Theater Season 2013 in review.
Our 2013 summer season was a hit-both critically (see reviews below) and at the box office. Our first production, "The Pitmen Painters" brought a clash of cultures to our audience and the insight that art and the creative process belongs to every human being.
"Fiorello" the musical brought the dynamic story of Fiorello H. La Guardia and the poignant and moving music and lyrics of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick to the stage. A brilliant cast (actors and musicians) articulated the heart of each character bringing out the sadness, joy and humanity of Fiorello's story.
We are currently planning our 2014 season including some surprises and new additions to your theater experience at The Gary-The Olivia Theater. We are seeking donations for some of the theater upgrades taking place between now and next season. You may use our Web site to donate (simply click the donate button) or you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203 273-5669 for information on donating to a non profit organization. Any level of donation will be greatly appreciated!
For actors, in addition to our annual scheduled auditions in the spring, we audition throughout the year so please send resumes, head shots and video for the 2014 season (2014 season will be announced in December 2013). Please send all information to email@example.com.
A big "thank you" to all of our volunteers, theater goers and supporters of our theater. We extend our best wishes to you and family for a joyful holiday season!
We look forward to seeing you at The Gary-The Olivia Theater in 2014!
Sally & Thomas Camm, Artistic Directors
The Gary-The Olivia Performing Arts Center
Featuring Rob Iulo as the "Little Flower," Sophia Sapronov as Thea (debut), Katie Keough as Marie, Pat Spaulding as Morris (debut), Thomas Camm as Ben Marino, Zack Krajnyak as Neil (debut), Rosy Cersonsky as Dora, Adrienne Camm as Mitzi with Direction and Choreography by Sally Camm, Music Director, Jerold Goldstein (debut).
What the Critics are Saying - Fiorello 2013
"Rob Iulo (Fiorello) steps into the title role with commanding force."
"Sophia Sapronov (Thea) is as graceful as a morning dawn."
"Katie Keough (Marie) performs her role with dignity... her performance is as believable as it is pleasurable."
"Thomas Camm (Ben Marino) proves once again he can deliver the goods with power."
"Pattrick Spalding (Morris) delivers a memorable performance."
"Zack Krajnyak (Neil) adds plenty of spirit to the show."
"...this is truely an opportunity that theater goers should take advantage of."
5 out of 5 stars - Joanne Greco Rochman, Republican American
Not an insider, but a man from the west,
brought Tammany to its knees, and New York City to its best!
(Set design for "Fiorello" by Matthew Wood)
What the Critics are Saying - The Pitmen Painters 2013
"Directed by Sally Camm, the cast recreates the journey that five men in a mining community take, from never having seen a real painting to producing some very fine artwork of their own."
"...Thomas Camm plays Oliver Kilbourn, the soul of the play and the heart of the ensemble. Camm's performance is touching and genuine. So too, Joe Stofko, his performance as the dentist Harry Wilson reveals the character as well-read, interested in economics, and vocal about Communism."
"... Fredrick Doms plays Jimmy Floyd with plenty of comic relief, and Gregory Wright Jr. livens the play with an insight that is often quite playful."
"Caroline McCaughey is perfectly cast as the sophisticated and gentle woman Helen Sutherland, and Adrienne Camm, as the perky model Susan Parks, brings spontaneity to the assemblage."
"John Fabiani is in his element in the role of Robert Lyon."
How Good: 4 out 5 stars! Joanne Greco Rochman – Republican American
"The five members... played by Kevin McElroy, Joe Stofko, Thomas Camm, Fredrick Doms and Gregory Wright, Jr., question age-old stereotypes of art evaluation with organic banter and wit, while flawlessly navigating the long thin vowels of the Northeastern English accent."
"Players charm the audience as they whimsically explore the meaning, purpose and power of art through their own amateur attempts at painting and drawing."
"Mr. Doms’s performance as Jimmy Floyd, ... drives the show. His innocence and naivety, his broad-shouldered mannerisms, create a universal sensibility audience members easily relate to."
"Perhaps it is The Gary-The Olivia Theatre’s proximity with the wooded Connecticut landscape or the players’ evident identification with their characterizations that make “The Pitmen Painters” production so convincing." Kathleen Riedel - Prime Publishers
(The Ashington Group - Pitmen Painters Archives)
Production Assistance & Mailing List
you like to be informed about upcoming workshops and performances
at The Gary-The Olivia Theater? Are you interested in being involved with our productions - either front or back of house? E-mail your contact
information to: firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your wishes. We would love to hear from you.
The Box Office
The Box Office, located directly in front of The Gary-The Olivia Theater, is open
1 hour before the scheduled performance. You may reach the box office with questions at: email@example.com.
Or you may call the theater at 203 273-5669. Ages 11 yrs. and under have
free admission this year.
Theatergoers may now purchase admission online at this Web site. We do not send you tickets. When you purchase admission online your name and number in party goes onto the master list held at the box office. Simply give the box office attendant your name and number in party upon your arrival and you will be admitted to the theater. As some of
our performances are “sold out,” the online purchase option allows us to redirect you to an alternate performance date where seats are available. Please note:
This option does not reserve you a specific seat but rather ensures you will have a seat for a specific performance under the general admission guidelines.
We use PayPal for the online admission purchase interface. * You do not need a PayPal account to use this service. After you select the show and date of performace click on the Add To Cart button. On the next page simply click on the link that says "Check Out" (the other option is "Check Out with PayPal Account"). Then on the next page go to the section that says, "Don't Have a PayPal account" and fill in your name, address, etc. You will then be directed to a page where you may input your credit card info - Mastercard, Visa, AE and Discover are accepted. Please print off the PayPal page that describes the specifics of your purchase and bring it with you to the box office for proof of purchase. Again, once you purchase online your name and number in party is held at the box office. * No tickets will be sent to you.
Directions To The Theater
The Abbey of Regina Laudis is located at: 273 Flanders Rd. in Bethlehem, CT 06751. The theater is located just north of the main entrance to the Abbey, at 249 Flanders Rd. To arrive at The Gary-The Olivia Theater please pass the Abbey's Main Entrance (going north on Flanders Rd.) where you will see the sign advertising the performance. Please turn right into the parking lot and you will be directed by the parking attendants.
What the Critics are Saying - South Pacific 2012
"...Bright and spirited direction and choreography by Sally Camm..."
"...Katie Keough as Nellie Forbush and Thomas Camm as Emile de Becque have the big voices to handle these enormous roles."
"...Katie Keough as Nellie is the all American girl."
"Thomas Camm as Emile has all the charm one expects of a Frenchman...his voice is so powerfully commanding..."
"Ryan Pipke as the heroic Cable has the perfect voice for romantic ballads. Alika Hope as Bloody Mary is simply superb. T Abram Lee as Luther Billis is perfectly cast as the comic somewhat mischievous wheeler dealer. Julia Sun is lovely as Liat. Fine performances by Joe Stofko as Captain Brackett and Brother Kevin McElroy as Commander Harbison."
"...Talented musicians gathered here by Music Director Craig Hartley ...make some of the most beautiful love songs ever written become all the more memorable."
"An enchanted evening in Bethlehem" 5 (out of 5) Stars - Joanne Greco Rochman, Republican American
'South Pacific' Wows Audience at Abbey's Open-Air Theater - Jean Dunn, Voices
For any special needs regarding performance attendance at
The Gary-The Olivia Theater please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We would like to thank the following major sponsors for their generous support of The Gary-The Olivia Performing Arts Center 2013 season:
Connecticut Community Foundation and Crystal Rock, LLC