Issue No. 2

August 2006

Welcome back to another edition of The Limelight!

JUST CLOSED: Clue-The Play

The Limelight recently spoke with Jim Kirkwood regarding his production of Clue-The Play. "In so far as 'Clue-the Play' is concerned our vision is that of a light comedy peopled by a cast of eccentric characters, none of whom has any degree or shade of moral dignity. They are a group of self-centered, greedy and immoral folks who care for nothing except their own survival." Sounds great, but who plays these challenging roles? "We have a cast that includes 5 T&C directors as well as three others with directorial experience. Each character has its unsavory side." So, with an experienced cast in place the next challenge would seem to be the staging. "We are using a minimal set since there are 14 or 15 scene locations. Naturally, we do not have the space to change scenery this frequently. Instead, we are using four separate wall spaces that will rotate to divulge each and every room in the mansion, using the graphics from the game of Clue to indicate each location. Dave Riffert and David Sharper are working on the design and engineering to accomplish this. Barbara Emch will be in charge of painting these locations on the rotating walls." What about the multiple endings? "There are four endings to the play, each of which will be offered to the audience nightly. At one point or another, almost everyone in the play is killed. There is much running around, many blackouts, screams, and mayhem." Though this sounds like a difficult show, it seems that the cast and crew, led by an experienced director with a flair for the comedic, have met the challenge, much to the delight of sold out audiences. "The play is very challenging from a performance perspective. However, if it comes off as anticipated it will be a performance that is entertaining. We expect that the show will zip by keeping audience attention throughout." The Limelight has been informed that the show sold out all 10 performances of its run. Congratulations to the cast and crew for a very successful production.



In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Casting has been finalized and rehearsals are well underway for the Shakespeare classic. We have received a list of the cast and it seems to be a wonderful mix of new, returning, and regular T and C actors.




Eugene Petrucci


Beth Michener


Mitch Aglow


Jensen Buchers


JaQuinley Kerr


Michael Biscardi


Bill Lamack


Jim Palmer


Susan Fowler


Jennifer Newby

Peter Quince

Darren Laustsen

Nick Bottom

Colin Jenei

Francis Flute

Stuart Wyss

Tom Snout

Dee Landis


Marie Maginity


Stuart Wyss

Robin Starveling

Kurt Schaffer

Fairy (Mustardseed)

Alexis Zolnoski


Dana Maginity


Shauna Weimar


Nicole Weimar


Meg Hughes


Sarah Hughes


Becca McQuillan


Caitin Spiess


C.Jameson Bradley


Allison DeKorte

Assistant Director

Sarah LaClair

Upcoming Town and Country Players Auditions/Productions:

Hansel and Gretel

Directed by John Zimmerman and Stephanie Overton

Auditions will be held on October 1st at the barn from 12-3pm.

All are encouraged to audition, both young and old alike.

Those planning to audition should wear comfortable clothing that will allow them to move freely, and be prepared to do cold readings from the script.


T and C Annual One Act Festival

News will be forthcoming shortly about the directors/selections to be presented for evaluation at the one-act festival slated to run opposite the family theatre play Hansel and Gretel. Please keep in mind that this is a crucial step in the process of a director becoming qualified for eligibility in directing one of the full length shows during the season, and we ask that all members make an effort to attend and give these directors the kind of feedback you only get from a live audience.


Previews and Sneak Peaks

As reported in last month's issue, we will be making an effort to highlight one show from next season in every issue of the Limelight in order to familiarize everyone with the wonderful slate that lies before us for next season.

The story of The Man Who Came to Dinner is set in a small town in Ohio in December. Famous and outlandish orator Sheridan Whiteside has been invited to dinner at the house of the well-off Stanley family. He slips on a patch of ice outside the house, however, and injures his hip. He is attended by Dr. Bradley, the town physician, and Miss Preen, his nurse. The Stanleys, intimidated by Whiteside's threats of legal prosecution, are forced to allow him to remain at their house while he convalesces. Whiteside proceeds to terrorize the Stanleys, interfering with almost every aspect of their lives.

With a numerous cast of characters, this show should provide many opportunities for our comedic actors and actresses. Set in a 1930s mansion, the set and costumes should provide an opportunity for our wonderful technicians to flex their muscles.

A film version staring Better Davis and Jimmy Durante is available and a decent representation of the play, but a recent revival starring Nathan Lane is an actual recording of the play being performed on stage; either should provide a good idea of the plot and characters.


Longtime T and C member/director John Rasiejosiej (sp) has been hard at work in Newtown to bring live performances back to the Newtown Theatre. The Limelight was able to get a hold of John and found out that there are some strong T and C connections to this project.


Wednesday, October 4, 7:30 pm at the Newtown Theatre, 120 North State Street in Newtown - "Come Blow our Horn" will be preformed as the first play done at this historic building since 1934.  The building was originally built in 1831 - it showed its first motion picture there in 1906 and between 1906 and 1934 there would be both movies and plays but after that it was exclusively movies.  There's going to be a red-carpet arrival of the actors at 7:00 in vintage cars (among them a 1919 Ford Model T and a 1920 Dodge Brothers Touring convertible) and curtain will be at 7:30.  The cast is the same as T&C, except for the role of Aunt Gussie which will be done by a long-time Newtown resident.  The cast includeswas Ian P. Carr, Luisa Di Capua, Patti Vidakovic (T&C members), Brad Masters, Mariel Rosati and John Sunkiskis.  Reservations can be made at 215-860-7058 - tickets are $25 for the first eight rows of orchestra and $15 for general admission including the balcony.  Ticket sales benefit the Newtown Theatre Restoration Fund.


On Friday October 6, Newtown Arts Company opens a 3-weekend run of The Odd Couple at Crossing Community Church, 80 Lower Silver Lake Road, Newtown.  The cast includes T&C members Tony Ruggieri and Vincenzo Russo.  Shows are October 6, 17, 13, 20 and 21 at 8pm, Sundays October 8, 15 and 22 at 2pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students, $7 for kids under 8.  The phone number for that one is 215-322-5591.  Ticket proceeds from these performances go into a scholarship fund for graduating HS seniors going on to study the arts in college.  

There will also be a Wednesday October 11th performance of The Odd Couple at the Newtown Theatre (as part of the "Theatre Lives Again" Neil Simon duet). same info as above, with show time at 7:30 (no red-carpet arrival for that one).  Tickets as above are $25/$15.  If people want to buy tickets to both CBYH and The Odd Couple at the Newtown Theatre, a combination reserved seat ticket is $45 and combination general admission ticket is $25.  215-860-7058.

Sounds like a great chance to see some timeless comedies and support our fellow members.


We know that some of you are performing elsewhere, but we don't know when, where, and how to get tickets. If you would like to see your name or the name of a friend here at T and C, please send the information to


The Soap Box

A Common Dilemma

Most theatre groups face a challenge in deciding what, if any, should be the goal and/or mission statement of the organization. We here at the limelight want to know what you think. Should TandC focus on artistic endeavors? Shall financial security take a preeminent place in the minds of the board? Is it our goal to provide opportunities to the students in our community? Let us know what you think and we will share the results in future issues of the Limelight.

Odds and Ends

      Early figures are in and though we do not yet have final numbers we can report that Beauty and the Beast did indeed make a tidy profit. This marks the third show this season to be profitable and the trend shows no signs of stopping Come Blow Your Horn did very well at the box office and Clue-The Play is a bona fide blockbuster. Please continue to spread the word about our group and encourage your friends/family to buy tickets early to ensure tickets on the dates they want.

      The process of selecting Directors for next year's slate has begun. This is well ahead of schedule when compared to last year and should provide for a smoother and more relaxed schedule for all involved on the production side of the shows. This will also provide a greater amount of publicity opportunities.

      Congratulations to Louisa Di Capua, Stephanie Overton, and Kenny for pulling off a successful summer workshop.

      The NJ ACT (New Jersey Association of Community Theatres) recently held their annual Perry Awards for excellence in NJ Community Theatre. At the ceremony it was announced that John Zimmerman was the 2005/2006 season winner of the Best Director (Musical) award for his work on Bye Bye Birdie at the Kelsey Theatre. John promises to remain as humble as he has always been, which is little comfort indeed.

      Once again, we wish to encourage the membership to support this newsletter by contributing content. If you have any suggestions or comments on the style or content of the Limelight you make contact us at Thank you very much for you time and we look forward to seeing you at the barn.