Players off to Buffalo in High Energy Comedy

The York Prep Performing Arts Department closed its season with the fast-paced comical farce Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig, presented May 1-2 at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. The ensemble piece, under the direction of drama teacher and Performing Arts Chair Maria Getz, follows the travails of a theatre company helmed by two aging thespians. The set was designed and built by art teacher Karl Hartman, with Timothy Meola serving as lighting designer and Fiona Hutchison helping as assistant director.

Sophomores Hailey Corrall and Lucas Mollod portrayed George and Charlotte Hay, a bickering couple who travel the country performing Cyrano De Bergerac and Private Lives in repertory on the stages of dingy theatre houses. When their daughter Rosalyn (junior Gayla Kornbluh) arrives for a visit with her new fiancé, weatherman Howard (8th grader Joseph Newman-Getzler), she must confront her feelings for her old flame, actor and company manager Paul (freshman Trevor Viscardi).Things get complicated when George discovers that his brief fling with young ingénue Eileen (sophomore Sarah Calaman) results in an unplanned pregnancy, all amidst an impending visit by famed director Frank Capra.

The cast was rounded out by sophomores Ellara Chumashkaeva portraying Ethel, the cranky, hard-of-hearing grandmother; and Daniel Durocher as lawyer Richard, who also pines for Charlotte. In addition, freshmen Nieve Ferguson and Rebecca Meckler served as stage crew and also had cameo appearances as soldiers in the opening scene. Seventh grader Olivia Heskett was stage crew technician, and sophomore Molly Model did hair and makeup for the cast.

The evening also included a pre-show music performance of the song “Makin’ Whoopee!” sung and choreographed by 10th graders Isabel Greenberg, Samia Finnerty, and Molly Model.