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She Loves Me

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on She Loves Me

She Loves Me

Last summer, I said the best set we’ve had was from Into The Woods.  This summer, I feel we topped it with the set from She Loves Me.  Honestly, I had never heard of this show and was not familiar with any of the music.  I can tell you now that this little show, upon which a number of movies were based–including You’ve Got Mail–with various degrees of adherence to the story, is one of those gems that every theater group should produce.  The biggest challenge for casting is finding a solid soprano with the acting chops...

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9 to 5: The Musical

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on 9 to 5: The Musical

9 to 5: The Musical

Okay, I saw the movie in the 1980 and thought it was funny.  A horrible commentary on society, but funny.  When The Upstagers put this show on the season I will admit to not being particularly excited because the musical play was done by Dolly Pardon herself.  Having three exceptional actresses in the lead, Kathryn McWilliams, Clarissa Martinez and Terra Wade, helped lift a so-so production up to enjoyable status.  As bad as the character of Franklin Hart was, it was a fun opportunity to play someone so different from me.  Thankfully, I...

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Into The Woods

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on Into The Woods

Into The Woods

From the category of “shows we never thought we’d do” comes the 2015 presentation of Into the Woods, the spectacular Stephen Sondheim hit musical.  Featuring a number of well-known fairy tales (Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood) intertwined with the original tale of the Baker and his wife who long to have a child, this show is a cautionary story warning that you must be careful what you wish for… and what you say. I am not a Sondheim fan, mostly because I don’t find the music...

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Soup Du Jour 2015 Revival

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in The Upstagers | Comments Off on Soup Du Jour 2015 Revival

Soup Du Jour 2015 Revival

Soup Du Jour 2015 This has been a busy season for Terra and me as far as the stage goes.  Terra made her directorial début with Souvenir.  Immediately afterward we began work on the 2015 revival of the show we world-premièred in 1998: Soup Du Jour.  Written by Todd Mueller, Hank Boland and music by Gregg Opelka, we had the distinct honor to be the first to mount this production.  Yours truly wrote an overture for the show as well as make some tweaks to the arrangements to fit our cast and the fact that we didn’t have a live band.  As a...

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The Challenges of Being Current

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Experiences | Comments Off on The Challenges of Being Current

In order to do anything well, much less be excellent and succeed, you have to be current.  It really doesn’t matter what it is we are talking about: dancing, acting, building, finances, technology–everything goes through changes.  Even things that were old school and have a certain degree of longevity, also have a certain degree of “modernization” they go through.  Sometimes it’s purely a requirement in order to keep you fresh, interesting, popular.  Sometimes it’s truly a requirement in order to survive. ...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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