Showing posts with label community theatre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label community theatre. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Camelot at CPT

On the last day of eighth grade I was invited by some friends to see the musical Camelot at the Promised Valley Playhouse.  I was beside myself with excitement to see my first live theatre production (and for the beginning of summer).  My parents made me get all dressed up (even though most of my friends were in jeans) which is a tradition that I still follow (even though most people don't seem to dress up any more).  I remember everything about the experience!  We sat in the balcony and I was completely awestruck by the opulence of the theater (sadly, it no longer exists).  I absolutely loved the performance!  I got to see the musical that will always hold a special place in my heart again last night at the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre and I got to take my niece!  CenterPoint is a community theatre and I am always so impressed with the quality of their productions.  This musical tells the story of King Arthur (Bryant Larsen) after he has pulled the sword Excalibur from the stone.  Merlin (William Hunt) guides him as best he can but then leaves him to rule by himself.  He marries the beautiful Guinevere (Amber Michelle Jones) and creates the Knights of the Round Table which brings the noble Lancelot (Austin Smith) to the court.  Eventually Guinevere and Lancelot fall in love but do not act on their love until Arthur's illegitimate son Mordred (Ryan Zaugg) comes to disrupt everything Arthur has worked to build.  Most of the songs, like "The Lusty Month of May," "If Ever I would Leave You," "How to Handle a Woman," and "Before I Gaze at You Again," are a little bit old fashioned (the former prompted a few giggles from Tashena) but they were very well done.  I was very impressed by the elaborate sets, which included free standing trees and castle pillars, and the medieval costumes.  Both Tashena and I agreed that we both really liked Jones as Guinevere and Zaugg as Mordred best.  This show is very nostalgic, to be sure, but I think everyone would really enjoy it!  It runs through May 12 and tickets may be purchased here.

Note:  This was not Tashena's first live theatre production.  I took her to Beauty and the Beast when she was five!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Let Your Freak Flag Fly

While I was sitting in a meeting at school yesterday morning (I officially go back to school tomorrow), my sister sent me a text suggesting that we take Sean and Tashena to see Shrek: The Musical at the Sandy Amphitheater later that night.  I thought that was a great idea and immediately said, "Yes!"  I love being spontaneous and when spontaneity involves an outdoor performance, it is even better!  This production by the Sandy Arts Guild was either absolutely incredible or I was in the mood to be charmed because Shrek is not my favorite musical.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and laughed out loud every time Farquaad (Chad McBride) was on stage.  Maybe it was a little bit of both or maybe it was because I always love watching Sean and Tashena experience the magic of theatre.  I think Tashena enjoyed last year's production of Footloose a little more but she loved how sassy Fiona (Ashley Stonebraker) was and she thought the Dragon (Mindy Peck) had an amazing voice.  Sean really liked Shrek (Shelby Maughan) and enjoyed the song "I Think I Got You Beat."  What ten year old boy wouldn't like that song?  It got a little bit long for him but he did really well (his first show was Elf: The Musical several years ago).  I really enjoyed "Freak Flag" with all of the fairy tale characters but, in my opinion, McBride stole the show as Farquaad.  "Welcome to Duloc" and "The Ballad of Farquaad" are absolutely hilarious.  The sets are quite elaborate and the costumes are fabulous, especially Farquaad's short little legs!  Such a fun night!  This is a great show for kids and it runs at the Sandy Amphitheater until Aug 15.  Go here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Peter Pan

Do you need something fun to do with the kiddos?  Take the second star to the right and straight on 'till the Murray Park Amphitheater and you will find a delightful production of the musical Peter Pan.  I absolutely love seeing live performances outside during the summer and I find community theatre to be really fun and quirky so I took a little picnic to the park before the show and spent a lovely evening under the stars last night.  The musical tells the well-known story of a boy who refuses to grow up and his adventures in Neverland with the three Darling children.  Fred Lee is absolutely wonderful as Peter Pan!  He has a great voice with charisma to spare and his dancing (and flying) is so much fun to watch.  The children are absolutely adorable (the Lost Boys seem to have multiplied), the Indians are incredible dancers (the Indians have multiplied, too), especially Kellie Lawson as Tiger Lily, and the pirates are suitably boisterous (and so have the pirates).  I also really enjoyed Ned Searle as Smee and Jim Dale as Captain Hook.  They have really great chemistry and I particularly enjoyed it when Hook would use his hook to bop Smee on the head (with accompanying sound effects).  The costumes are quite elaborate, especially Captain Hook's ensemble.  I loved his lace jabot!  The crocodile (Andrew Walker) also has a really great costume.  This is a really technical show and I thought all of the flying effects and the Tinkerbell ("I believe! I believe!") effects were very well done, especially for an opening night!  I did think the scenes on Captain Hook's ship were a bit chaotic with all of the extra cast members (How did the maid get to Neverland?) but, as I said, community theatre is quirky.  It is a really fun show that children are sure to enjoy.  It runs at the Murray Park Amphitheater until June 25 at 8:00 every night (except Sunday).  Adult tickets are $10.00 and child tickets are $5.00.  See you in Neverland!

Note:  Go here for a complete schedule of entertainment at the Murray Park Amphitheater this summer.  I am quite excited for Camelot!
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