“South Pacific” opened to great reviews at the Aprea Theater last weekend. The Theater League of Clifton production directed by Kathleen Kellaigh, will wrap up on May 17.
CLIFTON — “South Pacific” opened Friday, May 8 at the Aprea Theater to positive reviews from the large audiences. Saturday night’s show featured an opening weekend and member appreciation reception with standing room only in the Aprea Theater lobby for snacks and wine before the show.
Featuring crowd favorites including “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” and “Some Enchanted Evening” many in the audience were heard humming along to these classic songs.
Alex Biro, of Clifton, said the “singing was excellent, Don Flynn and the children were perfect and overall it was a very good show.”
Kelana Curry, of Paterson, said she found the show “very entertaining,” and Lynn Oliver, of Bloomfield, agreed saying: “Don Flynn was wonderful as Emile, it was a terrific production!”
Mayor James Anzaldi, Councilmen Joe Kolodziej, William Gibson, Joe Cupoli and former Mayor Gloria Kolodziej all attended the Saturday reception to congratulate TLC on its 10th anniversary in Clifton.
The Theater League of Clifton, begun in 2005, and continues its mission to bring the theater arts to the greater Clifton community and host larger productions and audiences at the upgraded Aprea Theater. As part of its work there, many upgrades have been made to lighting, sound and stage effects by the Theater League technical crew to improve the performance as well as the venue.
The “South Pacific” crew includes director Kathleen Kellaigh, musical director Jalmari Vanamo, choreographer Malinda DiPasquale, producer Maryann Irizarry, lighting designer Tom Vigilante, set and sound designer Kurt Irizarry, technical lead Kyle Parkin, stage manager Tara Freifeld, and assistant stage manager Devin Sogluizzo.
“We are so thrilled to be going strong 10 years later in Clifton. We are thankful to our members and sponsors who help make these great shows possible,” said Mark Peterson, president of the Theater League.
The cast features a diverse group of actors with many new faces from Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties including: Katie Shuster, Rebecca Shuster, Alexandra Poage, Erin Pach, Juan Beltran, Sabrina Curry, Marquise Figueroa, Kenneth Fowler, Gregory Gwyn, Susan Liberti, Bill Powers, Michael Purdy, Felipe Rodriguez and Michael Sconzo, of Clifton; Wyatt Remegio, Arabelle Luke, Zach Abraham, Craig Ernest Woodward, Nicole Aleles, Judi Niebuhr, Paul Carrazzone, Ayana Ayscue, Mariah Ayscue, Mia Balsamo, Sydney Chan, Frank Favata, Alyssa Flaherty, Don Flynn of Nutley, Noa Avital, Kate Liptak, Joe Pacella, Leslie Silverman, and Danielle Petrucelli.
“South Pacific” is the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic based on James A. Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific.” The show centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the idyllic South Pacific during World War II, and intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking.
Remaining show dates are May 15, 16, 17; Friday, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Non-member advanced tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, (each ticket is an additional $5 at the door).
A discount of just $12 per ticket is offered to groups of 10 or more confirmed in advance only (not available at the door). Call the box office for details at 973-928-7668.
Clifton Journal, May 15, 2015