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Dani Girl

a Musical
CATEGORY : MUSICAL
by Michael Kooman (music) and Christopher Dimond (lyrics)

COMPANY : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Discovery Point Studio [WEBSITE]
ID# 4913

SHOWING : June 17, 2016 - June 19, 2016

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A musical “good for the soul” (TheaterJones.com), Kooman and Dimond’s DANI GIRL tells the story of nine-year-old Dani as she learns she must fight and beat leukemia for the second time. Faced with the monumental task of getting back the hair she lost in chemotherapy, she, accompanied by her meek hospital roommate and pessimistic guardian angel, must go on a wild adventure through her imagination.

Produced by the Make Mom Proud Project as a part of the 2016 AppCo Alumni Series in the Peach State Federal Credit Union Studio at the Aurora Theatre.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Jacob McKee
Ralph Skyler Brown
Marty Evan Jones
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REVIEWS

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Gone Girl
by playgoer
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
2.5
The musical "Dani Girl" tells the story of a girl (Ansley Frickey) whose childhood leukemia has returned full-blown following remission. Her imagination, fellow cancer victim Marty (Evan Jones), and a hospital worker (Skyler Brown, who also plays a variety of other characters) help her get by during her final hospital stay. Her mother (Kathleen O’Hara) acts more as an emotional anchor, dragging us down into the depths of her despair.

Musical director Donna Bunn James provides fine keyboard accompaniment, but the cast is not blessed with pleasant voices, as a general rule. Evan Jones’ probably has the best tonal quality, and everyone goes all out in their songs, but the end result is not pretty.

Director Jacob McKee has done a generally incompetent job of staging the action in the black box space at Aurora Theatre. With audience on three sides, and with the gentle angle of the risers, the stage floor can’t be seen from upper rows until several feet back from the edge. In Mr. McKee’s staging, we get to see Ms. James and the keyboard in full view at all times against the back wall, but most of the action is staged on massed pillows and blankets right at the feet of the first row of the audience. Sightlines are consequently abysmal for the rest of the audience.

Costumes, props, and lighting are sometimes inventive and usually effective. But with sub-par voices, blocking, and characterizations, the depressing arc of the show is not sufficiently livened to make for an enjoyable entertainment. The intermissionless evening drags on. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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