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ShowKids Invitational Theatre Stages Me & My Girl

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SKIT's production of Me & My Girl will be staged at Voorhees High School on May 7 and May 14 at 7:30 p.m. and May 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Credits: Dave Dabour
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SKIT's cast is led by Andrew Plinio, Julianne Grillo and (not pictured) Gianna Porfano, all of Clinton Township. Credits: Dave Dabour
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SKIT's cast is led by Andrew Plinio, Gianna Porfano and (not pictured) Julianne Grillo. Credits: Dave Dabour
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HIGH BRIDGE, NJ - ShowKids Invitational Theatre (SKIT) follows up its Seussical with Me & My Girl, a delightful musical comedy with enough fun for the whole family. Rarely performed in the U.S., this British romp has wit to spare is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

SKIT presents four performances on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m.

All performances will be held at Voorhees High School on Route 513; use Glen Gardner for GPS.

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Tickets are $20 or less, and can be purchased directly at www.showkids.org or by calling the SKIT ticket line at 908-638-5959. Tickets are on sale now. 

A Hunterdon County tradition, a complimentary senior citizen brunch is offered at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8.

With music by Noel Gay, and its original book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose, Me & My Girl had a successful original run in the West End in 1937, was turned into a film in 1939, revived in London in 1984 and came to Broadway in 1986, where it won three of its 11 Tony Award nominations.

“I don’t understand why this musical is not performed more often,” says Thomas Newman, who is directing SKIT’s production.  “Me & My Girl is extremely funny, the music is outstanding, and the incredible talent of the kids in this cast will leave you in stitches and have you singing along. This is truly one of the most entertaining shows SKIT has ever done – and that’s saying something.”    

The late Viscount Hareford had a youthful, unfortunate marriage - and kept discreetly out of sight was a son and heir. The Hareford Hall set are despondent when the family solicitor finds the legitimate heir in Lambeth. There is a cockney invasion – by Bill, his girlfriend and his mates – and the Lambeth Walk is danced by all.

The unapologetically unrefined cockney gentleman named Bill Snibson is performed by talented Andrew Plinio, 17, of Clinton Township. Plinio’s other memorable SKIT performances have included his portrayal of Donkey in Shrek the Musical and Genie in Aladdin, and he recently performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular touring company. The role of Bill’s sassy sweetheart Sally Smith is shared by two local favorites: Julianne Grillo, who recently had audiences hankering for more meat pies thanks to her performance as Mrs. Lovett in North Hunterdon’s production of Sweeney Todd; and Gianna Porfano, who earned standing ovations as Nancy in North Hunterdon’s production of Oliver. Both leading ladies are 17, of Clinton Township, and seniors at North Hunterdon High School.

The role of Lady Jaqueline Carstone is shared by Paige Whitmore, 17, and Natalie Mehl, 15, both of Lebanon Township. The Hon. Gerald Bolingbroke is played by Justin Lopez, 15, of Clinton Township; Herbert Parchester is Avery Stoker, 17, of Clinton, (who recently delighted audiences as The Cat in the Hat); and the role of Charles Hethersett is shared by Jonah Lione, 14, of Clinton, and Sam Hostler, 14, of Glen Gardner.

Several veteran SKIT players perform as aristocrats, including Joan Chavez as Maria, the Duchess of Dene and Tom Newman as Sir John Tremayne, both of High Bridge. 

Adults appearing as ladies and lords and other various roles are Dale Dabour, of Stewartsville; Sue Disko, of Lebanon Township; Jeff Mehl, of Lebanon Township; Earle Steeves, of Union Township; Lisa Postiglione, of Stewartsville; and Heidi Cimilucca, of Glen Gardner. Also appearing among the gentry are Ashley Gallagher, 17, of Stewartsville; Amanda Jackson, 15, of Asbury; George Kapetanakis, 15, of Bethlehem Township; and Courtney Voorhees, 17, of Clinton Township.  ­­The Pearly Queen and King are Amy Schroeder, 15, of Bethlehem Township and Peter Zezas, 17 of Lebanon Township.

Rounding out the ensemble cast as servants, guests and cockneys are: Ryan Apgar, 14, of Clinton Township; Jonatha Berg, 14, of Clinton; Ben Black, 14, of Union Township; Evan Bravstein,13, of Chester; Samantha Brynildsen, 17, of Lebanon Township; Sabrina Bunca, 11, of Asbury; Sera Bunca, 14, of Asbury; Owen Butler, 12, of Asbury; Isabelle Cappel, 13, of Ringoes; Gianna Castaldo, 17, of Flemington; Allisa Conover, 14, of East Amwell; Tori Kramer, 12, of Holland Township; Ashley Liu, 13, of Union Township; Madison McGourty, 15, of Asbury; Marilena Parker, 15, of Clinton Township; Grace Postiglione, 16 of Stewartsville; Samantha Rooney, 12, of Bethlehem Township; Charlotte Ruffine, 12, of Tewksbury; Sierra Sainte-Rose, 13, of Lebanon Township; Prajeet Sarker, 15, of Clinton Township; Imani Smith, 13, of Phillipsburg; Owen Tabor, 12, of Lebanon Township; Gwen Van Doren, 13, of Clinton Township; Brooke Wachenheim, 15, of Clinton; Aubrey Whitmore, 7, and Josie Whitmore, 13, of Lebanon Township; and Hannah Willsey, 13, of Clinton Township.

SKIT is a non-profit, family community theatre group. It was founded in 1986 to offer children an opportunity to experience the joys of theater and give the community professional quality children’s theater productions. SKIT director and producer Carolyn B. Newman was inducted into the New Jersey Association of Community Theater’s (NJACT) Perry Award Hall of Fame earlier this year. SKIT won the Perry for “Outstanding Production of a Musical” in 2014 for Shrek, out of over 200 productions reviewed throughout New Jersey.  ShowKids Invitational Theatre programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

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