Barry Manilow's Grammy award-winning hit song “Copacabana” is the inspiration for Seneca Community Players’ exciting and passionate new musical coming at 8 p.m. on August 1 to the Delavan Theatre on the New York Chiropractic College campus in Seneca Falls.
“Barry Manilow's Copacabana” is a captivating tale of love and romance set amidst the swinging nightclub scene of the 1940s. While hoping to pen the world's next big hit, Stephen, an aspiring songwriter, slips into a reverie that carries him back to an era when “music and passion were always in fashion” at the famed and glamorous Copacabana nightclub in New York. In his dream, Lola Lamar, a hopeful showgirl, is launched on the path to stardom as a Copa Girl with the help of Tony Starr, a bartender with dreams of his own. Captivated by Lola's performance, the villainous Rico whisks her away to the Tropicana nightclub in Havana. From this exotic, distant new world, a tale of old-fashioned love, jealousy, and murder in the entangled lives of Lola, Tony and Rico unfold.
The cast includes: Matthew Vitticore (Stephen), Megan Craver (Samantha/Lola), Erin Winston (Lola Understudy), RJ Rapoza (Tony Forte), Pat Fegley (Maitre D', Auditioner, Luis and Carlos), Cindy Allen (Veronica Lake), Amanda Fairley (Coat Check Girl), Debbie Swenson (Gladys Murphy), Randy Hample (Willy), Ralph Sinicropi (Sam Silver), Melissa Mundo (Accompanist), Michael Stein (Piano Player), Steve Mitchell (Mr. Brill), Debbie Roper & Melinda Rosini (Jingle Singers), Karl Nies (Rico Castelli), Karen Winter (Conchita Alvarez), Douglas Allen (Rico Goon), Aaron Isaacs (McManus), Erin Winston, Margaret Griffin, Fran Acker, Melinda Rosini, Shannon L. Hoy (Copa Girls) and Janice Howard, Melissa Mundo, Amanda Fairley, Debbie Roper, Cindy Allen, Pat Fegley, Michael Stein, Douglas Allen, Aaron Isaacs, Steve Mitchell (Copa Chorus). Barry Manilow will not appear in this production.
Produced locally by Jennifer Mitchell, “Barry Manilow's Copacabana” features music by Barry Manilow; lyrics by Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman; direction and choreography by Pam Rapoza; technical direction by RJ Rapoza; lighting by Ross Gifford; sound design by Andy Croucher; costumes by Kris Marble and Corinne Ferguson; publicity by Kevin Schoonover; props by Aerin Lanphear and Kristin Lanphear; hospitality by Ellie Albro; vocal coaching by Holly Blueye; and musical direction by Annie Bachman. Additionally Rhonda Jasper is stage manager; Becky Bly is master carpenter; Kim Brown is head of house; Margaret Griffin and Erin Winston are assistant choreographers; and Karl Nies is assistant technical director.
Performance dates are August 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9. Showtime is 8 p.m. for all performances except one at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 3.
Advance tickets to “Barry Manilow's Copacabana” are $9 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. They are $2 more at the door. Beginning in July, they may be purchased at Area Records and Music in Geneva and WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls or by calling 315-568-9364.
Seneca Community Players’ mission is to foster, arouse and help broaden the interest, availability and appreciation of the Theatre Arts in Seneca and surrounding counties. Over its 31-year history, SCP has established itself as the only year-round Seneca County group that continually offers and produces quality theatrical productions highlighted by an annual summer musical. These productions provide the opportunity for community members to engage in the creative process on-stage, back stage and the design process.
For more information about this or past shows or to become a member, go to their Web page www.senecacommunityplayers.org.