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D.E.E. Studio Productions Performing Arts Academy
JA Vocal Music
Molly's Vocal and Piano Studios
Mt Shasta Childrens Theatre
Visionary School for the Performing Arts
Dark of the Moon
by Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts
Director Robert Rotenberry’s production of this American tragedy is beautifully brought to life on stage in all facets, aided by a group of all-student designers. These include a gorgeous set by Margaux Schindler and Elizabeth Gibson that serves as the show’s canvas, illuminated gorgeously by Robert Armstrong which features the lovely but ominous full moon under which the witches dance. Lauren Vizzini, Kiley Masters, Nicole Russick, and Jordan-Marc LaPorte combined for the costumes including the witch’s clothing that’s a good mix of natural and otherworldly. They’ve even got a six-piece bluegrass band, with vocals by Erin Crawford, that adds much to the show and atmosphere and scene changes. And they’ve got a great cast.
Kyle Selig, who earlier in the year wowed as the dashing Don Lockwood in APA’s Singin’ in the Rain, here plays the witch boy John with an eerie calm that you don’t want to rattle and a devotion to Barbara Allen that can turn cold on a dime. Emma Degerstedt shines as the sweet, naïve Barbara Allen who loves life, has a weakness for “mighty stout” men like the strong and self-assured John, and who doesn’t like the sad songs as she does the gay ones. But when her song turns sad, Emma makes Barbara Allen’s fear and loss palpable.
Getting John and Barbara Allen legally bound together is James Sabala as the happily hypocritical preacher Haggler who has a hankering for the local “mountain dew,” is always blissfully secure in his self-righteousness to both humorous and chilling effect. Also a bit chilling are the Fair and Dark Witches (Lexi Harvey and Heather Wessel), like cats calmly and hypnotically playing with mice they know will not escape them. While other strong performances come from Barbara Allen’s concerned but ignorant parents (Lindsay Mintz and Daniel Baker), Amanda Page as an evil Conjur Woman, an ensemble of mesmerizing, dancing witch folk choreographed by Lauren Slack, and a town full of gossipy townsfolk who commit their evils masqueraded as religious love by the dark of the moon.
Performed April 22 - 25, 2010
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