The latest version tightens the book and clarifies some aspects of the complex plot, especially in the first act, deepens the relationships among the characters focusing on Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver, and Dr. Livesey. Musically, it strengthens the thematic thread of the material and adds some new songs/lyrics – notably for Dr. Livesey and Jim, while restoring the darkly funny and dangerous “The Joys of Cooking” for Long John Silver.
The all-male cast was directed by Marc Robin with Ray Fellman as Music Director.
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.
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:
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.