“In the Woods” by Jill Zasadny

March 27th, 2015 No comments »

by Jill Zasadny

Having seen Into the Woods for the first time at Lyric Arts, I did a lot of thinking about the woods, Sondheim’s analogous place of danger, turmoil, and change. A place we’ve all been, though few willingly. But it occurred to me, due to “circumstances beyond my control,” that I feel that I have lost the ability to move. There feels no longer any way to “go into,” nor to “go out of.” I am simply “in the woods.” Of course it isn’t at all true: I got here; I can leave, right? Maybe.  But the woods are my abuser and protector alike, yet inflicting pain and shielding me from others who would do the same. Is there a place for me where I am not treed?  I fear meadow and forest alike. Feeling paralyzed, here, in the woods.

Is anyone here with me?
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Trees are the scapegoats of confusion,
Banding together,
as is their wont,
And casting shadow over might what otherwise seem clear.
They do not favor the straight path, the quick run.
They passively enforce circumlocution.

I live here, in the woods:
A coerced convert to Druidism, I pray for release

and protection alike.
They know, as I have resisted knowing,
that raised from the woods, I can never assimilate to the plains.
I am an orphan renegade.
Restless in the woods.
And at home here too.
I hand pushed up from the earth a wanton seed,
probably too shaded,
too shallow in my birth place,
too thirsty.

And sunlight comes in fingers here,
Pointing with Nazi nonchalance,Woods3

“You live.
You live.

You don’t.”

Living in the woods is an uneasy sleep.
I sense its heartbeat,Woods4
lion-like.
She does not rock me to rest,
But waits for my unconsciousness.

We pretend that we can build places of safety,
but we all live here in the woods,
where wild creatures fly and flee and flesh-feed.
Uneasily.Woods5
For the trees have slowed us;
the trees have shown us that life is here,
without walls or halls or haloes.
Equal to the lowest life…
and certain of the same cycle.

Here.
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In the Woods.

 

Copyright © 2015 Jill Zasadny. Used with permission of the author.

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Jill Zasadny

Jill Zasadny earned her PhD in English from the University of Kansas in 2005. Her work has been published in various editions of poetry; her doctoral work about the foundress of Benedictinism in this country put into original song. She currently teaches at St. Cloud State University and Western Governors University.

Announcing our 2015-2016 season!

March 3rd, 2015 4 comments »

Last night we unveiled our 2015-2016 season, and we couldn’t be more excited! Keep an eye out for more information coming soon about season tickets and more, here on our website and on our Facebook page. We’ve got big things in store and we can’t wait to move forward with you!

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The Explorer’s Club | September 11—27, 2015

By Nell Benjamin

Directed by: Matt McNabb, Resident Director

The place is London, 1879. The prestigious Explorer’s Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship.

First performed in the summer of 2013 at the Manhattan Theatre Club II, The Explorer’s Club is a freewheeling farce lauded by Variety as “wildly funny” and “comic gold” by the New York Post. A rare comedy that fulfills its mandate: to do nothing more than make you laugh–and it surely will.

Spitfire Grill | October 16—November 1, 2015

By Fred Alley, James Valq, and Lee David Zoltoff

Directed by: Scott Ford, Resident Director

Percy Talbott, a feisty parolee, follows her dreams from the pages of an old travel book to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town. Newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why one would want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin’.

The New Yorker called it “touching and memorable,” while Variety proclaims “Poignant and spine-chilling! A show with universal appeal! The score is exciting, infectious, and lively!” This soulful and transcendent musical is full of soaring melodies, sure to send you home feeling warm all over.

From Home for the Holidays | November 20—December 20, 2015

By John Patrick Bray

Directed by: Daniel Ellis

Stay tuned for more details about this exciting holiday show—one that will not only be a world premiere piece, but one written especially for Lyric Arts!

“Mainly for Kids Production”: Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas | December 3—19, 2015

By Laurie Brooks

Directed by: Kari Steinbach

In their poorest winter ever, when the crops have been devastated by locusts and the family must deal with the death of baby Freddie, Charles Ingalls backtracks his family to Burr Oak, Iowa, to take over the running of a hotel. When wealthy Mrs. Starr asks for Laura as a companion to read to her in the afternoons, Laura is overjoyed to be invited into such a fine house, but when she overhears Mrs. Starr offer to adopt Laura, she is certain that Ma and Pa will give her up to look after the other children. As Christmas morning approaches, Laura is faced with a decision: Will she choose what she believes is best for the family or will she find a way to stay with Pa, Ma, Mary and Carrie?

This original play presents the poignant story of the “missing” two years in the life of the Ingalls family—the only substantial period that Laura chose not to write about in her Little House books. A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas tells a story of healing that celebrates the importance of enduring family bonds.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee | January 8—25, 2016

By Rebecca Feldman, Music by Jay Reiss, Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Directed by: To Be Announced

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Using competition to define themselves from their crazy families and struggling to escape childhood, their search is overseen by grown-ups who never completely succeeded in escaping it themselves. A nominee for six Tony awards in 2005, and winner of two, this delightful comedy is fast-paced and loved by many.

“Theater for Young Performers” Production: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | February 19—28, 2016

By Deborah Lynn Frockt (Adapted from the original works of Lewis Carroll)

Directed by: Cassandra Proball

It’s a very ordinary and rather boring day for Alice until she spots a White Rabbit with a pocket watch whizzing through a world that’s beyond imagination! Her insatiable curiosity draws her into a madcap adventure in which she meets remarkable characters like the Caterpillar, Talking Flowers, a Duchess and her Cook, a Gryphon and Mock Turtle, a Mad Hatter and a March Hare. When Alice finally catches up with the White Rabbit in the Queen’s Court, she’s in for her biggest adventure of all. In its inaugural year, this “Theater for Young Performers” production is a journey through the wonder-filled world of Alice and a delight for the adventurous of any age.

Shrek the Musical | March 18—April 22, 2016

By David Lindsay-Abaire, Music by Jeanine Tesori

Directed by Matt McNabb, Resident Director

Music Direction by Louis Berg-Arnold

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.

Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling life in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza to the stage.

Anatomy of Gray | April 22—May 8, 2016

by Jim Lenard, Jr.

Directed by Scott Ford, Resident Director

The award-winning author of The DivinersAnd They Dance Real Slow in Jackson, and Crow and Weasel describes his newest play as “A children’s story for adults.” When June’s father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again; the next thing she knows, there’s a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor.

At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town’s preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague. And then the plague begins to spread. Set in Indiana during the late 1800’s, Anatomy of Gray explores death, loss, love, and healing in a unique coming of age story.

The Odd Couple | June 3—19, 2016

By Neil Simon

Directed by Christine Karki

It’s a night of cards at Oscar Madison’s apartment. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together and hilarity ensues.

Following its premiere on Broadway in 1965, and giving birth to a successful film and television series of the same name, The Odd Couple offers some of the funniest dialogue ever written and is a laugh a second in this hit Broadway play.

Nice Work If You Can Get It | July 8—August 7, 2016

By Joe DiPietro Music by Gershwin & Gershwin

Directed by Adrian Balbontin

It’s the Roaring Twenties and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart.

The champagne flows and the gin fizzes in the hilarious, Tony®-winning musical comedy complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story. Featuring a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable hits, including, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm,” it’s a sparkling tale with laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic!

Dig Deeper – It’s Mad, Mad Mod Design!

May 27th, 2015 No comments »

In a little over one week, Lyric Arts opens Boeing, Boeing – a madcap story set in the swingin’ Sixties.  Scenic designer Mark Koski has created a fab set that provides all the door-slamming fun necessary for a truly successful bedroom farce and one that celebrates the bold, colorful look of the Jet Age.   Check out Koski’s computer rendering of the set and book your tickets now to see it come to life onstage!

Dig Deeper – Glamour Girls of the Jet Age

May 20th, 2015 No comments »

In a little over 2 weeks, Lyric Arts opens Boeing Boeing, a bedroom farce featuring three stunning stewardesses all unknowingly engaged to the same man. But soon the speedier jet age throws everything into confusion and hijinks ensue.  When Marc Camoletti wrote his play in 1960, American Airlines had already opened a new stewardess training facility, celebrated in Life Magazine with the article, “Glamor Girls of the Air: For Lucky Ones Being Hostess is the Mostest.”  This tribute perfectly captured the postwar vision of the air hostess as a gorgeous, cultured, cosmopolitan woman of the world.

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Dig Deeper Blog prepared by Education Director, Cassandra Proball

In the 1960s and 1970s, many airlines began using this growing iconic image as part of their marketing schemes – touting the attractiveness and friendliness of their stewardesses.   National Airlines began a “Fly Me”; campaign using attractive female flight attendants with taglines such as “I’m Lorraine. Fly me to Orlando.”  Braniff International Airways, presented a campaign known as the “Air Strip” with a similarly attractive young female flight attendant changing uniforms mid-flight.  Click on the links above to watch examples of these T.V. ad campaigns and book your tickets now for the hip and hysterical Boeing Boeing!

2015 Cabaret Review—Kylie Schultz

May 18th, 2015 No comments »

by Kylie Schultz

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Katharine Strom performing “Gimme Gimme” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

It is always nice to be reminded of how Lyric Arts plays such an important role in the community and in the larger Metro area arts scene. Friday night at the Cabaret fundraising event, I got to hear so many stories from actors who have both grown up being involved with Lyric Arts, and some who are new to Lyric Arts. All the stories shared a similar sentiment—Lyric Arts is like a home for them. It’s a community, an artistic outlet, and a welcoming place for them to experience and be a part of high quality theater productions. In addition to telling their stories, Lyric Arts actors old and new sang their favorite Broadway songs. These performances completely illustrated what amazing talent Lyric Arts provides.

Each performance was as perfectly executed as the last and ranged from comedic to dramatic. Every performance gave me chills. Angela Henderson (formerly of Grammy award-winning group Sounds of Blackness, by the way) gave a sultry and amazing performance of “Whatever Lola Wants” from Damn Yankees, followed by an astounding and heart wrenching performance by Molly Jo Hall of “If Someone Like You” from Jekyll and Hyde. Lyric Arts’ regulars Nykeigh Larson and Kyler Chase were nothing short of brilliant as we’ve all come to know in their performances, and Katherine Strom delighted with what I thought was a flawless execution of “Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

We also learned about the futures of many of Lyric Arts’ younger performers who have been with Lyric Arts and will be leaving to pursue the performing arts around the country. They are an excellent example of the quality of Lyric Arts’ educational programs which provide much needed arts education, workshops, and performance opportunities during a time when arts funding for schools is sadly being cut short. I come for the high quality productions, but I am a proud supporter of Lyric Arts because of these educational programs and the wider impact the company provides for the youth and community.

Lyric Arts’ Cabaret 2015 event does not disappoint by way of performances, but it is an excellent time to show appreciation for the company and everything it does. If you haven’t gone in the past, attend in the future and enjoy the show (which is amazing), but don’t forget that this performance is about so much more. Thank you Lyric Arts for bringing such vibrant and quality theater to the Metro, I can’t wait to see what your future brings!

Kylie Schultz is a Minneapolis local and an Arts Ambassador with Theoroi, a young professionals group of the Schubert Club in St. Paul, MN.

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Kylie Schultz

 

Louis Berg-Arnold Named Resident Music Director

May 12th, 2015 No comments »
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Louis Berg-Arnold

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage has announced Louis Berg-Arnold has been appointed Resident Music Director beginning with the 2015-16 season. This newly created position will work closely with the leadership of the Anoka-based theater in helping to shape the company’s artistic future and growth. In addition, Berg-Arnold will direct one production during the season and will serve as a mentor to guest directors.

“Louis is an exceptionally gifted musician. Beyond that, in his time at Lyric Arts, he has earned the respect of performers and instrumentalists alike with his ability to maintain our high artistic standards in performance while cultivating an environment in the rehearsal room that is collaborative, nurturing, and light-hearted,” says Laura Tahja Johnson, Managing Artistic Director. “When you combine those qualities with his professionalism and his devotion to Lyric Arts and our continued growth, it makes him a perfect choice to be Lyric Arts’ new Resident Music Director.”

As part of a two-year commitment, Resident Directors add a new dimension to the artistic viability of the organization. They serve as mentors to directors who are new to the organization and provide input to the theater in the areas of artistic vision and direction, as the theater works to build its reputation as an emerging company in the Twin Cities theater community.

“Louis’ talent, hard work, and good looks have made him an essential member of the Lyric Arts creative community, says Resident Director, Matt McNabb. “His musicals have been some of the most successful in the history of the organization. I look forward to many successful collaborations in future seasons!”

“I have really enjoyed working with Lyric Arts over the last several years, and I am very excited to take on this new role of Resident Music Director,” says Berg-Arnold.  “Lyric Arts has established itself as a welcoming environment in which to develop new talent in the twin cities theater community, and I am looking forward to helping Lyric Arts continue to grow its musical excellence.”

Berg-Arnold’s first production as Resident Music Director will be Lyric Arts’ spring musical production, Shrek the Musical, running March 18 through April 22, 2016.

About Louis Berg-Arnold

Louis Berg-Arnold has been active performer in the Central Minnesota arts community for over 15 years. He has music directed four shows with Lyric Arts, notably Young Frankenstein and Into the Woods this past season. Louis has also worked for various theater companies throughout Minnesota and South Florida including the Actor’s Theater of Minnesota and Opera Naples. He currently serves as the pianist for the Bemidji Alumni Choir, and is a new member of From Age to Age, a Twin Cities based choral music ensemble. Louis began studying music at the age of 4, and is classically trained on the piano, organ and viola, studying under Ann Oleksowicz, Dr. Kim Kasling, and Coco Bochonko, respectively.  He has performed as a pianist, organist, violist and vocalist with various classical music ensembles in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Florida, including the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Symphony and the St. John’s Boys’ Choir.

Cabaret 2015: Cast Interview with Katharine Strom

May 8th, 2015 No comments »
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Katharine Strom

Katharine Strom first became a part of Lyric Arts when she auditioned for Young Frankenstein at the beginning of our 2014-2015 season. As a part of the cast of Into the Woods and instructing education workshops to joining the upcoming cast of Boeing Boeing, Katharine has made fast friends with cast, crew, staff, and others at Lyric Arts. The following is an interview we has with Katharine recently about her participation in our 16th annual Cabaret. We also had the pleasure of sitting down with her after a Cabaret rehearsal to visit about her Lyric Arts story. Enjoy

LA: How did you become familiar with Lyric Arts?

KS: I auditioned last spring on a whim and was so impressed by the professional yet friendly atmosphere, that I came back to audition for “Young Frankenstein” in July! Playing Elizabeth Benning was such a delight!

LA: How would your life be different if it wasn’t for Lyric Arts?

KS: Honestly, if it weren’t for the people and productions at Lyric, my acting career wouldn’t be what it is today. I’ve done some of my best work here as well as met two of my closest friends, Molly and Ben Schrade.

LA: Why do you choose to share your passion on this stage?

KS: Performing puts an actor in a vulnerable place, but the audiences and staff here are incredibly supportive. The production quality really puts this theater above many others. I am continually impressed by the artists here at Lyric Arts.

LA: What moment are you really looking forward to this year for Cabaret?

KS: The lyrical dance number choreographed by Molly. It has been such an inspiring piece to work on and what a treat to dance with THE Brad Bone!

LA: What’s been your very favorite number to perform in your acting and singing career so far?

KS: I played Judy Bernly in “9 to 5: The Musical” during my undergrad at NDSU. Her solo number, “Get Out and Stay Out” is still one of my favorite pieces to perform. Such a cathartic and kick arse number to sing!

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Katharine Strom (right), Anne Brown (center), and Alyssa Seiferts (left) in Lyric Arts “Into the Woods”

 

LA: Describe a favorite bonding moment with someone at Lyric Arts

KS: As I mentioned previously, I met my best friend, Molly Jo during “Young Frankenstein” last fall. She invited me out for sushi during the run and the rest is history.

LA: How and when did you decide to pursue a career in performing arts?

KS: My last year of high school was when I decided to pursue a career in fine arts. It took two years of community college to solidify my plan to major in theater.

LA: What other hidden talents might lurk below the surface?

KS: Bird Calls. It truly is a gift. Common loon, wild turkey, mourning dove…the list goes on.

LA: If you could live in any time period, when would it be and why?

KS: The 80s. So many terrible but awesome trends, songs and movies!

LA: If you could star in any film, which would you choose and who would you play?

KS: Any Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen film. I would play both twins, obviously.

LA: What are your favorite musicals?

KS: Sunday in the Park With George, The Last Five Years, West Side Story, The Wild Party, Oklahoma! to name a few.

LA: Let people know what it feels like to spend your time and talents at Lyric Arts. Any stories that help describe this?

KS: My time on and off stage at Lyric Arts has been inspiring. The experiences I’ve had and continue to have encourage me to further my craft and better myself as an actor, singer, dancer and teacher.

 KS: Lyric Arts feels like home and it just feels so good.

Volunteer of the Year—Joan O’Sullivan

May 6th, 2015 No comments »

April is national Volunteer Appreciation Month and we are thrilled to announce our new Volunteer of the Year, Joan O’Sullivan!

In the past twelve months, Joan volunteered over 1,000 hours in concessions, the scene shop, and various other events at Lyric Arts. Joan’s dedication, hard work, and friendly personality make her an imperative part of the Lyric Arts community. Thanks, Joan! You make Lyric Arts a success!

Here is what Joan has to say about volunteering at Lyric Arts:

“I started volunteering in 2009 after seeing a wonderful production of “The Foreigner”. I was very impressed with how everyone that I met was so friendly and welcoming.

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Joan O’Sullivan, Lyric Arts’ Volunteer of the Year

I knew then that I wanted to be a part of the Lyric Arts “family” too.Being a lover of talent, the arts and interacting with our patrons, actors, fellow volunteers, and staff are all things that make volunteering so much fun and worthwhile.

My favorite volunteering positions are working in concessions, assisting at auditions, and being on the scene shop team (where I have learned and grown as a “painter” and a “carpenter”…sometimes I amaze myself at what I have been able to accomplish).

I spend the majority of my time at Lyric Arts since my retirement in 2011. I hope to continue to do so because volunteering here keeps me happy and feeling useful. And…because I have made friends with so many wonderful people!”

Please join us in congratulating Joan O’Sullivan, our Volunteer of the Year!

 

Dig Deeper – Q & A with James Howe

April 30th, 2015 No comments »

The Scholastic Books website has lots of wonderful information about their published books and authors, including James Howe.  Here are just a few questions for Mr. Howe from his readers and his answers…

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James Howe, author of the chapter book Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery

Why did you become an author?
I became an author because I love words. I enjoyed playing with them when I was a kid, writing stories and plays, and doing whatever I could think to do with words. I kept my love of them growing up and still love to see what they can do.

What inspired you to write the Bunnicula series?
Debbie [the late Mrs. Howe] and I loved vampire movies. This was in the 1970s when there were a lot of vampire movies shown on late night TV and we stayed up late many a night. Some of them were a lot sillier than they were scary. I don’t remember the moment when the character Bunnicula came into my head. I suspect it came from the asking the question, “What’s the silliest, least likely vampire I can imagine?” It was never intended to be a series; it just grew out of the first book. I loved writing about those characters so much, particularly Harold, so I continued the story.

Is there anything that you really hoped people would notice or think about when they read this story?
I would hope they laugh a lot. I did have a young reader write to me years ago that what she learned from the book was to accept other people’s differences the way that Harold accepted Bunnicula into the home. And I liked that. That’s become a theme in much of my work and it’s interesting that it might have unintentionally been a theme in my first book.

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Dig Deeper articles written by Cassandra Proball  Education Director

What advice would you give a student that wants to be a writer?
Two words: read . . . write. Reading is the best way to learn to write, but the way to get better and better as a writer, is to write, write, write. Write what matters to you, write what makes you laugh, write what makes you cry, write in order to get a reaction from the reader, write because you have to, and write because it is fun for you.

“Bunnicula” Audience Review—Roxy Orcutt

April 28th, 2015 No comments »

By Roxy Orcutt

When I saw Bunnicula up on the marquee at Lyric Arts, I may have let out a little squeal.  The Bunnicula books were one of my favorites when I was a kid, how could they not be?  A not-so-scary vampire bunny that sucked the juice from vegetables rather than the blood from humans was downright delightful.  I was curious as to see how the books would translate to the stage, and Lyric Arts did not disappoint.

The moment Harold the dog opened the show, played wonderfully by Sarah Frazier, I knew this production was going to do the Bunnicula I grew up with justice.  Harold, and his housemate, Chester the cat, played with such perfect feline precision by Brianna Regan, live comfortably with their humans, the Monroes, in suburban bliss.  One night, however, when the Monroe’s come home from seeing a movie and bring back a wayward bunny, Harold and Chester’s lives go from napping on couches and eating table scraps to investigating the unexplained, as only a dog and cat can.

Harold and Chester soon realize this bunny isn’t any ordinary bunny, he’s something downright supernatural.  Through their instincts and a few of Chester’s books, the pair come to the conclusion that Bunnicula lives up to his bloodsucking namesake.

While Harold, Chester, and the Monroes, are all played by a phenomenal cast of humans, (Mr. and Mrs. Monroe, played by Bailey Hess and Jason Stone, are particularly hysterical in their straight-outta-the-vintage-sitcoms Mom and Dad) Bunnicula is brought to life by the use of puppetry.  When Bunnicula goes into vampire mode, his eyes glow red and his fangs come out in full force, but not too scary to illicit nothing more than giggles from the mostly-kids audience.

Sarah Frazier (left) as Harold the dog and Brianna Regan (right) as Chester the cat. Bunnicula, the puppet, played by Tara Martinson (far right).

 

One of the best elements of the play was the music and lighting.  We are taken through several days as the play unfolded, all communicated through the great use of light and musical cues.  There is one piece of music used just off-stage to a great foreboding, and humorous, effect that may have been my favorite part of the play.

I was downright charmed by this entire production.  I brought along my four-year-old daughter whose eyes never left the stage and has since told everyone we see about the vampire bunny that turns the vegetables white.  I would recommend this play to all ages.  Like I mentioned, the audience was filled with mostly children, and not a single one of them seemed to lose interest or get antsy during the rapid-fire, entertaining 70 minute production.

Roxy Orcutt, The Halloween Honey, is a local author and theater enthusiast. Her book, “History and Hauntings of the Halloween Capital,” explores Anoka, MN, its spooky tales, colorful characters, and why it is named the “Halloween Capital of the World.” It is available for sale online at www.HalloweenHoney.com.

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Cabaret 2015: Cast Interview with Brad Bone

April 24th, 2015 No comments »
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Brad Bone

Brad Bone returned to Lyric Arts after a 10 year hiatus from the stage, but after making that comeback in our production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” Brad found  himself juggling multiple roles after being cast in both “Young Frankenstein” and “A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas.” Featured recently in the Star Tribune, Brad spoke about acting as “a way to eat” and finds Lyric Arts to be “the outlet I’ve been looking for.”

We’re very excited to have Brad Bone as a part of our upcoming Cabaret. Described by Resident Director, Matt McNabb as “such a warm person, you’re predisposed to like him,” we agree, it’d be hard not to. We interviewed Brad about his time with Lyric Arts. Here’s what he shared with us.

LA: How did you become familiar with Lyric Arts?

BB: I’ve driven by many times. One day I saw an audition posting for a show that got me to finally pull over. I’m so thankful I did.

LA: How would your life be different if it wasn’t for Lyric Arts?

BB: Without Lyric Arts, I would be living in a rut of structure. Lyric Arts gives me the outlet to explore and be creative.

LA: Why do you choose to share your passion on this stage?

BB: Honestly, for me, it started with location. But what has kept me here is the people and the opportunity to be working in a theater that is growing so fast as well known brand in Minnesota and has the real talent to back it up.

LA: What moment are you really looking forward to this year for Cabaret?

BB: I am really looking forward to a lyrical dance piece that I’m doing with Katherine Storm. It is a far cry from my character roles and has some great challenging lifts that we’re excited to pull off.

LA: What’s been your very favorite number to perform in your acting and singing career so far?

BB: At lyric arts, my only song I’ve really done was the song “Someone” as the Hermit in Young Frankenstein.

LA: Describe a favorite bonding moment with someone at Lyric Arts

BB: There is not one particular “bonding” moment, but I have found that the theater world is a small one. I have run into so many friends or friends of friends from other times in my life. It is great how Lyric Arts brings so many people back together. Way better than Facebook…as I’m not a social media fan.

LA: How and when did you decide to pursue a career in performing arts?

BB: I wish I had a “career” in performing arts, meaning that I didn’t have to go to a “real” job. My first attempt at anything in the performing arts was my senior year in High School. That opportunity opened the door to a BFA in Duluth.

LA: What other hidden talents might lurk below the surface?

BB: it’s a mystery.

LA: If you could live in any time period, when would it be and why?

BB: No better time than the present.

LA: If you could star in any film, which would you choose and who would you play?

BB: Steve Martin in The Jerk!

LA: What are your favorite musicals?

BB: Honestly, I’m not really a musical actor, so I usually don’t watch them. Being in Young Frank was awesome, and it seemed funny, butt I wish I could have seen it.

LA: Let people know what it feels like to spend your time and talents at Lyric Arts. Any stories that help describe this?

BB: I only want to say that I love every moment I get to spend here, but life is a balancing act between roles on the stage and roles as a husband and father.

Dig Deeper – Bunnicula Opens Tomorrow!

April 23rd, 2015 No comments »
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Bunnicula sneaking up on a sleeping Harold and Chester

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery opens tomorrow night and we’re so excited to once again show off the talents of puppet designer Gabriel Gomez.  There are only 9 performances of this wonderful show, so make sure you get your tickets early!  Also, don’t miss our family-friendly tradition of pre-show word games, puzzles, and coloring pages for the first weekend performances on this Saturday, April 25th.  See you at the show!

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