A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center Is a Real Crowd Pleaser

The cast includes Susannah Jones as Mother, Christopher Swan as The Old Man, Cal Alexander as Randy, and Colton Maurer as Ralphie (photo by Gary Emord Netzley)

Big League Productions, Inc.’s national tour of A Christmas Story: The Musical, staged with brio by director Matt Lenz and crisply choreographed by choreographer Warren Carlyle and associate choreographer Jason A. Sparks — especially the delightful tap-dance sequences — opened at the Durham Performing Arts Center the day after the day after the day after… Continue reading A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center Is a Real Crowd Pleaser

RLT’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Is Quite Enjoyable and Truly Memorable

RLT's rendition of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has been extended a week -- through Nov. 1-4

The opening-weekend Sunday-matinee performance of Joseph Robinette’s 1989 dramatization of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe enchanted patrons of all ages as the Raleigh Little Theatre brought C.S. Lewis’ magical 1950 fantasy novel vividly to life. The incredibly talented cast not only led the audience on an exciting adventure through the land of Narnia,… Continue reading RLT’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Is Quite Enjoyable and Truly Memorable

Light and Lively: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Is an Early Christmas Present for Triangle Theatergoers

Gene Weygandt (left) as legendary cowboy Red Ryder and Clarke Hallum as his biggest fan, Ralphie Parker (photo © Carol Rosegg)

The light-and-lively national mini-tour of “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” which features an invigorating score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a sassy script by Joseph Robinette, based on the ever-popular 1983 Warner Bros. motion picture, is an early Christmas present for Triangle theatergoers still digesting their Thanksgiving turkey.

Five-City Tour of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Hopes to Score a Bull’s Eye in Raleigh, NC

“The [1983] movie lends itself beautifully to the musical-theater genre,” claims director John Rando, “because so much of the movie is seen through the imagination of Ralphie Parker (Clarke Hallum)…. He imagines himself a cowboy, and he wants a [genuine Red Ryder] BB gun.”

NRACT’s Spring Musical Is “Stuart Little”

Marleigh Purgar-McDonald as Stuart Little (photo by Christine R. Choi)

Guest director Sheila Outhwaite declares, “I like the fact that unlike the movie, the script [of ‘Stuart Little’] is close to the classic book on which it is based, and that this is a musical with lots of upbeat numbers.”