Barefoot in the Park!

Come join us for The Carnegie’s Players 25th season of community theater in Rensselaer in 2018.


We start out the year with the production of Barefoot In The Park, John Rahe Director, at The First Presbyterian Church, 7:00 pm on March 2 and 3, 2018.  Tickets will be available from any cast member, board member or from Jordan’s.

 What is it about?

A pair of newlyweds – he a stuffed-shirt lawyer, she, a free-spirit – attempt to adapt to each other and life in a small Greenwich Village flat.  Barefoot In The Park is a Neil Simon romantic comedy first made famous on Broadway starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley and later in the theater starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Carnegie Players Scholarship Applications Available

Scholarship Deadline Reminder

 Just a reminder for local high school students applying for the Carnegie Garrity-Laird Scholarship.

The Carnegie Players’ scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident of the Rensselaer Central Schools district, whether that student attends public school, private school, Christian school, or is home-schooled. The scholarship is also available to a current full time College student who was previously a resident of the Rensselaer Schools district.

The Scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing studies in Performing Arts or Theater Arts at the College level and must have participated in theater in school or community organizations. Preference is given to applicants who have been active with The Carnegie Players.

Scholarship applications are available at Jordan’s, 324 S. College Ave., Rensselaer, The Carnegie Players website ( or in our Facebook page files.

The deadline has been extended to April 28th, 2018!

The Carnegie Players’ Annual Meeting Announced!!


The Carnegie Players will hold the 2017 Annual Meeting on
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at
The First Presbyterian Church, 220 N. Cullen St., Rensselaer

Please bring your favorite dessert to share. Coffee, iced tea
and table service will be supplied.

Carnegie Members will approve the 2018 Operating Budget and new
Board Members, and annual committee reports will be presented.
Please join us for a year-end review.

2018 is The Carnegie Player’s 25th Anniversary.
Please bring a few suggestions on how to celebrate our
25th year of Community Theatre in Jasper County.

Carnegie Announces Winter Show – Barefoot In The Park!


The Carnegie Players will be producing Neil Simon’s romantic comedy, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, on March 2 and 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm at The First Presbyterian Church, 220 N. Cullen St., Rensselaer.

John Rahe will direct this well-loved comedy. John, the former Director of Theater at Saint Joseph’s College, teaches acting, directing and improvisation. He has been active as theater director for over 40 years on the Collegiate, Community and professional levels, and has directed over 100 plays and musicals. In addition, John has been a professional actor and has written several short plays and comedy sketches.

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK premiered on Broadway in 1963 and starred Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley. The play was made into a film in 1967, also starring Robert Redford, and Jane Fonda. On Broadway it was Neil Simon’s longest running non-musical play in Broadway history.

Corrie and Paul Bratter are a newlywed couple. For their first house, they live in an apartment on the top floor of a brownstone in New York City. During the course of four days, they learn to live together while facing the usual ups and downs. Corrie wants Paul to become more easy-going: for example, to run “barefoot in the park.”

You are invited to become a part of The Carnegie Player’s 25th season of community theater in Rensselaer. Walk barefoot with Carnegie in 2018!

Presenting Joseph!

                For its 24th annual summer production, The Carnegie Players will be bringing the famous musical of Biblical proportions “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to stage this month. Jam-packed with eclectic music ranging from country to pop to rock n’ roll, vibrant color, dancing, and all the songs you love, Joseph is a show that the whole family can tap their feet to!

                This story is perhaps one of the most well-known and beloved of the Bible. Join our narrator (Kendal Ford) as she follows Joseph (Peyton Webb), the revered son of Jacob (Bob Sagendorf), as he comes to understand the meaning of his prophetic dreams. After receiving a beautiful coat adorned with all the brilliant colors of the rainbow, Joseph realizes he is destined for greatness. With this dream the only thing to hold on to, Joseph finds himself sold into slavery in Egypt by his eleven jealous brothers. From there, we watch him bravely, and sometimes hilariously, tackle test after test of his integrity and character – including being the adored household servant of the affluent Potiphar (Ron Jordan) and the salacious Mrs. Potiphar (Caity Webb), which goes terribly awry. Enter the reigning Pharaoh (Phil Nagel) – or the “King” – a rock ‘n’ roll, lip-curling ruler who takes a special liking to Joseph and his amazing gift of prophesy. We see Joseph rise to power, and eventually, come face-to-face with the family that betrayed him.

                Developed originally as a cantata in 1968, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was lyricized by Tim Rice and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  The famed duo used the success of their rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” to promote “Joseph” in 1969, and eventually saw its entirety come to Broadway by 1982. With over 20,000 revivals in amateur theatres and schools since its initial success, “Joseph” has become one of the most cherished and family-friendly musicals of all time.  Perhaps one of the most well-known renditions is the 1999 straight-to-video production starring Donny Osmond.

                Jon Clevenger will return as director this year, along with Bernard Sell as music director (Carnegie’s own dynamic duo), and Allisandra Potts, our talented Rensselaer native, has taken the task of choreographing all of “Joseph’s” lively songs.  Returning to the spotlight is Kendal Ford as the Narrator, the spunky, fun-loving storyteller, and Peyton Webb as our hero, Joseph. Both are no strangers to the stage, as they have appeared in numerous Carnegie productions in the past, including principle roles in last year’s hit “Beauty and the Beast.” With a strong supporting cast of brothers, wives, servants, and a children’s chorus, “Joseph” will be certain to light up the stage!  For a complete cast list, visit

                “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be running July 28th and August 3, 4, 5th at 7 PM in the Rensselaer Central High School auditorium. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door or online. You can purchase tickets from any cast or Carnegie board member, at Jordan’s, or The Willow Switch. Online ordering will also be available, as well as credit card purchases at the door.  Come join us for a tale that teaches us character, perseverance, redemption, and that “any dream will do!”

Who’s the Cast? Who’s the Cast?!

We are pleased to announce the Cast list for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

Cast List

Narrator Kendal Ford

Joseph Peyton Webb

Jacob Bob Sagendorf

Brothers Jay Covill, Jared Huber, Joah Huber, Josiah Huber, Rick Mangas, Ote Wood, Caleb Ford, Elizabeth Gray, Vandaline Baker

Wives Addy Knakiewicz, Elaina Knakiewicz, Lily Martin, Catherine Moran, April Potts, Barbara Slade, Vandaline Baker, Angel Zenner, Caity Webb

Potiphar Ron Jordan

Mrs. Potiphar Caity Webb

Guard Kynon Sell, Mylissa Mattocks

Cook Angel Zenner

Butler Jared Huber

Pharaoh Phil Nagel

Potiphar & Pharaoh Court Addy Knakiewicz, Elaina Knakiewicz, Anna Huber, Lily Martin, Angel Zenner, Caity Webb (Pharaoh Court only)

Children’s’ Chorus Zion Bronson, Brynn Hannon, Aleah Huber, Jedidiah Huber, Jeremiah Huber, Maddie Martin, Braedy Martin



The excitement is beginning to build.  Who will be cast as Joseph next week at The Carnegie Players auditions for JOSEPH and THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT?  Or, who will be the Narrator, Jacob and his other eleven sons?  Who will be Jacob’s wives?  Will your son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter be in the Children’s Chorus?

The  Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors will come to life on stage this summer in Rensselaer by The Carnegie Players.  JOSEPH and THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will be produced on July 28, August 3, 4 and 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm each night in the RCHS Auditorium.

The production is based on the biblical story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis, and because this show is sung through with little dialogue, strong singers are preferred.  Cast requirements are: Narrator, Joseph, Jacob, Eleven Brothers, Potiphar, Mrs. Potiphar, The Baker, The Butler, Pharaoh, Wives, 2 Ishmaelite’s, Male Ensemble, Female Ensemble and a large children’s chorus.  All ages over 5 are invited to audition for JOSEPH.

Auditions will be held on Monday, May and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the RCHS Auditorium.  Callbacks if necessary, will be held on Thursday, May 4 if needed.  Please enter RCHS via the north entrance door #8.  Come prepared to sing a song that showcases your vocal range.  Piano accompaniment will be available.  There will not be a traditional reading from the script as part of the audition process for JOSEPH.  You may download in advance three forms at:   or Facebook at: The Carnegie Players of Rensselaer.  The Audition Form, Media Release Form and Code of Conduct should all be filled out and turned in at auditions. These forms will also be available each night at auditions.

Returning Director Jon Clevenger and Music Director Bernard Sell are joined this year by Choreographer Sara Solis from De Motte.  The talents of these individuals promise to take you on a lively, colorful and inspirational journey through ancient Egypt.

Rehearsals for adults will begin June 5 and will run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights until the opening night of the production, with minor adjustments July 1 to 15.  A detailed schedule will be forthcoming.

Children ages 5 and up may audition.  Children will rehearse at 6:30 pm on Mondays June 5, 12, 19 and 26 and commencing July 10, will be required to be at rehearsals Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. 

Any teenage youth involved in Teen Mission, please note that we will work with an adjusted rehearsal schedule July 24 – 28, 6:00 pm – 7:45 p.m. for any youth involved in Teen Mission.

Off-site auditions will be available this year for the first time for college youth.  Please turn to our website or Facebook page listed above, for further details.

If you are interested in helping behind the scenes with sound and lighting, set construction, costumes, make-up, hair, advertising and promotion or any other aspect of the show, please come to auditions and leave us your contact information, or send an email to

If you have any questions, please call Ron Jordan at 866-3212 or email at

Mark your calendar now to experience one of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice most well-known and popular show!

Off-Site Auditions Available For Joseph!!

Off-Site Audition Information

If you cannot attend the auditions and wish to send a video, please record yourself singing the first verse of a song of your choice.  Please choose a song that showcases your vocal range.

Please make sure your audition is no longer than two minutes.  State your name, age and which part you wish to audition for before proceeding with the audition.  Three forms should also be sent: The Audition Form, Media Release Form and the Code of Conduct at the time you submit your video.  These forms are available at: or our Facebook Group: The Carnegie Players of Rensselaer.   Also, please include a phone number that you can be contacted on May 1 and 2, 2017. Submissions will close on April 30, 2017.  We must have your audition video and forms by this date.

You will receive an email confirmation of your video submission.  You may only submit if you are outside of Jasper County during the nights of audition. 

Please  submit  your video to: 

 If you have difficulty sending the audition video, please contact Tim McAlister at