Casting Announced for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Front & Centre is pleased to announce casting for their summer production of William Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.  Congratulations!  We look forward to working with all of you!

Puck………………………Savannah Humbertson

Oberon…………………..Gregory Stangel

Titania…………………….Kimberli Rowley

Lysander………………..Justice Sifford

Demetrius……………….Habtamu Anderson

Helena…………………….Aimee Conley

Hermia…………………….Victoria Mann

Theseus…………………..Timothy Bambera

Hippolyta/Fairy………….Emily Haworth

Nick Bottom……………..Austin James

Peter Quince……………Brittney Stakem

Tom Snout……………….Ryan Dickerson

Francis Flute……………Lisa-Anna Maust

Snug……………………….George Brown

NOTE:  We are still looking for a few more people to fill out the cast in supporting roles.  Please email us at frontandcentrestage@gmail.com if you are interested in auditioning.

Announcing the Cast of GREASE!

Front & Centre Stage is excited to announce the cast of our season opener, GREASE the Musical!

We had a great turnout for auditions and we cannot wait to work this talented group of performers!

Don’t miss the show playing May 12th – 21st at the Cumberland Theatre!

 

DANNY ZUKO…………………………………Jesse Wilson
SANDY DUMBROWSKI…………………… Aimee Conley
KENICKIE……………………………………….Clayton Muir
RIZZO……………………………………………Savannah Humbertson
DOODY………………………………………….Connor McCabe
FRENCHY……………………………………….Emmarose Day
ROGER………………………………………….Ben Childs
JAN……………………………………………….Sophie Davis
SONNY…………………………………………..Brendon McCabe
MARTY…………………………………………..Skylar Spanburgh
EUGENE………………………………………..Justice Courrier
PATTY SIMCOX………………………………Haley Geiger
MISS LYNCH………………………………….Carrie Wolford Watson
VINCE FONTAINE……………………………Stephen Gumtz
TEEN ANGEL…………………………………Hayden S Kline
CHA-CHA DEGREGARIO………………….Jazlyn Dawn Heeter

ENSEMBLE: Victoria Mann, Whitney O’Haver, Brielle Windle

F&C Offering ‘Singing Valentines’…book yours today!

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To help fund our ambitious 2017 theatrical season, Front & Centre Stage is offering Singing Valentines for the community!  Surprise your sweetheart at work, home or anywhere you would like with a special song, rose and candy!  Our talented singers are offering a choice of three different songs.  Book by calling 301.876.8694.  Give a gift that is truly unique!

Production Review for THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940

By Tom Valentine
It was a dark and stormy night….no, really. We are in the elegant drawing room of the Von Grossenknueten mansion…seriously. The wind howls outside, church bells 14856147_10155416909228696_6444047354495611016_oominously chime in the distance, the lights flicker and the room goes dark. What’s next…a murder?? Exactly!! This is just in the opening moments of the play, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”. And if one murder is not enough, wait around because the bodies begin to fall faster than the snow outside.
Front and Centre Stage is winding down their 2016 season with this comedy spoof that continues at The Cumberland Theater November 25,26,and 27 with all shows at 8 pm. It contains many of the campy elements, fun, and farce that audiences would expect – and they are not disappointed.
The brilliant set design , by Paul Chiarenza, includes secret passages, moving bookcases, period piece furniture, a body in the closet,  and flickering candles that all add to the atmosphere of the play.
 Also noteworthy are the authentic looking costumes for the authentic looking characters with smoking jackets, ascots, tuxedoes, berets, maid outfits, ugly bow ties, and flowing diva dresses.
With a large cast running around on stage, doors slamming, bookcases moving, and bodies dieing, Director Jordan Kline has his  hands full to make the timing and traffic patterns work. He does not disappoint.
Rather than try to summarize the intricate plot, be assured there are all the moments you would expect – the phone is dead…is she dead….secret codes….is he dead…disguises…mistaken identities…knives and meat cleavers….foreign accents….more mistaken identities…what do we do with the body…and finally (spoiler alert), catching the killer.
This is no ordinary killer either. “The Stage Door Slasher” has stalked this particular theater group and has obviously followed them to this remote setting.
The purposefully stereotyped characters are archetypes of stage and screen and when gathered together in the library by the Detective (“I suspect Miss Peacock in the library with the meat cleaver”), we don’t care if it all seems familiar – it adds to the humor of the evening.
Both Linda Julien and Kevin Shreve look like they just stepped off the back lot of a movie set. Shreve has a great character beard and presence while Julien is delightful as the rich and eccentric producer of shows. She is quite  flamboyant and the perfect hostess for this quaint and colorful collection of characters.
Robert Godfrey is pompous and egotistic as the dashing director and nice to see him once again on stage. Daniel Chambers adds authenticity as the music writer, especially when he sits at the grand piano and tinkles the ivories. As the Irish tenor O’Reilly (oh, really??) Bryan Murtha has to master several accents.
A love sub plot is played out by an unfunny comedian Kirk Yutzy with the ingenue with a past, Aimee Conley. Both work very well together.  Add a booze drinking Bernice (Heidi Gardner) and high class society matron (Beth Hilliker) and we have a fine ensemble that works well together with lots of interaction.
Brittney Stakem is both stoic and comical as Helsa, the German maid. She intimidates with her German accent as she struts and marches across the stage.
Stakem is a twin….or a triplet…is killed…or alive…is the murderer…or a victim…
 Confused? You won’t be after reserving tickets and seeing “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”. Note that there is no matinee performance. Tickets are available at the door or at   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-musical-comedy-murders-of-1940-tickets-29197322979

Casting Announced for ELF JR. the Musical

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Front & Centre Stage is pleased to announce their cast for the annual holiday musical! This year, we will be presenting ELF JR. the Musical.

Congratulations to the following young actors:

Buddy…………………………..Connor McCabe
Jovie…………………………….Haley  Geiger
Santa…………………………..Jaiden Courrier
Charlie………………………….Donny Ness
Shawanda…………………….Beth Clise
Walter Hobbs………………..Brendon McCabe
Emily Hobbs………………….Brielle Windle
Michael Hobbs………………Ian Donaway
Deb……………………………..Corinne Donaway
Mr. Greenway…………………Tai Baumann
Matthews……………………..Jacob Wilson
Chadwick……………………..Trevor McCabe
Charlotte Dennon…………..Emily Snyder
Ensemble: Jace Courrier,  Camryn Koppel, Katelynn Wilkinson,  Emmy Wilson,  Kyle Vogtman,  Karl Vogtman,  Collin Vogtman.

The show will be performed at the Embassy Theatre December 1st, 2nd, & 3rd at 7:00 pm and December 3rd & 4th at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are available by calling 240.580.3558.