Tuesday, September 19

The Naples Players start the summer with a musical farce

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Welcome to the Renaissance. Something Rotten, the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, takes the stage in Blackburn Hall at The Naples Players from June 22 through July 24.
Something Rotten was hailed by The New York Times as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.”
Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick Bottom (Mark Vanagas) and Nigel (Eduardo Marin) are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.
But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.
“Something Rotten has something for everyone” says director and choreographer Dawn Lebrecht-Fornara. “If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love it. If you love Shakespeare, you’ll love it. If you hate musicals, you’ll love it. If you love musicals, you’ll love it.”
Lebrecht-Fornara will be joined by music director Charles Fornara to lead an all-star ensemble cast of Naples favorites, many of whom have become regular staples of The Naples Players most popular shows.
The cast includes (in alphabetical order): Brad Brenner, Jamielynn Bucci, Joe Byrne, Adam Fasano, Jeremy Giovinazzo, Ralph Krumins, Eduardo Marin, Erica Sample, Mark Vanagas and Jack Weld in the principal roles.
It also features Gaby Alezard, Santiago Alezard, Leonard Allen, Brian Boland, Mckenna Cloud, Jillian Cossetta, Luke Danni, Maxine Danni, Frankie Federico, Jacob Feltman, Naphtailda Jean-Charles, Jillian Keith, Kelsey Lafrenais, Thomas Richardson, Sophia Rissi, Kenny Tran, Preslie True, Lorelai Vega and Ciaran Welch in the ensemble.
A red carpet event open to the public is slated for Wednesday, June 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and features local vendors, food, drinks and live music from the band Chariot.
From June 22 – July 24, performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Both single and season tickets are on sale for $47 at the TNP Box Office.
Those interested can visit www.NaplesPlayers.org anytime or call the TNP Box Office at 239-263-7990.
The Naples Players perform at Sugden Theatre at 701 5Th Ave. S. in Naples.


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