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Savior Faire: "Jesus Christ Superstar," at North Scott High School through June 28
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-22 12:00:00

Jason Gabriel (center), Thomas Brooke, Kelly Rose Thompson, and Michael Alexander (top) in Jesus Christ SuperstarDirector Jeff Ashcraft's vision for Countryside Community Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar is clear from the very beginning. As the orchestra, under music director Keith Haan's capable leadership, plays the overture to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's and lyricist Tim Rice's gospel story, images of recent religious, political, and social figures and world events are projected on a large screen. It’s as if Ashcraft is saying that these are the reasons we need a savior (e.g., terrorism), and that these are the vessels through which Christ's message reaches the world (e.g., Mother Teresa). Ashcraft not only modernizes the story's setting – aided by designer Emilee Droegmiller's present-day costumes and the use of cell phones, tablets, and video cameras throughout – but immediately makes the case for a modern need for Jesus Christ.
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A Coupla Theatre Guys Sittin’ Around Talkin’: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss 2014's Area Stage Scene
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2014-12-18 12:00:00

the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Irving Berlin's White ChristmasIf you’re new to this almost-annual recap, what follows is my conversation with Reader theatre reviewer Thom White about the area’s stage stage over the past 12 months.

If you’re not new to it, you know the drill. Clear some time, grab a snack, and enjoy!


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L'Chaim!: Marc Ciemiewicz Tackles the Role of a Lifetime in "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2014-05-14 12:00:00

“It was third grade,” says actor Marc Ciemiewicz, recalling his stage debut. “I went to Catholic school, and it was the Christmas pageant, and I was given the solo for my class – ‘I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas.’ And my mom, to this day, still tells the story of the gentleman in the audience who tried to give me a standing ovation ... but his wife pulled him back down.”


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Go Big or Go Home: Countryside Community Theatre Presents the Area Debut of "Les Misérables," July 5 through 21 at North Scott High School
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2013-06-24 12:00:00

Countryside Community Theatre presents Les Miserables“You know, it’s been interesting,” says Christina Myatt, president of the board of directors for the Eldridge-based Countryside Community Theatre (CCT). “Because we wanted to do something big for our 30th anniversary, and this is definitely something big. But when people hear what we’re actually doing, they either say, ‘That’s really great!’ or they say, ‘You people are insane.’”


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Dressing Roomies: "Scenery," at the District Theatre through February 25
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-02-13 12:00:00

Ed Villarreal and Molly McLaughlin in SceneryThe District Theatre’s production of Scenery boasts the most range I’ve yet seen from actor Ed Villarreal, who is obviously growing as an artist after notable performances in the (then-) Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Jesus Christ Superstar last year, and New Ground Theatre’s Bad Habits last month. During Thursday night’s show, he incorporated an accent, plus shifts in vocal inflection and projection, to punctuate either the humor or emotion of his lines, and in so doing, successfully shaped his Richard as an aging actor resigned to his status.


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