Act Out Theatre Group Presents “Peter Pan” March 6th through 15th

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Peter Pan flies into the Act Out Theatre Group March 6 through 15. Follow the second star to the right and straight on to Dunmore as more than 30 actors and actresses present the timeless musical. 

Based off of the J. M. Barrie classic tale, Peter Pan is the story of a young boy from Neverland who refuses to grow up but is longing for a mother. Peter Pan happens upon the Darling family house where he hears Mrs. Darling tell her three children — Wendy, John and MIchael — the story of Cinderella, and he can’t help but want to hear the end of the story.

“The unique thing about this production is the age range and size of our cast,” said Dan Pittman, Act Out’s artistic director and the production’s director. “We have over 30 children and teens in the cast ranging from four years old to seniors in high school.

“We also have a lovable bernedoodle named Wesley Gowden who plays Nana, the Darling children’s nanny and family dog,” adds Pittman, 

Erin McLaughlin plays Wendy Darling, alternating with Olivia Anderson.

“The hardest part of this show for me is playing a character who is trying to keep a firm grasp on her childhood, when in real life I am ready and excited to move forward into adulthood,” McLaughlin said.

Abby Tirva plays Mrs. Darling and Captain Hook. For her,  functioning with one less hand has been the most challenging part. 

The cast of 33 also includes Samantha Greenfield and Amelia Peliggi playing Peter Pan and a Lost Boy; Max Snyder and Lorcan Baden playing Smee (Snyder also plays Mr. Darling); Giada Gowden and Sarah Gallagher playing Liza and a Lost Boy; Karyn Miller and Ava Nitch playing Michael and a Lost Boy; Benjamin T. Gruden and Jason Berlew of playing John and a pirate; Sarah Rose Pugliese and Emma Christianson playing Tiger Lily and a Lost Boy; and Clare Grenevich playing a Lost Boy. 

The children’s ensemble, ranging in age from 4 to 11, are featured in select scenes. Ensemble members include Alaina Scassellati, Bella Gross of Dunmore, Cami Ragukas, Charlie Grenevich, Chase Richmond, Dallas Fernandes, Evangeline Gowden, Isaiah Ortiz of Dunmore, James Luiso, Lucy Lane, Maddie McShane, Malachi Armstrong, Olivia Fernandes, Penny Lane, Regan Miller, TJ Spanish and Ty Medina of Dunmore.

Peter Pan runs on the Act Out Theatre Group stage, 150 E. Grove St., Dunmore, from March 6 through 15 with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be reserved by visiting www.actouttheatre.comor emailing actouttheatre1@gmail.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. 

The theatre will also run William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from March 20 through 22 and a MIscast Cabaret from March 27 through 29.

 

 

 

 

 

Act Out Theatre to Present “Barnum”

The circus is coming to Act Out Theatre Group, located on East Grove Street in Dunmore.

“Barnum” depicts the life of PT Barnum, famed prince of humbug, and his journey to the circus. It shows his early years of his humble beginnings and covers when he dabbled in politics. All while putting on a circus right in front of the audience. High-energy musical numbers and circus tricks make this a show one will not want to miss.

The cast includes Max Snyder, Caelan Baden, Dylan Ofner, Sarah Pugliese, Lorcan Baden, Giada Gowden, Emma Christianson, Ava Kulenich, Sam Greenfield, and Emily Nowikowski. Dan Pittman is the Artistic Director and Director of Barnum.

“Barnum is a beautiful musical telling of, who I believe to be, the father of the travelling circus,” Pittman said. “This show is perfect for this age group because it allows them to show off their special talents and learn a little more about American history.”

Act Out Theatre Group relocated to Dunmore from Taylor last year.

“Our original location in Taylor, Pa., was sold last April,” Pittman said. “We have been working diligently to create a new environment where young performers can learn and grow as artists.”

Barnum runs on the Act Out Theatre Group stage from April 26 to 28 with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors at the door. Tickets reserved or purchased in advance are $10 for Student/Senior and $15 for Adults. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.actouttheatre.com.

Act Out Theatre Group Presents: “Shrek the Musical”

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Cast members of “Shrek the Musical” are shown gathered before a rehearsal. The show will be presented in February and March by Act Out Theatre of Dunmore.

Act Out Theatre Group LLC is letting its freak flag fly in Shrek the Musical, which will run from Feb. 22 to March 3. Dan Pittman, artistic director, leads the cast of 25.

“Shrek is a hilarious musical that celebrates differences,” Pittman said. “It’s a great musical for young performers because it pushes them outside of their comfort zones and helps them realize that the things that make them unique make them strong.”

Shrek the Musical is based of the Dreamworks Animation Pictures motion picture. When fairytale creatures are sequestered onto Shrek’s swamp, Shrek, portrayed by Will Block and Rocco Pugliese, ventures to the castle of Lord Farquaad, played by Rebecca Brandreth and Caelan Baden.

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Leslie O’Connor portrays Fiona in a production of “Shrek the Musical” to be presented Feb. 22 through March 3 by Act Out Theatre in Dunmore.

Along the way he meets the outspoken and boisterous Donkey, played by Max Snyder and Will Seijna. The two are tasked by Lord Farquaad to rescue the self-sufficient Princess Fiona, played by Leslie O’Connor.

The cast also includes Sarah Pugliese, Lorcan Baden, Emily Carey of Dunmore; Giada Gowden, Emma Christianson , Milana Snyder, Ava Kulenich, Nora Simrell, Ally Spangenburg, Sam Greenfield, Allie Katz, and Emily Nowikowski.

Shrek also includes a group of young performers ages 6-11 in the children ensemble. Kalen Churcher directs the children ensemble.

“The children’s ensemble is a great opportunity for younger children to get to work alongside older teens,” Churcher said. “In Shrek, specifically, they will be playing smaller roles in the show.”

The children ensemble includes Ben Gruden, Dacyn Koretz, Dallas Fernandes, Chloe Kutney, and Evangeline Gowden.

Karl Barbee, the show’s choreographer; Perry Rose, and Frank Carey from Dunmore; will be alternating the role of Papa Ogre.

“I am excited to be playing Papa Ogre,” Carey said. “Being in costume and assuming a character is something I enjoy. I love that I get to open the show by kicking Shrek out of the swamp at a young age and setting him on his journey,.”

“The staff at Act Out Theatre looks at everyone’s individuality and help them to shine no matter what level they are at,” he continued.

Act Out Theatre Group recently relocated to Dunmore from Taylor.

“Our original location in Taylor, was sold in April,” Pittman said. “We have been working diligently to create a new environment where young performers can learn and grow as artists.”

Shrek the Musical runs on the Act Out Theatre Group stage, 150 E Grove Street, Dunmore, from Feb. 22 to March 3 with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors at the door. Tickets reserved or purchased in advance are $10 for Student/Senior and $15 for Adults. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.actouttheatre.com.