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SCP presents The Story: Tuesday’s with Morrie

Seneca Community Players announces the cast for its upcoming production of Mitch Albom’s “TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE.” “MORRIE” is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. Peter Saracino of Phelps and Bob Bittner of Geneva play Morrie and Mitch respectively.”Mitch Alboms’s TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE” is directed by TANYS award winning director Pam Rapoza, of Geneva. An experienced and lauded actor and director, Rapoza has assembled a top-notch staff and crew to assist her in sharing Mitch and Morrie’s very special story with audiences: Ralph Sinicropi, producer; Aerin Lanphear, stage manager and costume designer/props manager; Lynn Patti, scenic artist; Becky Bly, technical director; Jennifer Hatch, publicity; Tricia Burnett Mooneyhan, poster and program design; and Hilary Chaya, school outreach. “THE STORY: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE ” will be staged at The Delavan Theatre on the New York Chiropractic College Campus, Route 89 in Seneca Falls on February 10, 11, 12, 17, and 18. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. The Sunday performance starts at 2. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are available at WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, Area Records & Music in Geneva, or by phone at 315-568-9364. Please visit the SCP website and facebook page for more information and to check out the special video blog created for this show!About the talent: Pete is a science teacher for Marcus Whitman High School and Finger Lakes Community College.  He is also a 25 year veteran of area Community Theater groups including Seneca Community Players, Geneva Theater Guild, Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theater, and Private Eyes Unlimited.  Over the years he has participated in many shows and played leading roles in a number of them including “A Thousand Clowns” (Murray), “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Judas), “Pumpboys and Dinettes” (Jim), and “The Fantasticks”(Bellomy). This is Bob Bittner’s fourth show with SCP. I acted in “Art” and “Fallen Angels” last year and helped with the lighting for “Bye, Bye Birdie”. I have played Corporal Johns in Headless Sullivan Theater’s “The Pugilist Specialist” and had the role as the boy in “The Boy Who Was Born With a Tail” in Geneva Theatre Guild’s Theatre After Hours and have participated in Playwright’s Playreadings with GTG. He has also acted at Impact Theatre in Palmyra for five years. Bob is a Financial Consultant and live and work in Geneva. Pam Rapoza has spent most of her life performing, studying and directing theatre. She studied theatre at SUNY Fredonia and has been seen in over 100 productions in central New York.  She is a TANYS award winning director and actor and has directed numerous shows, mostly musicals, as well as choreographed and served as makeup or set designer.  She has received Outstanding Directing Awards for several shows including; The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Seussical, Almost, Maine, and The Wedding Singer to name a few.  At the 2003 State Theatre Festival, Pam received a Performance Award from Festival Adjudicator Annette Procunier and a Festival Favorite Award from the Festival attendees. Her shows Graceland and Forever Plaid were both selected to attend the State Theatre Festivals of New York State, both which garnered awards.  In addition, Pam is a roving adjudicator for the Theatre Association of New York State and is also a  judge and division leader for the Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s Stars of Tomorrow Program.  By day she moonlights as an Assistant Principal at Dundee Elementary School.Seneca Community Players Mission: To foster, arouse, and help broaden the interest, availability, and appreciation of the theatre arts in Seneca and the surrounding counties. www.senecacommunityplayers.org.

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