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"Blonde" Ambition: Lauren VanSpeybroeck Reflects on Her (Pre-College) Theatrical Career PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 06:00

Lauren VanSpeybroeck, courtesy of Nick West PhotographyAs with many things in life, it can be blamed on a friendly purple dinosaur.

“I used to be obsessed with Barney,” says area actor Lauren VanSpeybroeck of her pre-school interest in performing. “I always used to pretend I was on Barney [& Friends], so I guess that’s where it started. And then I would see, say, The Wizard of Oz or something, and for that week, I would be Dorothy Gale from Kansas. My mom would take me to the grocery store and people would say, ‘Oh, you’re so cute – what’s your name?’ ‘Dorothy Gale from Kansas.’

“That,” says VanSpeybroeck with a laugh, “was probably when my mom was like, ‘Hmmm ... maybe she wants to play characters ... ?’”

 
L'Chaim!: Marc Ciemiewicz Tackles the Role of a Lifetime in "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 06:00

“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.”

 
A "Leagues" of Their Own: Davenport Junior Theatre Stages a Jules Verne Classic, in Musical Form, February 15 through 23 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 03 February 2014 06:00

ensemble members in Davenport Junior Theatre's 20,000 Leagues Under the SeaFans of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – either the novel or 1954’s live-action Disney movie – should be excited to attend Davenport Junior Theatre’s debuting stage version of the adventure classic, running February 15 through 23. Just as long, says playwright Aaron Randolph III, as those 20,000 Leagues fans aren’t also 20,000 Leagues purists.

 
One-Hundred-Word Moments in Time: Thom White, and a Few Others, on the Year in Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 23 December 2013 06:00

Cara Chumbley, Lora Adams, Brad Hauskins, and Rachelle Walljasper in Things My Mother Taught MeAnother year of area stage productions has come and gone, and wanting to try something different this December, Reader theatre reviewer Thom White and I thought we’d bypass our traditional, end-of-year postmortem in favor of an alternate approach: requesting 100-words-or-fewer submissions from our readers on what people found particularly memorable about the 2013 stage scene. “It’ll be something new!” we thought. “It’ll be exciting! It’ll be filled with fresh voices that aren’t ours!” And, I must admit, we were dazzled with the overall response.

Well, “dazzled” may be overstating it.

Hmmm ... what’s the word I’m looking for ... ?

“Mortified,” maybe ... ?

 
Seeking Contributions to "The Year in Theatre, 2013: Community Project": December 16 Deadline! PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:00

The Year in Theatre, 2013: Community ProjectThe past three Decembers, theatre reviewer Thom White and I have wrapped up the Reader’s annual stage coverage with published conversations on the year, rife with opinions on local plays and musicals enjoyed (and sometimes not). But this time, we want to hear from you!

 
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