By Marianne Donnelly
Las Vegas Little Theatre is a big deal in Las Vegas as our premiere professional quality community theatre! In 42 years of continuous operation, they consistently produce large-cast productions with musical glory and gorgeous sets.
This season kicked off Friday, September 7th with a riotous romp, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, featuring music and lyrics by William Finn and Book by Rachel Sheinkin.
In this story, six contestants vie for the spelling championship while disclosing touching stories from their lives. Each contestant is hoping never to hear the "ding" of the bell that signals a mistake as plots thicken toward a win.
The texturally-rich cast maintained pace with some very funny moments, such as the hilarious perfectly-timed floating cameo of a "special personage”, which brought the audience to wild laughter. Each of the following characters endeared us:
Chip Tolentino - Ray Winters,
Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere - April Sauline, Leaf Coneybear-Carl Michael Kaczurak,
William Barfee - Andrew Driovich, Marcy Park - Sarah Adams,
Olive Ostrovsky- Naree Asherian
Rona Lisa Perretti/Olive's Mom - Melissa Riezler
Vice Principal, Douglas Panch -
Brian Scott- Mitch Mahoney/Dan/Olive's Dad - Blake Michael Boles
This crowd pleaser was deftly directed by Walter Niejadlik with assistant direction by Gillen Brey. The musical direction was by Toby McEvoy, who rocked it, and the choreography was pleasing and filled the set. Stage manager Cindy Lee Stock kept it moving. Ron Lindblom’s set design was detailed and perfect and featured crisp lighting by Ginny Adams playing off fun costumes by Rose Magee.
The 2019-2020 Mainstage Season continues with, "Six Degrees of Separation," "The Portuguese Kid," "Bus Stop," "The Spitfire Grill," and "Brighton Beach Memoirs."
Fischer Black Box will stage, "The Woman in Black," (mythical) "Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play," "Shows For Days," "Glengarry Glen Ross" and the Annual New Works Winner.
Las Vegas Little Theatre hosts the wildly popular Annual Theatre Fringe Festival and welcomes all new artists to apply.
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