Chess: A Musical by Tim Rice Featuring ArtsWest Aprentices
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The last date listed for Chess was Saturday July 27, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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Follow a group of politically active hippies as they try to make sense of their young lives in Hair, the American rock musical that provides a vivid, affectionate look at the flower children of the 1960s. The group bands together in a peace-loving tribe amidst the turmoil of the anti-Vietnam War movement while the music and culture of the era come to life on stage. Hair's unforgettable songs, like "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," "Easy To Be Hard" and "The Flesh Failures" (aka "Let the Sunshine In") went on to become anthems of the anti-war movement. The unbridled energy and infectious music will give you an electrifying look back into '60s hippie counterculture. Learn More
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Being very familiar with this production from years ago, I booked with high expectations, only to learn on the day of the show that it was an "ArtsWest Apprenticeship" program production (young/teen actors). Nevertheless, it turned out reasonable. Chess is a tough musical, be it the "all sung" West End or the "more spoken" Broadway rendition. In short, the great Tim Rice lyrics matched to an Abba-score was fairly good (good keyboards!), tho often overshadowing the young voices trying to make themselves heard. Dancing ensemble / choreography was good, well rehearsed, the limited stage well managed, lighting good. Which bring us to the acting/singing. Florence (Chelsey) carried the show, was head and shoulders above the rest (quite literally), towering over the American Freddy (Ryan), who has an um... unusual voice. The Russian player Anatoly (Sebastian) was one of the weaker links in the chain. His wife Svetlana (Sarah) did well under the circumstances, and the Arbiter (Moriel) made a pretty good debut here. Shoutouts to Madam Molokov (Victoria) who has a great voice but smaller role here, and the very young Walter (Duncan), who did his best with a very demanding role.
Starring Moriel Behar, Victoria Felix, Ryan Floresca, Chelsea Gilpin, Sebastian Hulburt, Sarah Uptagrafft, Duncan Weinland with Kaylin Bryant, Natalia Fandel, Alana Gwilym Tso, Lauren Jaech, Cameron Lee, Max Lopuszynski, Addison Turner, Morgan Gwilym Tso and Callum McCaffrey.