St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Osteis is expanding its musical program under the direction of Joe Dudzinski with a community theater project with the music studio, starting this weekend with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 4 p.m. May 14 at the Church, 241 Wianno Ave., Osterville. Max Teplansky plays Joseph, Bridget Williams is the narrator, and a cast of over 20 is featured.
Tickets are $30 and $15 and can be purchased by calling the church at 508-428-3561 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday or via Venmo at Joseph_Dudzinski_1 or by calling him at 508-332-8702. Information: www.stpeterscape-cod.org.
‘St. Francis’ opens in Cotuit
Cotuit Center for the Arts has postponed the opening date for the regional premiere of “St. Francis,” written by star Miranda Jonté, to May 12, so it’s the first weekend for the play about a veterinarian who runs now a dog rescue in California and is about to be kicked out by an incoming Starbucks.
The vet desperately searches for a new building for her no-kill shelter. The play, says director Jason Mellin, is about “how we shape and are shaped by our community”, and about love and dogs. The cast will also include Mellin, Emma Fitzpatrick, Roger and Gaylene Eidsaune, and Laszlo the rescue dog (the Black Box Theatre’s first canine actor).
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on May 12-14, 19-22, and 26-27, as well as at 2 p.m. on May 15, 22, and 29 at the Morton and Vivian Sigel Black Box Theater at the center, 4404 Route 28. Tickets and information : https://artsonthecape.org/explore/st-francis.
“In the woods”
By Barbara Clark
Written by: Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book); directed by Donna Wresinski with musical direction by Pam Wannie; performed by Eventide Theater Company
What is it about : This musical fantasy focuses on some of the fairy tales that involve the classic search for bliss forever, a theme that evolves instead into the admonition “be careful what you wish for”. The depth and spirit of Sondheim’s extraordinary musical legacy is perfectly captured here, combining the adventures of iconic Brothers Grimm characters as they journey through the woods on their personal quests, only to learn that their choices have consequences. dark, and some cannot be undone. .
To see or not: Wresinski’s stunning, high-energy production captured Cape Cod’s best talent under one roof in a wondrous ensemble, as characters prepare to grant a wish, break a curse, or get rich. Each performer on stage stands out, with lead roles played by Steve Ross (narrator, Mysterious Man), Madison Mayer (Cinderella) Jake Venet (Jack), Anthony Teixeira (The Baker), Holly Hansen (The Baker’s Wife), Rebecca Riley (Little Red Riding Hood) Sara Bleything (The Witch), Hope O’Conor (Rapunzel) and Beau Jackett and Alex Valentine as princes.
Strong points: Sets (by designer and technical director Guy Trudeau) and costumes (by Brian Simons and Cindy Parker) star alongside the performers. Exceptional lighting and special effects stand out for their impeccable and precise delivery, inventiveness and simply beauty. Greg Hamm designed the lighting, executed by Vickie Marchant, with Toby Wilson and Jackett behind the sound design.
Interesting fact: The original 1987 Broadway production won Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Outstanding Lyrics. Unlike many shows in which musical numbers provide simple diversion and entertainment, here song lyrics blend with spoken lines to form the actual narrative, as the characters tell their stories of loyalty, revenge, love and quest.
To note: The show begins and ends with “I wish”, but the granted wishes come with unexpected twists. Cinderella just wants to attend the ball, but her prince may turn out to be a little less charming. Jack sets out to sell the family cow and ends up with a handful of beans. The childless baker and his wife want to start a family, but must contend with a gnarly witch with her own agenda.
One more thing : As the characters come to see the unfortunate consequences of their individual pursuits, they are inspired to come together to save themselves and their community. The musical effectively delivers the lesson that “no one is alone” and collective action may in fact be the magic ticket out of the woodwork.
If you are going to: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 22 at the Gertrude Lawrence Stage of Dennis Union Church, 713 Main Street, Dennis. $35; 508-233-2148; www.eventidearts.org.
“Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses”
By Barbara Clark
Written by: Michael Parker and Susan Parker; directed by Marti Baker; presented by Barnstable Comedy Club
What is it about : You name it, it happens, as confusion triumphs in this classic farce set at Lovers’ Landing Beach Hotel on the Gulf Coast. Room mix-ups, mistaken identities, and illegal shenanigans interrupt ongoing pre-wedding planning, as Uncle Bubba assumes the identity of hotel wedding planner Madame Coco, and plans go awry in every direction. corners of the seaside place.
To see or not: Witty dialogue and an engaging script grease the action, and a cast of new and familiar faces make it look like they’re having a good time on stage. Perhaps not too brilliant receptionist Candy (Meg Sullivan) effectively ties in much of the action and delivers some of the best lines in the series.
Strong points: Tom Pucci delivers high marks as longtime Wilberforce hotel employee “Uncle Bubba” Brown, as he’s forced into character as Madame Coco, who unexpectedly ran away, leaving the hotel high and dry. Her “Madame” comes complete with a shoulder-length wig, a shimmering dressing gown, and an aggressive chest. Pucci is also flippant and funny as the author of the hotel’s more uncertain “side” activities, his favorite line being “I was going to tell you eventually…”
Fun fact: The Barnstable Comedy Club celebrates its 100th season of theater and comedy for Cape Cod audiences, and shows began in the 1920s from the rented party hall. The theater troupe bought the building in 1961 and it remained the home of the Club.
To note: Hyannis native Stephen Lattimer takes the stage for the first time in “Sandy Toes,” as photographer Douglas Dupont. Lattimer has worked behind the scenes in the West Coast drama scene for years, with performance being his long-term focus.
One more thing : Cheerful nautical decor sets off a bright and pleasant setting, lending an appropriately seaside flavor to this comedic frolic.
If you are going to: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through May 22 at the Barnstable Comedy Club, 3171 Route 6A, Barnstable Village. $25, $23 seniors and students. 508-362-6333, www.barnstablecomedyclub.org.
By Barbara Clark
Written by: Wendy Lement, directed by Nina Schuessler, presented by Cape Cod Theater Company/Harwich Junior Theater
What is it about : “Red Swans” is the true story of an enduring friendship, cemented by the power of art, nurtured in extraordinary times. Two young Jewish women, Lisa and Katja, meet as students at a Berlin art school during World War II, where they are recruited into a local resistance network. Determined to fight off Nazi aggressors, they help hide fleeing Jews and undertake dangerous missions as couriers of crucial information across German borders. Surviving the war, they remain lifelong friends, an ocean apart, continuing to create the art that helped them survive the horrors they witnessed.
To see or not: “Red Swans” shines a light on real acts of bravery, often committed by women, that often go unrecorded in war stories. It is also timely, at a time when the atrocities of war are once again making headlines, coupled with examples of uncommon sacrifice and conscience.
Strong points: Lement’s world premiere piece never loses sight of its central theme: art’s ability to sustain and heal, unleashing, in turn, a “reason to stay alive” that enlists the two young women despite the deadly risks. Brittany Rolfs and Leanne McLaughlin are notable as young Lisa Egler and Katja Caselles, who hold hands to honor their friendship, Lisa declaring, “Without you, without our art, I wouldn’t have survived.
Interesting fact: Director Nina Schuessler (the company’s recently retired art director) is Egler’s real daughter. Egler spent much of her later life with her family on Cape Cod, where she continued to create art, sculpture, and poetry, much of it from her wartime experiences. Some of this art is projected as a backdrop in the production.
To note: “Red Swans” notably celebrates the joyful side of friendship, as Lisa and Katja somehow remain exuberant and determined in the face of unrelenting danger.
One more thing : Some of the most personal moments in the play are the result of a diary rediscovered by Schuessler in 2020, in which she had recorded memories of this critical period that her mother had shared over the years.
If you are going to: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday-May 15 at Cape Cod Theater Company, 105 Division St., West Harwich. $27 adults, $25 seniors, $15 youth. 508-432-2002, capecodtheatrecompany.org
Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.