Browse the photos of the first event (May 4, 2018) and opening night (June 1, 2018) at the Iron Horse Community Theatre!
Terrence McNally's romantic comedy played at the Iron Horse Community Theatre in June 2018.
The setting was a walk-up apartment on Manhattan's West Side where Frankie (a waitress played by Amy Ellefson) and Johnny (a short-order cook played by Tom Mirth) were discovered in bed.
Ellefson and Mirth had to put aside all vanity in order to reveal two middle-aged characters who were physically and emotionally imperfect in so many ways.
Mirth did an amazing job making Johnny irritating and cocky, and yet sensitive and likeable.
Ellefson's Frankie was funny, but in a sad kind of way, and somehow strong and vulnerable at the same time. Ellefson portrayed Frankie as a woman who had built a protective wall around herself while Mirth's Johnny was intent on dismantling her wall throughout the play.
It is safe to say that both Amy Ellefson and Tom Mirth delivered amazing performances.
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In October 2018, the Iron Horse Theatre Company presented Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond, directed by Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre and starred John C.R. Silbert and Jeane Kmetz-Donovic as Norman and Ethel Thayer, an elderly couple who shared an eventful season at their New England summer cottage.
The setting took place at the Thayer’s summer cottage living room and kitchen. The intimate Iron Horse Community Theatre made the most out of every cubic foot that the stage had to offer. It was impeccably detailed, from the stone fireplace and hanging wooden oars to the mounted fish and jumbled stack of board games. Lighting and Sound Designer Mike Evans completed the atmosphere with a soft glow of the early afternoon sun and bird-calls coming up from the lake.
The play began right after the Thayers arrived at their home on Golden Pond, Maine, for the summer. Ethel was in joyful awe of her surroundings, reveling in her nostalgic memories and sparkling with excitement when she heard the calls from the loons, her favorite birds.
The Thayers were visited by Charlie Martin (Michael Goffus), the Thayer’s longstanding friend and mailman, and their daughter Chelsea (Nina Napoleone), who brought her fiancé Bill (Michael Church) and his young son Billy (Zach Aaron).
Norman proved himself to be a politically incorrect and intimidating figure throughout the play. He was able to "ruffle everyone's feathers", with one exception. Norman was unable to deter young Billy, a curious boy who seemed determined to crack Norman’s tough shell.
Long-suffered tensions between father and daughter were tested as Chelsea tried to relate to her distant father. She told him that she regreted being “mad at each other” for so many years, to which Norman replied, “Mad at each other? I thought we just didn’t like each other.”
The cast was superb. Jeane Kemetz- Donovic did a wonderful job in making the audience fall in love with her character Ethel. Both Michael Goffus and Zach Aaron created some lighthearted moments throughout the play. Nina Napoleone and Michael Church gave steady performances as well. John C.R. Silbert as Norman was as moving as he was funny, and he was very funny. He grabbed a hold of the audience’s attention from the very beginning of the play and commanded it throughout the show.
Hats off to a job well done!!
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Iron Horse Theatre Company's first event was a stage reading of the play Good People, written by David Lindsay-Abaire. The event was held in Sewickley’s Sweetwater Center for the Arts at 200 Broad Street on Saturday evening November 12, 2016, and again a week later on November 19 at the beautiful Laughlin Memorial Library (located at 99 11th Street in Ambridge, Pa. 15003).
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