Favorite Daughter’s Upcoming Musical

11 02 2010

She just got another new wig to play a saucy Italian mistress and sing/speak in matching accent.

Because this red (on the right) simply wouldn’t do! 😉

Rehearsal photo by Ray Colletti

I’m thinking this will be particularly poignant for her after unschooling Europe including Italy last summer.

From the Tallahassee Democrat’s regional Chronicle:

After a 2008-2009 season that included a trip to Tacoma, Wash., for the national community theater festival following first-place wins at state and regional levels, Theatre A La Carte is spending the 2009-2010 season celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Although Theatre A La Carte is an all-volunteer organization that has never owned a building and primarily depends on ticket sales and private donations to cover production costs, the group has been successfully producing top-quality musical theatre in Tallahassee since 1990.

The 20th Anniversary Season officially opens Feb. 26 with a production of the multiple-Tony-Award winning musical “The Light in the Piazza.” In the summer of 1953, Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring Italy with her daughter, Clara. A chance encounter with Fabrizio, a handsome Florentine, sparks an immediate and intense romance for Clara. As “The Light in the Piazza” unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears.

The musical won five 2005 Tony Awards. The award-winning score for “The Light in the Piazza” was written by Adam Guettel, grandson of legendary composer Richard Rodgers (“Oklahoma!,” “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I”) and son of composer Mary Rodgers (“Once Upon a Mattress”). Theatre A La Carte’s production is one of the first community theatre productions of this beautiful new musical.

Performances of “The Light in the Piazza” will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27, and March 5 and 6, with matinees at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 7, at Tallahassee Little Theatre, Thomasville and Betton Roads. All seating is reserved. Tickets are $16, $14 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call 224-8474 or visit http://www.theatrealacarte.org.

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25 02 2010
JJ

Break a leg, darlin’! Tonight’s the last full dress and preview, show opens tomorrow night . . .

25 02 2010
JJ

This might be fun for you guys. Here’s the program cast blurb for FavD:

MEREDITH ROSS has been involved in the Tallahassee theater community since 2002, appearing in Theatre A La Carte productions of Scrooge!, Side Show, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sweet Smell of Success, Quincy Music Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain (Dexter) and annually in Killearn Performing Arts’ The Snow Queen (Crow), not to mention periodic disappearances backstage. Meredith performed with the Dance Studio Company for almost a decade and can currently be seen on stages around town dancing with the Tallahassee Irish Step Dancers. When she has time, she pursues her bachelor’s degree in creative writing and religious studies at FSU, which she will complete next fall.

She is thrilled to finally appear in a show that does NOT begin with the letter “S”!

4 03 2010
JJ

From the Tallahassee Theater Examiner interview with director Eric Hurst:

What was the biggest challenge in directing Light in the Piazza?

Without a cast of excellent singers, we would have been in real trouble. The plot of the show is very simple, the storytelling very gentle. But the musical score is extremely complex and demanding on the singers and orchestra. The composer, Adam Guettel (grandson of Richard Rodgers), is one of the “post-Sondheim” generation of musical theatre composers that includes Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, John Bucchino, and others.

These guys grew up learning from the complexities of Sondheim, and their music reflects that. Not that the audience will be aware! The score for The Light in the Piazza is very lush and romantic, and the audience will enjoy it without realizing how hard the musicians are working!

Theatre A La Carte is celebrating its’ 20th Anniversary this year. How does it feel to reach this milestone with your organization?

It can’t possibly have been 20 years! I’m not that old! The fact that we have sustained an all-volunteer organization that has never owned a building and that depends on tickets sales and private contributions as its major sources of income for that length of time is unbelievable. It is certainly a tribute to the long-term volunteers and the patrons willing to support our variety of musical theatre.

7 10 2010
FavD’s Musical Opens Tomorrow Night « Cocking A Snook!

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