2018 Cappie Nominations

We are proud to announce that our production of Shrek the Musical was recognized with four Greater Philadelphia Cappie Award Nominations!! WE are so proud of all of our performers and crew who produced one of the best productions seen on a Sun Valley stage! Share the good news!

Our own multi-talented music man, Zack Volturo, was nominated for Comic Actor in a Musical for his sweet and funny portrayal of Donkey. The hysterical David Valentine earned a nomination for Supporting Actor for his excellent portrayal of the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. Gianni Palmarini is honored with his fourth nomination in four years, recognized with the Male Vocal nomination for his feisty, melodic Shrek.

And the student marketing team that brought the lobby to life was nominated for Marketing and Publicity: Tori Albanese, Kayla Blackstock, Emily Burke, Victoria Carrillo, Johnna Diehl, Brooke Jasper, Vivian Long, Amanda Neubauer, Michael Rivera, Alexa Rode, Elizabeth Seravello, Jalyn Slaughter, Molly Thorpe, Brittany Valentine, Jared Volturo.

Congratulations to our Cappie nominees who will be honored at the Cappie Gala at Unionville High School in May!

Shrek – Photos & Video

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Sun Valley’s Production of Shrek The Musical!  Check out or memory page to review photos and video and to order DVDs!

Sun Valley Theater Wins Two Top Cappie Awards!

ASTON, PA –Sun Valley had a great showing at the Cappies on Saturday night at Eastern Regional High School in Vorhees, NJ. The cast of The Music Man competed with more than 30 public and private high schools in the Greater Philadelphia Area and were nominated for four Cappies. Not only did students get to perform their Best Song nominated “Marian the Librarian” for more than 200 of their Greater Philadelphia area peers, but they took home two top awards. Sydney Lamoureux won the Cappie for Best Comedic Actress in a Musical, and Gianni Palmarini won the Cappie for Best Male Vocalist in a Musical. These are two of the most competitive categories in the Cappies competition. This is exciting news for Sun Valley Theater as Sun Valley has only had one previous winner in the history of participating in the Cappies. Read more

Download Pics from The Music Man 2015!

Now you can download full size, high resolution images of our 2015 Sun Valley production of The Music Man. Simply visit our new Music Man Photo Gallery page to browse photos or use the link to our Flickr Photostream to download your favorite shots in full high resolution. They’re FREE!

The Leading Team of The Music Man

Lauren Longhi & Gianni Palmarini

Lauren Longhi & Gianni Palmarini

The Music Man’s title is a curious one considering much of the story revolves around the transformation of the two main characters: Harold Hill, the slippery salesman and Marian Paroo, the music teacher and librarian of fictional River City, Iowa. While Hill moves closer toward having sympathy for the towns people he plans to dupe, Marian finds a way to open her heart to someone who doesn’t necessarily measure up to her ideal.

Both roles require the actors to convey that transformation. And the well-cast Sun Valley production has delivered two actors who attack the challenge with precision and grace.

Senior Lauren Longhi’s Marian is a study in restraint. Her glorious vocals infuse the show with professionalism and beauty while her measured portrayal of Marian lends the role a dignity that supports the character’s commitment to her family and her town. Considering it’s Lauren’s first lead, her performance is a break out one. Read more

Dressing the Music Man

Making The Music Man requires reproducing a moment in time. In 1912 Howard Taft was president, the 47th and 48th star was added to the flag, and the mighty titanic made its first and last voyage. Crossword puzzles weren’t invented yet, 95% of births took place at home and the average worker made between $200 and $400 per year. Women wouldn’t vote for another eight years.

Many women in America still made their own clothes. Inspired by the new empire waistline, fuller skirts and beautiful draping with soft, floaty fabrics was becoming the norm. Hats with lavish brims were suspended like magic and smothered in ribbon and plumage.

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Great Hawk! It’s The Comedy Crew

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Michael Mann plays Marcellus Washburn

Ye Gods! Great Hawk! Jeely Kly! The comedic genius of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man is in every line of the Broadway script. From songs like Harold Hill’s “Ya Got Trouble” to quick hitting “phraseology” in every scene, the actors portraying the inhabitants of fictional River City, Iowa demand comic timing and a grasp of middle- America circa 1912.

In this regard, Liz Hazlett’s casting satisfies and surprises! With access to performers in the 6 – 12th grade, there was much talent to choose from. From experienced performers like senior Michael Mann to the developing talent of eighth grader Tommy Christaldi, every actor brings something wonderful to this production. Read more

Ladies of the Dance

Dominique DelGiorno, Ava Ruggieri and Kassidy Lambert

Dominique DelGiorno, Ava Ruggieri and Kassidy Lambert

The Sun Valley and Northley students who make up the cast of The Music Man are fortunate to work with a collection of professionals in the arts. That includes choreographer Jaquetta Colson, a dance teaching artist and choreographer for the education department at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. She also is owner and director of Living Arts Dance & Fitness Studios in Fairmount whose primary mission is to provide affordable, professional performing arts and fitness programs to all. Read more