Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Mac-Haydn Theatre

Musical theatre has a special magic. Musicals sweep you along as they tell stories through songs and dance. Emotions are intensified as the audience listens and watches. The Mac-Haydn Theatre is devoted to presenting musicals of all  kinds. Every two weeks they offer a different treat –  new and old favorites.

 

Located in Chatham, New York, the Mac-Haydn presents musicals in the round. The audience surrounds the  small stage which seems huge as the young dancers fill it with motion and sound. Each seat is a good one  The aisles, the theatre walls, are all part of the action. Bob and I were thrilled to  to talk to two of the principal players in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  on opening night, Gabe Belyeu and Madison Stratton.  They were delightful and offered insight into Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and into musical theatre and what the experience is for the actors. A half hour later when we saw them, we barely recognized them, so fully had they  become their characters. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels runs until June 18. There are matinees as well as evening performances. Check out the other musicals that are coming up as well by clicking on the theatre’s website after listening to the actors.

Interview with Gabe Belyeu and Madison Stratton 

Mac-Haydn Theatre Website

Colin Pritchard, Gabe Belyeu and Madison Stratton
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                           Gabe Belyeu, Colin Pritchard, Steve Hassam
                                 Madison Stratton and Judith Wyatt

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Each year The Dorset Players have a spring musical. They are always a delight. As people who enjoy musicals, Bob and I look forward to these productions. This year the company is putting on the long-running Off Broadway musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. The performances will be two weekends starting Friday, May 19 and ending on Sunday, May 28. Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 P.M.  We had the pleasure of talking with the director, Suzi Dorgelon, the music director, Gary Schmidt and Erika Schmidt, the choreographer.

Listen to what they have to say, then get your tickets.

Dorset Players Interview Part 1

Dorset Players Interview Part 2

Dorset Players website

 

 

 

Oliver

14705644_10208151320806877_5024379682005716740_nEach fall Mount Anthony Union High School presents a musical production that involves many students. Bob and I also enjoy seeing them because the energy and talent is amazing. This year, the production is Oliver.  The public performances are Thursday, November 3 at 7 pm, Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm. There are also school performances.

Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with musical director Lynn Sweet and drama director Tim Foley as well as five of the cast members. Jeremy Boutot is playing Fagin, Abby Hensley is Nancy, Evan Kozierok is the Artful Dodger, Thea Papas is Charlotte and Ben Bushee is Mr. Bumble.

Lynn Sweet and Tim Foley

Oliver Cast Members

 

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Murder for Two

M42 web-2A theatre company’s second stage often presents quirky and unexpected delights. This is is what is happening at Weston’s Rod and Gun Club with Murder for Two. When Bob and I saw this two actor tour de force, each seat in the small theatre was filled with happy playgoers. If you like mystery, comedy and music, this is the show for you because it delivers all three. The two talented actors, Kyle Branzel and Ian Lowe, took time from their busy schedule to talk with us about working in the show, They had both toured with this play in which Kyle plays all twelve murder suspects and Ian is the fledgling detective who can make his mark by solving the case. How he does it is worth the trip to Weston.  The play runs until September 4. Check the Weston website for more detailed information.

Weston Playhouse

Meanwhile listen to the actors by clicking on the link below

Interview with Kyle and Ian

 

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Beauty and the Beast

13522043_1359049037442230_4791313547441371912_nLike most of the theatres in the region, The Berkshire Theatre Group has a range of educational programs throughout the year including  age appropriate productions for school groups throughout the year. There is a school residency program where children write and produce one act plays. There are also apprenticeship programs during the summer. One of the best known of their different programs  is the community theatre production which has been presented for the past eleven years during the summer season. Last year over 6,000 people attended performances of Mary Poppins. Over 120 children and adults from the community took part in the production in different capacities. They may be actors, musicians, backstage crew, ushers, supporting the productions in a variety of ways. Many return more than once. The positions are open to people from third grade through adult. The experience means a great deal  to the participants and involves them in the excitement and creativity of live theatre.

This year, the production is Beauty and the Beast which previews on August 11 and runs until August 19 at the beautiful Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Bob and I were fortunate to interview the young people who are playing the title roles in Beauty and the Beast, Raymond White and Christy Coco.  To listen to the interview, click on the link below.

Interview with Beauty and the Beast

Berkshire Theatre Group

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Man of La Mancha

1_smallWeston Playhouse is presenting Man of La Mancha until July 16. Bob and I went to the opening night of the production. When we left Bennington it was raining and it got worse as the lightening flashed. There was a tornado watch for Manchester and at one point we had to pull off the road because of the poor visibility and the hail pounding down. We finally got to the theatre in time to hear the pre-performance talk by director, Tim Fort. These talks before the productions are always worthwhile and informative.

When we were finally settled in our seats, the fire alarm went off and we all had to leave the theatre and go to the commons across the road while the fire engines arrived. It was a false alarm caused by the lightening. We trudged back into the theatre and I began to wonder if maybe we shouldn’t come another night when the performance started and we were magically transported into a prison where Cervantes transformed the prison and prisoners into the world of Don Quixote. The storm, the false alarm, all were worth it to be in this enchanted place.

Bob and I also had the pleasure of returning to Weston to interview Geoffrey Wade who was Cervantes/Don Quixote, Marissa McGowan who was Aldonza/Dulcinea and Michael Mendez who was Sancho Panza to talk with them about the production.

Man of La Mancha Interview

 

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Big River

unnamed (1)In its still relatively new space, Oldcastle Theatre has been producing wonderful musicals. We are delighted that this year they are offering Big River,  a musical based on the classic American novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Bob and I were fortunate to interview the director, Tim Howard and the musical director, John Foley, after their first week of rehearsal. Talking with them made us even more excited to see the show which opens Friday, July 8, and runs until July 24. There will be an additional performance each Sunday evening of the run. Be sure to bring children and grandchildren to this show which will delight people of all ages. Also check their website  www.oldcastletheatre.org and their Facebook page.

Interview with Tim Howard and John Foley

Here are some rehearsal pictures of Big River.
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