Last weekend, the award-winning GSB Players presented four stunning and spectacular live and in-person performances of the moving Broadway musical, Two by Two, a reimagined tale of Noah's preparations for the Great Flood and its aftermath. Thanks to the tremendous teamwork of the cast, crew, producers, and directors, the GSB Players delivered a socially distant show that followed COVID-19 guidelines to the delight of our audiences, who in turn, adhered to all protocols, including masks, temperature checks, and spaced-seating in the Performing Arts & Community Center.
After more than a year without live productions, Performing Arts Chair Paul H. Canada warmly welcomed audiences back into the theater. "It was wonderful to be able to perform in front of a live audience again," said Mr. Canada. "I was so proud of the cast and crew and how they embraced the challenges presented by the pandemic. One might say that the limitations that were placed on them in no way limited them!"
Onstage, Mr. Canada's vision as set designer enabled the 14 actors to deliver lines, dance, and sing without masks inside plexiglass boxes configured in a two-tiered structure built by Todd Ross, assistant director of Performing Arts, and Joe DeVico, coordinator of instructional and visual technology. Audiences were mesmerized, amazed at both the execution within the boxes and the engaging spectacle of the cast as a whole. Student performances proved flawless, and the creative staging added to the entertainment, especially during the synchronized dance routines choreographed by Margery Schiesswohl, ninth grade dean.
"The kids did a great job, and we sold out our Saturday Night show," said Mr. Ross. "All the patrons were wonderful and followed our protocols without question. It was very emotional having people in the seats for the shows. Several guests said how much they enjoyed the performance, and how perfect and relevant the show it was for this time. Parallels include a global catastrophe (flood and pandemic), year-long quarantines (ark and lockdowns), and the hope of what life will be like on the other side."
To help tell the inspiring story, a large on-stage screen highlighted dramatic and significant storyline moments, including the gathering of animals onto Noah's ark, the massive flooding, and finally, the beautiful and lush rolling hills after the flood.
Thank you to the entire GSB community who worked tirelessly to make this show happen. Special shot-outs to Mr. Canada, Mr. Ross, Mr. DeVico, and Ms. Schiesswohl for their dedication and perseverance in producing shows despite the challenges of a global pandemic. And kudos to our talented actors and singers for their commitment as well.
Two by Two is based on Clifford Odets' play, The Flowering Peach, with lyrics by Martin Charnin and music by Richard Rodgers.
GSB Players' Cast and Crew:
- Austin Carey - Ensemble
- Chris Coddington - Ensemble
- Caroline D'Arcangelis - Ensemble
- Robbie DeVergillo - Shem
- Nick Guth - Noah
- Carrie Lotito - Ensemble
- Alia Messina - Esther
- Lily Micera - Goldie
- Emma Ryan - Ensemble
- Alex Sepe - Ham
- Ryan Shin - Japheth
- Isha Vemuri Ensemble
- Molly Walker - Leah
- Alexa Woodard - Rachel
- Caroline Solondz - Stage Manager