Pokegama Hotel

Music, Lyrics, Book by Gail Sparlin
Presented by Our Own Productions 9/19/2014
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An original musical about the extraordinary in the ordinary. Nineteen songs and an afternoon in a small town bar in northern Minnesota.
Co-Directed by Leslie Eliashuk & Gail Sparlin
  • Producer-Gail Sparlin 10710235_822127344494647_1039672540818684731_o-2
  • Director- Leslie Eliashuk
  • Music Director- Dennis McCafferty
  • Book Editor, Stage Manager- Cecelia Gray
  • Set Design and Photography-Jim Miller
  • Score Editor- Daniel Hoke
  • Sound Design-Barry Streifert
  • Lighting Design-Matt Dembling
  • Musicians-Christian Gunn, Frank Novko, Michael Vincent
  • Intern-Lindsay Lancto
Synopsis: It is early March on the upper Mississippi River, the year is 1973. The snow is reluctant in its retreat and the eyes of the residents have gone beyond the annual anticipation of spring and into an intense longing for green. Local gathering places are filled with speculations about the first thaw, gardening plans, and the last days of Vietnam. These are the people of the Pokegama Hotel, a municipal bar in the small town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and this is an afternoon of their thoughts, desires, heartaches, smart banters, and conversations with each other and Fay, the bartender and central character. Pokegama Hotel is about the people of all towns, and the quest for the extraordinary in the ordinary. The constant vigil for the dozens of fleeting daily joys and small victories we need as fuel for our internal fires and immunities. This is the restless moment, the lifetime in a glance, the short sentence that speaks volumes, the small gesture that opens the heart. This is Pokegama Hotel.

Fay – Gail Sparlin
Mary – Katie Payne
Stonewall – Patrick White
Don – Peter Belenchia
Jen – Janice Walz
Jesse – Edmund Metzold
Mike – Jeffrey P. Hocking
Tom – Gene Sirotof
Linda – Cecelia Gray
Randy – Michael Silvia
Cathy- Leslie Marie


Sept. 19, 20, 21 & 26, 27 and 28
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.

826 State Street
Schenectady, NY  12307