SUPPERTIME with Audrey II and Friends

  • Suppertime!

    With Audrey II and Friends

    The complexity of Howard Ashman’s dense lyrics and Alan Menken’s intricate music in Little Shop of Horrors is not for the faint -hearted; neither is the premise of a man-eating plant from outer space enjoying suppertime with the major protagonists. Yet, the four ensemble casts of Sayville Players showed courage and aptitude in rendering an entertaining production of the campy musical tragi-comedy.

     

    Before each show, Mr. Hailey addressed the audience to explain why the Fall presentation was being called a “Bare Bones” production: “We have nothing to hide!” he said. Audiences would be seeing the stage dressing that usually occurs behind-the-scenes. However, what audiences also saw—and heard—were remarkably “fleshed out” performances, filled with dynamic acting, powerful singing, energetic puppeteering, and great comic timing. Casting a wider net to pull in the talent from a prolific pool of Sayville students for the different ensembles paid off. The variety and nuances of acting interpretations combined with the usual aspects of live theatre created a different and definitely entertaining show each time.

     

    As always, acknowledgements go to so many who made it possible: Director/Producer Steven Hailey, Donna Hailey for providing vocal instruction all received, as well as assistance with costumes, properties, make-up; Patricia Montesi for assistance with hair and make-up; Ken VanEssendelft for technical supervision, Andrew Giammalvo and James Hailey for assistance with microphones and sound, John Dushnik for assistance with Stage Crew, and the behind-the-scenes (see below)* managers, technicians, and crew members, and of course, congratulations are due to the following Players for delivering an entertaining show every night:

     

     

    •  The chorus* (see below for the names of  the four Ronnettes, Crystals, Chiffons, Rizzos, and the three Arlenes, Bitsys) of urchins, along with the bass tone of the derelict on the bench (Luke Rosario, Otto Cooley, Sean Valazque), set the tone of the musical by belting out the musical styles of Gospel, 50s Doo-wop ,and 60s girl-groups in such songs as Little Shop of Horrors, Skid Row, and The Meek Shall Inherit;
    •  Three actresses (Kaitlyn Maher, Jillian Dymek, and Jillian Brudi) with stunningly impressive voices who played Audrey were engaging in their roles as the hapless damsel ;
    •  Three Seymour Krelborns, embodied by a trio of gifted singers and actors (James Velazquez, Jamie Baio, and Sean McNally) excellently portrayed the schlemiel in Mushnik’s skid-row flower shop;
    • Sharing the part of Mr. Mushnik, the owner of a failing flower shop, both Alex Pittari and Dylan Finder were absolutely amusing, accents and all, as the grumpy shopkeeper whose curiosity turns deadly.  
    • Three screamingly comic portrayals of the semi-sadist dentist (performed by Otto Cooley, Luke Rosario, and Sean Velazquez) had audiences laughing in the face of Orin Scrivella, DDS’s unnerving and unhygienic practices;
    •  Growing up before audiences’ eyes, through the magic of puppetry, Audrey II bloomed into an immense and voracious man-eating plant, thanks to the voices of Sean McNally, James Velazquez and Alex Pittari and the puppetry of Raven Dushnik ;
    • Among the ancillary characters: Mr. Smith (Jonathan Nolan) was always enthusiastic about the unusual plant in the window; Skip Snip (Francis Reilly who also played Mr. Jones) tempted Seymour to sign away his soul, while Ms. Bernstein and Mrs. Luce each played a diabolical part in Audrey II’s plan to conquer the world (they appeared in the musical interlude of The Meek Shall Inherit) by seducing Seymour with fame and fortune. The character Patrick Martin (played with unique flourish by James Velazquez, Sean McNally and Jamie Baio on different nights) was pivotal in the Man-Eating Plant’s final move toward world domination;
    •  Of special note: Sean McNally not only played the leading role of Seymour (in the Thursday and Saturday performances) and The Plant’s Voice (in the Wednesday performance), he also electronically engineered all the musical backing tracks for the production, created vocal tracks to help the cast practice their musical cues, and recited the prologue voiceover—a deep, resounding bass—which he had electronically altered to lower his own vocal range.


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    Production Staff

     

    DIRECTOR/PRODUCER                         Mr. Steven Hailey

    TECHNICIANS' ADVISOR             Mr. Ken Van Essendelft

    MASTER OF DIGITAL MUSIC TRACKS    Sean McNally

    CHOREOGRAPHY                                      Eileen Monahan

    Emily Llewellyn

    CONSTRUCTION MANAGER                Andrew Cameron

    PROPERTIES MANAGER                       Taylor Grandfield

    PAINT MANAGER                                       Elizabeth Gouvis

    DRAPERY MANAGER                                     Dan Forsberg

    STAGE MANAGERS                               Rebecca Mohrman

    Elizabeth Gouvis

    ASST. STAGE MANAGERS                       Mackenzie Leddy

    Karlee Ibanez

    LIGHTING MANAGER                                     J.D. Verbeck

    ASST. LIGHTING MANAGER                Autumn Dushnick


    FOLLOW SPOT OPERATORS   Mary Elizabeth Wisseman

    Autumn Dushnick

    SOUND TECHNICIAN                                 Kaila Kotkiewicz

    SETS & SCENERY CREW

    (most of the above AND --)


    Nick Cameron

    Raven Dushnik

    Caitlin Gormley

    Paige Hall

    Owen Ifferte

    Evan May

    Luke McDermott

    Ned Malik

    Keira Mizzi

    Olivia Spinelli


    Chris Hunt

     

    SAYVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL APPRENTICES


    Chris Knappe

    Taylor Amato




    The Players

     

    IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

     

     

    RONNETTE                                             

    Samantha Logrippo (W)

    Mikayla Zeman (T)

    Emily Osterloh (F)

    Gena Mizzi (S)

     

    CRYSTAL                                                    

     Gabrielle Medeck (W)

    Olivia Anderson (T)

    Emily Llewellyn (F)

    Eileen Monahan (S)

     

    CHIFFON                                                 

    Christina LaFroscia (W)

    Zoe Rivera (T)

    Dea Ahlgrim (F)

    Jaclyn Parcelluzzi (S)

     

    ARLENE                                                   

     Jaqueline Weinfeld (W)

    Chloe Dymek (T)

    Angelina Keller (F,S)

     

    BITSY                                                                    

    Adele Miceli (W)

    Emma Vall (T)

    Rowen Mahoney (F,S)

     

    RIZZO                                                               

    Olivia Anderson (W)

    Emily Llewellyn (T)

    Eileen Monahan (F)

    Gabrielle Medeck (S)

     

    MUSHNIK                                                           

    Alex Pittari (W, F)

    Dylan Finder (T,S)

     

    AUDREY                                                             

    Kaitlyn Maher (W)

    Jillian Dymek (F)

    Jillian Brudi  (T,S)

     

    SEYMOUR KRELBORN                            

    James Velazquez (W)

    Jamie Baio (F)

    Sean McNally (T,S)

     

    DERELICT                                                        

    Luke Rosario (W,S)

    Otto Cooley(T)

    Sean Velazquez (F)

     

    MR. SMITH                                                            

    Jonathan Nolan

     

    RADIO INTERVIEWER                                                 

    HMoDitty


    ORIN SCRIVELLA, DDS                                     

    Otto Cooley (W)

    Luke Rosario (F)

    Sean Velazquez (T,S)

     

    MISTER JONES                                                        

    Francis Reilly

     

    MS. BERNSTEIN                                       

     Jessica Leigh-Manuell

     

    MRS. LUCE                                                      

    Emily Osterloh (W)

    Rowen Mahoney (T)

    Gabrielle Medeck (F)

    Emily Llewellyn (S)

     

    SKIP SNIP                                                                  

    Francis Reilly

     

    PATRICK MARTIN                                      

    James Velazquez (T)

    Sean McNally (F)

    Jamie Baio (W,S)

     

    AUDREY II (Voice)                                           

    Sean McNally (W)

    James Velazquez (F)

    Alex Pittari (T,S)

     

    AUDREY II (Manipulation)                                    

    Raven Dushnik  

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