Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Christmas Story Cast

We are so excited to start a NEW holiday tradition in the Triangle this December with Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy and Broadway Series South!

We held auditions in July and are happy to announce a cast list comprised of the best local talent in the Raleigh area.

T. Philip Caudle: Ralph Parker
Carter Godwin: Randy
Carly Grissom: Roxanne
Hannah Hoskins: Mary Francis
Riley Hough: Scut Farkas
Nicholas Kraft: Brucie
Ethan Mohlmann: Grover Dill
Langdon Ogburn: Ralphie Parker
Michael Perez: Flick
Ahmad Ratliff: Schwartz
Katie Regittko: Helen Weathers
Alexa Robertson: Esther Jane Alberry
Sandi Sullivan: Miss Shields
Lauren Toney: Sarah
Andrea Schulz Twiss: Mother
Isabelle Twiss: Dottie
Bill Yates, Jr: Old Man
Collin Yates: William
Riley Yates: Winnie

A Christmas Story runs December 7-24 in Fletcher Opera Theater. Click here for tickets!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Little Shop of Horrors Cast List

Little Shop of Horrors runs September 18-26 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in downtown Raleigh, and will be directed by NCT artistic director, Casey Hushion. If you don't have tickets to this show yet, buy them now!

Here is a little bit of information about our fabulous cast...

NOAH PUTTERMAN* (Seymour) is thrilled and grateful to be back home at NC Theatre! NCT/Kids on Broadway: Chess, Wizard of Oz, South Pacific, Blood Brothers, Children of Eden, Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Oliver, Joseph…Dreamcoat; Hope Summer Rep: Into the Woods (the Baker), A Year with Frog and Toad (Frog); Hot Summer Nights: Personals; Delta Boys: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig). A Raleigh native, Noah graduated from Enloe High School. Training: University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program.

GINA MILO* (Audrey) is thrilled to be making her NC Theatre debut with this fantastic cast! Broadway: Les Misérables (Eponine performed), Tours: Les Misérables, Annie ( Lily u/s) Best Little Whorehouse...(Ruby Rae) Off Broadway: For Christ’s Sake (Mary) New World Stages, Plagued (Cinderella) NYMF, Sorority Queen (Trudy) Soho Playhouse, Regional: For the Glory (Sara) Flatrock Playhouse, Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy),Das Barbecu (Brunhilde) and Lucky Stiff (Anabelle) at MSW, Little Shop (Audrey) at both Casa Manana and the Engeman. TV: As the World Turns ( Mary Lou).

STEPHEN BERGER* (Mushnik) Broadway: Little Me, Laughter on the 23rd, Floor, True West, The Dinner Party, Into the Woods and The Pajama Game. Off Broadway: Wonderful Town (NYC Opera), Being Audrey, A New Brain, That’s Life, Hellow Muddah, Hello Fadduh, Isn’t It Romantic and Nite Club Confidential. National Tours: Annie, Rumors and Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera. Regional Theatre: Denver Center Theatre Center, Fulton Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Cleveland Playhouse, Stage West, George Street Playhouse, Papermill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Walnut Street Theatre,Berkshire Theatre Festival ,John W. Engeman Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Television: Several appearances on Law & Order.

EVAN CASEY* (Orin and Everybody Else) is pleased to be making his North Carolina Theatre debut. New York: River's End (NYMF). Recent credits include: Ford’s Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (Orin and Everybody Else), Olney Theatre: Camelot (Mordred), Round House Theatre: Lord of the Flies (Jack). Regional credits include: Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre 2ndstage, New London Barn Playhouse. Film: Treasure Hunt, Jargon. TV: Missing Person’s Unit, Stage Fright. Training: Catholic University, London Dramatic Academy. Teaching: National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, Round House Theatre. Other: Capitol Steps.

REBECCA COVINGTON* (Street Urchin/Ronnette) info coming soon...

PARKER FITZGERALD* (Audrey II Manipulator) is thrilled to making his debut at the North Carolina Theatre. He is reprising his role as the puppeteer from last year’s Little Shop at the Bass Hall in Fort Worth Texas. In Fort Worth, he is a theatre student at Texas Wesleyan University. Some of his other roles include Huck Finn in Big River at Theatre Arlington and Senor Pirelli at the university.

MICHAEL JAMES LESLIE* (Voice of Audrey II) is Cornell Law graduate who made his theatrical debut in the 1977 Broadway revival of Hair. He then became the Lion in the original Broadway production of The Wiz repeating that role on tour. Michael originated the role of The Voice of the Plant in Little Shop of Horrors in Los Angeles, London, (Olivier Award for Best Musical,) and the recent Broadway production and National Tour. In December 2005, Michael was nominated Best Supporting Actor by the Denver Post Ovation Awards for the National Broadway Tour of Little Shop of Horrors. Recently, Michael was nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Musical or Revue for Once on this Island at the Marriott Lincolnshire by the Black Theater Alliance of Chicago.

NATALIE RENEE* (Street Urchin/Crystal) is pleased to be making her NCT debut! National Tour: Hairspray (Dynamite), Rent (Seasons of Love Soloist/ Mrs. J). Regional: Aida (Aida), Ragtime (Sarah), Beehive (Jasmine), Hair (Dionne), Big River (Alice’s Daughter), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal, Casa Manana), The Wedding Singer (Gateway Playhouse), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gateway Playhouse).

DANIELLE K. THOMAS* (Street Urchin/Chiffon) is happy to be here! Howard Grad (cum laude). Broadway: Avenue Q (final cast), Off Broadway: Avenue Q, National Tours: Avenue Q, Cinderella, European Tours: Hair, Little Shop, Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional: Burn the Floor, Suessical, Big River Film: CROOKLYN, Pop Foul (received Bend Film Festival: Best Supporting Actress Award-07') TV: Rescue Me.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Patron Testimonial

We attended the student preview of Annie. It was simply magnificent. I saw Annie three times during the original Broadway run. I was fortunate enough to see Miss McArdle as that sweet little girl with that huge voice who captured New York, so it was a real treat to see her play Miss Hannigan.

The principals, Mr. Newman as Warbucks and Ms. McArdle and Miss English as Annie delivered a brilliant performances. They so completely engaged the audience that one might have overlooked the standout chorus. But one couldn't. Hard Knock Life, an American classic, was made fresh and new and sparkling by your orphan chorus. This production's turn on Hooverville crept beneath the skin with its haunting images of good people broken by bad times. I have never seen it performed so powerfully.

One could really carry on about every chorus number in the show. From Annie's introduction to Warbucks' mansion, to FDR and his cabinet, to the NBC Studio and Your Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, including the orphan's reprise, the chorus was superb. That so many of the cast members have their roots in NC Theatre and its school speaks volumes for your organization.

NC Theatre's ability to assemble such a wonderful production is unparalleled. We have been in attendance for the past three seasons and continue to be dazzled. I look forward to each production, and I always expect to see a great show. But, each time, the productions surpass even my elevated expectations. I've been spoiled by your success.

Thank you for sharing these great musical theatre experiences with us.


Hank Barsanti

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