Two Couples Living…Together!

Interview by Ellie Osborne

PHOTO: l-r  KARIN PAGE HENDERSON, ERIC HENDERSON, DAN KIRICHOK, VICTORIA KIRICHOK

(Middleboro) For the two couples co-starring in Nemasket River Productions next offering “Living Together” (Part Three of Alan Acykbourn’s The Norman Conquests) opening on Friday, October 20th at 8 PM at the Alley Theater, 133 Center Street, Middleboro, working on a play is an enjoyable escape from their regular jobs and the responsibilities of parenting.

Victoria Kirichok grew up in Brockton, a city with an outstanding high school drama program, and remembers her first theater experience when she appeared in an original Musical Lip-Sync produced by a student teacher; from then on she was hooked on performing. She attended and graduated from Marist College in upstate New York as English major, and although the college had no theater program at that time, she loved playing the role of a mistress in a production of “Evita”.  Since college she has worked with the Milton Players, the Hingham Music Theater (as well as with NRP in last spring’s play “Leading Ladies”) and has just finished producing and directing for the Shoveltown 10 Minute Play Festival.  Victoria and her husband have always supported each other’s projects, but this is the first time in sixteen years that they have appeared together in a production.

“The role of Ruth is a departure for me because I have never played such a cold,
business-like and authoritative character, and I am enjoying the challenge,” Victoria added
during a recent rehearsal.  She has found Nemasket River Productions a very welcoming
group and loves working with NRP Artistic Director, Merrie Mizaras, Director Bob Gillet as well as the cast and crew.

“Playing Norman requires portraying a man who seriously wants everyone to be
happy, but despite his best intentions he manages to cause mayhem without realizing the ramifications of his bad actions,”  explained Dan who is delighted with the role.  Growing up in Tolland, Connecticut , he never participated in theater, but after meeting Victoria, he stepped out on a stage in a production of “The Wizard of Oz” and has worked in theater ever since. He has also appeared in Milton, Hingham and with the Walpole Footlighter’s Theater and in 2015 was a cast member of the NRP’s fall show  “Death Trap”. When not acting the couple live in Brockton with their children, Victoria works for Ikea and Dan is employed by the Acushnet Company.
The Hendersons have been a part of the trilogy cast since the beginning and for the
third time are recreating the roles of Tom, a shy vet, and Annie, the caregiver to her
insensitive mother.  Karin grew up in Weymouth, graduated from Bridgewater State
University with a B.A. in English and Education, earned her Master’s Degree in Reading and
is employed as a teacher by the Bridgewater Public Schools.

While working at the Priscilla Beach Theater in Plymouth she met Eric who grew up in Bridgewater, graduated from Bridgewater-Raynham High School and attended Bridgewater State for two years.  Eric then worked for the Priscilla Beach Theater in all capacities finally becoming Artistic Director.  Under the tutelage of PBT Director Geronimo Sands they gained artistic discipline, professionalism and passion for theater. They have always enjoyed working together and established the Lighthouse Theater Workshop in Kingston.

Eric has acted and directed for NRP in the past and has won over audiences with his portrayal of the repressed Tom. His dead pan expression projects the character’s literal take on everything and his clear lack of understanding as to what is actually happening.  Karin loves the subtlety of her character and the opportunity of maintaining it over a three year period.

NRP audiences won’t want to miss the concluding chapter of “The Norman
Conquests-Living Together” by Alan Ayckbourn being presented in the round by a most
talented cast providing a much needed evening of comedic situations, surprising outcomes
and lots of laughs.

Living Together” opening on Friday, October 20th at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro and continuing October 21, 27,28, Nov 2, 3 at 8pm with 2pm matinees on October 22 & 29. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.  SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE: November 2nd all tickets $15.00

All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rte. 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000.  Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter,Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via Eventbrite, through our website, and at the door.

More About Living Together!

PHOTO: ERIC HENDERSON AND KARIN PAGE HENDERSON as Tom & Annie, ‘Norman-crossed’ lovers in NRP’s final show of the season, Living Together opening Friday, October 20th at The Alley Theatre.

Nemasket River Productions brings Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece, The Norman Conquests, back for it’s final installment.   Directed by the incomparable Bob Gillette and performed by the outstanding ensemble cast: Kristina Dahlene, Eric Henderson, Karin Page Henderson, Victoria Kirichok, Dan Kirichok and Michael McGill; an entertaining production which will again feature the reconfigured theatre-in-the-round space at The Alley Theatre.

The three interconnecting plays, Table Manners, Round and Round the Garden and Living Together follow Norman, his in-laws and the local vet over a summer weekend in an English country house.  This fall’s production will end with the final episode  Living Together.

Norman (Dan Kirichok) is intent on making all the women in his life happy and takes every opportunity to seduce his sister-in-law Annie (Karin Henderson), charm his brother-in-law’s wife Sarah (Kristina Dahlene ) and woo his wife Ruth (Victoria Kirichok) embroiling everyone in the action along the way with both tragic and comic consequences.

On these award-winning plays, Ayckbourn focuses his inimitable, sharp, acerbic wit to reveal the secrets, lies and deception, which bubble beneath the surface of family relationships.

Alan Ayckbourn is one of Britains most popular and prolific playwrights, with over 70 full-length plays to his name, which have been translated into more than 35 languages. These multi-award-winning plays include Absurd Person Singular, Just Between Ourselves, A Chorus of Disapproval, Woman in Mind and House & Garden to name but a few.

“Living Together” opening on Friday, October 20th at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro and continuing October 21, 27,28, Nov 2, 3 at 8pm with 2pm matinees on October 22 & 29. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.  SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE: November 2nd all tickets $15.00

All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rt 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000.  Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter,Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite, through our website, and at the door.

Living Together is Here!

 

PRESS RELEASE – NEMASKET RIVER PRODUCTIONS

Photos: L-R  Dan Kirichok, Karin Henderson, Eric Henderson

Lately, there isn’t much to laugh about, given the economics, bizarre politics and tumultuous weather, but Nemasket River Productions’s fall show “Living Together”(the 3rd installment of this trio of hilarious plays known as “The Norman Conquests”) by the British playwright Alan Ayckbourn should help you laugh again!

NRP theatergoers are fortunate that Director, Bob Gillet was able to bring back most of the wonderful cast that starred in last year’s production of Ayckbourn’s 2nd trilogy installment, “Round & Round the Garden,” providing delicious continuity for theatergoers.

Returning as the dense, clueless, kindly veterinarian, Tom, is the ever creative Eric Henderson, who’s mildly agitated Tom likes Annie but avoids commitment in the extreme; playing the youngest sister (in a family of two sisters and one brother), Annie, Karin Henderson (Eric’s wife in real life), portrays the frustrated (with subtle insight and slightly repressed hysteria) care giver for her demanding, psychosomatic mother. Out of sheer boredom, all-be-it conflicted feelings, she joins Norman (Dan Kirichok) in planning a fling together, at some deary & isolated shore front motel, which unwittingly gets revealed to the family, causing an uproar during what is supposed to be a quiet weekend in the country.

Michael McGill provides pivotal timing as Reg, Ruth’s brother and Sarah’s morose and slightly henpecked husband, while Sarah (Kristina Darlene) is neurotically humorous as Reg’s wife, who is constantly fussing compulsively, trying to maintain her composure and restore order in this chaotic household.

New comers Dan & Victoria Kirichok,  Dan as Ruth’s mischievous, philandering husband, Norman, has the necessary marverick glint in his eye; while the bright & vivacious Victoria Kirkchok (also a real life wife!)  plays his serious, business executive wife, Ruth.

Director Gillet said it’s been fantastic to work with this cast because they all genuinely love each other and enjoy acting together, which shows. Their comedic timing is flawless. their affection apparent, as they deliver one funny scene after another. When Norman tells an angry Ruth that he only wants to make everyone happy, his eye mischievously twinkles, while smiling like a Cheshire cat.  And when Sarah angrily confronts Norman for trying to steal Annie away from Tom, he replies, “I wasn’t stealing her; I was borrowing her.” As the weekend continues to spin out of control, Norman’s antics become increasingly outrageous, upping the laugh meter. Then, too, Ayckbourn’s dialogue is sarcastic, witty, and the eyebrow-raising end is sublime.

“Living Together” opening on Friday, October 20th at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro and continuing October 21, 27,28, Nov 2, 3 at 8pm with 2pm matinees on October 22 & 29. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.

All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rt 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000.  Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter,Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite, through our website, and at the door.

Review: Taming of the Shrew

 

REVIEW BY Middleborough Gazette Staff Reporter

Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ delights audiences outdoors in Middleboro

Attention, Shakespeare fans.

Nemasket River Productions, in conjunction with the Town of Middleboro, brings The Bard to southeastern Massachusetts with “The Taming of the Shrew,” the famed writer’s comic ode to the age-old battle of man versus woman.

The production is an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and enduring comedies. It includes music and dance and all the frivolity Shakespeare intended, all in a little over an hour. The setting is the grounds of Middleboro’s historic Peter Oliver House, an 18th-century showplace of colonial architecture and gardens, off Route 44 at 443 Plymouth St.

Performances were Aug. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7 p.m.

“The Taming of the Shrew” is the story of two young men who long to wed the beautiful and flirtatious Bianca. The lady’s father will have none of it until he can marry off Bianca’s older sister, Katherine. One problem: The headstrong Katherine has other ideas and they don’t include marriage. That is, until the arrogant and equally headstrong Petruchio appears on the scene. Petruchio takes up the challenge and vows to woo Katherine. The battle lines are drawn and the ancient “battle of the sexes” takes comic flight.

The cast of “Shrew” includes several local stage veterans and newcomers.

Katherine will be played by Jenny Shubi, who has studied and performed with Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Petruchio is played by Joseph O’Connor, who has appeared with Plymouth Community Theatre, the Vokes Players and many other groups. Regional favorite Alberto Rizzotti plays Tranio, one of the suitors. Alberto has delighted audiences in many roles for NRP and performed on numerous stages in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Rounding out the cast are Michael Pevzner, James Koonce, Hannah Teceno, Stephanie Hayes and Ethan Child.

At the helm is director Andrew Child, a theater student at Brandeis University. He is the assistant to the producer at Bridgewater State University’s Family Performing Arts Center and producer/director of his own theatrical company called Artists from Suburbia.

Meet the Cast: Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes (Gremio/Lusty Widow/Servant) worked for many years as Box Office Manager and Assistant Producer for The Star Players of Bristol County. Her most recent acting credits include Ariel in The Tempest, Ensemble in Laramie Project and Newlywed, Homeowner, New Mother and Stay-at-Home-Mom in Life, With Kevin & Chandler. She is new to Nemasket River but is very excited to be getting her start with such a wonderful company!

Meet the Cast: Alberto Rizzotti

Alberto Rizzotti (Tranio) – Happy to return to the NRP stage, Alberto is thrilled to appear in his first Shakespeare play. Previous performances with NRP include “Over the River andThrough the Woods” as Frank, “Enchanted April” as Anthony Wilding, and “Leading Ladies” as Doc. Additionally, Alberto has performed on numerous stages in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in various roles as varied as that of Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast” and that of Robert in “Proof”. Alberto lives with his wife, Diane and his son Eric, in Berkley, Massachusetts.

Meet the Cast: Ethan Child

Ethan is thrilled to be returning to NRP, having previously appeared in last season’s production of Lost in Yonkers, directed by the one and only Mike Pevzner, who he is now proud to share the stage with. This is also Ethan’s second time appearing in “Shrew”, having previously played the role of Bianca. Some of his other favorite past  credits include: Troilus and Cressida (Ajax/Paris), Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn), Bye Bye Birdie (Mr. MacAfee), Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks), Pygmalion (Henry Higgins), Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan). Ethan has also enjoyed acting and spooking at various haunted houses, including Ghoulie Manor, Barrett’s Haunted Mansion, Boston Zombie Apocalypse, and the Orpheum House of Horrors. He is also a professional children’s magician who can be seen at fairs, libraries, schools, and events all over the state.

Taming of the Shrew: Press Release 2!

Thoughts on Taming of the Shrew

By: Merrie Mizaras

Let’s set NRP’s  “The Taming of the Shrew, Abridged” in a historical park on a mild summer evening, let’s keep the wonderful language of Shakespeare but lets bring it nearer to the modern day attention span,  let’s choose a play about extreme characters who unbelievably fall madly in love, then let’s dress our characters in turn of the century clothing and add music and dance!

These are some of the thoughts that were discussed at a winter meeting of NRP Board of Directors and the fruition of that dream will be opening soon, due to the collaboration of the Town, it’s wonderful Tourism Committee, the Peter Oliver House and the very special vision of a young director, Andrew Child!

Kate desires love, regardless of how unloving and unlovable she begins.  Her quarrelsome behavior is not entirely due to her lack of being loved, but also her self-absorption which the wily and irascible Petruchio interrupts and redirects!

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Abridged, w/music and dances

Fri/Sat/Sun Aug 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20 – 7pm, outdoors on the grounds of the Peter Oliver House, 443 Plymouth Street, just off Rt. 44, Middleboro, MA

Also enjoy our dinner and show experience with Lorenzo’s Restaurant.  Enjoy a wonderful three course meal (with glass of wine) especially designed for this production ($20) call 508-947-3000 for reservations.

For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter, Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite through our website.

Bring a chair or blanket for a lovely hour of riotous Shakespearean comedy under the stars. Shakespeare, Abridged; where you hear the magic of the bard’s words … just fewer of them.

Meet the Cast: Hannah Teceno

Hannah Teceno (Bianca/Grumio) is a transfer theatre student currently enrolled at Massasoit Community College. She is so excited to be performing in her first Nemasket River Production. Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), West Side Story (Maria), Miracle on 34th St. (ensemble), Trial of Madeline Gee (Design Staff/ Costumer). She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support, Andrew Child for the opportunity to work with him again, and the cast for all their hard work and dedication.

Taming of the Shrew: Press Release!

Nemasket River Productions News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

To: Features/Arts Editors

From: Mike Pevzner, Press Services, 781-910-2938; movieshorts@aol.com

Please contact for photos, interviews, review opportunities

Run thru: August 20, 2017

PHOTO: L-R JENNY SHUBI, HANNAH TECENO, JAMES KOONCE 

Taming of the Shrew (Abridged) – Outdoors in Middleboro, MA – Two Weekends, Aug. 11 – 20

All the Magic of the Bard’s Words … Just Fewer of Them

Nemasket River Productions (NRP) of Middleboro, MA, in conjunction with the Town of Middleboro, is pleased to bring outdoor Shakespeare to Southeastern Massachusetts; and what better Shakespearean play to begin with than Taming of the Shrew, the Bard’s comic ode to the age-old battle of man versus woman.

This production is an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and enduring comedies. It includes music and dance and all the frivolity Shakespeare intended and all in a little over an hour. The beautiful outdoor setting is on the grounds of Middleboro’s historic Peter Oliver House, an 18th  Century showplace of colonial architecture and gardens, just off Rt. 44 at 443 Plymouth St.  Performances are Fri., Sat., Sun., August 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19, 20; all shows at 7pm.

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew is the story of two young men who both long to wed the beautiful and flirtatious Bianca. Bianca’s father will have none of it, however, until he can marry off Bianca’s older sister, Katherine.  One problem, the headstrong Katherine has other ideas and they don’t include marriage.  That is, until the arrogant and equally headstrong Petruchio appears on the scene.  Petruchio takes up the challenge and vows to woo Katherine.  The battle lines are drawn and the ancient “battle of the sexes” takes comic flight.

The cast of Shrew includes several local theatre veterans plus newcomers.

Playing Katherine is Jenny Shubi, who has studied and performed with Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Petruchio is played by Joseph O’Connor, who has appeared with Plymouth Community Theatre, the Vokes Players, and many other groups.  Regional favorite, Alberto Rizzotti plays Tranio, one of the suitors.  Alberto has delighted audiences in many roles for NRP and performed on numerous stages in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Rounding out the cast are Michael Pevzner, James Koonce, Hannah Teceno. Stephanie Hayes and Ethan Child.

At the helm is director Andrew Child, a creative and versatile young man, a graduate of Cardinal Spellman HS and theater student at Brandeis University.  He is the Assistant to the Producer at Bridgewater State University’s Family Performing Arts Center and producer/director of his own theatrical company called Artists from Suburbia.

 Tickets for Taming of the Shrew are $15. For reservations, call 866-244-0448; order tickets at www.nemasketriverproductions.com, or get them at the door.

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Abridged, w/music and dances

Fri/Sat/Sun Aug 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20 – 7pm, outdoors on the grounds of the Peter Oliver House, 443 Plymouth Street, just off Rt. 44, Middleboro, MA

Also enjoy our dinner and show experience with Lorenzo’s Restaurant.  Enjoy a wonderful three course meal (with glass of wine) especially designed for this production ($20) call 508-947-3000 for reservations.

For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter, Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite through our website.

Bring a chair or blanket (or use one of ours) for a lovely hour of riotous Shakespearean comedy under the stars. Shakespeare, Abridged; where you hear the magic of the bard’s words … just fewer of them.