Seneca Community Players (SCP) will mutilate 500 years of history in its upcoming production, “The Complete History of America (abridged).” The production will be mounted at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 6-8, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Delavan Theatre on the campus of the New York Chiropractic College. The show is directed by Patrick Fegley and features performances by Steve Mitchell and Kevin Schoonover of Geneva and Jeff Winston of Seneca Falls.
The Complete History of America (abridged) can best be described as “intellectual vaudeville.” It interprets the past in a breathlessly-paced sequence of sketches, puns, and parodies. And no part of American history is sacred or off-limits. The assassination of Lincoln is confused with that of Kennedy; the Lewis and Clark expedition becomes a head-banging routine and the Civil War a comic re-enactment of a slide show. The trio escapes from the trenches of World War I by impersonating the Andrews Sisters singing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. American history since the 1920s is presented in parodies of a radio adventure program, the television game show Queen for a Day and the most plot-twisting film noir ever conceived. The authors poke fun at the traditionally ignorant American, showing that citizens have become so overly stuffed with game shows, sitcoms and reality television that the country’s history has become virtually meaningless.
The production is being produced locally by Terri Kalloch. Costumes are being created by Kristi Levis and props by Rhonda Jasper. Posters, programs and tickets are being coordinated by Chris Moulton and publicity by Jennifer Mitchell and Diana Fegley. Technical direction will be by RJ Rapoza, with lighting design by Aaron Isaacs. House Manager is J. Keiler MacNeal. The production staff is rounded out with stage managers Erin Winston and Kim Brown.
Tickets are available at WomanMade Products, Seneca Falls and Area Records and Music in Geneva. General admission presale tickets are $7; presale student/senior tickets are $6. Tickets are $2 more at the door. Seneca Community Players accepts credit cards for advance purchase tickets at WomanMade Products. For additional information visit the organization’s Web site at www.senecacommunityplayers.org.
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. SCP was formed in 1972 and provides area residents with opportunities to experience theatre as cast or production staff.
Over its 30-year history, SCP has established itself as the only year-round Seneca County group that continually offers and produces quality theatrical productions highlighted by musicals, dramas and comedies. These productions provide the opportunity for community members to engage in the creative process on-stage, back stage and the design process.