Four Weddings and an Elvis

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Come enjoy four weddings in Las Vegas with the King himself! This musical comedy is a treat for the whole family.

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Never ones to shirk from a challenge, The Glendale Centre Theatre has bravely marched into the topsy turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan and emerged triumphant. The inspired silliness of “The Pirates of Penzance” is running through April 30 and is worth more than the price of a ticket.

I started laughing during the Overture. Even the music is funny. The high-energy entrance of the pirate band and the subsequent hilarious entrance of the Major General's daughters keep the action moving along at a breakneck pace. The plot is ridiculous, which is, of course, the whole point. Everyone on stage, while treating this absurdity with appropriate seriousness, seems to be having as good a time as those of us in the audience.

Whimsically directed by Zoe Bright, and choreographed with great wit and humor by Paul Reid, two dozen performers at a time somehow manage to dance and move on the relatively small stage without a problem.

The music is beautifully sung. All of the voices on stage sound superb and it is difficult to imagine Sir Arthur Sullivan's music being performed better.

The cast is almost uniformly marvelous. The principals, Craig Sherman (Major General Stanley), Nick Waaland (The Pirate King), Peter Easton (Frederic), Elizabet Manchola (Ruth), Philip McBride (Sergeant of Police) and Andreas Pantaz (Samuel) tackle their roles with great aplomb. And the male and female ensembles are simply wonderful.

I must single out Devon Davidson (Mabel) for special praise. Not only is she exceptionally pretty, but she possesses a beautiful voice with an extraordinary range, which she skillfully uses for both comic and musical purposes. I think that if this were 80 years ago, she would be challenging Kathryn Grayson for a spot in the MGM family.

My face still hurts from smiling

sweet - Morris Schorr


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Never ones to shirk from a challenge, The Glendale Centre Theatre has bravely marched into the topsy turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan and emerged triumphant. The inspired silliness of “The Pirates of Penzance” is running through April 30 and is worth more than the price of a ticket.

I started laughing during the Overture. Even the music is funny. The high-energy entrance of the pirate band and the subsequent hilarious entrance of the Major General's daughters keep the action moving along at a breakneck pace. The plot is ridiculous, which is, of course, the whole point. Everyone on stage, while treating this absurdity with appropriate seriousness, seems to be having as good a time as those of us in the audience.

Whimsically directed by Zoe Bright, and choreographed with great wit and humor by Paul Reid, two dozen performers at a time somehow manage to dance and move on the relatively small stage without a problem.

The music is beautifully sung. All of the voices on stage sound superb and it is difficult to imagine Sir Arthur Sullivan's music being performed better.

The cast is almost uniformly marvelous. The principals, Craig Sherman (Major General Stanley), Nick Waaland (The Pirate King), Peter Easton (Frederic), Elizabet Manchola (Ruth), Philip McBride (Sergeant of Police) and Andreas Pantaz (Samuel) tackle their roles with great aplomb. And the male and female ensembles are simply wonderful.

I must single out Devon Davidson (Mabel) for special praise. Not only is she exceptionally pretty, but she possesses a beautiful voice with an extraordinary range, which she skillfully uses for both comic and musical purposes. I think that if this were 80 years ago, she would be challenging Kathryn Grayson for a spot in the MGM family.

My face still hurts from smiling

sweet - Morris Schorr