Maine State Music Theatre Mounts Alice in Wonderland
On August 21, 2017, MSMT’s intern company mounted a stunning production of Robin & Clark’s Alice in Wonderland at the Pickard Theater in Brunswick, Maine. The performances enchanted the young and young at heart in the capacity audiences. Directed/choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont, the lavishly costumed and designed production starred Sara Sargent as Alice, Kevin Murakami as the White Rabbit, Tracey Sokat ats the Queen of Hearts, John Pletka as the Knave of Hearts, Natalie Bellamy and Mickey Whte as a pair of tap-dancing twins, Tweedle Dee and Dum, Mel Bills as the Cheshire Cat, Michael Carrier as the Caterpillar and the Mad Hatter, Taylor Gervais as the March Hare, and Liz Kershenbaum as the Dormouse. This production marks the 27th year since the creation of the work, which has received more than 90 productions nationwide.
In addition, MSMT hosted its second TYA Sensory Friendly performance of Alice on August 20th. It was attended by a capacity audience of 50 children and their parents who got a special, hands on introduction to the magic of live theatre.
Maine State Music Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty
As part of their 2017 Theatre for Young Audiences series, MSMT presented three virtually sold out performances of Robin and Clark’s Sleeping Beauty on June 14 at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and on June 17 at 11:00 a.m. In addition to these staged productions at the Pickard Theater in Brunswick, ME, the company also presented its first sensory friendly performance of the show in their large rehearsal hall at 22 Elm Street on Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. This exciting new project which allowed youngsters to experience live theatre in a safe, welcoming environment and to meet/greet and interact with the cast and creators was made possible by a generous grant from the Anna Maria Moggio Foundation.
The production was directed and choreographed by Curt Dale Clark; Patrick Fanning is the Music Director and Curtis Reynolds Assistant Music Director; Travis Grant designed the costumes; Joe Cavell recreated Matthew Moran original lighting design;Rachel Boissevain designed the sound, and Laura Scott is the Stage Manager. The performance stars young local professionals, among them, Ali Sarnacchiaro as Princess Amber, Cameron Wright as Prince Hunter, Emily Davis as Magenta, Mel Bills as Ruby, Meg Ward as Marigold, Liz Kershenbaum as Periwinkle, Sean Arsenault as King Lapis, and Taylor Gervais as Sienna the Owl. Production photos below:
Alice in Wonderland Opens at Fulton Theatre
Robin & Clark’s Alice and Wonderland opened a run at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA, from February 4 -19, 2017, in a colorful, zany production. Lauren Elledge stars as Alice with Stephanie Jo Wise as the Queen of Hearts, Andras Lincoln as the Knave of Hearts, Kate Sina Kindig as the Dormouse/Sunflower, Andrew Kindig as The White Rabbit, and Randall Frizado as the Mad Hatter. Check out the photo album below (Kinectiv, photographer)
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Closes Sold-Out Run at Fulton
Robin and Clark’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas completed a sold-out run at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA. The show, which ran from November 19 – December 23, 2016, proved to be the most successful of any to date in the company’s Family Series!
The Marriott Lincolnshire Ushers in Holiday Season with Robin & Clark’s The Nutcracker
The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is ushering in a festive holiday season with a production of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s hour-long musical adaptation of The Nutcracker. The revival of this timeless tale, which will run from November 11 – December 30, 2016 , features Lauren Blane as Clara, Jason Grimm as Drosselmeyer, Alex Weisman as Fritz and the Mouse King, and Leryn Burlington as Marie. Watch a video clip of this perennial holiday favorite in the Robin and Clark original musical version, which uses songs, choreography, and other fantastic elements in addition to the traditional Tchaikovsky music.
New Series of Mini Video Profiles on Broadway World Features Curt Dale Clark and Marc Robin’s Treasure Island
A new series of mini video profiles about theatre artists working in or visiting Maine has been launched on Broadway World. The first short film by Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold features Curt Dale Clark. About halfway through the video Clark talks about composing musicals with Marc Robin and the video features a clip of the finale “Miracles” from their Treasure Island. Watch here:
Beef n’ Boards Presents Robin & Clark’s The Little Mermaid
This was the post on the Indiana theatre’s web site:
Look who’s swum into Beef & Boards! The Little Mermaid, a sweet retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale presented by the Pyramid Players, is on stage Fridays and Saturdays October 15 through Nov. 19, 2016. But tickets are selling fast. Don’t wait! A great way to introduce the little ones in your life to live theatre.
Indy Child‘s review called it “perfect children’s theatre fun” and Robin and Clark’s music and lyrics “fantastic.”
MSMT Presents Four Performances of Robin and Clark’s Aladdin
Maine State Music Theatre presented four fully-staged, cold-out performances of Robin and Clark’s Aladdin on August 22, 2016, at the Pickard Theater in Brunswick, ME. Directed/choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont and performed/produced by the intern company and MSMT young professional artists, the shows delighted enthusiastic audiences of the young and young alike in what Broadway World called a “day of enchantment.” READ the full Broadway World article here.
BROADWAY WORLD PUBLISHES FEATURE on ROBIN AND CLARK MUSICALS
On August 17, 2016, Broadway World published an interview and feature o the musicals of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark and previewed their upcoming production of Aladdin at Maine State Music Theatre on August 22, 2016. READ HERE: On a Magic Carpet Ride: Aladdin and the Musicals of Robin and Clark.
SCENE 4 MAGAZINE PUBLISHES MAJOR ARTICLE ON ROBIN & CLARK MUSICALS
The August issue of Scene 4 Magazine, an online arts journal with an international circulation of over 200,000 features a major article on the musicals of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark. The interview and analysis is complemented by numerous audio and video clips from Robin and Clark works. After September (when first publication rights permit), we will permanently post the media and article to this site. In the meanwhile, you can read the full piece, by visiting Scene 4 at www.scene4.com/0816/carlasullwold0816.html.
Maine State Music Theatre delighted its Young Audiences with three performances of Robin & Clark’s Jack and the Beanstalk on June 15 and June 18, 2016, in a fully-staged production directed/choreographed by Curt Dale Clark, using young. local professionals. Broadway World‘s Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold said the colorful, clever, catchy retelling of a familiar story [was] designed to enchant the entire family….Perfectly conceived, pitched, and presented this production of Robin and Clark’s Jack and the Beanstalk rekindles the child in all of us while, at the same time, it reminds us what is so magical and transforming about the power of big dreams. Click here to read the entire review. Or visit the show’s page to see a video excerpt from that production.
Two Productions of Robin and Clark Musicals Upcoming This Summer in Maine
Maine State Music Theatre will present three performances of Robin and Clark’s JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at the Pickard Theatre on June 15, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and then again on June 18, 2016 at 11:00 p.m. and will stage ALADDIN on August 22 at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit MSMT.org.
The Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA, recently staged Robin and Clark’s JACK AND THE BEANSTALK on March 12 – March 26, 2016. Click here to read Broadway World‘s review. Reviewer Marakay Rogers wrote: a story kids will love, a giant on stilts, an old man who might (or might not) be a wizard, a dancing cow, and everything else children call entertaining. Then they deliver a delightfully self-referential (“This is a fairy tale, not a documentary, can we please move on?”), Broadway-referential, movie-referential piece of pure vaudeville that even a sophisticated theatre-lover can, and will, enjoy. Buddy Reeder has directed it with infectious glee, and you can’t help but think it’s the best ride in the amusement park.
The Fulton Theatre continues its Theatre for Young Audiences series with Robin and Clark’s SLEEPING BEAUTY, which opens April 30 and runs until May 14, 2016. The cast features Gabrielle Dixon, Randall Frizado, Samantha Hewes-Cramer, Andrew Kindig, Andras Lincoln, Katie Sina, Bethany Swiontek, and Marissa Wolner.