NU Theatre Presents ‘The Philadelphia Story’

November 26, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

This December, NU Theatre will present Philip Barry’s sparkling romantic comedy, The Philadelphia Story, which inspired the 1940 film of the same name starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. This charming production will be directed by Steve Braddock, director of Niagara University Theatre.

Set in 1939, the story opens on an opulent estate where a wedding is to take place. Barry’s comedy centers on a beautiful, sophisticated, wealthy socialite whose wedding is complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her dashing ex-husband and an attractive journalist. Goodness! What’s a girl to do?

The production is onstage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Thursday, Dec. 12, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7, Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14. Matinees will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, Sunday, Dec. 8 (with post-show discussion), Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15.

Cast members include the following theatre performance majors: Kathleen Denecke of Hamburg, N.Y. (Tracy Lord); Marina Laurendi of Lewiston, N.Y. (Dinah Lord); Stephanie M. Valliere of Fairport, N.Y. (Margaret Lord); Bobby Hall of Syracuse, N.Y. (Alexander “Sandy” Lord); Greggory Gansworth of Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Thomas); Alexander Utz of Williamsville, N.Y. (William “Uncle Willy” Tracy); Glenna Rankin of Buffalo, N.Y. (Elizabeth “Liz” Imbrie); Patrick J. Tighe of Hamburg, N.Y. (Macaulay “Mike” Connor); Brett Klaczyk of Angola, N.Y. (George Kittredge); Kyle Baran of Clarence Center, N.Y. (C. K. Dexter Haven); Michael Sheridan of Amherst, N.Y. (Seth Lord); Nicole Weintraub of Port Crane, N.Y. (May); Peter Samuel Raimondo of Brockport, N.Y. (Mac); and Dylan Zalikowski of Springville, N.Y. (Edward).

In addition, theatre design/technology majors Stevie Lukaszewski of Port Ewen, N.Y. (stage manager), Marissa Allen of Tonawanda, N.Y. (assistant stage manager), Nicholas W. Seres of Williamsville, N.Y. (assistant scene designer) and Ryan Masline of Ontario, N.Y. (wig/hair designer) are working on the production, along with theatre performance major Amy Mings of Buffalo, N.Y. (assistant stage manager).

Costumes and make-up design are by associate professor/costume designer Maureen T. Stevens, while set design is by assistant professor/scenic designer/production manager David Dwyer.  Lighting is by Patty Rihn and sound coordination is by adjunct sound faculty member Glenn Bernardis.

For tickets and information, please call 716.286.8685 or visit the NU Theatre Box Office.