Friday, December 11, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
CHICAGO'S FAVORITE TRANSVESTITE REINDEER RETURNS WITH A VENGEANCE
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The show was fun with everyone in the beginning scene starting in black and white versions of their colorful and crazy outfits they wear once they have entered the forest.
Circle Theatre’s resident youth program, The Emerging Young Artists (CTEYA), will continue its commitment to exposing young people to the classics (Much Ado About Nothing 2008) with one of Shakespeare’s greatest works featuring 90 minutes of Rock ‘n Roll infused, highly physical comedy and a cast of young performers ages 12 to 18.Among the most popular of all Shakespeare’s comedies, this play humorously celebrates the complexities of love. With its several pairs of lovers, on-again, off-again romances, magic spells, fairies, and a bumbling troupe of would-be actors, the play continues to enchant audiences.
October 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, and 25
Thursdays and Saturdays at 7pm
Sundays at 2pm
No Friday performances
All Seats $13
Call 708-771-0700 for reservationsplease visit: http://www.circle-theatre.org for more details.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Written by Jason Dabrowski, Calidonia Olivares, Jacob Christopher Green
Showing: Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, through Oct. 24.
Contact: (800) 838-3006; hubrisproductions.com
Reviewed By Brian Kirst
Throw Andrea McArdle, George Romero and Chi Chi LaRue into a blender and you’d be lucky if you get something as outrageous and sick with fun as Hubris Productions’ “Annee Pocalypse.” Taking lowbrow to desperate depths, Hubris distorts Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin’s melodies from the beloved musical “Annie” into pornographically specific filth strewn delights.
After being blinded and nearly ‘Nair-ed’ by an atomic blast, Hubris’ (barely red) Annee finds herself in the employ of Mistress Flanigan, a post apocalyptic madame. Eventually escaping Flannigan’s sweaty clutches, Annee is soon found on the street by porn magnate Daddy Starbucks’ faithful, psychotic secretary, Grace. Soon Annee is blazingly happy, regularly performing outrageous sexual acts in a world of helpful zombies, dead dogs and leather swings. But, do money hungry Flannigan and jealous hooker Muffy have the power to destroy Annee’s new, frequently pulsating world?
While smartly bashing Republicans and former president Bush (he’s the reason for the mass destruction), director Jason Dabrowski’s obviously glee ridden direction is full of musical snap and some tart comic timing from lead performers Ariel Trocino (Annee), Calidonia Olivares (Mistress Flanigan), Jacob Christopher Green (Muffy) and Shawn Quinlan’s sexy, puppet loving Grace Feral.
While Trocino is buxomly adorable, in this age of filmic undead babies (the recent, powerful “Grace” and the upcoming “Zombieland”), it is the lumbering and loveable undead troop (highlighted by the shining Patricia Moy) that may truly steal modern, joyful audience’s hearts city-wide. Indeed, Hubris’ disgustingly fun “Annee Pocalypse” should truly able to spread a widespread infection of fun before its run is through this fall.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Haven't had a chance to update my blog in a while but wanted everyone to know what I have been busy with!
Last month I finished a successful run of "A Chorus Line" that I co-choreographed and also starred in playing the role of "Bobby" in New Buffalo Michigan as part of the Harbor Festival.
We will resume again with a Chicago run in January at The Theatre Building Chicago.
I also closed a production of "High School Musical 2!" at Circle Theatre in which I also co-choreographed and costumed.
Before that I choreographed a few number for Hubris Productions' "Bent" which played at the Victory Gardens Green House in July.
Hope everyone had a great summer!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Harbor Country Theater Festival. I am playing the role of "Bobby" and it has been a blast! I also co-choreographed. I choreographed the opening audition sequence as well as the "Bows/One" for the finale. Both sequences were my own original choreography.
Performance Dates are as follows:
One Singular Sensation
A Chorus Line
Saturday, August 1st 8:00pm
Saturday, August 8th 8:00pm
Sunday, August 9th 3:00pm
Saturday, August 15th 8:00pm
Sunday, August 16th 3:00pm
Friday, August 21st 8:00pm
Saturday, August 29th 8:00pm
Sunday, August 30th 3:00pm
All performances will take place at:
The New Buffalo Performing Arts Center
1112 Clay St., New Buffalo, Mi. 49117
Please visit: http://www.nightbluetheater.com/ for more information and to purchase tickets!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I am currently performing in "The Who's Tommy" at Circle Theatre. We have been Jeff Recommended and opened to rave reveiws! I also served as assistant to the choreographer Kevin Bellie on this production.
www.circle-theatre.org to order tickets!
previews May 8, 9, and 12, 2009
May 13 - July 19, 2009
Music & Lyrics by Pete Townshend
Book by Des MacAnuff & Pete Townshend
directed by Jeffrey Cass
music directed by Carolyn Brady Riley
choreographed by Kevin Bellie
Circle delves back into the world of rock operas in the tradition of such classic Circle musicals as Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair and Evita. Tommy is sure to please music and theatre lovers alike with its blend of stage craft wizardry, soaring vocal gymnastics, and gripping characters. After witnessing a brutal crime, young Tommy is so traumatized that he is rendered mute. As his life meanders on in post World War II England, he suffers abuse from sadistic relatives and neighbors. Tommy's life is saved, however, when he falls in love with pinball and achieves super stardom as a pinball wizard!
Carolyn Brady Riley’s credits include music direction for Circle’s mainstage (Dear World, Meet Me in St. Louis) and CTEYA program (Seussical!, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie). Jeffrey Cass is no stranger to Circle. He has previously directed Burning Blue, The Distance From Here and Bash. For Circle's youth program he has directed Crazy For You, Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Urinetown. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Echo Theatre Co.
Featuring the talents of Tom McGunn, Michelle Pickett, Eric Lindahl, Shannon Boland, Gerald J. Kelel, Darcy Wood, Jon Landvick, Alex Turner, Dylan Angel Manianglung-Lainez, Bear Bellinger, Jeremy Myers, Peter Durkin, Rachel Quinn, Carol Rose, Camille Vafakas, Scott Neild, Cameron Brune, and Shawn Quinlan
This production has been Jeff Recommended!
half-price previews, May 8, 9, and 12 @ 8:00 pm
opening night: Wednesday, May 13 @ 8:00 pm
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00 pm
Sundays @ 3:00 pm
There will be no performances July 3-5.
Fridays: All Seats $20
Saturdays and Sundays: $24 adults, $22 students/seniors (over 62)
Friday, March 13, 2009
Beverly Arts Center 111th & Western, Chicago
This show is based on the classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds!
A CKC classic! Don't miss out!
Reserve your tickets today by calling: 773-205-9600
Love, romance, marriage: it all falls apart in the woods, until two gay wedding planners (thats me!) decide to get married--and then everyone's faith in the institution of marriage is restored by their example -- with a big Bollywood dance number toward the end. Playwright Charles Mee, the featured playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre in 2007-08, displays his signature blend of music, dance and storytelling in this surprising and intriguing play.
Joanie Schultz returns to Circle after directing the Jeff nominated Stone Cold Dead Serious in 2007. She recently made her off-Broadway debut, directing the world premiere of Sean Graney's Autophagy in the Drama League's Directorfest. Most recently in Chicago Joanie directed the Midwest premiere of Adam Rapp's Faster at the side project and Itamar Moses' short play Treadmills for the Collaboraction Sketchbook. Joanie holds her MFA in directing from Northwestern University, was a Drama League Directing Fellow, and is part of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab.
Showtimes:half-price previews, March 13, 14, and 17 @ 8:00 pmopening night:
Tickets:Fridays: $20Saturdays and Sundays: $24 for adults $22 for students and seniors (over 62)
LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics by Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzmer
Book by Alain Boubil
This program is sponsored by the Forest Park National Bank & Trust Company.Tickets: $13 adults; $12 students/seniors
Performance Location:DOMINICAN UNIVERSITYMartin Recital Hall, 7900 West Division St. River Forest, ILPerformance