Duane A. Thomas’s Event Journal

Parade white 920
Thursday May 16, 2013 / 8:00pm
2 tickets
Lower Balcony complimentary

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This is an excellenly produced, directed and performed musical. This is a piece I had no idea even existed and yet the music is great and the story extremely riveting. The subject matter is very dark and not for the under teen crowd which is probably why it is not produced more often. However life is not all laughs and Mary Poppins, and this tale needs to be seen as well. The girl who plays Mary Phagan (Valerie Lohman) is cast perfectly and does an excellent job of being a 13 year old discoving boys. She lights up the stage even before her character is highlighted. Such a gift she has for playing frivoity even though she is barely 16 and already in collage. Tragedy befalls her in the first at and when her boyfriend sings "IT DON'T MAKE SENSE" have tissues ready. There isalso another little girl in this, Brennley Brown. Remember the name, the kid can act, dance, sing and is cute as a button. The other main leads were astonishingly great, but Jeff Skowron not only played Leo Frank, he became Leo Frank. He is worth whatevr price of admission you pay. His portrayal in this should be shared and disected in every acting class in the country. 3D Well done.