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So What’d You Direct on Your Summer Vacation?: Student Helms The Secret Garden, August 11 through 13 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 08 August 2006 22:34

"The Secret Garden" ensemble members Derek Bertelsen, whose production of the musical The Secret Garden opens at St. Ambrose University's Galvin Fine Arts Center this Friday, repeats a common theatrical refrain: "It's hard being a director."

Yet it's important to understand that what Bertelsen probably means is that it's hard being a director when you're his age, as he follows that statement with, "You watch the Tony Awards and, you know, most of the directors winning awards are in their 40s. So you're, like, ‘I've got about 20 years. I can fool around.'"

Yes, you read that correctly. The man directing The Secret Garden, with its cast of 19, has to wait nearly two decades before he reaches his 40s. And, for the second year in a row, this theatre major at Millikin University has a rather adventurous idea of what constitutes "fooling around" on summer break.

 
Bootie Call: "The Bootleggers On Broadway,” at Circa ’21 June 21 Through 24 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 June 2006 22:42

The Bootleggers Murder. Madness. Cannibalism. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the wonderful world of Broadway musicals!

Or rather, welcome to The Bootleggers "On Broadway," the new, full-length production showcasing the talents of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's performing wait staff. (The show runs at Circa '21 June 21 through 24.)

 
The Pretender: Things You Should Know About – and From – the Area’s Best Actor, Tom Walljasper PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 23 May 2006 23:33
"I think my forte is storytelling. I just like to pretend. And any experience that I have where I believe the actor or actors are as close to pretending as possible? That's what gets me off, man. To me, that's what acting's all about." -- Tom Walljasper

 
That Old Barn Magic: Moline’s Barn Theatre Presents Its First Musical in Nearly a Decade PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 10 May 2006 02:36
Over the past 10 months, the stage space at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline has been transformed into a ballpark (for the venue’s production of Rounding Third), an Italian villa (for Enchanted April), and the entire town of Bedford Falls (for It’s a Wonderful Life).

But these days, after climbing the stairs to the second level of the Barn, the first thing you notice about the set for Sweet & Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen (running through May 21) is something more unexpected than anything found on those previous sets: a piano.


 
Comic Depth Perceptions: Augustana College's "The Real Inspector Hound" and "Black Comedy" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 25 April 2006 18:00

In the realm of educational theatre, the rehearsal process for a main-stage show generally lasts several weeks, if not months. It can

be hard work. Yet if the selected material gives actors and directors enough to work with, what could be a laborious process is, for its participants, more often a joy.

 
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