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Bursting at the Seams: The Harrison Hilltop’s Tristan Tapscott Discusses Big Musicals in Small Spaces
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-07-06 12:00:00

Jesus Christ Superstar in rehearsalOdd as it may seem now, there actually was a period in the Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s history – a run of 12 shows, to be precise – in which the company didn’t produce any musicals whatsoever. Yet after staging a dozen plays between June 2008 and May 2009, co-founders Tristan Tapscott and Chris Walljasper chose to open the theatre’s second season with a production of Jonathan Larson’s rock musical tick ... tick ... BOOM!


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History Bluff: "The Complete History of America (abridged)," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through November 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-11-15 12:00:00

Adam Overberg, Paul Workman, and Joseph Maubach in The Complete History of America (abridged)The Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s The Complete History of America (abridged) is moronic on the surface, yet has undertones of sharp wit. While Chris Walljasper’s direction makes the show play like a frat-boy presentation on the history of North America, there’s also an intelligence to the humor, which mixes pop-culture references – from Super Mario to Lady Gaga – with historical events from the past 50,000 years.


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Wild and Only-Slightly-Tamed Thing: "The Rocky Horror Show," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through October 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-10-11 12:00:00

Tristan Tapscott and Justin Droegemueller in The Rocky Horror ShowI had a great time at Thursday night’s performance of The Rocky Horror Show at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre. I laughed, quite hard at times, and sang along (in my head, so as not to annoy those around me), and almost jumped to my feet to do “The Time Warp.” The group of 50- and 60-year-old men and women in the crowd did dance along, as well as throw rice, toilet paper, and other items at the appropriate times, all of which upped the fun ante. Still, Harrison Hilltop’s show could use a bit more of something to take it over the top and make it more memorable. Actually, it’s more accurate to say it needs to lose something: inhibition.


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Bible Versus: "Hard to Believe," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-09-13 12:00:00

Wendy Czekalski and Paul Workman in Hard to BelieveI have little doubt that many patrons of the Playcrafters Barn Theatre will enjoy its current production of Hard to Believe, as there’s consistently an audience appetite for shows on themes of faith and God. The opening-night premiere of this locally written musical, however, reminded me too much of church performances of which I’ve seen or been a part. I’m not sure Hard to Believe will find a place in community theatres alongside other musicals, but it could very well find its place within many a church’s walls.


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You're a Good Play, Pseudo-"Charlie Brown": "Dog Sees God," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through July 31
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-19 12:00:00

Danny White and Evan Wesselman in Dog Sees GodPlaywright Bert V. Royal's Dog Sees God, which is basically Peanuts set in high school, is tough to swallow; it's not easy to hear comic-strip characters - cherished for their innocence - cussing and talking about sex. Yet while it's offensive, the script is also deeply sad, something the Harrison Hilltop Theatre's current production doesn't quite grasp until the play gets really, really sad.
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