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Performing Arts in 2012 was diverse

December 28, 2012

Musicals, complex drama highlighted the season

In 2012, theater audiences were entertained by several diverse productions, from Sierra Classic Theatre’s emotionally complex “Proof” to Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre’s musical sensation “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

Earlier this year when the lack of snow and holiday-withdrawals started to kick in, MLRT’s “Lend Me A Tenor” written by Ken Ludwig kept spirits high with risqué double-entendre and cartoonish physical comedy.

Chuck Scatolini and Juliana Olinka stole the show as the world famous tenor and his overly-zealous-when-jealous wife, Tito and Maria Merelli.

MLRT celebrated it’s first sold out opening night with “Tenor,” and while technically it marked the end of the season, it led the way for a great year at The Edison Theatre.

“Proof,” written by David Auburn is not just a story about math, but also growing pains that come with love and loss.

Although it is no classic in the traditional sense, during the spring season, SCT’s Allison McDonell Page directed this 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning drama.

Julia Runcie took on the intense emotional rollercoaster that is Catherine: daughter of a mathematical genius, who is possibly a field-revolutionary herself—or possibly just insane.

While the mountain was severely missing one, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” performed in Sam’s Wood Site.

Directed by Lesley Bruns, this year’s Shakespeare was given a Caribbean twist, much like last year’s Old West “Twelfth Night.” Burns, along with SCT Board Director Allison McDonell Page, focused their version of “The Tempest” on character and comedy, as the story isn’t necessary as lighthearted as other Shakespearian comedies.

Although they were only in town for a week, the short-lived “Bluenose” played for elementary age children from all over the Eastern Sierra.

Five years ago, MLRT began Theatre for Young Audiences, and this year it introduced the fantastic set design and scenic paint job of June Simpkin.

Simpkin also crafted the versatile “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol” sets, and we’re bound to see more of her work in the future.

The year ended with two distinct comedies, candy-coated musical, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” and farced play-within-a-play “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol.” 

While the story lacked in substance, the harmonizing Wonderettes quartet made up for it with vibrant characters, high-energy choreography and extraordinary vocal harmonies.

Leigh Ann Battista, Amy Grahek, Jacqueline Marie and Kristin Reese preformed over thirty songs, which they rehearsed for roughly six months beforehand.

Shira Dubrovner, Artistic Director of Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre, had a keen eye for comedy this past year. Not only kicking off the year by directing “Lend Me A Tenor,” but she also closed The Edison’s year with “A Christmas Carol” a true play-within-a-play, and the typical fare expected during the holiday season.

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