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Center-Stage Craft: Spotlight Turns with the Reader’s Theatre Reviewers
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2015-12-23 12:00:00

Center-Stage CraftThe ends of calendar years always bring with them a certain amount of reflection, and questions that we find ourselves quietly grappling with. “Did I achieve personal fulfillment and happiness?” “Were there people I improperly appreciated or unintentionally wronged?” “What are we going to do about the Reader’s annual year-in-theatre article now that Thom White has moved to Kentucky?!”
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Recess Monkeys: Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, at St. Ambrose University December 5 and 6
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-12-04 00:41:17

Kayla Lansing, Jordan Webster-Moore, Helene DeVine, Simon Khoury, and Jonathan J.J. Johnson in Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman SmellsArriving for the 10 a.m. production of St. Ambrose University’s Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells on December 3, what first caught my eye were the big yellow school buses parked outside, and I realized, “Ah, yes, I’m going back to elementary school today.” (This was a scheduled school performance not open to the general public.) Inside the Galvin Fine Arts Center, I was transported into a first-grade “classroom” that consisted of Junie B. Jones and her friends on stage and the elementary students who filled the large auditorium to capacity. The juxtaposition of the joyous, high energy in this “classroom” and my feelings roused from recent world and national tragedies made me think about the world we have made for these children, wherein their innocence will be lost all too soon, and the more that laughter rang in the room, the more poignant my feelings became.
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Trial and Tribulation: "Parade," at St. Ambrose University through October 11
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-10-11 18:19:42

Kayla Lansing and Sam Jones in ParadeWas it justice or discrimination? That is what you'll likely be asking yourself after leaving St. Ambrose University's production of Parade. It takes a mature, professional cast to pull off a musical centered around racism, bigotry, and murder, but these actors do just that. Director Daniel Rairdin-Hale brings the true story of the trial of Leo Frank and its aftermath to life in such a way that I entirely forgot I was at a student production, and Thursday night’s dress rehearsal was as close to show-ready as possible.
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I May Not Know Arte, but I Know What I Like: "Commedia Dell'arte," at St. Ambrose University, and April 25 and 26 at Additional Davenport Venues
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-04-20 12:00:00

Sam Jones, Jackson Green, and Amelia Fischer in Commedia Dell'arteSt. Ambrose University’s Commedia Dell'arte, which closed its one-weekend run on April 19 *, was like nothing I’d previously seen on a local stage. Director/writer Daniel Rairdin-Hale and composer Dillon Rairdin put together a production that felt like a sequence of sketch-comedy bits and musical numbers, but one linked by a story about a mistaken romance forbidden by two fathers. Servants step in to help the young lovers, and hilarity ensued by way of juggling, dancing, singing, the playing of instruments, and comical gags both aural and physical, with most of the actors performing in mask.
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Send in the Clowns. And the Acrobats. And the Musicians. And ... . : Daniel Rairdin-Hale Directs "Commedia Dell’arte," April 17 through 19 at St. Ambrose University, and April 25 and 26 at Additional Davenport Venues
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2015-04-11 12:00:00

Jackson Green, Kayla Lansing, and Vince Solis in Commedia Dell'arte

Originated in Italy in the 16th Century, the theatrical form commedia dell’arte traditionally finds a group of actors participating in a comedic scenario featuring slapstick conceits called mécanisme. And for his original commedia dell’arte presentation at St. Ambrose University, one fittingly titled Commedia Dell’arte, director Daniel Rairdin-Hale insists that he and his cast have come up with some mécanisme doozies.

“We have one that involves the whole cast running after a coveted object,” says Rairdin-Hale. “As someone is running past it, the object gets taken. And then the person who took it gets punched and trips, and it winds up in someone else’s hands. And then that person tosses it, and someone else catches it, and then it winds up in someone else’s hands. And then it becomes like a baseball game ... .

“It just goes and it goes and it goes and it goes,” he continues, “and it’s really well-rehearsed. And we’re going to fit that into our scenario ... once we know what our scenario is."
Read More About Send In The Clowns. And The Acrobats. And The Musicians. And ... . : Daniel Rairdin-Hale Directs "Commedia Dell’Arte," April 17 Through 19 At St. Ambrose University, And April 25 And 26 At Additional Davenport Venues...





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