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Parish Players Announce Auditions for Spring Productions - December 2012

    "Fiddler on the Roof" and "101 Dalmatians" have been chosen by the St. Stephen Parish Players for Spring 2013 productions. See flyer for audition details.




St. Stephen's Parish Players presents The Odd Couple - April 2012

   The Odd Couple will be presented by St. Stephen's Parish Players April 26-April 28 in St. Stephen School cafeteria, 2080 Baseline Road. See Odd Couple Flyer for more details.




St. Stephen's Parish Players presents A Pocketful of Rhymes - April 2012

   A musical review based on the traditional rhymes of Mother Goose. Shows are Friday and Saturday, April 20 & 21st at 6:30 p.m. See flyer for more details.




St. Stephen's Parish Players presents The Sound of Music - April 2012


 
The Sound of Music Schedule:
Thursday, April 12 - 7 p.m.
Friday, April 13 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 - 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 - 7 p.m.

Full Cast - Click photos for larger view


Cast List:

Shannon McNaughton - Maria 
Danny Olzewski - Captain Von Trapp 

Rebekah Gaydosh - Leisl McLain Erhard - Freidrich Sabrina Mistriner - Louisa Sean Christian Rustowicz - Kurt MaryElisabeth Rustowicz - Brigetta Caitlin Kleinschmidt - Marta Bethany Kulikowski- Gretl Mother Abbess - Maggi Chauby Sister Margaretta - Natalie Baldassarre Sister Berthe - Carly Kruzona Sister Sophia - Jenna Stufowsky Keelan Erhard - Rolf Frau Schmidt - Jodie White Franz - James Bobak Elsa Schraeder - Grace Kulikowski Max Dettweiler - Mike Giambra Nuns Ruby Benz JuneAnn Chadima Emily Dauphin Jessie Foote Grace Giambra Alex Gormady Kourtney Hoppel Alyssa Karb Alyssa Pelosi Mary Kate Petz Maggie Rustowicz Julia Shipman Sarah Swagler Jodie White Zeller - Dan Konopsky Admiral Von Schreiber - Chris Swagler Baron Elberfield - Justin Kozlowski Baronness Elberfield - Annie Niland Lieutenant - Josh Shipman
See Sound of Music for complete information.




Island Cast Presents Grease at Riviera - May 2011


Cast Group Photo
The St. Stephen's Parish Players are on a new adventure this spring. For the first time, they will be not be performing at St. Stephen's, but at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. On June 5 at 3 pm the cast of Grease will be performing the Grease Reprise at the historic Riviera Theater. This is a very exciting venture for the cast and crew. They will have the opportunity to perform on a larger stage with a larger audience. The cast is essentially the same as it was for the four sold out shows during its first run in March. For those of you who missed the show in March, this is your opportunity to catch the much-talked about show! Those of you who saw it the first time, come back again and bring your friends! Get ready to go back to the fifties and hang out with the cast of Grease!
The cast will also be performing at Relay For Life on June 3. Cast




"Friday Performance Sold Out"
Children's Production of "Grease" - March 2011

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   Grease - the musical, will be presented by St. Stephen's Parish Players:
Friday, March 4th - 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 5th - 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 5th - 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 6th - 1 p.m.
St. Stephen School Cafeteria, 2080 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY
For tickets ($6) call Kathy Hoppel, 774-1006 or email kmbh59@yahoo.com
Advance purchase strongly recommended.




St. Stephen’s Parish Players Presents "Fools" - Feb. 2011


    The Saint Stephens Parish Players introduce their 2011 productions with the adult production of Neil Simon's hilarious comedy, "Fools". "Fools" is a comedy about a small town under a curse that leaves its inhabitants hopelessly stupid, and an outsider who hopes to break the curse in order to marry a girl from there. Fools is directed by Grand Island resident, Lisa Mazurek. The adult cast includes the following Parish Player performers: Sarah Comfort, Chris Fire, Mike Lombardo, Paul McGinnis, Chris Mongielo, John Quackenbush, Adria Ryan, Donny Tanguay, George White, Mark Woomer.
Productions dates and times are as follows:
Friday, February 18th at 7:00 pm
Buffet/Cash Bar (opens @ 7pm)
Ticket Cost $15.00

Saturday, February 19th at 7:00 pm
Buffet/Cash Bar (opens @ 7pm)
Ticket Cost $15.00

Sunday, February 20th 1:00 pm
Ticket Cost $6.00

For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact Kathy Hoppel @ 774-1006 or kmbh59@yahoo.com.




St. Stephen’s Parish Players Prepares for Productions - Feb. 2011


    St. Stephen’s Parish Players will usher in its 21st year of theatrical productions for the Grand Island community. This year’s productions include the Neil Simon comedy, Fools, and the children’s production of Grease.
   Fools, a light-hearted comedy by Neil Simon is the story of a young school teacher who arrives in the Ukraine village of Kulyenchikov to find the entire village has been cursed with chronic stupidity for over 200 years. Hilarity ensues when this ambitious teacher attempts to break the curse. This is one of Neil Simon’s most hysterical comedies.
    Fools is being directed by Grand Island resident Lisa Mazurek, a veteran Parish Player performer. Mazurek has performed in many past productions yet this is her directorial debut. Mazurek feels Fools is a “must see” show. According to Mazurek, “This is a really funny comedy with an energetic and fun cast. Don’t miss Fools!”.
   The children’s production of the musical Grease will feature a cast of 46 Grand Island youth. This popular story of the Pink Ladies and the T Birds is being directed by Grand Island native Maura Rustowitz. This is Rustowitz’s second year of directing a Parish Players production. Last year, she directed the musical Annie which attracted record breaking audience attendance for the Parish Players. In reference to this year’s production, Rustowitz shared, “We have an extremely talented cast in this family oriented version of the all time favorite Grease. Our show is filled with lots of energy and fun for both the cast and the audience.”
   Show dates for Fools are:
Friday, February 18 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 19 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 which includes the show along with an hors d’oeuvre buffet. The matinee show is Sunday February 20th at 1 p.m.
   Show dates for Grease are Friday, March 4th at 6 p.m., Saturday March 5th at 1:00pm and 7:00pm and Sunday March 6th at 1:00pm. For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact Kathy Hoppel at 774-1006 or kmbh59@yahoo.com.





Children's Production of Grease - Nov. 2010

For audition times, see "Grease Auditions





"Annie" This Weekend - April 2010


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The St. Stephen Parish Players children's production, "Annie," will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m. Friday, April 16 and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 (tickets at $6). This is the 10th anniversary of the Parish Players Children's Productions.

For more information, call Karen Conboy @773-7476 or email Karen at kikiconboy@aol.com

Cast members follow:
Annie: MaryElisabeth Rustowicz
Miss Hannigan: Jodie White
Daddy Warbucks: Sean Hook
Grace Farrell: Rachel Olszewski
Rooster: Brian Bobak
Lily: Kourtney Hoppel
Orphans:
Molly: Mackenzie Barone
Tessie: Savanna Stoddard
Duffy: Sarina Mistriner
Pepper: Kristiana Morell
Kate: Gracie Tompkins
July Ruby Benz
Other Orphans: Julie Major and Taylor Raine
Boy Orphans: John Paul Bobak, Sean Christian Rustowicz, Noah Stoddard
Drake: Michael Bobak
Mrs. Greer: Maura Bobak
FDR: Dan Olszewski
The cast also includes James Bobak, Carlee Conway, Zach Cooney, Halle Fitzgerald, Anthony Grande, Taylor Internicola, Taylor Kozlowski, Allyson Nemeth, Hannah Panzica, Anna Pullano, James Rustowicz, Maggie Rustowicz, Maria Schnettler, Josh Shipman, Julia Shipman, Sarah Swagler, Nick Szabo, Maria Territo, Steven White and Emily Wynne.

Sean Hook, did not only preparing for his role "Daddy Warbucks" but also used the show as a Bald for Bucks fundraiser. Sean, GIHS Class of 2008, raised well over $300 for Roswell Park, in memory of friends and family members who have struggled with cancer. MaryElisabeth Rustowicz ("Annie") and Jodie White (Miss Hannigan) also had their hair cut for 'Locks of Love.'




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Embracing “Jury Duty” - April 2010


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The St. Stephen Parish Players are barely keeping up with the ticket requests that are pouring in for Twelve Angry Jurors - the jury room classic that they will stage on April 9, 10 and 11. The Friday evening show featuring a buffet has been completely sold out for over a week and, while tickets remain for the Saturday evening dinner theater performance, they have been selling briskly and that evening is sure to be a complete sellout also. The Sunday afternoon show has the largest seating capacity, so that is where the best chance for seats still remains.
When asked about the extraordinary level of interest in this production, Karen Conboy of the Parish Players mentioned the familiar, dramatic story and the very interesting cast - almost all well-known Grand Islanders, including Lisa Mazurek as Juror #8 (the role played by Henry Fonda in the television movie), Former Town Councilman Kevin Rustowicz as Juror #3 (the “Lee J. Cobb” role), and Niagara University Theatre Department Chair Sharon Watkinson as Juror #4 (the “E. G. Marshall” role). Also featured in the cast, as Juror #9, is popular Island writer, restaurant reviewer, and actor, Doug Smith.
The play tells the dramatic story of a jury’s heated deliberations in a shocking murder case, deliberations that take many twists and turns as the individual personalities and prejudices of the jury members are laid bare before the final resolution is reached.
Directed by attorney and Grand Island resident Jeff Stone, the play will be presented “in the round”, with audience members sitting just a few feet from the jury table around which the action takes place.
The play will be performed at the St. Stephen School cafetorium on Grand Island. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday shows may still be obtained by calling Karen Conboy (773-7476) or e-mailing Karen at kikiconboy@aol.com. The April 10 (Saturday evening at 6:00) show is priced at $18 and includes a full sit-down steak roll dinner. The April 11 (Sunday afternoon at 1:00) show is priced at $6. (Scroll down for cast)





Parish Players' "Twelve Angry Jurors" - April 2010

The St. Stephen’s Parish Players will present its adult production, "Twelve Angry Jurors," April 9-11 (Friday, Apr. 9 SOLD OUT) in St Stephen's cafeteria, 2080 Baseline Road. See below for times and ticket information.
Jeff Stone is directing and the following make up the cast:
Jim Watz (Judge)
Helen Vickers (Clerk)
Dave Karb (Guard)
Mike Lombardo (Foreman)
Bob Priest (Juror #2)
Kevin Rustowicz (Juror #3)
Sharon Watkinson (Juror #4)
Sarah Comfort (Juror #5)
George White (Juror #6)
Linda Burkhart (Juror #7)
Lisa Mazurek (Juror #8)
Doug Smith (Juror #9)
Chris Mongielo (Juror #10)
Rick Gonzalez (Juror #11)
Rob Beach (Juror #12)





Parish Players Productions - April 2010
"Twelve Angry Jurors" - "Annie" - 2010

The St. Stephen’s Parish Players are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Players, themed "Celebrating 20 Years of Entertainment." The schedule of plays follows.
"Twelve Angry Jurors" - Adult Production
(Friday, Apr. 9 SOLD OUT) Friday, April 9: Hors d'oeuvre Buffet at 7 p.m. - show at 7:30p.m. - Tickets $13
Saturday, April 10: Dinner at 6 p.m. - show at 7:30 p.m. - Tickets $18
Sunday, April 11: 1 p.m. show - Tickets $6

"Annie" - Children's Production
Thursday, April 15 @- 7 p.m.
Friday, April 16 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 @ 1 p.m.and 7 p.m.
Reservations are recommended
For more information, call Karen Conboy @773-7476 or email Karen at kikiconboy@aol.com or contact Jeff Stone 848-1327, jstone@hodgsonruss.com


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DATE CHANGE
Parish Players Announce Audition Dates- 2010

The St. Stephen’s Parish Players are happy to announce their 20th Anniversary Season, which will feature the youth musical “Annie” (for 18 yrs and younger) and the adult drama “Twelve Angry Jurors”. Whether you are an experienced thespian or have so far only dreamed about being on stage…please consider participating in this truly rewarding activity. Actors of all ages, singers, dancers and backstage help are all needed! This is a wonderful way to support and get to know your fellow Grand Islanders and enhance to our community.
“Annie” Auditions, school cafeteria: Mon. 1/11, 3-5 p.m. - Tues. 1/12, 6-8 p.m.
Come prepared to sing a song.
Show dates: Thurs. 4/15, Fri. 4/16 and Sat. 4/17
For more info: Maura Rustowicz 773-1335, macorust@gmail.com
“Twelve Angry Jurors” Auditions, school cafeteria:
Mon. 1/11, 7-9 p.m.
Thurs. 1/14, 7-9 p.m.
Show dates: Fri. 4/09, Sat. 4/10 and Sun. 4/11
For more info: Jeff Stone 848-1327, jstone@hodgsonruss.com