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Zorro: The Curse of Capistrano
a Family Adventure/Romance
by David Richmond (developed by David Richmond/Drew Fracher)--based upon the works of Johnston McCulley

COMPANY : Turning Point Theater
VENUE : Cumming Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 1475

SHOWING : January 13, 2006 - January 29, 2006



Welcome to the very first production of the Turning Point Theater.

Come watch and cheer as Zorro, the masked hero, defends the good people of Capistrano against the evil Alcalde. When the swords stop clashing and the gunsmoke clears, will the efforts of Zorro be enough to bring peace and justice back to the land? This melodramatic re-telling of the age old legend of Zorro is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing. If you seek adventure, come join us in fighting injustice and corruption. Don't forget your sword!

For theatergoers of all ages

January 13-29, 2006
Friday/Saturday evenings 8:00 PM
Sunday matinees 2:30 PM

For tickets, call the Cumming Playhouse (770-781-9178), or visit the website.

Director David Coyle
Director Joshua Howland
Lighting Designer Jessica Coale
Fight Choreographer David Coyle
Stage Hand Patrick Hoisington
Composer John Henry Kreitler
Costume Designer Joanna Schmink
Dance Choreographer Janice Traas
Sound Board Operator Glenn Whitehead
El Brujo John Carpenter
Friar Felipe Marcus Durham
Sergeant Gonzales Joshua Fargason
Don Diego Vega/Zorro Chris Goldston
Senora Pulido Pat Groman
Don Alejandro Vega Gene Heslin
Soldier/Caballero John Heslin
Alcalde Stephen Jones
Luisa Polido Cara Mantella
Consuela/Elena Vickie Marlin
Jose Conor Moore
Captain Ramon Matt Nitchie
Rosa Kerry Rosewall
Ybarra Mary Russell
Juanita Olivia Sloan
Conchita/(Juanita understudy) Madelyn Sloan
Soldier/Caballero Julian Traas
Soldier/Peasant Brian Twomey
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Go see this show!
by Marzipan
Friday, January 27, 2006
This is your last weekend! Hurry before you miss it!

I saw Zorro last weekend and was swept off my feet! The show was teriffic - the fight scenes exciting, the male leads were WONDERFUL! How did a new company manage to cast so many strong MEN in their first production?
Chris Goldston played the perfect Zorro - what woman doesn't fall in love with a cute guy in a puffy shirt with an adorable accent?

My other favorites from the cast were:
Marcus Durham (as Friar Felipe)He has such a dreamy voice! The chemistry between him and Zorro is fun to watch unfold. I want to see this guy again on stage. Someone needs to cast him as a romantic lead.

Matt Nitchie(Captain Ramon) This is the guy you love to hate. He is pure evil on stage. Another fabulous actor. He also has really great hair.

Josh Fargason (Sgt. Gonzales) Josh had many opportunities to completely steal the scene- he came close, but he knew when to draw the line. He will crack you up. He's great!

Stephen Jones (Alcalde) -He personified the puppet-head, bumbling idiot-in-charge. He plays a spineless wimp and you will hate him, which is a good thing, because I hear he's actually a nice guy. He too, provided some comic relief, but came closer to stepping over the line on occasion.

Brian Twomey starts off with a bang, and, unfortunately, ends with a bang all too soon. I'd like to see more of him.

Oh, yeah, there were girls in the play, too. They were all great.
Cara Mantella (Luisa Polido)was a joy to watch. I loved her early attitude issues with Goldston.
I think Olivia Sloane's voice was awesome (as it usually is), but I couldn't hear her over the MUSIC. Turn it down!!!
Aside from the music, the only other negative that comes to mind was the smorgasbord of accents. Some folks had em, some didn't. Some started with 'em and lost 'em. I was also a bit confused sometimes by the scene changes and re-use of some actors, but I eventually figured it out.

All in all, a delightful evening. Go see it!

Impressive Opening Show
by NedCheckers
Thursday, January 26, 2006
For purposes of disclosure, I will confess that I am friends with several members of this cast. Despite the loyalty of friendship, I had my doubts about how well this ambitious task could be executed. I'm part of a generation raised on action heroes. If you decide to take on this genre, you had better do it well. You run the risk of looking like the old Adam West "Batman" series, and I can't imagine a worse fate. Actually, that is what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised.

The action scenes were solidly executed. The sword fight scenes were well choreographed, and succinct. The conflicts are not as intricate or lengthy as a Dread Pirate Roberts/Inigo Montoya duel, but everyone showed great prowess. The biggest compliment I can give in this area is that I stopped watching technique and was caught up in the excitement of the battles.

The director did a great job with casting. Everyone in the cast provided strong performances. How often can you say that? I'm actually trying to think of anything I would consider weak, and I can't. I didn't agree with all the actorís choices, but all choices were well portrayed. I do have to agree with others that the reuse of certain actors was not only humorous, but at times confusing.

I also agree with the prior reviewer that the sound detracted from several of the scenes. The music selections were great. However, scores should be an underlying support of a scene, not a source of competition. There were many moments both dramatic and humorous that were lost due to the overpowering musical element.

In regards to the acting talent, my favorite performance came from Marcus Durham. I hadnít heard of him prior to seeing the show, but the guy has an incredible presence on stage. His delivery and timing were perfect.

Matt Nichie was a tremendous villain. He played the role with enough inner turmoil to keep the character from being simplistic, yet you hated him none the less. The character, I mean, not Mr. Nichie.

It was nice to see the Sloan sisters in this production. Oliviaís voice was as wonderful as ever, although her opening narrative was lost against the volume of the score.

As far as our hero, Zorro, Goldston delivered a very strong performance despite a wardrobe malfunction on the night that I attended the production. I thought he handled both personas equally well.

Congratulations to Turning Point on a very polished opening production.

Is "Zorro" a "Turning Point" for the Cumming Playhouse?
by TheatreMaj
Monday, January 23, 2006
It would be sad indeed to see the Cumming Playhouse continue to scale back on its commitment to local theater as appears to be the case on its website. In its young history, there have been several entertaining, family-friendly presentations that appear to be on the verge of extinction, in favor of brief, one weekend only acoustic concerts and such.

That said, a strong argument for reversing this decision is currently on stage with the arrival of "Zorro: the Curse of Capistrano," the initial production of a new theater company called Turning Point. To risk using an over-utilized theatrical term, the show is ambitious in the extreme.

Unlike most stage productions, "Zorro" employs several different settings and quick, rapid-fire scenes; indeed, a scene-by-scene synopsis would take several pages. Directors David Coyle and Joshua Howland uses the intimate surroundings of the Cumming Playhouse very well, making much from little, and the actors involved take the proceedings from there.

Chris Goldston, a Cumming theater veteran, is Don Diego Vega (as opposed to de la Vega, the original character's name), a boisterous pub brawler who, in the early 1800s is summoned home to Los Angeles by a note from his father Alejandro (Gene Heslin) that reads simply "Come." LA is being taken over by a corrupt government -- the ineffectual Alcalde (Stephen Jones) and the evil but dashing Captain Ramon (Matt Nichie). "Zorro" tells the tale of how Don Diego, with the assistance of his friend Friar Filipe (Marcus Durham) and Indian spiritualists El Brujo (John Carpenter) and Ybarra (Mary Russell), becomes Zorro, or "the Fox," all the while pursuing (along with Ramon) Luisa (Cara Mantella), who is far more taken with Zorro than with Don Diego.

It's best to check your knowledge of Zorro lore at the door, if you have any. Chief among the contextual complaints that I have is that the character of Don Diego is far closer to that of Zorro than any previous incarnations. What makes masked avengers work is that, more often than not, their alter egos are diametrically opposite to their true identities. Since Goldston's Diego is already a brawler and a noted expert with a rapier, is that mask and hat REALLY gonna fool anybody? In the original "Zorro" tales, Don Diego was a fop; a lazy philosopher who shamed his father with his apparent cowardice in order to protect his secret. Here, this opportunity sadly never exists.

That said, the play is terrific fun. The swordplay is assured and exciting; the action is fast-paced, and the cast is without exception inspired. Many supporting players assay multiple roles, and I had to chuckle to myself when one of them was placed in charge of his own murder investigation.

Goldston is supplied with countless quips that he performs with the same flourish as he does his swordfighting and is no less satisfying. Nichie's villain is hissably evil, and indeed received some boos at his curtain call for his acrid nastiness. His opera background is evident, as he and Goldston combine to keep the action over-the-top; scene chewing at its most digestible and delicious.

While the lighting was extremely adroit in execution, the sound was another matter. There were several instances in which the music drowned out the dialogue, and even worse, the expository arias of bar-maid Juanita (Olivia Sloan), making it difficult to make out her beautifully sung words.

My reservations aside, "Zorro: the Curse of Capistrano" is fun for the whole family. I'd love to see the same cast, though, in a more faithful adaptation of Johnston McCully's original. They are more cheated than we are. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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