In its Eighth Season, SUNY Orange Summer Stock to Feature Music and Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SummerStar Theatre at SUNY Orange will present “A Little Night Music” during six performances in June, reprising the five-time Tony Award-winning musical featuring the lyrics and compositions of Stephen Sondheim.

Friday and Saturday performances will be held at 8 p.m., June 8-9 and 15-16, with Sunday shows set to begin at 3 p.m. on June 10 and 17. “A Little Night Music” will be held in Orange Hall Theater, located on the College’s Middletown campus. Now enjoying its eighth season, SummerStar Theatre continues its commitment to bringing Broadway and off-Broadway plays to the Hudson Valley while utilizing the skills of community members in all facets of the production.

Originally presented at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway in 1973, this musical takes its story and theme from Ingmar Bergman's highly respected film "Smiles of a Summer Night" (1955). “A Little Night Music” is a sophisticated and charming period comedy that applies razor sharp intelligence in portraying its characters’ unarticulated desires.

Although set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, Sondheim's musical explores some surprisingly contemporary themes. “A Little Night Music” contains what has become, perhaps, Sondheim's best known song, “Send In The Clowns."
Sondheim's score brilliantly magnifies the tensions that are created when an odd assortment of mismatched lovers spend a weekend together in the country. The plot is filled with complicated twists and turns featuring a lawyer, his son, his young wife, an old flame and nobleman.

Lawyer Fredrik Egerman has married a woman many years his junior. In spite of six months of marriage, his wife remains a virgin. Frustrated, Egerman turns to an old flame: the actress Desiree Armfeldt. As chance would have it, Desiree is currently involved with martinet officer and nobleman, Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, whose wife happens to be a friend of Egerman's young wife. Complicating matters, Egerman's young son from a previous marriage, Henrik, is enamored of his father's new wife. Henrik's problems are heightened by the fact that he is currently a student in a Lutheran seminary and he is having a very difficult time reconciling his sexual desires with his faith.

Things come to a head when Desiree invites everyone to a weekend outing. Chaos and merriment ensue. Tears and recriminations, duels and seductions lead the way to a surprising resolution for all concerned.

SummerStar Theatre’s production will be directed by Max Schaefer, a SUNY Orange professor who has directed many previous SummerStar productions, including “Oliver!,” “Gross Indecency,” “Proof,” “Cabaret,” “Intimate Apparel” and “Over the River and Through The Woods.” Fellow SUNY Orange professor Kevin Scott is musical director with Nancy DeMilio Scott as vocal director.

Jill Carroll will coordinate the intricate choreography and costume designer Susan Watson Turner’s task is to create an elegant wardrobe of period gowns and tuxedos. Scenic designer Peter Galipeau recently designed the sets for SUNY Orange productions of “An Enemy of the People” and the award-winning production of “SubUrbia.”

Tickets prices for “A Little Night Music” are: $20.00, general admission; $15 for senior citizens, faculty, staff and alumni; and $12 for students. Active duty military personnel will be admitted free. Group rates are available. For more information about SummerStar Theatre, call (845) 341-4790 or visit

Orange Hall Theater, located in Orange Hall, is universally accessible. General parking is available in the college parking lot at the intersection of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues.

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