Special Deliveries Musical Showcase in Rutland, VT

RUTLAND, VT – Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre and the Paramount Theatre present an original musical theatre reading and showcase of Special Deliveries, book and lyrics by Harrison Lebowitz, with music by Lebowitz and Kyle de Tarnowsky, on June 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Harrison Lebowitz is the owner of Snow Farm Vineyard and winery in South Hero, and an attorney and writer.   In the early 1980’s, he wrote the book, lyrics and music for a musical comedy entitled, Special Deliveries, which was produced in New York City and featured, among others, Tony Nominee, Marcia Mitzman.  Harrison made many director mandated changes to the material throughout the process taking the musical in a direction completely different from what he intended.  He then de-constructed and re-constructed the book and lyrics to bring the musical back to its roots.    When he finished he put it away.

In 2010, while Harrison was doing a book signing for his most recent novel,  Peter Marsh, a producing director for the Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre, asked if he could look at the musical. After reviewing the work, ART organized a live reading of the script utilizing local actors. This reading prompted Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre, in conjunction with The Paramount Theatre, to produce this showcase reading (and sing-through) as a part of The Paramount’s 30 Center Stage Series (a series dedicated to presenting musical theater pieces during their initial production phase.)

In preparation of this showcase, Harrison brought in musician Kyle de Tarnowsky, who grew up in Richmond, VT, as a collaborator. Kyle obtained his B.M. in Music Composition from Florida State and attended U.S.C.’s program for scoring for motion pictures and television.  Kyle currently lives in Southern California where he writes movie scores. Harrison spends much of his time now in California.

The director, Peter Marsh of Rutland, has directed over 130 productions.  For ART, most recently he directed Almost, Maine, The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket and The Savannah Disputation, Art, and he recently wrote and directed Vermont Writers … in Play.The musical director, Mary Ellen Harlow of Wallingford, recently retired from teaching vocal and choral music at Mill River Union High School, where she was the musical director for musicals including, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors and Kiss Me Kate.   She is on the staff for the Brattleboro Music Center Women’s Vocal Summer Institute, and was musical director for Marble Valley Players production of Guys and Dolls.

The showcase cast are all well-known local actors: Ken Holmes of Poultney, Eric Mallette of Brandon, Malindi Chestnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Caleb Fredette of Wallingford, Julia Dorion of Wallingford, Bonnie Pritchard of Clarendon, Mitch Rosengarten of Shrewsbury, Kim Moyer of North Chittenden, Robin Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Julie Redington of Wallingford, Chris Doyle of Rutland, Laura Steere of Castleton, Kathy Morgan of Rutland and Ian Vair of Rutland.  The musicians are Harlow (piano), Marc Whitman of Rutland (percussion) and Joseph Plotts of Arlington (bass).The showcase is stage-managed and narrated by Bridget Scott of Shrewsbury. Choreography is by Ilene Blackman of Ira and graphic design is by Lyz Tomsuden of Rutland.

Tickets ($15 + tax) are available now by phoning The Paramount Theatre Box Office at 802 775-0903.  Tickets may also be purchased online at www.paramountlive.org and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office at 30 Center Street in downtown Rutland, VT.  For more information about Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre visit the company’s website at www.actorsrepvt.org

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