God's Favorite Launches GCC's Spring Theater Season

Rehearsals and set construction are well underway as the Genesee Community College launches its spring 2012 theatrical season with a production of the Neil Simon comedy God's Favorite.

Batavia, New York - Rehearsals and set construction are well underway as the Genesee Community College launches its spring 2012 theatrical season with a production of the Neil Simon comedy God’s Favorite.

The curtain goes up on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 pm when the GCC Forum Players in conjunction with the Genesee Center for the Arts, take the stage in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, under the direction of fine and performing arts director Maryanne Arena. God’s Favorite is loosely based on the biblical Book of Job, with God and Satan making a bet involving a wealthy Long Island businessman whose faith is tempted by a wise-cracking messenger from God.

The cast and crew reflects the GCC community of faculty and students, as well as local performers, including Jerry Newell of Attica, as pious businessman Joe Benjamin, and Rochester’s Ben Liebrand as the tempter Sidney Lipton. Rounding out the cast is: Patrick Dodge of Warsaw as prodigal son David Benjamin, Tyler Eldred of Dansville as son Ben Benjamin, Perry’s Sara Stabley as Ben’s twin sister Sarah Benjamin, Nikole Marone of Batavia in the role of Joe’s long-suffering wife Rose Benjamin, Rochester’s Whitney Sellers as maid Mady, and Bobby Steeves of Albion, as the butler, Morris.

GCC technical theatre faculty member Ed Hallborg tackles the set design and technical direction of the comedy, with students Alison Scharvella (Copake Lake) and Roger Williams (Kendall) sharing stage manager duties.

“The cast and crew work incredibly hard and have shown an amazing amount of dedication to their craft. I am extremely proud of each and every one of our performers and crew members,” Arena said.

In addition to the debut performance on Thursday, tickets are also available for the 7:30pm shows on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, as well as a matinee on Sunday, April 1 at 2:00pm. General admission prices for God’s Favorite are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (55+), students and GCC faculty and staff, and $3 for Genesee students with valid ID. GCC alumni receive a $2 discount with valid alumni ID card. The Theater box office is open Wednesday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:30pm and one hour before the start of each performance.

Reserve tickets are available through the box office at boxoffice@genesee.edu or by calling (585) 345-6814. Payment is accepted via cash, checks, and Visa or MasterCard credit cards.

Genesee Community College is located in Batavia, NY, just 2 minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 48. Visit http://genesee.edu for door-to-door directions sent via email.

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Editor’s Note:
There is a photo opportunity with the complete cast on Wednesday, March 28 at 5:00pm at the Stuart Steiner Theatre.
 

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