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Guys & Dolls

»Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on Guys & Dolls

Guys & Dolls

One of the favorite musicals performed by theater groups worldwide, Guys & Dolls features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.  The story is set around the 20’s/30’s, centered around the seedy world of gambling.  The Upstagers production featured David Graf as Nathan Detroit, Terra Wade as Adelaide, Emily Rodriguez as Sarah and Rob Wade as Sky Masterson.  The challenge for this show–as usual–was casting enough guys.  The guys in this production were up to the task of the singing which involved a fair amount of harmony.  Unfortunately, the group has a difficult enough time locating plenty of guys who are a “triple threat”: accomplished at acting, singing and dancing.  This resulted in...

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Remember Me?

»Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on Remember Me?

Remember Me?

This domestic comedy by Sam Bobrick was presented November 1, 2, 8 and 9 of 2013 Synopsis: Brian and Mary have what appears to be a very comfortable marriage. They seem to have it all. They live in a gorgeous apartment, their children are grown and gone and they pride themselves on being best friends. But though content, the marriage has grown tired. Their lives are turned upside down when Mary’s old college boyfriend, Peter, shows up… or does he? Peter takes Mary in his arms, confesses that he never stopped loving her and begs her to forgive him for breaking her heart many years ago.  What follows becomes a complicated situation as Brian comes to grips with being jealous over…nothing.  Matters are further complicated by the introduction of a...

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Curtains

»Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on Curtains

Curtains

Our latest production, Curtains, the hit musical from Kander & Ebb (creators of “Cabaret”, “Chicago” and “Steel Pier”) debuted in Del Rio the first and second weeks of August, 2013.  A play within a play (a common theme in theatre), this story centers on a murder mystery on the stage of the off-Broadway show “Robbin’ Hood”.  With actors literally dying onstage, a police detective-come-amateur-actor must catch the killer.  In the process, he becomes enamored of one of the actresses, helps reunite the estranged writing team for the show, and rescues the play itself.  Terra and Robert hit the stage again, this time assuming for the first time roles as husband and wife, the characters of Georgia Hendricks and...

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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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