It’s a new year, friends.
Ten new shows ready and waiting for us to jump in and get our hands dirty. It’s a great lineup, full of deformed fish people (Tempest), death by nursery rhyme (And Then There Were None), your retro iPod playlist (Respect), dancing gorillas (Cabaret)…and a ballet (Carousel). At this point in the process, I know about as much as you do about what these shows will look and sound like. One thing’s for sure, we have a solid bench of stage directors lined up who will put their mark on what we will see on opening night. Most of them are familiar names that you associate with many of our most successful productions, and some are new. Here is the team:
Jim Brigman, who earned a name for himself with the festival as a comic actor, returns to once again helm our free Shakepeare, The Tempest, after a successful directorial debut in 2010 with Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Lauran Stanis, who, along with Jim, was a member of the first season’s cast in 2004 and was both director and choreographer for last season’s Annie Get Your Gun, returns to us to work the same magic on RESPECT: The Musical Journey of Women.
Laura Brigham, one of the festival’s most prolific actors and directors, will be directing Lend Me a Tenor, which played a short run in early 2005, and, after many requests from patrons, returns as a summer mainstage.
Tim Seib, the creative force behind our productions of The Wizard of OZ, A Doll’s House, Lucky Stiff and last season’s Proof, will bring his prodigious talents to the final blockbuster of the season, Cabaret.
As I hinted at in the title for this post, there will be additional installments as our acting company comes into clearer focus. My plan is to keep you all abreast of the latest interesting news here at the festival so that you are well-informed by the time we reach curtain for Respect. Be sure to forward the link to the Festival 56 Blog on to anyone you know who follows the festival, and be sure to subscribe!
Also, be sure to check out our new website, www.festival56.com, for more information about the upcoming season, including show dates and special events. We are excited to announce that the site will be offering online ticket sales by the time the box office opens at the end of April. Let us know what you think by commenting on our facebook page!
Glad to have you back for Season Nine! Mystery, Magic and Murder!