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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Rupert Holmes

COMPANY : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 558

SHOWING : September 27, 2002 - October 27, 2002

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Be prepared to go Off To The Races with a troupe of boorish (but loveable) actors as they transport you to Londonís Music Hall Royale. Join our company as we weave the story of dapper, young Drood and a cast of villains who confirm No Good Can Come From Bad!!! Cheering, booing, laughing and hissing are encouraged as the Aurora, continuing its great tradition of rousing musicals, proves you Donít Quit While Youíre Ahead!!


CAST & CREW LIST
Producer Anthony Rodriguez
Musical Director Ann-Carol Pence
Director & Choreographer Brad Wages
Lighting Designer Thom Beaulieu
Stage Manager David Cohen
Scenic Designer Kathryn Conley
Production Manager Keith Hinze
Prop Mistress Christy Mauldin
Wig Master J. Montgomery Schuth
Janet Conover/Helena Landless Denise Arribas
Angela Prysock/Princess Puffer Sandra Benton
Bill Cartwright, Chairman Tony Brown
Isabel Yearsley Greyson Chadwick
Violet Balfour Viveka Chandrasekavan
James Throttle, Stage Manager Anthony Farrell
Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood Jill Hames
Victor Grinstead/Neville Landless Luis Hernandez
NIck Cricker, Jr/Deputy Ryan Houchens
Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud Keri Hughes
Clive Paget/John Jasper Jeff McKerley
Nick Cricker/Durdles Nevin Miller
Cedric Moncrief/Reverend Crisparkle James Renahan
Montague Pruitt Wesley Robertson
Memford Moss Jack Sawyer
Phillip Bax/Bazzard Spencer G. Stephens
Florence Gill Mary Stewart
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REVIEWS

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Failed Potential
by one mans' opinion
Monday, October 21, 2002
2.0
This show is by no means a bad show, but given the material and the collective talent of the group it leaves one wanting much more. The show is a play within a play story and ideally there is to be a big sense of fun and spontaneity between the "actors" and the audience. Here the jokes seem planned and the director has done little to distinguish people from their actor persona and the character they portray in the play within the play. The other major missing ingredient is the sexual tension in the Rosa Bud/Jasper relationship. Especially on the part of Keri Hughes as Rosa Bud, whose look and Operatic singing style do not fit the naÔvetť of her character. The show is ripe with good individual performances; Tony Brown, Jill Hames and Jeff McKerley were all solid. (Although I have seen them all do better work) And Ryan Houchens is delightful, a fine young talent, we wish there were more of him in the show.

Maybe I'm too familiar with the original cast recording, but Sandra Benton did not have the powerful belt that her songs and her presence demand.

As always at the Aurora the production values and orchestra were first class. Bottom line, it was a fine evening of theatre, but the personality of the show seemed strained. They were trying too hard and you could see the flop sweat.

But hey, it's just... one man's opinion
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