SCP’s Fallen Angels opens tonight in Seneca Falls

“Fallen Angels”–author Noel Coward’s hilarious and charming romantic comedy about two wealthy women fighting over a former lover–continues Seneca Community Players’ 2011 season, May 27, 28 and 29, and June 3 and 4 in the Delavan Theatre on the New York Chiropractic College campus, 2360 Rte. 89 in Seneca Falls at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. on Sunday.Julia Sterroll (Susan Sinicropi) and Jane Banbury (Carrie Massey) are two English housewives in the early 1900s who studied together in Paris. There they each had an affair with a handsome young Frenchman named Maurice (Joel Wierick). Now they are married to complacent, rather dull husbands (Joshua Stedge) and Willy (Robert Bittner) who spend more time golfing than entertaining their wives. So when Maurice writes to tell them that he will be visiting London, Julia and Jane conspire to meet him (secretly) together, since neither trusts the other to meet him alone. As the fated evening approaches, insecurities and jealousies turn the two friends into deadly rivals who will go to any length to see Maurice alone.The cast is rounded out by Gretchen McDonald as the Sterrolls’ ridiculously overqualified and wonderfully pompous maid, Saunders.Best known for his caustic wit and effervescent dialogue in classic comedies like “Private Lives” and “Blithe Spirit,” Noel Coward shocked British censors in 1925 with this spicy comedy that outraged the moral establishment and made American-born Tallulah Bankhead an overnight sensation. He demonstrates in “Fallen Angels” that he was also a “Master” of physical comedy. The second act’s drinking contest eventually erupts into classic British farce.This delectable comedy was directed by James Bruno and produced by Susan Sinicropi. Dan Papperman was technical director. The set was designed by Bruno with assistance from Navrov Dabu. Krystal Scott was the costumer, Jane Roberts was the property manager, Kathy Hadley did hair and make-up, and Kevin Schoonover was responsible for graphic design and publicity. Jason C. Parker is stage manager.Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. They may be purchased at WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, Area Records and Music in Geneva, and by calling 315-568-9364.Seneca Meadows Landfill and BonaDent Dental Laboratories are SCP’s 2011 season sponsors.Seneca Community Players’ mission is to foster, arouse and help broaden the interest, availability and appreciation of the Theatre Arts in Seneca and the surrounding counties. Formed in 1972, SCP provides area residents with opportunities to experience theatre as cast, production staff and audience member. Over its 39-year history, SCP has established itself as the only Seneca County group that continually offers and produces quality, year-round theatrical productions. These productions provide the opportunity for community members to engage in the creative process on-stage and behind the scenes.

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