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Upon entering the Orpheum on Tuesday, the stage was already set in a maritime fashion. As the soon-to-be audience entered, they were free to look out on a stage lit with beige and aqua. This being a clear yet abstract representation of the Greek beaches that make up the setting of Mamma Mia!, the iconic musical each patron was about to experience. Mamma Mia is a story revolving around Sophie Sheridan’s (Lizzie Markson)…Continue
This movie made musical The Body Guard was showing at the Orpheum from January from the 10th to the 15th, and it was quite endearing and enjoyable to watch. The romance between Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) and her body guard Frank Farmer (Judson Mills) is heartwarming, though it is not without suspense. The whole time the danger of her stalker looms in the background of their fairy tale (Jorge Paniagua). It was not without flaws, but it was entertaining. The musical abilities in this show…Continue
Mama Mia is a classic to go see in theatre, and always leaves the crowds satisfied. On February 7th at the Orpheum theatre this rendition was no exception, that is why I always urge to take a chance on this musical. One of the classics, this musical brings a lifelong tale of romance with a twist. Sophie’s wedding is coming up, and her mother is driving herself crazy with preparation, but little does she know her sanity will really be put to…Continue
The Orpheum Theatre has brought a production called Shen Yun to its stage. Shen Yun is a performance that was created to celebrate the rich 5,000 years of Chinese history. It incorporates classical Chinese dance, traditional Chinese vocal technique, and a unique, live orchestra together bring pieces that are centered around Chinese culture and history. It is amazing that this organization exists at all. Artists from around the world gathered to create Shen Yun in…Continue
Emma MeentsNewsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and InspirationSimple stories about the "little guy" can be so much bigger than what lies beneath the surface. This is what one is left with as the stage…Continue
TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue
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SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew.
This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.