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The Laramie Project

February 27, 2011

AJ and I went to see The Laramie Project at Marquette University this afternoon. We went as part of a group outing with our members of our church, First United Methodist in Waukesha. I have to say that we were completely blown away. I don’t think that I have ever been to a show that was that intense and has moved me as much as this one did.

In the wake of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998, a theatre group traveled to Laramie and conducted hundreds of interviews. The show is a combination of those interviews, news accounts of the day, and personal journal entries from the members of the group. It is an extremely powerful show that had me on the edge of my seat for nearly three hours.

The 15 young men and women in the cast performed more than sixty different roles and they were awesome. In many cases, you knew which role that each actor was playing by their mannerisms well before they began to speak. Although the entire cast was amazing, two individuals in particular were absolutely unbelievable. Alexandra Bonesho and Joe Picchetti gave stand-out performances in their various characters. Bonesho showed amazing range as she moved between the roles of Romaine Patterson and Reggie Fluty. I had tears running down my cheeks as Picchetti as Shephard’s father had tears running down his cheeks while delivering his statement at the murder trial.

The show runs through next weekend at the Helfaer Theatre at Marquette University. I can’t urge you strongly enough to go see this show.

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

The Dramagoons would like to wish all of our friends and family a Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for many things in our lives. We have wonderful hobbies like theatre, dance, choir, and letterboxing. We are thankful for excellent schools with great academic environments and superb instrumental band programs. We appreciate our friends and family for all of the wonderful things that they do for and with us. We are thankful to have been part of our new church family for an entire year now. And, as weird as this sounds, we are thankful for our jobs so that we can afford to participate in the other things for which we are thankful.

We sincerely hope that the list of things for which you are thankful is as full as ours.

Oh… and enjoy the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie today. It’s a tradition and you can’t go against tradition.

Cotton Patch Gospel

July 23, 2009

This post is long overdue but very important. Last Friday night, we saw Cotton Patch Gospel at Waukesha Civic Theatre and it was absolutely extraordinary. The show has since completed its run on Sunday. But if it hadn’t, I would be encouraging you all to go see it. The musical is a retelling of the Gospel of Matthew set in Georgia and played is the style of an old southern tent revival. Most of the show is performed by one individual playing multiple characters with four musicians assisting with the singing and some of the dialogue.

John Cramer was outstanding in the lead role and his four musicians (banjo/guitar, fiddle/mandolin, guitar, and bass) were perfect. What a captivating way to tell the story of Jesus. Kudos to everyone involved for a superb job. There was a mention in the program that bringing all or part of the show to your church would be a perfect way to spice up your service. I couldn’t agree more. As I don’t want to put the contact email address in this post, contact me if you are interested and I will forward the address on to you.