The Stagehand Strike

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For those who are concerned, the Broadway stagehand strike does not affect national tours.  Um… yet. Sadly, the talks broke down this weekend, and much of Broadway remains dark: These Broadway shows will be dark at least through Sunday, Nov. 25.August: Osage County at the Imperial TheatreAvenue Q at the Golden TheatreA Bronx Tale at the Walter Kerr TheatreChicago at … Read More

Busy, Busy, Busy

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The closing weekend of Little Shop of Horrors was successful and loads of fun.  Show got even tighter and the audiences were relatively large and appreciative.  Strike, which I thought would be the worst, was completed in about 3 hours — that includes transporting and unloading everything back at the shop.  Night hadn’t fallen yet, and we were all off … Read More

Little Shop Opening Weekend

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On the plus side: Pretty large houses and a decent review. On the minus side:  Not as polished as we had hoped. On opening night (Friday), we had a few minor bumps, attributable to opening night jitters I suppose.  We seemed to have gotten over them by Saturday night, when the first Act was (for me) the best, and everything … Read More

Another Little Shop Write-Up

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A very nice profile of Dennis and Winston, the two guys who play "Audrey II", the plant in WSTA’s Little Shop of Horrors which opens tonight at SECCA: WINSTON-SALEM — It’s a fairly safe bet that he’s the most popular carnivorous plant in the history of musical theater. Even though Audrey II, star of "Little Shop of Horrors," might have … Read More

Little Shop Preview

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Usually, pre-show write-ups tend to be — oh, I don’t know — mundane.  But I kind of like the writing in this one.  It does a nice job promoting the play, but also the playfulness of the performers: A darkly funny musical: Theatre Alliance to present Little Shop of Horrors Sunday, October 14, 2007 By Mary Martin Niepold SPECIAL TO … Read More

Sweeney Todd At UNCG

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Good luck getting tickets.  We had to pull a few strings to get ours for Friday night (which was sold out). Here’s what you missed: Emily Mark as Mrs. Lovett.  ‘Nuff said. Oh, sure.  Zac Campbell’s menacing brooding Sweeney was a thrill.  And the actors who played Anthony, Joanna, and Judge Turpin also shined.  The ensemble was strong.  The set … Read More

Little Shop Of Horrors Cast Announcement

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Congrats to the cast of Little Shop of Horrors, to be performed by Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance on October 19-28.  Get tickets now! Performed at SECCA.  All shows at 8 pm, except Sundays at 2 pm. FOR INFORMATION CALL 336.768.5655 Seymour: Gray Smith Audrey:  Cheri Van Loon Chiffon: Venessa Martinez Crystal:  Emily Snow Ronnette:  Cary Newberry Cherelle/Urchin # 4:  Nichelle Wright … Read More