Just thought I'd throw that out.
We got good news from the insurance company. They found our part and it is being shipping. that means I will have a rear window soon.
We also got a fabulous review for our show opening tonight. this is a relief as it hasn't been selling really well. Hopefully this will make a difference. I'm relieved that it has opened well and I hope it will see continued success. Now, onto "A Chorus Line" and auditions.
To sit in Stockton Civic Theatre for its production of “A Little Night Music” is to be transported to a different time and place.
It begins with an ethereal quality, the actors seeming to emerge from a dream thanks to the clever staging and use of a sheer screen. Once they step into the light and come to life, their story compels. It will have you laughing out loud, shaking your head and cheering for the happy ending.
The production — directed by Jim Coleman — is nearly flawless. Its premiere show on Wednesday was hampered by an infuriating balky microphone on Lydia Kaye.
Presumably by tonight’s opening it will be repaired and audiences will be able to enjoy — without harsh feedback — this amazingly gorgeous production.
Brian Johnson’s stunning set depicts a forest of trees whose boughs provide a canopy over the action. They don’t, however, interfere with Ethan Albala’s spectacular lighting, which only accentuates the beauty of the Kathy Dixon-Cathy Hastings costumes.
And fill that magnificent space and those breath-taking clothes with a cast led by Melissa Esau and Matthew Nehring-Voyer and SCT offers pure theater magic.
To call this cast an all-star collection is almost an understatement. It might be one of the finest groups ever assembled, each performer capturing his or her character’s every subtle and obvious nuance. Not only that, they carried on when Coleman broke his leg three weeks ago and had to leave the production.
It’s Esau’s most perfectly suited role since Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes.” She’s always superb, but she delivers one of her finest stage moments in memory with the show’s climactic “Send in the Clowns.” The song — which finally makes sense to those who’ve heard it but never seen the show — will make you cry, and Voyer’s response, as Frederik, is as touching a moment on stage that has ever been performed.
Voyer oozes charm, whether as John Adams in “1776” or as Mr. Banks in “Mary Poppins” and he makes the flawed Frederick loveable. His chemistry with Esau is palpable, their scenes touching, funny and heartfelt.
Thomas Smith, back at SCT for the first time since 2012, demonstrates his professed love for the composer’s work as the pea-brained Carl Magnus.
Handsome enough to play the dashing dragoon, Smith has the comic chops to deliver one of the funniest songs in the show. The audience can almost see the light go on over his head as this blockhead works through the events he’s witnessed and concludes Desiree has cheated on him.
Che Franklin’s Madame Armfeldt is also in the running for the most humorous role.
The wise mother of Desiree is determined to school her granddaughter, Fredrika, in all the important ways of love and life, Madame Armfeldt is prone to hysterical reminiscing and take-no-prisoners observations of life. Franklin is a delight, and one just waits for her next arrival on stage to break any tension that may have arisen.
She’s frustrated with her daughter, although Desiree’s life — as a successful actress — is proceeding pretty much like her mother’s. She leaves behind a string of lovers, preferably married, like Carl Magnus, but her true love seems to be Frederik.
Frederik, though, is married to Anne, a silly simpleton played by Romy Evans. She’s perfect as the sweet innocent who is easily taken in by the machinations of Charlotte, played by Kaye, who would happily break up Anne’s marriage if it would mean ending Carl Magnus’ affair with Desiree.
Kaye is definitely playing against type as the scheming wife who wants her dimwitted husband back, and she’s naturally up to the task. It doesn’t hurt that Smith is her real-life husband.
Like Smith, “A Little Night Music” marks the return to SCT of Sara St. Pierre, who moved to Southern California after 2009′s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Having her voice and acting talent back on the stage — as the maid, Petra — is a treat.
Completing this amazing cast of main characters are Rachel Foley, delightful as Desiree’s daughter, and Nick Giovannoni as Fredrik’s son from his first marriage, Hernik.
Ironically, as Giovannoni points out, Henrik never laughs. The happy-go-lucky Giovannoni, a teenager, is so good at such a young age, that he easily pulls off the straight-laced seminary student who is tortured by being who he is.
The ensemble is backed by a Greek chorus of sorts in the capable, talented voices of Cole Bryant, Renee D. Caffese, Cynthia Dario, Katie Elson and Bruce Southard. They serve to direct the action and hint at what’s to come.
We are starting to heat up, they are saying 108 and 109 by Sunday. Whee, not so much. I like hot, but that's sort of pushing the envelope, even for me. This means Rod's dinner has been moved inside, except for drinks on the patio. Thankfully, Barb has ample seating inside.
The cats seem to have been passing a stomach bug around this week, but it seems to be over now. With this many cats, it's never easy to know who is responsible for whatever mess was left. thankfully everyone seems to be doing well. Pye is nearly through her meds and hasn't gone outside the box again (at least that we know of). Somehow, it's never a dead certain thing around here. They all seem happy and healthy now, so I'm happy.
Otherwise, it's been a pretty ordinary week. It's amazing how so little can happen and yet the time rushes by so quickly. It's Sunday evening and suddenly it's Friday morning. Sigh... My mother told me this would happen...