Ever wondered what it's like to sit on the edge of your seat for the majority of a show out of excitement? Ever laughed and felt so bad for laughing at a hilarious yet terrible joke? Have you ever seen The Book Of Mormon? Yes! Everything was a yes for me, the Book of Mormon written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez three incredible authors was the strangest yet most creative you may ever see. You will feel hyped, sad, mad, and goofy all in one song.…Continue
As a high school senior, I've had my fair share of prom experiences by now. I've dealt with the gag-worthy drama, the magical dress-shopping, the awkward date, and the juicy gossip of who did what-where-when-why-how-and with whom the Monday after. I've also had my fair share of prom spin-offs that lack originality and seem stale. Blessed be the gods, however, because A Night In Olympus was NOT one of those lackluster, stale-bread prom shows. Olympus still dealt with…Continue
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When people think of Mormons, they might think of Utah, Mitt Romney, multiple wives, and a ban on caffeine. Many think of the very conservative lifestyle by which Mormonism is characterized. The musical The Book of Mormon, however, is anything but conservative; it is side-splittingly funny, full of sharp and no-stone-left-unturned humor, and pushes any and all boundaries beyond their breaking points. Debuting in 2011 as the brainchild of the South Park--infamous…Continue
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I am no stranger to The Book of Mormon. The musical that is, not the sacred text. I have listened to the soundtrack countless numbers of times, learned all the curse words I needed to know, and set off on my merry way. About 4 years ago I saw the The Book of Mormon when it went on national tour and was blown away. This week I came back to the very same Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, and noticed many things that had not reached my finely tuned-musical-theatre-radar before.…Continue
The Book of Mormon is full of unapologetic humor, which had me falling off my seat with uncontrollable laughter. As we all know The Book of Mormon was Hamilton five years ago. The only difference is that The Book of Mormon comes to Minnesota numerous times. This musical is about a prodigy student in the Mormon Church, Elder Price (Ryan Bondy), who goes off on his mission trip to spread the word of God around the world. Price gets paired up with another Elder who seems to know nothing of The…Continue
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As Book of Mormon was opening, I’ll admit I was worried. I had high hopes, and the doorbell first number, Hello!, wasn't grabbing me as I had hoped. Instead, it felt campy and forced. That is, until Cody Jamison Strand showed up as Elder Cunningham, a character trying his absolute best but not exactly succeeding. This schtick gets even better when his seemingly flawless counterpart, Elder Price, shows up and reveals his dream Mormon mission…Continue
The Book of Mormon
They Had Me from Hello
I just want to start off by saying, if you get offended easily this will not be the show for you. When you’re watching if the thought “oh they’re not going to go there” occurs to you then, yeah, they’re going there. The show was written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park. They do seem to reign in some of their usual infantile nature to produce a more mature show. That…Continue
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The Book of Mormon is a Broadway musical of epic proportions and a reputation that precedes it. The nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical opened on Broadway in 2011 to high praise and now has sold-out audiences across the nation.
It’s understandable then that as I walked into the Orpheum Theatre May 10th my expectations were high. A prior fan of the show myself, I was apprehensive to see how a new group of actors would live up to the precedent set by the original…Continue
In today’s society, more and more religions are being understood and accepted by different people. While this is a great thing, there is one religion that I can’t wrap my head around: Mormonism. It seems that I am not alone in my confusion, because creators of The Book of Mormon (the musical) Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone made the musical specifically to poke fun at the morals of the Mormon…Continue
Warning: Faces are susceptible to soreness the morning after a night of nonstop laughter and smiling. This was true for me after I saw The Book of Mormon, playing at the Orpheum until May 29. Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical. The show tells the hilarious story of Elders Price and Cunningham as they are sent on their mission to Uganda. Filled…Continue
“The Book of Mormon,” an astonishing musical written by the writers of South Park, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, left me speechless in my seat from the moment the Angel Moroni (Daxton Bloomquist) began talking. This story follows a Mormon missionary, Kevin Price (Ryan Bondy), as he sets off on his two-year mission to Uganda with his new “best friend” Arnold Cunningham (Cody Jamison Strand). Along the way, Elder Price realizes that the Church isn’t about being selfish – the way…Continue
Prom night, Greek gods, and music combine in A Night in Olympus. The famed Jeffrey Hatcher, Bill Corbett, and Chan Poling have collaborated to bring a new show to the Illusion Theater, and the result is a funny and irreverent musical with the classic “be careful what you wish for” setup.…Continue
Whether it’s good or bad, prom is always memorable...even out in the middle of nowhere. In fact, that’s where interesting things like learning the faculty are actually gods happen. A Night in Olympus, written by Jeff Hatcher and Bill Corbett, is the story of a teenage girl who wants her dream night at prom. She learns that her teacher is actually the goddess Venus, who gives her the beauty to go to prom. And that’s where things go awry. It’s the age…Continue
Night at Olympus was such a modernized show all about high school and gods. Surprising mix I know... but in this show it works. You follow the life of Maggie an awkward teen who isn't confident in her skin, later you see her become someone knew.. Someone viewed as better. The whole show is leading up to the prom. Walking into the theater you see a very plain stage except for the build board looking painting in the very back with a drawing of a farmland and a blue sky full of…Continue
Second only to New York when it comes to theatre seats per capita, it’s no wonder that every year dozens of shows make their world premier in the Twin Cities. Joining these show this season is A Night in Olympus, with a book by Jeffrey Hatcher and Bill Corbett and lyrics and music by Chan Poling.
A Night in Olympus is the story of shy and geeky high schooler, Maggie and her zombie loving best friend, Harry. Much to the…Continue
A night at Olympus took the typical story of a wish gone wrong and turned it on it’s head. This story starts at a high school in the middle of nowhere, with ominus lighting and a minimalist set. We’re introduced to the characters, both students and teachers, played by a double cast. While confusing at first they made great work of costumes to make character differences quick and easy.
We meet a girl named Maggie, shy and covered in bundles of…Continue
This is a proud time for Minnesotans in the performance field. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher and Composer and lyricist Chan Poling have created a musical to engaging, it should soon be on broadway.
A night in Olympus is the story of Maggie, a senior at Olympus High in Olympus, Indiana. Maggie and her Zombie-obsessed, best friend, Harry, are planning a zombie movie marathon for the night of prom. Meanwhile, Maggie dreams of going to prom with Chad,…Continue
One of the greatest experiences a theater-goer can have in their life, is to be one of the first to witness a show. This was an experience I got to live as I saw the opening night production of the Illusion Theater’s A Night in Olympus. I was excited to see the show, but wasn’t expecting much more than some one-liners and a few catchy tunes. I thought I was going to see just a fun production, but I was given a Titan of a show, leaving me pleasantly…Continue
From auditions in January, to performance in May. The cast and crew of Thoroughly Modern Millie at Jefferson High School have been working tirelessly to make the performances happen. Suzanne Graff Gomes, the director of the show has had quite a job on her hands. With a cast of over 50, Suzanne wrangled this extremely talented cast into a performance to be very proud of.
Thomas Jefferson High School performed Thoroughly Modern Millie, May 4th…Continue
Normally when you go to a high school play, you don't expect it to be broadway quality. Mary Poppins, performed at Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Minnesota came pretty close. I was blown away by the quality of the show. Of course, there were some snags, as there are in every show. Overall, the show was a joy to attend.
John F. Kennedy High School performed Mary Poppins from April 28th to 30th,…Continue