MUSICAL ‘ORCHARD OF HIDE & SEEK’ FAMILY FUN

ORCHARD cover playbillSt. John’s Conservatory Theater will open its fourth original musical comedy Orchard of Hide & Seek, running July 9th – 12th and 16th – 19th.

Think The Wizard of Oz meets Peter Pan in this madcap musical comedy featuring an original story and songs written and directed by award-winning playwright and composer Richard O’Donnell. With musical direction by Angela Conzone Dwyer and Ryan C. McNally, arrangements by McNally, choreography by Johanna Carmany, set and prop designs by Stephen Chambers, costumes and makeup by Ann Losurdo, technical direction and production coordination by Christopher Dwyer, and stage managed by Sadie Smith, The Orchard of Hide & Seek promises to be fun for the entire family.

The Orchard of Hide & Seek score has been digitally enhanced and orchestrated so that it will sound like the cast is singing along with a full orchestra,” explains O’Donnell, “This coupled with a new quadraphonic sound system, ensures a thrilling theatrical experience.”

Local talent from Ogdensburg, Huevelton, and Canton make up the talented cast with Taylor Morrill as fairy Queen Gossamer, Myah Myers as Battyboo, Hailey Weber as Stargleam, Emily Gardner as Raindew, Meghan Gardner as Heartglow, Sloane Ryan as Prixy Pringle, Madalyn Bascom as Trixy Tringle, Caitlin Kelly as Ariah Ropidy, Payten Walsh as Opidy Dobity, Grace Wills as Zopidy Yopity, R O’Donnell as pirate Capt. Jean-Pierre Beunet, Stefanie Jones as Scallywag, Lizette Haenel as Shivers, Rebecca Bascom as Ophelia Hollyhock the evil Witch of Hubbub, Angela Conzone Dwyer as Misty Cauldron, and Ryan Woodard as Bob the juggling Troll.

The story of the Orchard of Hide & Seek concerns Queen Gossamer and her eclectic band of fairies that inhabit the old apple orchard on top of the cliffs overlooking the St. Lawrence Sea. They are preparing for their spectacular Midsummer’s Eve celebration when the children of Ennui (the tiny village that surrounds the bottom of the cliff) are playing their annual games of hide and seek. However, unbeknownst to any of them, all are in danger of the Pirate Capt. Jean-Pierre Beunet and Ophelia the Queen Witch of Hubbub, who want to take over the entire Orchard for themselves.

Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings July 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18. Curtain is at 7 p.m. and July 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. The show runs about 90 minutes. Tickets cost $15 at the door (suggested donation), or $10 at Orchard.brownpapertickets.com. JCT is located on the second floor of St. John’s Parish House, behind St. John’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Franklin and Knox streets in Ogdensburg. Handicap parking is available off Franklin Street.

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