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Defying the Stereotype

I didn’t want to like Wicked. I really didn’t. Those theatre kids who love Wicked are always grouped together as a stereotype that I did not want to be associated. However, I now know why Wicked is spoken so highly of. Every aspect of the production flowed together to create something powerful and beautiful. Having never seen the show before, I was expecting a cookie-cutter-copy of what I’ve heard…


Added by Grace Whiting on April 15, 2017 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Matilda- A Childhood Fantasy Come to Life

Every story told is geared toward a certain audience, whether that be children or adults, however very few successfully target them all. Matilda the Musical is one of the exceptions. The touching story of a young girl’s abusive upbringing combined with the catchy music and incredible choreography by Peter Darling makes this a captivating show for any age.

From the moment I entered the theatre, I was immediately drawn…


Added by Grace Whiting on March 30, 2017 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

The King and I is Something Wonderful

Roger’s and Hammerstein’s “The King and I”, set in the 1860s, follows Anna Leonowens on her new life in Siam as a school teacher to the King’s children. She serves as a mother figure and worldly advisor for the children and people of the kingdom who are naive to the King’s false teachings of the world.

Unproudly, I hardly know any classical musicals so I went into this relatively unfamiliar, knowing only what I had learned from rehearsal videos…


Added by Grace Whiting on March 2, 2017 at 12:38am — 1 Comment

The Name of the Game is Not "Mama Mia"

In my opinion, there are three substantial “musts” for any good show- strong tech, strong energy, and a strong leading role. Unfortunately, Mama Mia lacked all three. From the moment Sophie Sheridan, played by Lizzie Markson, entered the stage and began to sing, I was immediately disappointed by the casting choice. I give Markson credit for maintaining Sophie’s youthful spunk and naiveness, her over-acting made Sophie unlikeable from the…


Added by Grace Whiting on February 9, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Saving All my Love for The Bodyguard

Walking into the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis last night, there appeared to be a mutual lack of excitement coming from the students walking around before the start of The Bodyguard. I didn’t know much about the show at all, having never seen the movie, and I don’t listen to much Whitney Houston, so, unlike every other show this season, I really had no idea what to expect. When the initial gunshot went off, I was terrified and riveted and immediately pulled into the…


Added by Grace Whiting on January 13, 2017 at 12:15am — 2 Comments

(Wel)Come to the Fun Home!

Fun Home, running December 13 through the 18 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, was as much sweet, upbeat, and inspirational as it was heavy, touching, and saddening. Alison Bechdel’s story is too important not to be interpreted correctly, and with few exceptions, director Sam Gold did an excellent job of bring Alison’s story to the stage and inspiring the audience.

Throughout the story, Alison Bechdel, excellently portrayed by Kate Shindle,…


Added by Grace Whiting on December 27, 2016 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime- An Important Show With an Important Message

Anyone involved in theatre has either watched or been a part of a production that had lots of potential but absolutely did not come together successfully. In this day and age there are so many important issues that need to be addressed, but if they are done wrong, the entire meaning is lost. Whether it be bad acting or a poorly-written script, successfully conquering theatre with an important message can be difficult and rare. This was absolutely not the case for The Curious…


Added by Grace Whiting on December 1, 2016 at 6:38pm — 2 Comments

Cabaret- It Could Have Pleased Me More

The magic of theatre is an experience unlike no other. It gives you the power to be transported into another time and place, allowing you to completely let go and become somebody else for two hours. Despite its powerful message, the touring production of Cabaret, directed by BT McNicholl, failed to provide this experience, and the unengaged audience did not help.

I went in with…


Added by Grace Whiting on October 20, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments


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