St. John's Conservatory Theater presenting original musical in Ogdensburg
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 11:35 am

OGDENSBURG -- St. John’s Conservatory Theater, now in its fourth season, has cast its original musical “Orchard Of Hide & Seek,” which will open at the newly renovated all-digital OFA Auditorium this June for a two-week run.

With a talented cast of 31 actors, singers, and dancers ranging in age from 5 to 60, hailing from all over the North Country such as Massena, Lisbon, Potsdam, and Ogdensburg, the “Orchard Of Hide & Seek” is their most ambitious production yet.

The “Orchard Of Hide & Seek,” with a book, music and lyrics by award-winning writer Richard O’Donnell, is a family-friendly comedy about Queen Onagh and her eclectic tribe of fairies and pixies that inhabit the ominous apple orchard on Peekaboo Island high atop a cliff overlooking the St. Labyrinth Sea.

As they prepare for their spectacular Mid-Summers Eve celebration, the children from the nearby village of Onwee are also treasure hunting. However, trouble ensues as Capt. Jean-Pierre Beunet, his malevolent pirates, and Ophelia, Delia and Vermilia, the evil Witches of Hubba Bubba, plot to take over the entire orchard for themselves.

The fairies are played by Tessa Harper as Onagh Queen of the Fairies, Hailey Weber as Princess Auria, Carina Cook as Princess Lilywink, Analyse Bullock as Shaylee, Grace Brunet as Lorilia, and Ava Rutherford as Forsythia.

The pixies are played by Myah Myers as Princess Nyssa, Macy Murdock as Nightshade, Meghan Gardner as Clover, Madison Miller as Silkfoot, Mia LaBella as Bitterbreeze, and Emma Seeley as Jinglebug.

Children of Onwee are played by Caroline Silver as Lorcan Gallagher, Christopher Rodriguez as Rory Curren, Grant Brunet as Keelin Shanahan, Gabi Ott as Carmel

McGlinchy, Philomena Bullock as Enya Fallon, and Emma Murray as Deirdre McGuinness.

The pirates are played by O’Donnell as Capt. Jean-Pierre Beunet, Brandon Bogart as Scallywag, Christopher Dwyer as Shivers, Gerard Powers as Whale-Eye, and Eric Robinson as Basher.

The witches are Angela Conzone Dwyer as Ophelia Hollyhock Queen of Hubba Bubba, Shelly Murdock as Delia Hollyhock, Angelina Schembry as Vermilia Hollyhock, and Krista Kelly as Misty the Singing Cauldron.

Ophelia Hollyhock’s henchman is Ryan Woodard as Yadder the Troll, Calea LeBel as Arema, Maddison LeBel as Gogo, and Chloe Preston as Spiridon the banshees of the dark castle.

SJCT principal creative staff includes O’Donnell, producing artistic director; Angela Conzone Dwyer, musical director and choreographer; OFA senior Ryan C. McNally, arranger and orchestrator; Stephen Chambers, scenic and prop designer; Karen Fischbeck of Heuvelton, costume and makeup designer; additional costumes by Ann Losurdo of Oswego and Heron Hetzler of Potsdam; Christopher Dwyer, technical director and production coordinator; Richard Patton, sound designer; Barry Pratt, lighting designer; Shelly Murdock, stage manager; and Tonya Ott, props master.

Collectively they have over five decades of professional theatrical and academic experience including regional, stock, bus and truck, off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, and Broadway stages.

Other vital SJCT personnel includes host Dr. Michael O’Donnell, house manager Sheila LaMere, general manager Bill LaMere, assistant technical director Ryan Woodard, assistant props Emma Murray, and assistant costumer Hannah Gardner.

Showtime’s are June 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and matinees June 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. at the OFA Auditorium in Ogdensburg.

Tickets go on sale in mid-May and will be available electronically at or at the door the night of the performances.

For more information, please visit St. John’s Conservatory Theater’s Facebook page

St. John’s Conservatory Theater is a non-for-profit company of actors, artisans and artists.