By Michael Gioia
01 Nov 2013
Directed and choreographed by Stephen Agosto, the cast includes Tracy Bidleman, Nettie Chickering, Courtney Falk, Tom Frueh, Geoff Gaebe, Douglas Kiddie, Michael Macaione, Jessica Meese, Leslie Middlebrook Moore, Kevin Murray, Andrew F. Neuman, David Pasteelnick, Alison Plotkin, Sydney Ransom, Shanna Siegmund, Christian Smythe, John C. Taylor and Brian Wagner.
Each year, the non-profit theatre company raises funds from its theatrical season for a different New York City charity. This season, which includes The Drowsy Chaperone and Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, benefits QSAC.
"New York City has more than its share of theatre companies, but what sets us apart is our charitable mission," said John C. Taylor, the Blue Hill Troupe's sitting president, via email. "Since 1924, we've donated close to $4 million dollars to local charities. As much as we love to perform, our membership is regularly moved to tears by first-hand accounts from those whose lives have been turned around by our charity partners. QSAC provides an invaluable service to adults and children throughout the city, and we are thrilled to partner with them for our 90th anniversary productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore. Art really can change people's lives. We're proof of it."
"QSAC is thrilled to partner with the Blue Hill Troupe on their 2013-2014 season," added QSAC's executive director/CEO Gary Maffei. "We firmly believe that the arts — especially theatre — help us to bring about meaningful social change while raising awareness about autism and the need for supportive and person-centered services for children and adults with autism throughout our community."
Other members of the creative team include music director and conductor Andrew David Sotomayor, set designer Alexander Tepper, lighting designer Lauren Bremen and costume designer Kate Weiman. Kenneth Harmon produces.