Starting this Friday, November 12 and running through Sunday, November 21, a cast of 38 will perform selections from CHP’s classic list of hit musicals, including South Pacific, Finian’s Rainbow, The Pajama Game, The Fantasticks, The King and I, Oklahoma, Singin’ in the Rain, 42nd Street, The Music Man, Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Mame and many others. Directed by CHP board member Tom Tierney, with assistance from Ann Papelian, the show will highlight favorite standards, bringing back fond memories for cast members and audiences alike.
Come see Annie Deslandes, Ann Papelian, Barbara Surowitz, Cheyenne Mitchell, Christina Sahloff, Chrystie Raisner, Karen Wakeman, Lynnann Madison, Marge Bennett, Maria Smith, Mildred Hoppe, Nichole Lewellyn, Patricia Cohen, Paula Howells, Rosie Interrante, Terri Dwyer, Tess Brewer, Yvonne Sill, Adam Alberts, Chuck Sololowski, Jack Creviston, Jason Harucki, Jim Keenen, John Thayer, Kevin Kirk, Matt Heffernan, Sean O’Connor, William Hoppe, Heaven Coffey, Julianne Swarthout, Kaleigh Coffe, Maggie Habernig, Ryan Coffey, Ryleigh Goodrich, Josh Wolfeil, Brooklyn Milliken, Micky Hein and Taylor Robey perform in this spectacular musical review.
Through good times and not-so-good, the core membership of CHP has grown from the original 12 in 1950 to more than 70 dedicated drama aficionados, who do everything related to production. From parking attendant to set and sound design to acting and singing, and all administrative and logistical tasks in between, members lend their expertise and creative energy for three to four shows each year. The group also participates in various community activities, such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade and “Singing on the Strand,” and it awards monetary scholarships each year to local students who are pursuing an education in the arts.
Operating as a non-profit organization since its inception, CHP has enjoyed the privilege of occupying a space reminiscent of Kingston’s history: a horse-and-carriage house, converted and improved over the years to the stage and auditorium that stands today. The sights and sounds of community theater at its finest still exist in the theater at 12 Augusta Street, above the Rondout in Kingston.
Show dates are Friday through Sunday, November 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. Showtime is at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets for the 60th Anniversary Show are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors 62 and over and for children under 12, and can be reserved by calling (845) 331-2476.