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Moby Dick! The Musical
a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY CHILDREN MUSICAL
by Robert Longdon & Hereward Kaye

COMPANY : Upper East Side Theatre Company
VENUE : Gwinnett Community Church
ID# 3655

SHOWING : April 23, 2010 - April 24, 2010

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Elizabeth Blakemore
Music Director Mahalia Jackson
Choreographer Sims Lamason
Mary Anna Harrelson
Peleg Sari Coursey
Bildad Carrie Coursey
Fedallah Christin Coursey
Ahab/Head Rowan Garmon
Elijah/Mapple/Gardner Luke Garmon
Queequeg Ande Garmon
Ishmael Sarah Hicks
Stubb Bethany Hicks
Coffin Jennifer Hicks
Pip Jonathan Hicks
Esta Chelsea Jackson
Security Guard Johnathan McCravy
Starbuck Ally McVay
Tashtego Vangie Sellers
Flask Katie Summerour
Janitor/Pierre Robbie Summerour
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Terrific Show
by playgoer
Monday, April 30, 2012
NR
It's not really fair to review a youth production of "Moby Dick! The Musical." With a cast of mostly home-educated kids, there wasn't a lot of polished talent onstage. A lot of enthusiasm, yes, and some natural talent, but nothing at the level of most area high schools.

That said, the production did a wonderful job of highlighting the delightful show itself. The concept is that an all-girl school is running short on cash and decides to raise money by doing an original musical version of "Moby Dick" during a parents' weekend. Most of the roles are taken by the girls, with a few male roles filled by the school's headmaster, janitors, and security guards. The score is generally jaunty and rock-flavored, and was played superbly by a duo of keyboard artists.

Elizabeth Blakemore's direction and Mahalia Jackson's music direction brought out the most from the cast, but the most amazing part of the show, I thought, was the choreography. The kids were not naturally graceful, but Sims Lamason gave them movements that relied more on mass effect than on individual steps. It was seeing the opening number, with lines of choristers in an arc miming rowing, that I knew the show was in capable hands. The joyful memory of that choreography has stayed with me for the past two years.

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