Musical

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large Checks in on La La Lucille


James Valcq gathers with the cast of “La La Lucille” to start rehearsals for George Gershwin’s “La La Lucille” that Valcq has revived. (Company photo)

“Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: 100-year treat in store in Sturgeon Bay for Gershwin’s ‘La La Lucille’”

“According to the website: This is George Gershwin’s first musical, which has not been staged since its Broadway premiere in 1919. The adaptation and restoration are by James Valcq, co-artistic director of Third Avenue Playhouse.

The farce tells the story of a married couple who plot to become temporarily divorced to claim an inheritance. When the scheme goes awry, hilarity, hijinks and tap dancing ensue.

“La La Lucille” includes Gershwin melodies that haven’t been heard in 100 years along with some that have never been performed.

The website elaborates:

The more amazing story is that much of the original music from this show was lost. It is only through the efforts of composer/director James Valcq, who has restored and reconstructed the complete score, that “La La Lucille” will be seen (and heard) again, exactly 100 years later.

It all started with a manila file folder.”

Read the full article HERE.

Spelling Bee says Goodbye!

closing
/ˈklōziNG/
bringing something to an end; final.

Thank you to everyone who came out to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! We hope you learned a new word, had a good laugh and felt the nostalgia of being a kid all over again. Goodbye goodbye! See you next time.

photographer: Traveling Lemur Productions, LLC

Spelling Bee is a Hit!

Photographer: Traveling Lemur Productions

Julie McHale of the The Waukesha Freeman calls The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee “a delight” and says that “All In Productions once again proved its worth in this well-honed offering.”

The Shepherd Express writes that The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is “one of the funniest shows of the ongoing theater season” and that “The entire cast is sparkling”.

Marilyn Jozwik of The Wisconsin Theater Spotlight writes that All In Productions “has found new, creative ways to tell the story.” And “The bee is hosted by Rona Lisa Perretti (Samantha Sostarich), a former bee champion who delights in returning to those glorious days of her past. Sostarich has a dynamic, engaging persona and a lovely voice that pleasantly handles the high notes in ensemble numbers and especially in her solo, “My Favorite Moment of the Bee.”

Anne Siegel of TotalTheater.com writes “All-In Productions offers a completely captivating show”. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is “is well worth adding to your entertainment calendar.”

Russ Bickerstaf of The Small Stage writes “Thanks to an impressive cast under great direction, this is easily the most satisfying production of the musical that I’ve seen.” And “Samantha Sostarich proudly radiates gentle authority in the role of Bee official Rona Lisa Perretti. Long ago Rona won that spelling bee that she know helps officiate. Sostarich has a sweetly maternal sense about her in the role.”

Come Visit the ’80s



Written by Jason Powell! Directed by James Zager. Music directed by Donna Kummer. With those folks involved you know you want to see this!

March 21st – March 31st : 7:30-9:30 pm (except for Sunday matinees at 2:00).

Come see us!

Click HERE for tickets and information.

All In Productions Announces “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”



All In Productions is thrilled to announce the final production of our fourth season, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, to be held May 16 through 25 at Next Act Theatre (www.nextact.org).

CAST:

RONA LISA PERETTI: Samantha Sostarich
VICE PRINCIPAL DOUGLAS PANCH: Robby McGhee
MITCH MAHONEY: Ernest Bell
MARCY PARK: Ashley Oviedo
OLIVE OSTROVSKY: Ava Bush
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENIERRE: Stephanie Staszak
LEAF CONEYBEAR: Adam Qutaishat
WILLIAM BARFEE: Gage Patterson
CHIP TOLENTINO: Matt Zeman



PRODUCTION TEAM:

Director – Mitch Weindorf
Music Director – Paula Foley Tillen
Choreographer – Alicia Rice
Assistant Director – Beth Lewinski
Costume Designer – Christy Siebers
Lighting Designer – William Newcomb
Sound Designer – Derek Buckles
Set Designer – Chris Budish
Stage Manager – Allison Kasprovich

Tickets will be available soon at www.nextact.org
HERE for more information.

Two Reviews In and NINE is SOLD OUT



Guide (Timothy J Barnes) and Carla (Samantha Sostarich); photo by Traveling Lemur Productions

Nine is SOLD OUT for the run! But what did reviewers have to say?

  • 9 TAKEAWAYS FROM THEATER RED’S PERFORMANCE OF ‘NINE’ MUSICAL
  • by Karisa Langlo for Milwaukee Magazine

    8) Ridiculousness shines in good execution: the dancing.
    Similarly, the cast’s dancing chops highlighted the production’s comedic ethos by being good. Carla’s (Samantha Sostarich) burlesque-inspired performance in “A Call from the Vatican” and Sarraghina’s (also Marcee Doherty-Elst) in “Ti Voglio Bene/Be Italian” seemed to critique the genre while simultaneously mastering it, bringing sexual undertones to the phrase “tongue in cheek.” It’s clear we’re laughing with the cast (and the characters!), not at them, a clarity that comes from an artful performance.

  • THEATER RED GOES ITALIAN WITH SEXY “NINE”
  • By Catherine Jozwik for Wisconsin Theater Spotlight

    The director’s resilient and tough, yet supportive, wife Luisa (a wonderful performance by Rae Elizabeth Pare, Bonny Anne Bonny; Don’t Do the Crime) recognizes his genius, but has had it with his wandering eye and intense work and erratic sleep schedules. His lover, the sexy Carla (seductively played by Samantha Sostarich of Hairspray and Boeing Boeing who even employed a bit of burlesque dancing in the production), is pressuring him to divorce his wife so he can be with her.

    Footlights Interviews Theater RED about “Nine”


    “NINE the Musical, presented by Theater RED
     is THIS WEEKEND ONLY at Sunset Playhouse‘s studio theater.

    Director Eric Welch-Streisand, along with performers Marcee Doherty-ElstSamantha Sostarich, and Rae Elizabeth Pare give us the inside scoop on this women powered production!”

    Read the full article HERE.

    Meet the Mistress



    Theater RED writes:

    Sexy, smart, but naive, Carla (Samantha Sostarich) plays a colorful role in Guido’s life as the woman who intends to battle for him, no matter the cost. She sees only what she wants to see in Guido: the passionate lover and artistic genius. To her, things should be simple, but Guido’s tumultuous mind is anything but. “Simple are the ways of love. Simple as the touch of another’s hands. Simple enough for anyone to understand, but you,” she sings to him.

    One weekend only (Jan 25, 26, 27) at the Studio Theater at Sunset Playhouse! Call 262-782-4430 or go online for tickets pronto and “Be Italian” with us next weekend!

    Photo/video credit: Traveling Lemur Productions, LLC

    Footlights Highlights the Mothers and Daughters in HAIRSPRAY

    Thanks, Footlights! Check out this story highlighting the mothers and daughters in “Hairspray,” featuring Tommy Novak, Maisie Rose, Amber Smith and Samantha Sostarich. Don’t miss these talented individuals on the Cabot Theatre stage in HAIRSPRAY!

    Read the full article HERE.

    Hairspray is a Hit!

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel raves that HAIRSPRAY is “a perfect Skylight show!” Maisie Rose as Tracy Turnblad is “a joy,” Bethany Thomas as Motormouth Maybelle “commands the stage,” and “you’ll never see a sweeter pair” than Tommy Novak (Edna Turnblad) and David Flores (Wilbur Turnblad) in the “showstopper” ‘You’re Timeless to Me.'” Don’t miss the “fabulous” HAIRSPRAY, now at Skylight through December 30!

    Read the full review HERE.

    HAIRSPRAY is “nonstop entertainment!” with “hilarious singing numbers,” “larger-than-life sets,” and “cutting-edge dance moves!” Ryan Cappleman’s “imaginative choreography” is “excuted flawlessly by the talented cast members.” Maisie Rose “sparkled as Tracy Turnblad,” while Tommy Novak (Edna Turnblad) and David Flores (Wilbur Turnblad) “made a winning team!” “Other standout performances included Samantha Sostarich as the bigoted, underhanded Velma Von Tussle, mother of Amber; Ann Delaney as Peggy Pingleton, Tracy’s awkward best friend; Bethany Thomas as the silky voiced DJ Motormouth Maybelle, a champion of civil rights; and Gilbert Domally as Seaweed, Tracy’s smooth-talking pal with cutting-edge dance moves.”

    See the full Shepherd Express review HERE!