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Teachers: The Musical
a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL


COMPANY : Blackwell Playhouse
VENUE : Blackwell Playhouse
ID# 2635

SHOWING : March 07, 2008 - April 05, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Teachers: The Musical is the story of long time educator, Belle who is only 180 days away from retirement. During her last days at school she encounters a principal who refuses to leave his office; his eccentric secretary, a lost first year teacher, a student known in the teacher's lounge only as "Satan's Spawn", and many more interesting characters. Belle will be forced to use all the tricks she had learned in her many years of teaching just to make it to retirement. Will she succeed or will the craziness get the best of her. This comic romp is designed for anyone who has ever been a teacher or even a student.


CAST & CREW LIST
Writer/Composer David Reeb
Writer/Composer Robin Seidman
Cast John Christian
Lighting Technician Dean Stockwell
Sammy Jonathon Geller
Principal Larry Sludge Rob Hardie
Belle Angela McCulloch
Doris Joyce Puskas
Principal Larry Sludge David Reeb
The Cookie Man Justin Speck
Chrissy Camille Wall
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REVIEWS

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The Original was Better
by SondheimFeind
Thursday, March 27, 2008
1.0
Being a teacher at a local school, I saw a flier for the original show at Theatre on Main in the teacher's lounge. Kudos to whoever did the marketing for that production, by the way. I didn't even hear about this production until a friend of a friend mentioned a "new" play called Teachers. I enjoyed the original production immensely, and expected to see the same play over again, so I decided to go and take a couple other teacher friends with me. When I got there I looked at the program and realized that this was not the original cast I was a little disappointed, but I figured maybe the changes were for the better. That thought was quickly refuted. Maybe this was a new director, or maybe a few from the original cast didn't want to return but, the recasting made no sense. Though I did enjoy the original, if there were anyone I would have recast, it would have been Belle. She did the job, but through wooden acting and not quite having the voice for it she was probably the weakest link. However, instead of recasting her, they recast Sammie, Chrissy, and the principal. Both Sammies did equally well in their own respect. The two stand out mistakes as far as recasting went were the principal and Chrissy. This is not to say that either did a bad job, but the original principal was irreplaceable. He was quirky, and crazy, and quite reminiscent of several crazy, slightly jaded principals I've known. The new Chrissy did a pretty good job as well, considering she was too old to play the young, bright eyed teacher. Not the mistake of the actress, but a very blatant miscast by the director. The original Chrissy did a good job of portraying the innocence and naivety of the first year teacher that did not resonate well with the new Chrissy. Also, the new Chrissy's voice wasn't exactly well suited for the role. Maybe that is just me considering I saw the original and had a preconceived notion, but the newer Chrissy just didn't captivate me like the original did. The cookie man did a wonderful job, just as he did the first time. The over the top secretary did great reprise of her role as well. But overall, this was a pretty low-grade rendition of the performance I saw before. I kind of feel sorry for the cookie man, and secretary for being involved in this play which was a mere shadow of its former self. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Re: The Original was Better by theatrefan
To each his own. I, too, have seen both productions and the new cast does an equally excellent job! There are definitely different portrayals of the characters in the recast roles, but that’s what they are, different, not better. And as for Belle being the weak link??? (her singing is just as good as the secretary's and the principal's) she’s even better than the last time. I thought she portrayed the retiring teacher who loves her kids but is sick and tired of the bureaucracy to a T, and as I recall during the first run she had a broken ankle, so that might account for some of the “woodenness”. I’m very impressed that she and the Cookie Man, despite the differences in their ages, had me believing their relationship. The secretary is amazing…what a great role! I personally enjoyed the principal in the first cast more, but the new principal does a good job. As for the new Chrissy, she acts rings around the girl in the first production. Half the time I couldn’t understand what the girl in the first production was saying because the pitch of her voice was so high. The new gal is much more understandable. I felt badly for the cast that there were so few in the audience the night I was there. They deserve much bigger crowds.
Re: The Original was Better by theatrefan
To each his own. I, too, have seen both productions and the new cast does an equally excellent job! There are definitely different portrayals of the characters in the recast roles, but that’s what they are, different, not better. And as for Belle being the weak link??? (her singing is just as good as the secretary's and the principal's) she’s even better than the last time. I thought she portrayed the retiring teacher who loves her kids but is sick and tired of the bureaucracy to a T, and as I recall during the first run she had a broken ankle, so that might account for some of the “woodenness”. I’m very impressed that she and the Cookie Man, despite the differences in their ages, had me believing their relationship. The secretary is amazing…what a great role! I personally enjoyed the principal in the first cast more, but the new principal does a good job. As for the new Chrissy, she acts rings around the girl in the first production. Half the time I couldn’t understand what the girl in the first production was saying because the pitch of her voice was so high. The new gal is much more understandable. I felt badly for the cast that there were so few in the audience the night I was there. They deserve much bigger crowds.

by Ronstr6
Sunday, March 23, 2008
3.0
My wife and I went to see this production Friday night at Blackwell Playhouse. The show itself was cute with some very funny moments. All the main players did a good job with the material they had to work with. A few of the songs could have been cut from the production to cut down the time of the show and add to the enjoyment of it. A couple of standouts were the school secratary and principal who were very funny. Many of the jokes were "inside" humor that I'm sure real teachers would love, while we were able to appreciate their situation and laugh along.

The theatre was very comfortable, although a larger crowd would have made the experience even better. The lights were really good for this show and the sound was actually all done onstage by the principal who played his electric piano. The set was very well done and had you feel as though you were sitting in the back of the teachers lounge. All in all, a nice night out.

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