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Love & Warbucks: “Annie,” at North Scott High School through August 1
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-27 12:00:00

Rachelle Walljasper (left) and Annie's orphan ensembleOn Saturday night, I had the distinct pleasure of taking two very special young ladies - eleven-year-old Hannah and six-year-old Madison - to the theatre, since Countryside Community Theatre's Annie seemed the perfect choice to foster their love for live performance. And love it they did, calling the production "awesome" and "really good." As for me, I... didn't exactly love it, but liked it well enough.
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Ocean Breeze: "South Pacific," at North Scott High School through June 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2009-06-22 22:13:08

Andrea Millea and Joe Urbaitis in South PacificSouth Pacific comes to us with an intimidating load of pedigreed baggage: Pulitzer Prizes, Tony Awards, Rodgers & Hammerstein. And if you add its dramatic World War II setting, its themes of interracial romance and prejudice, its enormous scenic drops and set pieces, and its cast of two dozen plus, it'd be enough for Countryside Community Theatre's current production of the piece to be impressive, and it most certainly is that.


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Take Five(s): Ensembles, Pairings, Debuts, Technical Achievements, Shockers, and Accidents
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2008-12-16 15:01:32

Tom Walljasper, Sandra D Rivera, Tristan Layne Tapscott, and Erin Dickerson in Are We There Yet Five Extraordinary Ensembles

An actor friend of mine says he always wants to be the worst performer in everything he's in, because if the rest of the cast is doing stronger work than he is, that means the show is in really, really good shape. With that in mind, any actor worth his or her salt would be thrilled to be the worst performer among these five ensembles.

 


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Gunsingers: "Assassins," at the Green Room through August 17
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-08-06 08:03:29

Melissa Anderson Clark and David Turley in AssassinsIf you weren't able to get tickets for the Green Room's weekend presentations of Assassins, I'm guessing you weren't alone, as all three performances wound up selling out. But over the next two weekends, I urge you to try again - there are scenes in director Derek Bertelsen's production that are so good they'll give you the chills. And the scenes that don't? They're pretty amazing, too.


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Lovin’ Summer, Had Me a Blast
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-12-20 09:31:03

"Cabaret" In the 11-week period between June 1 and August 12, I saw 28 area productions. And how did you spend your summer vacation?

Considering the overall great time I had last summer, though, I was hardly dreading this relentless schedule. I'd spent 10 whole months eagerly anticipating my return to the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre (CAST), Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse, and - for Genesius Guild productions - Rock Island's Lincoln Park; the summer-theatre triad would be responsible for 17 of those 28 offerings. (Summer 2006 would also provide my introduction to Eldridge's Countryside Community Players, whose Cinderella I missed last year.)


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