Friday, March 9, 2007

On stage this weekend

Lansing Civic Players

LCP is opening its musical Friday night. Dan Pappas is directing Stephen Sondheim's Gypsy. The cast of 30 is filled with a lot of new names and faces along with such favorites as Gordon Hicks and Joe Quick. Shows are this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., repeating next weekend. They perform at Hannah Community Center.

I adore Sondheim and am looking forward to seeing this musical over the weekend.

The Gate

The musical theater ensemble at The Gate Performing Arts Center in East Lansing has three more performances of Once On This Island. The troupe of 13 to 19 year olds are performing tonight at 8 p.m. and then at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday.

I was recently awed by the dance ensemble's performance of The Dispossessed and am looking forward to seeing what the musical ensemble does this evening. There's a lot of talent in this school, talent that I think we'll be hearing more of in the years to come.

Williamston Theatre

There is no excuse not to see Williamston Theatre's Fully Committed. It's the beauty of having a six-week run of every show. There's lots of time to get there.

Williamston Theatre just opened last year and they've been doing some incredible work. Every show I've seen out there has had superb performances and this show is no exception. I didn't care for the story arc in this particular script, but that didn't detract from how delightfully entertaining it was and the superb jobs that actor Aral Gribble and Director Tony Caselli have done.

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