'Parade' opens at community center Aug. 5

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Jul. 28, 2011
Adam Tortorello and Karen Vinick rehearse a scene in 'Parade.' Photos by Greg A. Scibelli.
Adam Tortorello and Karen Vinick rehearse a scene in 'Parade.' Photos by Greg A. Scibelli.

The Cirillo Summer Theatre in Windsor will present “Parade” beginning on Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The community theater group has been in existence since 1968, and Susan Vinick, the group’s Artistic Director, is now helping to lead the group she joined as a youth.

The theatre group has fostered the talents of high school, college and post graduate students from ages 14 to 24. With the transitional age group, Vinick said it can often be a challenge to bring them together. But once together, it is the love of the theatre that makes the performances click.

“Because of the age of some of the kids, you can have trouble getting them to focus,” said Vinick. “But the kids get along great, and they have become more like a family. I really enjoy getting to work with them.”

It is the 43rd year the senior group has put on a production for the public. Participants go through an eight- to nine-week rehearsal schedule that includes vigorous work on the line memorization and character development. Vinick said a nine-week schedule was necessary to prepare for “Parade.”

“This is a musical and a lot of the songs are very difficult, so I wanted to give the group as much work as they could get,” said Vinick. “But they have done a wonderful job and they are definitely ready to perform in front of an audience.”

“Parade” takes place in 1913, in Atlanta, Ga. It features the story of a Jewish businessman who is accused and convicted of killing an employee in his factory. The play chronicles his trial and his wife’s pleas to save his life. The community rallies to defend the memory of the slain girl and find the person responsible for her death.

“It’s a heart-wrenching story and it includes a lot of themes that the kids should be learning about,” said Vinick. “It will also be a great play for the audience to see as well. The music is very emotional and it should bring out emotions in the people watching it.” More than 40 people are part of the cast and crew.

The performances will be held at the L. P. Wilson Community Center at 599 Matianuck Ave., beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13. There will be a matinee on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for children under 12 or for seniors 65 and over. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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