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COMPANY : St. Mark UMC Fine Arts Drama Ministry [WEBSITE]
ID# 3429

SHOWING : June 26, 2009 - July 04, 2009



Tony Award-Winner for Best Musical. The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! "1776" follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

Director Diane Haase Clausen
George Read Kurt Blanton
Martha Jefferson Erica Clausen
Richard Henry Lee Brad Dickey
Roger Sherman Troy Evans
Courier John Harr
Rev. John Witherspoon Jeff Hayes
Stephen Hopkins Frank Heiny
John Adams Paul Holland
Samuel Chase Wade Holliday
Abbigal Adams Amy Holloway
Andrew McNair David Jones
Col. Thomas McKean Richard Kaufmann
Edward Rutledge Lee Mangum
Robert Livingston Larry Manning
Caesar Rodney Ken Marek
Benjamin Franklin Richard Mitchem
Abraham Clark David Mobley
Charles Thomson Bill Myers
James Wilson Josh Noblitt
Lewis Morris Harvey Oaxaca
John Dickinson Joel Rose
John Hancock Robert Sanders
Dr. Josiah Bartlett Joshua Scott
Dr. Lyman Hall Russell Smith
Joseph Hewes Andy Thompson
Thomas Jefferson Ronnie Vaughn
Music Director Jane Burke
Stage Manager Mary Keith Lee
Assistant Director Emi Mastey
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Night of the Living Dead Congress
by Tatsumaru
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Never was such a valuable show so stupidly and recklessly performed, than this entire musical by St. Mark UMC. Our imaginations discouraged, our hearts crestfallen. . . first of all our very expectations stifled. You’ve spawned a horrid production here, Ms. Clausen. Rougher, simpler; more careless, more thoughtless; no energy. We are a paying audience. We demand a good show.

Surprisingly good!
by Blackjack21
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I saw the Sunday afternoon production, too, and was completely surprised how much I enjoyed it! 1776 is not a widely-known show and there are no mainstream songs. But, that can make for a wonderful experience when you don't really know what to expect.

On the technical side, the set and costumes were incredible! Very authentic!

The orchestra added so much, especially the violin and drums!

The cast was outstanding! I felt myself wanting to cheer for Adams in his quest for American independence, especially during Is Anybody There. I wanted to dislike Rutledge and Dickinson for all the obstacles they seemed to be puting in Adams' way. Franklin was so believable, I honestly felt he had been reincarnated and hand-delivered to be a part of this cast. Although within the cast there were a few first-timers, all individual performances were exceptional! Cheers to all the cast but I would be remiss if I did not specifically mention the performances of Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Rutledge and Dickinson.

On the less than positive side, it was hot! But, even that led to the credibility of the moment and I could truly say, I could understand how hot it must have been in Philadelphia. No show is perfect and there were several minor flaws but none that would take anything away from the overall production.

I've seen several of St. Mark's productions and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. And, 1776 is no different! Congratulations to Ms. Clausen for directing a truly moving and humorous production, full of life, and to the cast for realistic and believable acting!

I hate it that Seth was so turned off, but, to each his/her own. Enough said.

Congratulations again, St. Mark! May you continue to produce exceptional community theater! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Fun learning History, who knew...
by theatrefriend
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday performance of this St. Mark production was very well done and received by the audience. It was hot in the theatre but we could not have been any hotter than the performers in their big costumes. The characters were very well defined and their passion showed through their voices and faces, especially the leads. The actor portraying Benjamin Franklin looked amazingly like him and all their costumes were just spot on. I learned a couple of things too about all that went on and it brought that period in history to life for me. I would recommend this show to anyone who is looking for a comical and sometimes dramatic interpretation of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Wet Fireworks
by seth
Monday, June 29, 2009
“1776” is such a great show, so well-written, with clever, witty and inspiring songs. The show deserves to be staged on a regular basis…but not like this. I hesitate to critique the show because it was such an amateurish effort and had the feel of a historical pageant staged by high school students for the local PTA meeting. It was completely bloodless, passionless and lifeless, everything that history and theater should NOT be.

An attractive set, impressive costumes and extravagant wigs helped the visual impact of the show. Then band was good. The singing was passable. But none of those things could offset the curious, almost robotic, characters on the stage. There was no character who seemed to understand the lines they were speaking or be listening to what others were saying.

Sorry, guys. I came hoping for a great show. One hates to be so harsh with a director and cast, but St. Mark is offering this show to the public at $20 a ticket, so you almost feel duty bound to warn others. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the 4th of July, keep looking. This isn’t it. If you have any interest in “1776”, buy the DVD.
difference of opinion by theatrefriend
I don't want to diminish your experience and don't know which performance you saw, but I must say the performance we saw on Sunday was quite riveting. I looked over the playbill again and there are indeed some performers that are new to the stage and certainly might not be up to professional standards but I believe your comment that the characters were passionless and lifeless may be too generic in its encompassing the entire cast of actors. I felt the leads - Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson were very in tune with their characters and extremely passionate in their roles and delivery. The Molasses to Rum and Is Anybody There songs were very powerful and made us uncomfortable somewhat which I would assume is the intent. Anyway, just wanted to note a difference of opinion on the show after I read your review.
Re: Difference of Opinion by seth
My experience at "1776" could not have been more diminished. I saw a very poor performance of a wonderful musical. The words I chose were not "generic" but specific words which describe the production I saw. This cast seemed all about posing in beautiful costumes and wigs and there is so very much more to "1776". I don't want to berate an unfortunate cast. I'm sure they worked hard on the show, but so many important ingredients were completely missed. I'm happy you enjoyed this production. If you're ever fortunate enough to see "1776" done as it's intended to be done you're in for a great theater experience.
HMMMM Suspicious by Uber Showman
Looks like two friend of the cast and two people with sour grapes who DIDN't get cast to me.....
Oops by Tatsumaru
Uber are completely wrong about the purpose of my review. Just setting the record straight. : )
Sounds like "Feather" by BenAround
This back and forth reminds me of the old Kudzu-Feather wars. Thanks for the memories, folks!
i find u soooo sexxy ben by feather
oh baby yeh
to Uber Showman by seth
Your comment is interesting--assuming you're identifying me as one of the people who "didn't get cast". The comment is interesting in light of the review you wrote for Shakespeare Tavern's "Cabaret", the "rebuke" you received from "Rebecca" for an unfavorable review-- and your reply which defended your right to review a production however you saw it. That's all my review opinion. Odd that you assign/assume a motivation for others' negative reviews. For the record, I'm not an on-stage performer and did not audition for this production.


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