Edition II Fall, 2007
Trinity Players is a non-profit diverse community theatre group dedicated to providing affordable quality theatre to New York's Hudson Valley and the surrounding area. We strive to provide an environment that embraces appreciation for theatre arts. We encourage and foster opportunities for learning, creativity, personal and artistic growth and community involvement through participation and volunteerism.
Letter From Our President
Hello every one and welcome to our second edition of “On Stage With Trinity Players.” I am looking forward to continuing the journey on our new and exciting seventh season. We have a lot in store, which promises to be filled with fun, vim and vigor!
Trinity Players has grown dramatically over its seven years in existence. The main reason for this exponential growth is YOU! Without your continuous support, contributions, donations, attendance and volunteerism, Trinity Players would not be in existence today. YOU are Trinity Players! You are the backbone of this fine troupe and without you, the body falls.
It is with great heart that I thank all of you for your dedication to Trinity Players. I am happy to have this opportunity to thank you and yet this brief note of thanks seems to fall short. I am honored by your inspiration and humbled by your commitment. I will continue to work for you and our fine community by bringing affordable quality theatre to this area and providing an environment that embraces appreciation for theatre arts, growth and volunteerism.
Thank you again for all that you do for the Arts and for our community. Thank you for allowing me to accompany you on this wonderful excursion. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for your time, talents, services and monetary contributions. You are truly a blessing and I thank the Lord for continuously surrounding me with his people.
Cory Ann Fasano-Paff
President & Executive Artistic Director
The Board of Directors of Trinity Players regrets the passing of Robert Schwartz on June 12, 2007. Robert was Director of Development and was instrumental in building our membership and fund raising drives. He was the creator of the bylaws that Trinity Players is governed by today. In addition to that, Robert was the editor of this newsletter, a job that Michael Paff has agreed to take over.
Robert was a man of many talents. In our fifth season, and as a dinner theater fundraiser, he wrote, directed, and performed Murder at the High School Reunion at the Villa Borghese. He has also appeared in Trinity Players productions as the Colonel in Something’s Afoot, Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Sir Osgood Fielding in Sugar and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.
Fiddler on the Roof afforded Robert the opportunity to accomplish his life long dream of directing, and performing in his all time favorite Broadway show. During this show, he was able to demonstrate not only his acting and vocal talents, but was able to show just how much love he had for the show and the people with whom he worked. Robert became everyone’s mentor and pseudo father. His ability to direct in a kind and generous way touched the hearts of cast and crew alike. In those last difficult days, it took every ounce of strength he had to make his dream come true. It was his dream to play the role of Tevye as he always envisioned him; a tired, hard-working, warm, loving and caring father and husband who did everything he could for his family and his friends, under the most difficult conditions, and always toiling for a happy outcome. Truly a case of life imitating art.
Robert leaves behind his beloved wife, Judy, his adoring brother, Michael and four loving children Lindsay, Emily, Matt and Logan. Additionally, he leaves behind hundreds of friends and thousands of fans and admirers all applauding his final curtain call. BRAVO! Well done. L’CHAIM.
- Carmen Pace
Last Season’s Highlights
“Fiddler on the Roof”
In Spring 2007, Trinity Players was proud to celebrate our 6th theatrical season with the production of Fiddler On The Roof. Robert S. Schwartz directed and starred in this Tony-winning musical about Tevye, his wife Golde, and their five daughters in 1904 Russia.
From our own Judy Schwarz:
“’A Fiddler on the roof, sounds crazy, no?’
“This was the opening line to a beloved musical experience and the culmination of a dream for my Tevye, Robert Schwartz.
“Robert and Tevye merged into one and when he ‘talked’ to God on the stage of Cunneen-Hackett Theater last May, he was really communicating all that he was as a husband, father, brother and friend. Robert's favorite saying was, ‘Never let the obstacles get in the way of the goal,’ and he lived that daily while performing and directing Fiddler.
“He was an inspiration to me, our children and to our Trinity Players family as well. Playing Golde, his beloved wife was a spiritual and very special experience for me. Sharing the stage for what ended up being the last month of Robert's life with him was a blessing and a gift that I will hold in my heart forever.
“Playing our daughters were Victoria Carll (Tzitel), Beth Kellmann (Hodel), Kelsey Malara (Chava), Makenzie Allen (Shprintze) and Kayla Parrazzo (Bielke). They are talented young women who made their stage mama and papa very proud. David Weinberg (Lazar Wolf), Bill Abrams (the Innkeeper), Nancy Martinez (Grandma Tzitel), Bob Schaefer (the Rabbi), Bill Lahey (Perchik), Lisa Danner/Heather Martyn (Fruma Sara), Michael Rifenburgh (Motel) and William Cox (the Constable), were some of the cast who were part of the journey of Fiddler.
“Robert always spoke so highly of the cast and crew's dedication and commitment to his dream of how ‘Fiddler’ was to be portrayed. It is a rare gift to have a show touch so many lives in such a powerful way. Robert and I spoke often in the last weeks of his life of how blessed we were to have shared those last months with so many wonderful people who participated in Fiddler.
“As we said goodbye to each other in Anetevka, we didn't know it then, but we were also saying goodbye to a very special man, and a very integral part of Trinity Players.”
Let’s do the Time Warp – Again!
Just in time for Hallowe’en, TP brazenly presented “The Rocky Horror Show” at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie from Friday-Sunday October 19-21, and the following weekend Friday-Saturday October 26-27.
It was the ultimate Hallowe’en rock and roll blast and a daring departure for TP from the usual community theatre fare. We followed squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an unforgettable adventure with the scandalous Frank 'n' Furter, rippling Rocky and vivacious Magenta. Performances were full of rowdy fun, frolics and frivolity.
And, yes, there WAS a sold-out midnight show.
According to Vinny Alexander’s rave 10/25 Poughkeepsie Journal review, the production featured “an extremely talented ensemble of powerful singers (that played) like rock stars at The Garden”.
The production was directed by Philip Corso, who also played Brad. The very talented Jackie Schroeder filled the bill as the lovely Janet. Matt Patane commanded the stage as Frank 'N' Furtur and according to Mr. Alexander’s review “Patane seems as if he was born to be in drag” and played “the transvestite Frank 'N' Furter with the perfect combination of wit, charm and vulgarity”. Rich Hotaling was creepily magnetic as Riffraff, our own executive board member Craig Grant was stiffly strait-laced as the Narrator and rounding out this awesome cast were Allison Hightower, Heather Martyn, Kecia Craigg, Jaclyn McKenna, Lisa Danner, Kim Schneeberger, Chris DiFazio, Michael Tomasetti, and Joanna Calabrese. Liz Gerbi was Musical Director, Cory Ann Fasano-Paff was Production Manager, and she and the entire technical and house crew were appropriately attired and behaved as bawdy audience inspiration – as if “Rocky” audiences required any encouragement.
The Impossible Dream
Don Quixote will ride again into delusional but somehow heroic battle in Trinity Players’ upcoming production of Man of La Mancha.
This evergreen musical features book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh. Man of La Mancha will be directed and choreographed by Cory Ann Fasano-Paff, with performances April 19th through May 4th, 2008 at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie.
The Last Five Years
The Last Five Years is a one-act musical written by Jason Robert Brown. It premiered in Chicago in 2001 and was then produced off-Broadway in March 2002. Since then it has enjoyed numerous productions internationally.
The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a novel form of storytelling in which Cathy travels backwards in time (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie travels forwards (starting with the couple's first date). The songs are presented as soliloquies, except for a wedding song in the middle, where the two characters share a duet.
A sophisticated show requiring bravura vocal performances from its leads, The Last Five Years will be directed by Anna Marie Martino and presented at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in the Fall of 2008.
Keep an eye on our website for future audition notices.
As a volunteer company, we are always in need of help with our ongoing productions.
If you would like to join the Trinity Players family in a staff or crew capacity, please contact us at http://www.trinityplayersny.org/contact.html.
Openings for the new season are:
Where are they now ?
Ever wonder what’s going on with current Trinity Players and TP Alumni?
Cory Ann Fasano-Paff and Michael Paff were married on November 24.
Holly Weinberg is in her freshman year at Pace University in NYC pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre. You can check out Holly’s website at http://www.hollyweinberg.com.
Laureen Scianimanico is currently playing the role of MacDuff in "Scotty for President" at Union Vale Middle School. She has recently auditioned for All County Chorus and is excited for Man of La Mancha auditions. She is loving her friends.
John Scianimanico played Jesus in Arlington High School’s production of Godspell this fall.
Liz Gerbi has actually been busy becoming a Trinity Groupie in recent years, accompanying "Evita" and "Fiddler" and now Musical Directing "Rocky Horror". Since "Little Shop" Liz ended up finally tying the knot to Scotty, moving to Westchester and working around the country as a Musical Director and Conductor. Scott has also been skulking around as videographer for "Fiddler" and "Rocky". Every once in a blue moon they update their website, http://www.bronzehornstudios.net/, if you want to read more about the wacky redheads.
When asked how things are going since Fiddler ended, Makenzie Allen stated, "Everything is going amazingly." She just found out that she will be playing the role of Mrs. Potts for John Jay’s Proscenium's Beauty and the Beast, which will be in March. You can get tickets at http://www.jproscenium.org/ .
Michael Rifenburgh left New York this summer to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot by going to Daytona Beach for flight school. He decided to come back to Dutchess County and now takes flying lessons Monday through Friday at Dutchess Airport. On the weekends he is the Cast Manager for Skull Island Scream Park in Fishkill. He looks forward to future Trinity Productions.
Victoria Carll is currently planning her fall 2007 wedding to Joseph Strauss. They became involved during
Players run of Fiddler on the Roof. Victoria is busy sewing,
color-coordinating, and acquiring decorations for the event. In her free
time, she teaches at John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction, NY.
Bill Abrams, aka Mordcha in Fiddler on the Roof has been jamming with his jazz. He is looking forward to auditioning for Man of La Mancha.
Nate Herring-Trot, who has been in several of Trinity Players productions, has become a senior at Arlington High School, passed his drivers road test, become a firefighter, and most importantly... cut his hair.
If would like any information on Trinity Players concerning auditions, future productions, directorial projects, submit a story to our newsletter, On Stage with Trinity Players, or just to tell us how much you enjoyed a show you attended please contact us at info@TrinityPlayersNY.org.
On Line with Trinity Players
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Meet The Board
Cory Ann Fasano-Paff Executive Artistic Director and President
Carmen Pace Executive Administrative Director and Secretary
Craig Grant Executive Financial Director and Treasurer
Board of Directors
Judy S. Schwartz, LMSW Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Ray Dezendorf Councilman, Town of Union Vale
See You In The Theatre!
Michael Paff, Editor
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