The first year students in the Radio and Broadcast News Department at The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Alberta, Canada, are in the middle of a run of my play, A Family Reunion to Die For, which began on April 15 and closes on April 24. I hope they have a successful production.
Even though the production of Godspell that I directed at The Kelsey Theatre closed on Sunday, the producers at M & M Stage Productions thought it would be wonderful to give back to the community and provide a little entertainment for the residents of a local senior care center. The cast gathered together on Thursday night one final time to sing a few songs from the score. There wasn’t enough space to really perform any choreography and the accompanist was different than normal, but the residents didn’t seem to notice any flubs. The small audience gathered in a semicircle and clapped along while nurses passed around fruit punch and popcorn. I’m sure many of the residents who were unable to leave their beds also heard the performance, because let me tell you, that cast was loud.
So now it’s official: Godspell is over. What to do for the rest of the summer…?
Enjoy this clip of We Beseech Thee (led by Wesley Cappiello) from the senior center performance.
Now that my production of Godspell (which I directed for M & M Stage Productions at The Kelsey Theatre) has closed, I’ve been enjoying looking at the pictures and video clips I managed to snag while I was watching the show from the back of the theatre. My favorite moment from the show was the beautiful song By My Side. I knew from the start that I wanted the staging of this song to be simple so the audience could focus on the very poetic lyrics. The young actress who leads the song is named Molly Karlin, and I couldn’t be more moved by the powerful performance she delivered.
I haven’t posted in a few weeks because I’ve been so busy with Godspell, which I’m directing for M & M Stage Productions at The Kelsey Theatre. The show opened this past Friday after a grueling tech week. The production came together nicely, and I’m proud of what everyone involved has accomplished.
Enjoy this video of the song All Good Gifts from the production: