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Impossible, Improbable

Theater, by its definition, is fake. Recreating or inventing stories is purely what it has always been for centuries and centuries. I like to believe that theatre is magic. It is what makes the impossible, possible. It lets us experience a world where things are a bit more sparkly, a bit less unattainable. Except if it’s A Chorus Line. The national tour of Cinderella at the Orpheum in Minneapolis made not only the impossible possible, but my third Tuesday of senior year a bit…


Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on September 10, 2015 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

It's possible to create a musical with an amazing book that's also beautiful


In true fairytale fashion, the fairy godmother says the word, and with a spin of true theatre magic (are we absolutely sure it is not real fairy dust?) a poor girl becomes a beautiful princess in mere seconds right before our eyes. Really hitting home the classic connotation of Cinderella as a rags to riches story, and the storytelling in this show was definitely rich.

First of all, this two and a half hour…


Added by Amy Walus on September 10, 2015 at 12:27pm — 2 Comments


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     Cinderella is a classic fairy-tale of poofy dresses, a pretty princess, animals that dance, an evil stepmother, and dreams that come true.  Ever since 1950 when Cinderella was taken by the man himself, Walt Disney, she has been a princess icon, but let’s not forget her roots- a European folk-tale, later turned into a movie, later turned into a musical.

     Rodgers and…


Added by Jolie Olson on September 9, 2015 at 11:45pm — 2 Comments

Four Seasons To Love

Silhouetted chain link, back lit by a night sky, and a spotlight on four young men, singing under a lamp post, unknowing of what is in store for their musical careers. One of the stunning images that encompasses the show, “Jersey Boys,” which returned to Minneapolis this Tuesday, much to the delight of many fans of The Four Seasons. This show, a jukebox musical (with all the typical symptoms) may perhaps be worth much of the hype, a show comprised of a stunning balance of…


Added by Amy Walus on April 30, 2015 at 9:03pm — 3 Comments

I'll Stick With Vivaldi

Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Put the four together and what do you have? The four seasons. But the four divisions of the year are not the seasons we focus on today.

                Bob. Tommy. Nick. Frankie. These are the four seasons whose story is told in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, currently playing at the Orpheum Theater. Yet another jukebox musical (few famous bands remain musicalless), Jersey Boys follows the story of Frankie Valli and his three band…


Added by Matthew Maxam on April 30, 2015 at 11:55pm — 2 Comments

Jersey Boys

With catchy, well known songs and a decent story for a jukebox musical Jersey Boys is definitely a crowd pleaser. If you are a fan of the music of The Four Seasons or music of that time period really, Jersey Boys is the show for you. The show is chock full of songs, so without enjoying the music the show will probably not be a good experience.



Added by Karen Kenison on May 1, 2015 at 2:47am — 2 Comments

Who Loves You...???

                A metal bridge. Long, narrow, magnificent, and dark the bridge stood. A metal bridge was all that stood on stage before the show Jersey Boys began on Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theater. A musical based on the story of how Tommy DeVito (Matthew Dailey), Nick Massi (Keith Hines), Frankie Valli (Hayden Milanes), and Bob Gaudio (Drew Seeley) came together to form the musical group The Four Seasons and the struggles they faced along their way to success. Jersey…


Added by Ryan Lenard on April 30, 2015 at 11:44pm — 2 Comments

"Oh, What a Night" at Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys chronicles the lives of Four Seasons members, Frankie Valli (Hayden Milanes), Tommy DeVito (Matthew Dailey), Nick Massi (Keith Hines) and Bob Gaudio (Drew Seeley).  The show follows the bands journey from the streets of Jersey to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Each member of the band gets a chance to tell part of their experience. Through Tommy DeVito’s eyes we see the very beginning, how the whole band came together. Bob Gaudio shows us some of the creative…


Added by Anne Boatman on April 30, 2015 at 8:41pm — 2 Comments

Can Take My Eyes Off of You

I have recently taken the ACT for the second time in my high school career, and one of the most common problems on the math section is a way to measure different combinations. You simply multiply the number of things times the number of combinations are you are on your way to as close to the 36 as your sleep-deprived- hormonal mind will take you. I found myself calculating during Jersey Boys the possible amount of…


Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on April 30, 2015 at 4:44pm — 2 Comments

"Jersey Boys" Rocks!

If you go see Jersey Boys, which started its run at the Orpheum theatre to a near sold out crowd on Tuesday night, here’s what might happen:


You’ll see a set that, when you first take your seat, seems unimpressive, showing a framework of metal, a catwalk, and a blank backdrop. But when the show starts you’ll see that while it might be minimal, it’s not at all lacking. The screen shows pop art true to…


Added by Jane Pena on April 29, 2015 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

Jersey Boys are the Best Boys

In complete honesty, I had no idea who or what the Jersey Boys were as I took my seat in the Orpheum theater. I, in my teenage ignorance, had never heard of the Four Seasons or Frankie Valli, giving me no ideas as what to expect. However, from the first moment the show began I realized I was in for a fabulous night of incredible singing and fascinating stories. Jersey Boys, playing at the Orpheum through May 3rd, is a show sure to knock your socks off. 

One thing that…


Added by Sonya Yermishkin on April 30, 2015 at 1:48am — 2 Comments

Annie Is Showing Signs of Aging

Grace Peterson


Annie Is Showing Signs of Aging

          A hesitant trumpet squeezes out the melody of…


Added by Grace Peterson on April 3, 2015 at 1:30am — 2 Comments


President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sat with his Cabinet despairing over the state of the United States. The Seal of the President of the United States loomed over the Cabinet, a constant reminder of their duty to their country. Millions of citizens were unemployed. Factories were shutting down left and right. Annie the loveable orphan, who was sitting in on the meeting could take it no more. She stood up and changed the mood with one of most well-known songs in Broadway history. The sun…


Added by Jenna Fischer on April 2, 2015 at 11:28pm — 2 Comments


As the curtains opens and the music dies down, you are met with the sad group of orphan girls who end up making quite a ruckus during the night’s thunderstorm. And who better to come and save the day but everyones favorite red haired orphan, Annie, who sets everything right. Elaborate with only her red hair, red jacket, and optimistic attitude during the Great Depression, she sticks out among the girls as a leader. And perhaps with this leader atmosphere and self assuredness…


Added by Ruby Regan on April 2, 2015 at 10:43pm — 2 Comments

Annie-I Think I'm Going To Like It Here

 I entered the Orpheum Theater without any prior knowledge to the show Annie other than that it has the iconic number “Tomorrow” and Annie’s red dress.  I expected the show to be a family-friendly festival of cuteness.  It was.  The classic story follows an 11-year old orphan named Annie who lives in an orphanage with seven other children who all suffer under the evil Miss Hannigan.  She is “adopted” by a rich billionaire for two weeks and goes to…


Added by Alex King on April 2, 2015 at 9:18pm — 2 Comments


In the midst of our nation’s worst depression struggling Americans unite in Hoovervilles scavenging for resources to survive. Political leaders searched similarly for solutions, but not in a similar setting. A broad-shouldered, bald man enters to face the president and his emotionally glum cabinet dressed in dull shades hand-in-hand with an eleven-year-old girl. Wearing a white dress showing bright blue accenting, this contrastingly cheery red head is able to completely transform a…


Added by Sydney Larson on April 2, 2015 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Oh Boy!

                     When you are preparing for a show, you are given blocking by your director. Blocking that may feel awkward, but you have to abide to either way. You learn to make it feel natural. The movements in this production of Annie were left raw and unpolished. Nothing about this production seemed natural to me. The orphan’s voices were painfully forced to the point where I’d blame my migraine on them. These sad attempts at making everyone…


Added by Lexi Torrez on April 2, 2015 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

Leapin' Lizards That Show Was Good

A grey scale of shanty houses and a bowl of stew heating over a garbage can, were shaddowed overhead by an impressive silhouette of the Brooklyn bridge, which seemed to reach out into the audience. A grey scale, overtaken by the optimism that belonged to a familiar little-red headed girl. Smart, sassy, and always dressed with a smile, Annie (played by Issie Swickle) could sing her way into any audience member’s heart. This image of a broken America was one of the fabulous…


Added by Amy Walus on April 2, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Oh My Goodness!

Ta-da!  In the elegant arches of the Orpheum’s grand proscenium lies a show that is seemingly too big for the stage.  From the smallest atom of the painted scrims to the furrowed brow of Daddy Warbucks, Annie uses all aspects of theatre in order to keep this ancient show alive and kicking.     

Annie is considered by…


Added by Noah Coon on April 2, 2015 at 2:58pm — 2 Comments

"Something Was Missing"

           “It’s a hard knock life for us.”  If us means the audience, then yes.  Annie is the story of an orphan who wants nothing more than to find a family.  In order to get what she wants, she ditches her friends, her dog, and even Mr. Warbucks for a couple who…


Added by Jolie Olson on April 1, 2015 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments


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