Students at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell, will present “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon at 7:30 p.m. on April 13-14 and 2 p.m. on April 14.
Tickets at the door cost $8 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students and free for FLCC students with ID.
This year’s spring theater production coincides with Spring Visit Day, a main campus open house for high school juniors and seniors. Prospective students and their parents who register online for Spring Visit Day will get complimentary tickets to the “The Odd Couple” performance at 2 p.m. on April 14 when they check in.
Adrian Colvin, of Macedon, plays Oscar Madison, who opens his apartment to Felix Ungar, played by Nathaniel Lecceardone, of Manchester. Victoria Elia, of Canandaigua, and Jamie Schojan, of Tampa Bay, portray the Pigeon sisters. Alex Boucher, of Marion; Jerrett Laskett, of Batavia; Andrew Parisi, of Brighton; and Will Pulver, of Newark, round out the cast as Oscar and Felix’s poker buddies. The understudy is Amanda Phelps, of Clifton Springs.
This play opens in Oscar’s apartment on poker night. The last of the group, Felix, arrives late and suicidal; he and his wife have recently separated. Oscar invites Felix to move in with him, and the pair struggle to coexist.
Lecceardone performed in musicals while at Red Jacket High School as the scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz” and Pinocchio in “Shrek: The Musical.”
“What I love about doing ‘The Odd Couple’ is being able to let loose and play a goofy character with a hilarious personality, alongside my talented friends and amazing directors,” Lecceardone said. “In preparation for the role of Felix, I studied and watched the different versions of ‘The Odd Couple,’ such as the 1968 film, the 1970 sitcom and the recent sitcom that came out in 2015. I tried to take notes from each version while putting my own twist on who I think Felix is.”
Colvin also studied the film and TV comedy to get a feel for Oscar.
“There is a mix of emotions that my character possesses that really puts my acting skills to the test,” Colvin said. “I love the work I am able to put into this show. There is also a lot of comedy in this show, which makes rehearsing with the other actors and actresses a lot of fun.”
Colvin graduated from Wayne Central’s James A. Beneway High School, where he participated in the musical “Curtains” during his senior year.
Bayana Burnell, of Williamson, and Brandon Lee Wyand, of Victor, direct the production. Erin Symonds, of Phelps, and Angela Hurlbutt, of Canandaigua, serve on the crew as light board operator and sound engineer, respectively. Julian Trinchini designed the poster for the show.
FLCC faculty and staff support the students, including James Perri, technical director and production manager; Beth Johnson, professor of theater; and Kathryn Snyder and Jessica Ames, technical specialists for theater. Douglas Blackall provides lighting design.
Students can enroll in a liberal arts degree with a theater track at FLCC to prepare for transfer to a four-year school with theater and related programs. Call (585) 785-1000 for information.
Visit flcc.edu/apply to sign up for Spring Visit Day. Call (585) 785-1242 for information about “The Odd Couple.”