Moliere’s Timeless Farce Scapin May 12, 13, 18, 19

Presented by YCP TheaterWorks

YCP TheaterWorks will present Moliere’s high-spirited 17th century farce Scapin at the Van Cortlandtville School Theatre on May 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 18 and 19. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Admission is $15, adults; $12, students and seniors. Group rates are available.

Director Marilyn Heberling has chosen to set her production of the hilarious commedia dell’arte farce in the 1920s. The crafty Scapin (Jacob Mirer), servant to the household of Geronte (Brian Taylor) promises to help in the affairs of Octave (Tom Campbell), the son of his neighbor, Madam Argante (Anne Rodgers Pearl), then to the aid of those of his own charge, Leander (Ian Berger).       While their parents are away, both young men have fallen in love with unlikely and penniless beauties, Hyacinte (Jacqueline Smith), an orphan, and Zerbinette (Evelyn Voura), a gypsy. Both need money to help solve their dilemmas. Scapin knows a good ruse will always win the day and he drafts Sylvestra (Carolin Schuetze), Octave’s servant, into his schemes. Through a dizzying series of events, zany twists and turns along the way, Scapin outwits all masters and brings the action to a raucous, yet delightful, end. Rounding out the cast are Abby Jennings as Nurse Nerine and Lindsey Leiman as the servant Carla.

Director Marilyn Heberling (of Philipstown) has over 30 years experience working in university, community and youth theatre as a director, instructor and actress. Her early career ranged from working with the University of Michigan on their first experimental theatre festival and developing a “Theatre in Unexpected Places” to serving as director of the Kalamazoo Civic Players Youth Theater and performing in Portugal, England and Wales. More recently, she was a founding member of the Philipstown Players in Garrison where she directed 20 productions. In 2004, she co-created and produced, along with Melinda O’Brien, the first Hudson Valley Fringe Festival. Heberling is a board member of YCP TheaterWorks and recently directed Arthur Miller’ s The Crucible for the group.

The Van Cortlandtville School is located on Route 6, Mohegan Lake, directly across from the Cortlandt Town Center Shopping Mall. For further information, call 914-528 4145 or visit their website.
Photos courtesy of YCP TheaterWorks

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