QNEK 19th SEA­SON opens with

RUTH­LESS! The Mu­si­cal

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What would you do for a part in a play? In the case of Tina Den­mark, an

adorable 12-year-old, the ques­tion is re­ally: “What wouldn’t you do?”

QNEK Pro­duc­tions, In­ter­na­tional The­atre Com­pany in Res­i­dence at the Haskell Opera House, opens its 2012 Sea­son with the pro­duc­tion of Ruth­less! The Mu­si­cal, fea­tur­ing mu­sic by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joal Pa­ley, un­der the di­rec­tion of Su­san-Lynn Johns. The mu­si­cal is pre­sented through spe­cial ar­range­ment with Sa­muel French, Inc., NY.

Never heard of this mu­si­cal? Well, we guar­an­tee you won’t for­get it once you’ve seen it. Win­ner of the New York Outer Crit­ics Circle

Award for the Best Off-Broad­way Mu­si­cal of 1993, this clever lit­tle mu­si­cal fea­tures up­beat songs and an in­trigu­ing plot with twists and turns guar­an­teed to keep you guess­ing. Ab­so­lutely no one will be seated dur­ing the fi­nal eleven min­utes of the show! The syn­op­sis: Tina’s school is pre­sent­ing a school mu­si­cal, Pippi in

Tahiti, and Tina didn’t get the lead. But this star struck diva isn’t about to be out shown. She hatches an evil plan, much to the hor­ror of her quintessen­tially subur­ban mother, Judy, and the de­light of her con­niv­ing man­ager, Sylvia St. Croix.

Ruth­less! plays this over-the-top com­edy for ev­ery­thing it›s worth, with out­ra­geous jokes and can-you-be­lieve-it com­pli­ca­tions. But there are also other shows run­ning un­der­neath: an amaz­ingly writ­ten par­ody of The Bad Seed, All About Eve, Gypsy, Val­ley of the Dolls, The Women, Mame and about a mil­lion more. The show lam­poons mu­si­cals, back­stage mu­si­cals and even mu­si­cals about back­stage mu­si­cals.

In the lead­ing roles are twelve year old April Streeter ( Bar­ton) play­ing Tina Den­mark, Anita Morin ( Derby Line) as Judy Den­mark, and Eileen Kennedy (New­port) as Sylvia St Croix. Sup­port­ing ensem­ble in­cludes Sally Ri­vard ( Jay) as Miss Thorn, the school marm; Michele Streeter (Bar­ton) as three char­ac­ters, Louise and Betty Ler­man and Eve; Chloe Bouchard (North Hat­ley, Quebec) as Emily Block, the re­porter; and a spe­cial ap­pear­ance by Lynn Leimer as Lita En­core, Tina’s grand­mother and no­to­ri­ous the­atre critic. A spe­cial sur­prise cameo to this all fe­male cast punc­tu­ates the fi­nale. Pi­anist Jan­ice Gluck, Stephen Lau­rie on bass, and per­cus­sion­ist Shawn McAl­lis­ter pro­vide ex­cel­lent mu­si­cal backup to these dames. Ruth­less! is to die for.

Ruth­less! opens July 13, 7:30 p.m. and con­tin­ues, July 20, 21 at 7:30 (Au­dio de­scribed by the VT Coun­cil for the Blind). The show is un­der­writ­ten by Herons Path, Paul De­celles Fi­nan­cial Strate­gies, North Coun­try Hospi­tal, Pas­sump­sic Sav­ings Bank, Community Na­tional Bank, Rotary Club of New­port, Hoa­gies Pie and Pasta, Fred’s Plumb­ing and Heat­ing, Columbia For­est Pro­duc­tions, Jay Peak Re­sort, The Front Desk, and Whim­sey Works Ver­mont.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

Twelve year old April Streeter , Anita Morin , and Eileen Kennedy along with Sally Ri­vard, Michele Streeter, Chloe Bouchard

and Lynn Leimer rock the stage in the off-Broad­way

mu­si­cal Ruth­less!

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