Past Performances 1998
Directed and Music Directed by Jeff Williams, Choreography by Jerianne Warren
The Fantasticks unfolds as two lovers, Matt and Luisa, yearn to be together, despite their parents’ seemingly stern disapproval. The power of love and the fate of the young couple are put to the test as temptation and desire enter the picture. The only question is if their love can survive as sweet September turns to frigid December. This classic musical features memorable tunes, including “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”
Starring: Patricia Bernaola, Mark LeBlanc, Valerie Miller, Ian Fogg, Robert Healey, David Caracappa, Samuel Payne and Ben Dio
Directed and choreographed by Matt Daigle, Music Direction by Bill Asher
An everyday family falls heir to two Arctic penguins in their Mid-West home, and end up with a troupe of penguins, which threaten to eat them out of house and home. The problem of adapting an ordinary home to the penguins’ needs provides some engaging comedy, and leads the family through some rather tense situations, but it is the penguins, who make their fortune.
Starring: John Sullivan, Ryann Bingham, Hilary Chadwick, Nathan Houle, Sean Higgins, Hannah Sides, Ed Donlan, Sharon Asher, Sean Comeau, Zach Hamel and a host of “dancing penguins”
Directed by Michael Dufault
Set in the 1930s, Lend Me a Tenor is a madcap screwball comedy that takes place when Tito Merelli, the fiery-tempered and world famous Italian superstar, arrives in Cleveland, Ohio to make his debut with the local opera and promptly goes missing. As Saunders, the show’s presenter, conspires to cover for Tito’s absence, placate his hot-blooded wife, and distract his most passionate fans, chaos on a truly operatic level ensues.
Starring: Laurie Marcinkewicz, Bob Thomas, Tom DiRusso, Kim Osborne, Jason Russell, Carolyn Aliskevicz and Pattie Pichette
Directed by Gail Steele, Music Directed by Diane Cushing, Choreographed by Matt Daigle
A Chorus Line kicked its way into Gardner in the summer of “98. They’re all looking for a big break, but who will get the job? A musical exploration into the lives and loves of all performers everywhere, this show is a one-in-a-lifetime “Singular Sensation.” Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Starring: Michael LaCava, Bob Faw, Trish Aponte, Julie Capone, Hillary Steele, Elena Seymour, Sarah Huddleston, Sophie Donelson, Valerie Miller, Laure Marcinkewicz, Lindy Gibbons, Jared Pedjoe, Jonathan Earls, Graham Rickert, Matt Daigle, Sean Higgins, Chris Cassello, Craig Cormier, Adam Sides, Laura Dignard, Pam Gladding, Patricia Bernaola, Jessica Hoffman, Matthew Smith and Ryan O’Mara
Directed by Lorien Corbelletti, Music Direction by Tom Martin, Choreography by Matt Daigle
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!
Starring: Elena Seymour, Elisabeth Hughes, Deanna Zilske, Joe Andrade, Ed Donlan, Andrew Stangland, Shannon Cunningham, Matthew Hammerbert, Laurie Marcinkewicz, Ed Azar, Shane Desmond and Joel LeBlanc
Directed by Jerianne Warren
Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery features a young couple opening their newly inherited home, Monkswell Manor, as a hotel. As each guest arrives, it becomes increasingly clear that something is amiss. When the final visitor appears with the stated intent of discovering a murderer on the loose, Monkswell Manor is turned on its head as just about everyone could be the prime suspect.
Starring: Krishna Judkins, Jeff Duchesneau, Mark Kahn, Sharon Asher, Michael Brindisi, Carolyn Aliskevicz, Norman Boutillette and Rob Houle