Victory for Victoria – From the Critics…

From the Critics…

“’Victoria’ brings into the light — and makes one want to know more about — an intriguing historical figure who deserves far more attention than she gets.”
-Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Three of Milwaukee’s best and most interesting young women actors were in the cast. Allie Babich, Katy Johnson and the splendid Samantha Sostarich all commanded the stage…Alissa Rhode’s music was played on piano, cello and violin, and provided a smooth and sensitive backdrop for the songs…and Joel Kopischke once again proves that when you need someone to sing and dance and play a sleazy dissolute old man, he is the guy to call. His voice is wonderful, and his manner and appearance make you want to dig into your pocket to give him bus fare to the nearest rehabilitation center.”
-Dave Begel, onmilwaukee.com

A quick look at Victory for Victoria

Russ Bickerstaff, of the Shepherd Express, was kind enough to take a little look into Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s production of Victory for Victoria!

“One of the largely unsung figures in US history gets a closer look this month thanks to Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s production of the original musical Victory for Victoria. From obscurity to prominence, the show sounds like a fascinating biography. The book is by Susan Peterson Holmes with music by Alissa Rhode and lyrics by Peggy Peterson Ryan. Emerging talent Allie Babich is given a fascinating challenge in portraying a character as complex as Woodhull. She’s got plenty of charisma to shine into a very charismatic figure from the margins of US history.

Victory for Victoria runs Oct. 27 – 30 at the Wauwatosa Woman’s Club on 1626 Wauwatosa Avenue.”

You can read the full article here.

Gallery Update

I happy to announce I have updated my photo gallery of production shots for Goodnight Moon, Pirates of Penzance, and Spamalot.

‘Violet’ previews on Fox 6 Wake Up and Real Milwaukee

Hearing a little about the story of ‘Violet’.

Learning how to dance with Flick.

Quick scene changes are practiced choreography.

Costume quick changes are also tricky!

Making stage blood in the prop shop.

Crafting props for ‘Violet’.

Skylight’s ‘Violet’ Opens with a Rave Review!

Elaine Schmidt, Special to the Journal Sentinel, loved Skylight Music Theatre’s opening of ‘Violet and every cast member received a shout out in her review!

“Samantha Sostarich delivers polished, strong performances as and old lady and a hotel hooker, with Robby McGhee and Ryan Stajmiger providing colorful supporting performances.”

You can read the whole review here.