Stage Masters celebrated our tenth production with an exciting, powerful run of Fame the Musical, brought to life by yet another talented cast of young performers.
From our first ever production of ’13’, Stage Masters have been thrilled to grow alongside the young actors, singers and dancers who have auditioned and performed with us. We’ve traveled over many different genres, styles and time periods with each of our shows, landing firmly in the 80’s with our most recent production, Fame the Musical.
After two weeks of intense rehearsals, Fame opened on October 22nd and received glowing praise from the audience who couldn’t help but sing along under their breath to the catchy and iconic title-song. With a short season – only five performances – every show was bursting to the brim with energy and passion, our young performers inspired and supported by the accomplished professionals who took to the stage as the adult roles.
John O’Hara (Wicked, Cats, The Boy From Oz) played Mr. Myers, bringing his wealth of experience to the role of encouraging drama teacher. Playing the strict Miss Sherman was Francesca Arena (Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof), most recently adored on stage as Abuela in In The Heights. Laura Hamilton (Beauty and the Best, Showboat, Hello Dolly) brought dance to the students of The High School of Performing Arts as Miss Bell. And last but not least, the anti-rock-and-roll music teacher Mr. Sheinkopf was played by Karlis Zaid (The Drowsy Chaperone, Jesus Christ Superstar, Company).
The young members of the cast not only had the opportunity to learn from these established professionals, they also were under the guidance of an accomplished production team. Glenn Hogstrum, director of Wicked, helped the cast find their characters, bringing the world to life. Musical Directer Andrew Kroenert worked the cast hard, perfecting their harmonies and making sure every song was executed beautifully. And Jess Benney helped the cast light up the stage with her energetic and dynamic choreography.
We at Stage Masters would like to congratulate the whole cast on the incredible job they did, entertaining the audiences at the Alex Theatre show after show. Putting on a production is not an easy task. Putting on a production with a short rehearsal period and a large cast is even harder. We ask a lot of our young performers and time and time again they deliver amazing performances, bringing not just their talent to the stage, but also their passion and enthusiasm for theatre.
We hope that those of you that saw Fame the Musical enjoyed every minute of it, and we look forward to seeing you all again at the next show!