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Happy Easter!!!

April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

The Dramagoons would like to wish all of our friends and family a very Happy Easter. We hope that you are able to spend this special day with with the people that you love.

Oh… and we hope that the Easter Bunny has filled your basket with lots of yummy goodness.

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Help the Arts!

May 18, 2011

I am very disappointed in my theatre friends. About a month ago, I issued a challenge to my friends, my family, and anyone that reads my blog. In short, I offered to match 30 $5 donations to the Waukesha Civic Theatre High Five Club with $150 of my own money. After a month, only three of my acquaintances have donated; one co-worker, and my aunt and uncle living in Florida.

What bothers me the most is that the “Give a High Five to the Arts!” idea was mine. Donations to the arts are down all over because of the rough economy. And I knew that many of my talented theatre friends don’t necessarily have the kinds of jobs that allow them to donate large sums to the theatre. But I do know that they are all very dedicated to the theatre and want to help however they can. I figured that for the cost a couple of cups of coffee from The Steaming Cup or a couple of glasses of wine at People’s Park, we could help keep our theatre in good shape.

So here’s the deal. I still believe that a small donation from a large number people can make a huge difference. I have already put in my $150 matching donation. I would love it if 27 other theatre-loving individuals dropped in $5 each. If you do, drop me an email to dramagoon at gmail dot com. I would love to send you a personal thank you.

*** Update, I missed a $10 donation from one of my theatre friends. Thanks, Wesley. That still leaves $125 to be matched. ***

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011

We would like to wish the luck of the Irish to all of our friends and family on this St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrate the day in any manner you wish. For us, the corned beef is already cooking in the slow cooker.

May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go,
and guide you in whatever you do–
and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.

Happy Easter

April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

The Dramagoons would like to wish all of our friends and family a most Happy Easter. We hope that all of your Easter wishes have come true and that the Easter Bunny made a special trip to your house and left you something amazing.

We are spending our Easter with family and we hope that you are lucky enough to be able to do the same.

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.

Deathtrap

November 14, 2009

This is one of those better late than never posts. A.J. and I went to see Deathtrap at Sunset Playhouse last night. It was awesome. The cast did an amazing job. There wasn’t a weak performer in the bunch. The gentleman that played Sidney Bruhl (Paul Troglia) had several wonderful scenes where it was just him on the stage performing some complicated actions with very little dialogue. Those were some amazingly believable.

We went to the show to support our friends, Mark Neufang and Donna Daniels. A.J. and I have both had the opportunity to perform with both of them in various shows. They were both incredible in this show as they are in everything they do. I can’t really tell you what they did because the show is a suspense thriller and I don’t want to ruin it for others.

On a side note, we saw many friends while we were there. And I even got to meet Jonathan West (Artsy Schmartsy), the Managing Director at Sunset. I have been reading his blog posts for years and it was nice to finally meet him. It was quite an enjoyable and “thrilling” evening. There are only two performance of the show left today. If you can get away, go see it today!!!

And Then There Were None… Again

October 21, 2009

And Then There Were None opens on Friday at Waukesha Civic Theatre. I’ve been so busy lately that I hadn’t realized that I hadn’t posted an entry about it yet. As you may remember I appeared in this show in September, 2007 when the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa and the Brookfield Players staged it. At that time, I played Rogers, the butler. I love murder mysteries and I liked that show so much that I suggested the show to the WCT Play Advisory Committee last year. It was recommended by them and approved by the board of directors and it found its way into the current season.

Hoping to try my hand at a different role, I auditioned for the show but, alas, I must possess those quintessential butler traits. I am again playing Rogers. I must admit that learning lines is much easier when all you are doing is refreshing them in your memory. On the other hand, it is harder to give the role a different look as you tend to fall back into old habits.

I am lucky to have the opportunity to work with a few people that I have never worked with before, many of them veterans of Soulstice Theatre. I am also pleased to able to work with three individuals that I worked with on the first show I ever appeared in, Arsenic and Old Lace. Hopefully, I’ve grown as an actor since then. One of my cast-mates, Jenny Kosek, and I have appeared on stage in three separate shows now. I’m sure that Jenny is getting sick of doing shows with me. I really enjoy working with her; she is such a fine actress.

I am again privileged to have Mark E. Schuster as my director for the second show in a row. Mark can add to the dubious honor of being my only male director to being my only repeat director. He obviously has a larger threshold of pain than many others. Kidding aside, he is great to work for and makes the rehearsal process as enjoyable as it can be.

Please come out and see the show if you have a chance. It runs October 23rd to November 8th. Check out this great cast:

  • Justice Lawrence Wargrave: Scott Allen
  • Vera Claythorne: Kelly Simon
  • Philip Lombard: Andrew Lien
  • Dr. Edward Armstrong: Joel Marinan
  • William Blore: Michael Endter
  • Emily Brent: Mina Miller
  • Thomas Rogers: Kurt Magoon
  • General John Mackenzie: Jim Volden
  • Ethel Rogers: Jenny Kosek
  • Anthony Marston: Kyle Konetzke
  • Fred Narracott: Jeffrey Berens
  • Go See Noises Off!

    June 13, 2009

    A.J. and I went to see Noises Off! at Sunset Playhouse last night. Oh My God, it was fantastic. It was probably the funniest show I’ve seen on stage in a couple of years. If you haven’t seen it yet, you have to go see it before it closes. There are three more performances this weekend and four more next weekend. The action of the show revolves around the rehearsing and performing of another show, Nothing On, as seen from onstage and backstage. As actors ourselves, A.J. and I found the subject matter incredibly funny. On top of that, the pratfalls and physical humor were hilarious.

    The show was extremely well cast. From what I hear, that was almost certainly a very difficult task. Because this is such a popular show among actors, there was an incredible turn out for auditions. I’m told that more than a hundred individuals showed up. I can’t imagine trying to choose nine individuals so perfectly out of a hundred possibilities.

    The entire cast was amazing. There wasn’t a weak performance in the bunch. Personally, I was partial to the performances of Jenny Kosek and Ruth Arnell. I have been in shows with both of them together and separately and they are so very good at what they do. Ruth always seems to get cast in the role of the ditzy blonde bombshell. She has mastered that role and performs it so well in this show. On a side note, Ruth has also done some shows where her character has a lot more depth and she plays those parts just as well. Jenny played the part of the harried stage manager and she was equally awesome. I have seen Jenny play so many different roles in the last couple of years and she always turns in a stellar performance. It was nice to see her cast in role of something other than a teenager.

    The other two standout performances from my perspective were those of Matthew J. Patten and Randall T. Anderson. Matthew was perfectly suited for the role that he played. He seems to excel in the parts where physical comedy is a requirement. Randall did a great job as the half-witted actor. We had seen Randall a couple of years ago playing the Evil Sheriff at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and this part was so different from that one. He is an extremely versatile actor.

    We have seen several shows at Sunset Playhouse in the last couple of seasons. They seem to run hot and cold. Some of them have been pretty awful while the others have been absolutely amazing. This one falls into the latter category. Go to their website and order your tickets right now. You do not want to miss this one.

    Lend Me A Tenor

    April 19, 2009

    Kristi and I went to see Lend Me A Tenor at Soulstice Theatre last night. It was our first experience with that theatre group. It was an amazingly good time. I’m so glad that we went and we are definitely going to see more shows there. Soulstice Theatre is located in The Marian Center for Nonprofits in St. Francis. They have four different performance spaces available to them in that building. The choice of space depends on the show. In the case of this show, it was performed on the stage in the third floor auditorium. What made it unique was that the audience was also on the stage as well. They needed to use the stage to be able to screw the set into the floor (lots of slamming doors). But to make it intimate, they built a small studio theatre on the stage with about 50 seats for the audience.

    The show itself was wonderful. It was very well cast. Everyone was perfect in their parts. It was exciting to see Sharon Sohner back on stage after an extremely long hiatus. She was fabulous and funny. I hope that she decides to get up on stage more often. Luke Cieslewicz played the lead role of Max. He was incredible in this part. I laughed so hard at times that tears were coming to my eyes. I know that Mark E. Schuster claims that he is not a fan of farces but he does such a great job directing them. After having worked with him recently, there were several things that occurred on stage that I could see had come directly from him.

    The show has three more performances next weekend. If you need a good laugh or enjoy watching people run around slamming doors, you have to get out to see this show.

    Shows Opening Soon

    April 11, 2009

    While none of the Dramagoons are currently involved in any theatre productions, there is always excellent live theatre going on in the area. As we do more shows, we meet more and more talented actors and directors that are doing wonderful things all the time. There are two shows opening this upcoming weekend that I plan to see. Here are the details about both of them.

    Sunset Playhouse presents Social Security. The performances run April 17th, 2009 through May 9th, 2009. This show features the talented and charming Donna Daniels as Trudy Heyman. Donna and I recently played opposite each other in Don’t Dress for Dinner. Donna and A.J. also appeared together as mother and son last year in Over the Tavern. Break a Leg, Donna! From what I know of the entire cast, this looks to be an extremely good show.

    Soulstice Theatre presents Lend Me a Tenor. The performances run April 17th, 2009 through April 25th, 2009. This show is directed by Mark E. Schuster. Mark recently directed me in Don’t Dress for Dinner. See my previous entries about that show to see how much I truly enjoyed working with Mark. Additionally, the show includes the acting talents of Sharon Sohner. Sharon is one of the amazing costume designers at WCT. Her designs have made A.J. and I look good on stage on many occasions. It is going to be such a treat to see her out trodding the boards on this one.