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FAC Theatre Company 2006–2007 Season

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I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Sept. 28–Oct. 22, 2006

Book and Lyrics by Joe Dipietro
Music by Jimmy Roberts

A musical comedy with everything you ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.

Pictured: Shannon McMillan, Jessica Gisin-Mosley, and Joey Gonzales

“I loved working with Cory Moosman. He had a way of making you feel comfortable and confident while laughing our butts off through the development of each character. And there were many in this show!  The onstage cast, Jessica, Shannon and Joey, had a blast every night bringing each character to life! The band was awesome and the crew held us together through every crazy and fun transition.”- Ken Robinson, Man #2

Directed by Cory Moosman
Choreography by Rick Jewell
Musical Direction by Roberta Jacyshyn
Costume Design by Karin Bugatti

Scenic Design by Christopher L. Sheley
Lighting Design by Holly Anne Rawls
Sound Design by Steve Stevens
Stage Managed by Donna Billek

1940s Radio Hour

1940’s Radio Hour

Nov. 15–Dec. 10, 2006

Book by Walton Jones
Music by Various Artists

A different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical and winning show, a live broadcast of a The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade from the Hotel Astor’s Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war and pop music meant “Strike Up the Band” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with a drunk lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mike, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller.

Pictured: The Company of 1940’s Radio Hour

“1940’s Radio Hour feels like a blur in many respects, but I got to work with some of the greatest performers in town.  A stellar cast, with beautiful music.  Even our orchestra felt like part of our cast.  Every evening I got to sing ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, and we would all be in tears by the end.  Singing that particular song every night, will remain in my memory as one of the greatest performing experiences of my life”. – Miriam Roth, Ann Collier

 

Directed by Alan Osburn
Musical Direction by Roberta Jacyshyn
Choreography by Mary Ripper Baker
Scenic Design by Roy Ballard

Costume Design by Susan Rose
Sound Design by Steve Stevens
Lighting Design by Lloyd Sobel
Stage Managed by Donna Billek

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Jan. 11–28, 2007

Written by Alfred Uhry

The Last Night of Ballyhoo takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939.  Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season.  Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph; his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy; and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba.  Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband.  Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner.  Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage – several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion.  Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down.  This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation.  The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance, and revelations along the way.

Pictured: Julie Sweum as Sunny Freitag, Andrew Schmidt as Joe Farkas, Leah Chandler-Mills as Reba Freitag, Christopher James Varano as Peachy Weil, Ashley Crockett as Boo Levy, and Tim King as Adolph Freitag

“Ballyhoo had a great cast and told a good story. It was a winter with a lot of snow, we missed several rehearsals and the snow fell through the entire run, so we didn’t get the crowds I felt the show deserved. For me, playing Adolf Freitag at the FAC and working with a great cast and crew was a highlight in my acting career.”- Tim King, Adolph Freitag.

 

Directed by Alan Osburn
Choreography by Mary Ripper Baker
Scenic Design by Roy Ballard
Costume Design by Amy Hardwick

Lighting Design by Holly Anne Rawls
Sound Design by Steve Stevens
Stage Managed by Brantley Scott Haines

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Feb. 15–March 11, 2007

Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

Pictured: Cory Moosman as Seymour and Peggy Bruening Wilkie as Audrey

“This show was a blast, and one of my personal favorites, so it was awesome to get a chance to do it with a stellar cast and a great director, Neil David Seibel.  And as always, the FAC orchestra sounded incredible – it was always such an honor to sing with them.” – Cory Moosman, Seymour

 

Directed and Choreographed by Neil David Seibel
Musical Direction by Roberta Jacyshyn
Scenic Design/Puppet Creation by Christopher L. Sheley
Sound Design by Steve Stevens

Lighting Design by Loren Wilder
Costume Design by Patricia A. Whitlock
Stage Managed by Brantley Scott Haines

The Complete History of America (Abridged)

The Complete History of America (Abridged)

March 30–April 15, 2007

Written by Adam Long, Red Martin, & Austin Tichenor

600 years of history in 6000 seconds … history will never be the same! From Washington to Watergate, yea verily from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from New World to New World Order – The Complete History of America (Abridged) is a ninety-minute rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History, reminding us that it’s not the length of your history that matters — it’s what you’ve done with it!

Pictured: Chris Varano, Brantley Haines, and Cory Moosman

“This was a follow up to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, which was my first show at the FAC. We were able to have the same cast and director for both shows and I loved working with the guys and the director, David Hastings, on both of these projects, we had a blast being as goofy as possible.” – Cory Moosman

Directed by David Hastings
Scenic Design by Roy Ballard
Lighting Design by Holly Anne Rawls

Sound Design by Steve Stevens & David Plambeck
Costume Design by Elizabeth Fry
Stage Managed by Dorothy Heedt

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

May 11–June 3, 2007

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Pictured: Brantley Haines as the Wolf and Carmen Mock as Red

“Into the Woods was a dream production with a dream team all around.  I loved getting to work with Sally Hybl as Cinderella and be reunited with NY friends, Mercedes Perez (The Witch) and Alan Osburn (Director).  I especially loved working onstage with my husband Kelly: my Baker’s Wife to his Baker.  We often said we would’ve been happy to run the show for a year!” – Susan Dawn Carson, Baker’s Wife

Directed by Alan Osburn
Musical Direction by Roberta Jacyshyn
Choreography by Mary Ripper Baker
Costume Design by Susan Rose
Scenic Design by Christopher L. Sheley

Lighting Design by Loren Wilder
Sound Design by Steve Stevens
Properties Design/Prosthetics by Cory Moosman
Stage Managed by A. Phoebe Sacks

Much Ado About Shakespeare

Much Ado About Shakespeare

Youth Rep, July 12–15, 2007

Featuring Scenes from the Plays of William Shakespeare

A celebration of the works of William Shakespeare in the form of a showcase by the Youth Rep students.

Pictured: Youth Rep Ensemble members

“When the FAC announced they would be doing a non-musical evening this summer, the most obvious choice was to go straight to the Bard — but mention Shakespeare and you’ll watch many students run in the other direction. In order to try to make these stories more accessible, Leah found the No Fear Shakespeare series, which includes a modern language text; as David was reading through them, he came up with the brilliant suggestion that we might let the actors choose modern words to tell the story. All along, our goal has been to “demystify” these classic comedies, and reveal the fun and artistry that have made them last. Together with the students, we have put together what we hope you’ll find a truly palatable and fully realized evening of the Bard’s clowns and lovers, including everything from “hey dude” to the original text.” – Leah Chandler-Mills and David Plambeck, Co-Directors

Scenes Selected and Directed by Leah Chandler-Mills and David Plambeck
Scenic Design by Garrett Ball, Molly Earle, Katie Gruenhagen, Kylie Messias
Lighting Design by Garrett Ball, Molly Earle, Katie Gruenhagen, Max Verhaeghe
Sound Design by Aleihsa Mork, Max Verhaeghe

Costume Design by Amanda Hessler, Kylie Messias, Aleisha Mork
Designers assisted by Christopher L. Sheley and Holly Anne Rawls
Youth Rep Program Director Susan Dawn Carson

Brigadoon

Brigadoon

Youth Rep, July 13–15, 2007

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe

New Yorker Tommy Albright unexpectedly arrives at the mysterious Scottish Highland village of Brigadoon, which only appears for one day every 100 years. When Tommy meets and falls in love with Fiona, a beautiful villager in this magical hamlet, he must decide whether to return to his old life or stay in Brigadoon — forever.

Pictured: Youth Rep Student Amanda Hessler, and Stage Manager Brantley Scott Haines

“Brigadoon set the standard on what a high-quality performance should be. It showed me the importance of being a member of team, and to be open to everyone’s ideas. It showed me the power to push yourself, and to not sit back and settle on something. Brigadoon made me ask myself ‘why are you doing what you are doing?’ and ‘how can I make this better?’. It was a rare and special production, filled with an incredible group of talented, gifted people who all looked out for one another and sought to create the best performance we could give.” – Logan Webber,Tommy Albright  

Directed by Mark Hennessy
Musical Direction/Conducting by Roberta Jacyshyn
Choreography by Mary Ripper Baker
Scenic Design by Roy Ballard

Lighting Design by Holly Anne Rawls
Sound Design by Steve Stevens
Costume Design by Elizabeth Fry
Youth Rep Director Susan Dawn Carson

Special Events

Lavender Film Fest

7th Annual Lavender Film Fest

Special Event, Sept. 15–17, 2006

As they have done for the past seven years, seemingly against all odds in the conservative enclave of Colorado Springs, Lavender Film Festival organizers have selected a winning group of gay-, lesbian- and transgender-themed films for their annual event.

Screened films this year included Why We Sing!, Queens (Reinas), and Boy Culture.