Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening with a Sunday matinee

CLIFTON SPRINGS — The Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre celebrates its 41st year with earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the 1970s as it presents “Disaster!”

Featured songs include "Torn Between Two Lovers," “Never Can Say Goodbye,” "Hooked on a Feeling," "Sky High," "I Am Woman" and "Hot Stuff."

The production is based on a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and SiriusXM Broadway host, Seth Rudetsky; and Jack Plotnick.

The 30-member cast is being directed by Keith E. Childs, a Midlakes High School English teacher and artistic director of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre.

“Individuals of a certain age will remember fondly flocking to movie theaters to view the latest disaster films such as 'Jaws,' 'The Poseidon Adventure,' 'Earthquake' or 'The Towering Inferno,'” said Childs. “The musical 'Disaster!' not so gently pokes fun at this genre of film and, while doing so, allows audience members to be reminded of the funky fashions and music of the 1970s. It is a show that is intended to make audiences have a great time. If laughter is the best medicine, the Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre will be serving multiple doses throughout the performance of 'Disaster!'"

Music director is George Bastedo IV of Clyde. The show is choreographed by Childs and Erin Altman of Clifton Springs.

The cast is led by Michael Witter of Newark appearing as Chad, Corrine DeRue of Gorham as reporter Marianne, and Cris Brown of Canandaigua as casino owner Tony Delvecchio.

Rayne Hammond-Benz and Andrew Durham of Clifton Springs are nightclub performer Jackie and Professor Ted Scheider. Sarah Byron of Phelps plays twins Ben and Lisa, while Audrey Brown, also of Canandaigua, appears as Sister Mary Downy.

Others with principal roles are Joanne Saracino and Chris Boulter as Shirley and Maury, Tina Crandall-Gommel as disco diva Levora and Jason Gibson as Jake.

Scott, Chad’s best friend, is played by Brian Morath, while the wealthy husband and wife are portrayed by Ed Krenzer and Patty Richardson.

Trevor Barcomb, Spencer Bonawitz, Katie Cody, Maria Denisi, Nathan Dingy, Sydnee Gibson, Kathleen Hoven, Kara Jones, Monique Jones, Samuel Liberati, Carol Millis, Bill Norway, Viki Remacle-Grimm, Jade Remacle-Grimm, Melinda Rosini and Alexis Vandermere complete the cast as casino guests/victims.

Behind the scenes, Charlie King serves as technical director and co-scenic designer with Cris Brown, who also serves as graphic designer.

Betsy Tuxill, Nancy Denisi and Carol Byron are designing costumes. Ross Gifford is lighting designer, while Jason Dunham is in charge of audio supervision. Erik Dillon is stage manager.

The presentation, rated PG for some language usage, is made possible in part with a grant from the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation.


If you go 

WHAT: Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre presents “Disaster,” featuring songs of the 1970s and a comedy spoof of classic disaster films 

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. Matinee on Sunday 

WHERE: In the air-conditioned Midlakes High School auditorium, 1554 State Route 488, Clifton Springs 

TICKETS: Presale $10 at the high school office, Phelps Hometown Pharmacy, Peirce's Gift Shop in Clifton Springs; Stomping Grounds, Geneva; Deb's Craft and Things, Newark; Renaissance-The Goodie II Shoppe, Canandaigua; or from cast members. Tickets also available at the door for $12.