptation of the Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol returns in December.

“After Mike Myers, who is on the OFA School Board, made the original pitch to us,” explains technical director Christopher Dwyer, “And once the Board and Superintendent Mr. Timothy M. Vernsey gave the greenlight, it’s been quite an amazing journey. As the theater was renovated to serve the needs of the community and the OFA students, adding our theater company into their already stellar mix is a more than perfect fit.”

SJCT principal creative staff includes Producing Artistic Director Mr. O’Donnell, Musical Director and Choreographer Angela Conzone Dwyer, Arranger and Orchestrator OFA Senior Ryan C. McNally, Scenic and Prop Designer Stephen Chambers, Costume and Makeup Designer Karen Fischbeck (Heuvelton), additional Costumes by Ann Losurdo (Oswego) and Heron Hetzler (Potsdam), Technical Director and Production Coordinator Christopher Dwyer, Stage Manager Shelly Murdock, and Props Master Tonya Ott. Collectively they have over five decades of professional theatrical and academic experience including regional, stock, bus and truck, off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, and Broadway stages.

Other vital SJCT personnel includes Host Michael O’Donnell, House Manager Sheila LaMere, General Manager Bill LaMere, assistant Technical Director Ryan Woodard, assistant Props Emma Murray, and assistant Costumer Hannah Gardner.

Tickets go on sale in mid-May and will be available electronically at brownpapertickets.com for $10.00 (under ST. JOHN’S CONSERVATORY THEATER) or at the door the night of the performances for a suggested donation of $15. For more information, please visit St. John’s Conservatory Theater’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stjohnsconservatorytheater.

Photo (L-R) General Manager Bill LaMere, Costume & Make-up Designer Karen Fischbeck, Producing Artistic Director Richard O’Donnell, Arranger Ryan C. McNally, Sponsorship Director Ryan C. Woodard, Technical Director/Production Coordinator Christopher Dwyer, Executive Music Director/Choreographer Angela Conzone Dwyer, and Set & Prop Designer Stephen Chambers (not shown Michael O’Donnell, Shelly Murdock, Sheila LaMere, and Tonya Ott.)

ST. JOHN’S CONSERVATORY THEATER CAST MUSICAL ‘CHRISTMAS CAROL’

Famed Dickens’ Classic Returns with Local Talent

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Front Row: Chris Rodriguez, Gabi Ott, Delia Payne, Philomena Bullock, Madison Miller, Macy Murdock, Caroline Silver (Canton). Back Row: Angela Conzone Dwyer, Angela Rodriguez, Myah Myers, Shelly Murdock, Tessa Harper, Brandon Bogart, Grant Brunet (Morristown), Stephen Chambers, Cadence Payne, Rachel O’Donnell, Hannah Gardner, Hailey Weber, Emma Murray, Jillian LeBel, Sloane Ryan, Christopher Dwyer, Sophia Silver (Canton), Meghan Gardner. Missing: Dee Bellinger (Heuvelton), Karen Fischbeck (Heuvelton)  and Richard O’Donnell.

St. John’s Conservatory Theater has cast their all-new musical comedy BRAZILLIA R. KREEP’S CHRISTMAS CAROL which opens December 9th for a two-week run.

Now in its third year, BRAZILLIA R. KREEP’S CHRISTMAS CAROL is a fully staged theatrical adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL with book, music, and lyrics by award-winning writer and composer Richard O’Donnell (under his nom de plum Brazillia R. Kreep). The hilarious musical comedy runs December 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7pm and 11, 18 at 2pm.

BRAZILLIA R. KREEP’S CHRISTMAS CAROL stars O’Donnell as Scrooge, Stephen Chambers as Jacob Marley, Tessa Harper as Thelma Plum (Ghost of Been There Done That), Angela Dwyer as Matilda Pift (Ghost of Christmas Presents), Hailey Weber as Elvira Fripple (Scrooge’s old love interest), Brandon Bogart as Fezziwig, Rachel O’Donnell as Mrs. Fezziwig. The Cratchit Family stars Christopher Dwyer as Bob, Shelly Murdock as Emily, Myah Myers as Martha, Cadence Payne as Bella, and Dee Bellinger as Tiny Tina. The Street Urchins are portrayed by Sloane Ryan as Nipper, Jillian LeBel as Cager, Meghan Gardner as Dolly, Macy Murdock as Scraps, Grant Brunet as Rusty, Chris Rodriguez as Spider, Caroline Silver as Dustbin, and Sophia Silver as Stepintime. Carolers star Rachel O’Donnell as Mrs. Sparkles, Brandon Bogart as Mr. Sparkles, Madison Miller as Mary Sparkles, Delia Payne as Lizzy Sparkles, Cadence Payne as Ethel Sparkles, Myah Myers as Bessie Sparkles, Gabriella Ott as Florence Sparkles, and Philomena Bullock as Dandelion.

Return to old St. Lawrence, London, 1843 whereby old miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (O’Donnell) Bah Humbugs the Christmas spirit, wishing to avoid the aged-old holiday tradition altogether. Yet comical ghosts from his past, present, and future come out of the closet to scare some sense into the doomed man. Think SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE meets A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in BRAZILLIA R. KREEP’S CHRISTMAS CAROL, a two-act musical comedy with over a dozen fully orchestrated toe-tapping songs and a talented local cast (24 in all) hailing from every nook and cranny of the glorious North Country.

SJCT principal creative staff includes Executive Producer Mr. O’Donnell, Director Christopher Dwyer, Musical Director and Choreographer Angela Conzone Dwyer, Arranger and Orchestrator Ryan C. McNally, Scenic and Prop Designer Stephen Chambers, Costume and Makeup Designer Karen Fischbeck (Heuvelton), additional Costumes by Ann Losurdo and Heron Hetzler, Stage Manager Shelly Murdock, Sound Technician Angela Rodriguez, and Props Master Tonya Ott. Collectively they have over five decades of professional theatrical and academic experience including regional, stock, bus and truck, off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, and Broadway stages.

Other vital SJCT personnel includes Rector Dr. Fr. Michael O’Donnell, assistant Technical Director Ryan Woodard, assistant Props Emma Murray, assistant Costumer Hannah Gardner, house manager Sheila LaMere, and general manager Bill LaMere.

Tickets are available electronically at brownpapertickets.com for $10.00 (under TWIST or ST. JOHN’S CONSERVATORY THEATER) or at the door the night of the performances for a suggested donation of $15. For more information, please visit St. John’s Conservatory Theater’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stjohnsconservatorytheater.

ST. JOHN’S CONSERVATORY THEATER is a not-for- profit company of actors, artisans, and artists. It is our vision to create educational, inspirational, and professional opportunities for local talent of all ages while presenting original musicals based on literature and legend.