FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The Jerry Gibson Memorial Youth Summer Theater (JGT) will transport guests to a magical kingdom where dreams come true this week when the group performs Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” The theater company’s 38th production will be performed at 7:30 p.m. from July 24 through Saturday, July 28, with an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in the Ridgedale Middle School auditorium at 71 Ridgedale Ave. It is advised to order tickets by calling 973-377-9078 or emailing Gibson@Collaborations.com. The ticket office for each night opens at 6:30pm.
With a soaring score by Rodgers and Hammerstein, exquisite costumes, and elaborate dance scenes, “Cinderella” is poised to enchant lovers of the classic fairy tale. Mrs. Mary Hupcey, Executive Producer for the past 38 years, said recently, “We are very excited to be doing Cinderella. Generations have grown up with the ever popular Disney movie, and the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage version with Julie Andrews.”
Director and Producer Alessandra Le Pera is a Florham Park resident and Drew University student. She is joined on the production team by Music Director Stan Dunn, and Choreographer Aileen Bergin of Madison, who is headed to Muhlenberg College in the fall. Rounding out the production team are Assistant Music Director Katie Gordon, a New York University student from Florham Park, Stage Manager Christina Cannilla of Morristown, who will be a freshman at Salve Regina University, Assistant Stage Manager Victoria LePera, a rising sophomore at Morris Catholic High School, and Mary and Joseph Hupcey, who have been with the company since it’s development in 1981.
The slipper is a perfect fit for Morristown’s Brenna Thornton, starring in the lead role of Cinderella. Alongside Thornton is Connor Williams, a recent graduate of Morris Knolls High School, as the Prince and Olivia O’Sullivan, a rising senior at Kent Place, as the Godmother. The stepfamily will be played by JGT veteran Emmy Henning as the Stepmother, Linda Bruncaj as Portia and Chloe Dunne as Joy. The King and Queen will be played by Dom Castellano and Bailey McGuinn, respectively.
The Heralds will be played by Xavier Stewart, of Florham Park, and Clayton Emge, of Morristown. Gabe Ferriero, a rising sophomore at Seton Hall Prep, will tackle the role of the Steward and also serves as the show’s Dance Captain. The cast also includes Julianna Canzonieri, Jaime Canzonieri, and Tory Henning, all of Florham Park, as the Godmother’s helpers, and Florham Park students Rachel Henning, Katherine Shallis, Ava Coscarello, Michael Farrell, Mia Cicarelli, Francesca Renzi, and Michaela Chigwedere, Chatham students Mary Kate Bolster and Molly McHugh and Morristown students Michelle Bertram and Sean Armington. In addition to front stage participants, students interested in backstage work such as lights, sound, props and set painting have been taught the rudiments by the group’s Technical Director, Mr. Joseph Hupcey, a theater graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
The group is sponsored by the Stage Technicians of The Florham Park Players and The Florham Park Recreation Commission, headed by Mr. John Timmons.
More information can be found online at www.collaborations.com/FPP or on the theatre’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/jerrygibsontheatre/. Also be sure to follow the show on Instagram @_jerrygibsontheatre for a look behind the scenes.