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2014 Festival 56 Season

Festival 56 is proud to announce our 11th Season, which will play from June 20th through December 21st, 2014!

Summer Season

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Book and lyrics by Rachel Sheinkin, Music by William Finn

June 20th through June 28th, 2014
Grace Performing Arts Center

A hilarious tale of six adolescent misfits vying for the spelling championship, who learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. This Tony Award winning hit musical is about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Friday, June 20th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, June 21st
  • 2:00pm, Sunday, June 22nd
  • 7:30pm, Tuesday, June 24th
  • 2:00pm, Wednesday, June 25th
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, June 26th
  • 7:30pm, Friday, June 27th
  • 2:00pm, Saturday, June 28th
Cast Members
  • Chip/Jesus - Caleb Donahoe
  • Rona Lisa - Sarah Smith
  • Mitch/Olive's Dad - Tom Rusterholz
  • Olive - Amanda Speare
  • Marcy - Ashleigh Thompson
  • Barfee - Drew Arnold
  • Logianne - Marissa Martinez
  • Vice Principal Douglas Panch - Matthew C. Scott
  • Leaf Coneybear - Ryan Bernier
Tickets Available Soon! Sylvia


By A.R. Gurney

July 3rd through July 8th, 2014
Grace Performing Arts Center

Greg and Kate have recently moved to Manhattan when Greg brings home a dog named Sylvia, who becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. To Greg, she offers an escape from the frustrations and unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia just thinks Kate doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. A modern romantic comedy about a marriage going to the dogs!

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, July 3rd
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 5th
  • 2:00pm, Sunday, July 6th
  • 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 8th
Cast Members
  • Tom/Leslie/Phyllis - Drew Arnold
  • Sylvia - Marissa Martinez
  • Kate - Dawn Trautman
  • Greg - Matthew C. Scott
As You Like It
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As You Like It

By William Shakespeare

July 6th through July 27th, 2014
Grace Performing Arts Center

All the world's a stage for Rosalind and her friend, Celia, who run away into the Forest of Arden when Rosalind's uncle overthrows her father, the Duke. Disguised as a young shepard, Ganymede, Rosalind meets and falls in love with the exiled Orlando, who she finds posting simple love poems to trees dedicated to his love, Rosalind, whom he does not recognize, of course. As the bard says...the course of true love never did run smooth!

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Sunday, July 6th
  • 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 9th
  • 7:30pm, Sunday, July 13th
  • 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 16th
  • 7:30pm, Sunday, July 20th
  • 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 23rd
  • 7:30pm, Sunday, July 27th
Cast Members
  • Silvius/Charles - Caleb Donahoe
  • Audrey - Sarah Smith
  • Orlando - Tom Rusterholz
  • Duke Senior - Bob Colonna
  • Celia - Amanda Speare
  • Phoebe - Ashleigh Thompson
  • Rosalinde - Shannon Hill
  • Jaques - Jaime Patriarca
  • Le Beau/Amiens - Madison Kauffman
  • Oliver - Ryan Hickey
  • Touchstone - Ryan Bernier
  • Adam/Sir Oliver Martext/Hymen - Dave Roden
  • William/ Jaques de Boys/Courtier - Frank Monier
  • Duchess Frederick - Kirsten Anderson
Tickets Available Soon! Oliver!


Words and Music by Lionel Bart

July 11th through July 25th, 2014
Grace Performing Arts Center

The beloved musical adaptation of Dickens' Oliver Twist will steal your heart like a pickpocket! After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy are fit for a life of crime. Featuring well known songs such as "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," and "Oom-pah-pah," this classic piece of Broadway will warm your belly like a bowl of porridge.

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Friday, July 11th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 12th
  • 2:00pm, Wednesday, July 16th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 19th
  • 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 22nd
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, July 24th
  • 7:30pm, Friday, July 25th
Cast Members
  • The Artful Dodger - Caleb Donahoe
  • Fagin - Bob Colonna
  • Bet - Amanda Speare
  • Nancy - Ashleigh Thompson
  • Widow Corney - Dawn Trautman
  • Mrs Bedwin - Madison Kauffman
  • Mr Brownlow - Matthew C. Scott
  • Mr Bumble - Ryan Bernier
  • Bill Sykes - Ryan Hickey
  • Mr. Sowerberry - Dave Roden
  • Noah Claypool/Ensemble - Tony Escatel
  • Charlie Bates/Ensemble - Justus Bystry
  • Mrs. Sowerberry - Rachel Gorenz
  • Oliver - Reid Tomasson
  • Charlotte Sowerberry/Ensemble - Tara Kunkel
  • Dr Grimwig/Ensemble - J. Michael Grey
  • Old Sally - Shelly Gorenz
  • Rose Seller/Ensemble - Amelia Bystry
  • Milkmaid/Ensemble - Maggie Harper
  • Strawberry Seller/Ensemble - Blythe Schwaller
  • Ensemble - Frank Monier
  • Ensemble - Harrison Brousseau
Boeing Boeing
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Boeing Boeing

By Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverly Cross, edited by Francis Evans

July 15th through July 19th, 2014
Grace Performing Arts Center

This hilarious, fast-paced farce features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancees: each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent "layovers". He keeps "one up, one down and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time.

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 15th
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, July 17th
  • 7:30pm, Friday, July 18th
  • 2:00pm, Saturday, July 19th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 19th
Cast Members
  • Bertha - Sarah Smith
  • Bernard - Tom Rusterholz
  • Robert - Drew Arnold
  • Gabriella - Shannon Hill
  • Gretchen - Jaime Patriarca
  • Gloria - Marissa Martinez
Into the Woods
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Into the Woods

Book and lyrics by James Lapine and music by Stephen Sondheim

July 26th through August 3rd, 2014
Grace Performing Arts Center

Worlds collide when everyone's favorite storybook characters come together for a timeless and relevant musical fairy tale. The baker and his wife wish to have a child; Cinderella wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, they set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them.

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 26th
  • 2:00pm, Sunday, July 27th
  • 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 29th
  • 2:00pm, Wednesday, July 30th
  • 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 30th
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, July 31st
  • 7:30pm, Friday, August 1st
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, August 2nd
  • 2:00pm, Sunday, August 3rd
Cast Members
  • Jack - Caleb Donahoe
  • Witch - Sarah Smith
  • Rapunzel's Prince - Tom Rusterholz
  • Cinderella's Father - Bob Colonna
  • Little Red Riding Hood - Amanda Speare
  • Lucinda - Ashleigh Thompson
  • Steward - Drew Arnold
  • Florinda - Shannon Hill
  • Cinderella's Mother/ Grandmother/Giantess - Jaime Patriarca
  • Jack's Mother - Dawn Trautman
  • Step Mother - Madison Kauffman
  • Cinderella - Marissa Martinez
  • Baker - Matthew C. Scott
  • Narrator/Mysterious Man - Ryan Bernier
  • Cinderella's Prince - Ryan Hickey
  • Bakers Wife - Laura Brigham
  • Rapunzel - Kirsten Anderson
  • Sleeping Beauty - Amelia Bystry
  • Snow White - Blythe Schwaller

Fall Season

Love, Loss and What I Wore
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Love, Loss and What I Wore

by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

November 14th through November 22nd, 2014
Grace Performing Arts Center

The dress she wore to senior prom, the heels she wore on that last first date, the purse she carried at her mother's funeral: a woman's life is reflected in the contents of her closet. This funny and powerful play explores the pivotal moments of women's lives and how they become connected to those items that were worn, the ghosts in the closet.

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Friday, November 14th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, November 15th
  • 7:30pm, Friday, November 21st
  • 2:00pm, Saturday, November 22nd
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, November 22nd
Cast Members
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Rounding Third
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Rounding Third

by Richard Dresser

November 28th through December 6th, 2014
Grace Performing Arts Center

The tumultuous journey of two Little League coaches through an entire season, from their first tentative meeting to the climactic championship game. Don is the tough, blue-collar, win-at-all-costs veteran coach whose son is the star pitcher. Michael is a corporate executive who's new to baseball. Despite their differences, Michael and Don form an uneasy alliance for the benefit of the team. And over the course of exhilarating victories, heartbreaking defeats, and interminable rain-outs, the two men battle over how to lead the team.

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Friday, November 28th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, November 29th
  • 7:30pm, Friday, December 5th
  • 2:00pm, Saturday, December 6th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, December 6th
Cast Members
  • Cast Info Coming Soon
Tickets Available Soon! There

There's a Christmas Tree in Terminal C!

by Dexter Brigham

December 12th through December 20th, 2014
Grace Performing Arts Center

On the tenth anniversary of its first production, we are happy to bring back our most popular holiday musical about four strangers stranded in an airport terminal on Christmas eve. Featuring everyone's holiday favorites, including "O Holy Night," "O Christmas Tree," and many, many more!

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Friday, December 12th
  • 2:00pm, Saturday, December 13th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, December 13th
  • 7:30pm, Wednesday, December 17th
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, December 18th
  • 7:30pm, Friday, December 19th
  • 2:00pm, Saturday, December 20th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, December 20th
Cast Members
  • Cast Info Coming Soon
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