Posts made in May, 2013

Greater Tuna

»Posted by on May 25, 2013 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on Greater Tuna

Greater Tuna

Monty Python was famous for their actors frequently playing a number of characters, many of them women.  With the show Greater Tuna, a similar formula, albeit very American, gives actors the chance to really push their characterization chops.  The more significant challenge here is that it is a two man show, with each playing 10 characters multiple times.  The quick changes are amazingly fast and almost seem to defy the laws of time.  The Upstagers tapped veteran actors Rob Wade and Ben Graf to pull off this show, which was enthusiastically received by Del Rio audiences.  Because the show takes place in the mythical town of Tuna, TX, audiences in Del Rio often remarked that they knew people like the characters growing up.  This seems to be a large part of the...

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Red Handed

»Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Red Handed | Comments Off on Red Handed

Red Handed

During the 80’s, local musicians Jimmy Hunkin, Cindy Hanson, Mickey Hunkin and Hector Herrera and Rob Wade came together to build a new band–Caught in the Act–mostly from the ashes of a previous one–The Coupons.  Brothers Mickey and Jimmy formed the core of both groups as bassist and drummer.  For the new band they drafted Hector, whose considerable lead guitar skills were fully utilized.  Cindy Hanson added an exceptionally dramatic and decidedly feminine aspect to lead vocals.  Rob, fresh from a tour with the Air Force Tops in Blue, blended lead vocals with Cindy and Mickey, along with adding early keyboard skills.  The group coupled a genuine enthusiasm for the music with some ambitious arrangements to quickly grab the attention of...

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Grease!

»Posted by on May 22, 2013 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on Grease!

Grease!

It was 1997, the 20th anniversary of The Upstagers…and it was the Year From Hell.  In a typical season, The Upstagers would present a small musical in late winter/early spring, a large musical in summer, and three comedies the rest of the year.  However, in 1997 it was decided to be a bit more ambitious.  No less than three large musicals were on the schedule: Grease!, Oklahoma! and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Rob was cast as Danny, Terra was cast as Rizzo, and fellow Music Magic member Kathryn McWilliams was cast as Sandy.  Rob also was tapped for producing the music and musical direction.  Grease! is one of those shows that most stage actors feel like they have to have on their resume’, so it as much work as this show was, it was...

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Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical

»Posted by on May 21, 2013 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical

Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical

In August of 2003 The Upstagers took on one of the most popular newer musicals to come out of Broadway….Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical.  Not only was this a huge undertaking from the costuming and musical aspects, it was a drama, which is something The Upstagers have rarely done.  They had never done a musical drama.  Rob and Terra were incredibly anxious to take this production on and, in this case, it meant quadruple duty for Rob, who not only had the title roles but also directed, produced the music and did the major set designing.  As roles go, playing the dual role of Jekyll and Hyde was a dream for Rob and the most challenging he’d had since the lead in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  For Terra, it was likewise a much-desired...

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Music Magic 4.0 – The Final Chapter

»Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Music Magic | Comments Off on Music Magic 4.0 – The Final Chapter

Music Magic 4.0 – The Final Chapter

The year 2000.  It’s said that if you’re going to go out, go out with a bang.  That sums up what Music Magic did.  Rob began developing the most ambitious idea yet: A Century Of Song.  Tireless hours of research to select, then arrange and produce memorable songs from 1901 to 2000, culminating a 2-hour extravaganza that was a smashing success.  To pull this off, the group needed to expand the lineup considerably.  Adding the vocal powerhouses of Amy Altemus, Jennifer Montgomery Vega, Brandi Rose and Vincent Todman, along with the return of Bill Culpepper and his wife Gloria, there was no doubt that this production would be the biggest ever.  Audience acclaim was clear, and Music Magic solidly nailed the performances.  Unfortunately, this would be the...

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