R2P Presents “Spring Showcase”

by imageguy

In their third presentation of the 2009 Season, Running To Places, with their Spring Showcase, gave us three wonderful shows at the Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. The Showcase is a fabulous offering since it allows the company to perform numbers from several shows and, in taking them out of the context of a full production, they have some freedom in how they present each one.

Galen Gibian started the show out with “She Cries” from Songs for a New World. A fabulous voice and a moving performance. He was followed by a group, led by Katarina Andersson, doing “Holding Out for a Hero” from Footloose (scheduled for a full production later in the season). A really cute number featuring great dancing from many cast members. A large group of the cast came next for a really fun version of Mama Mia.

Engy Hassan’s beautiful voice came to us in a solo from the Little Mermaid, followed by another gorgeous voice, Sari Koppel, doing “The Joy of Motherhood” from Honk, the company’s next scheduled full performance in June, featuring all middle-schoolers.

I was totally knocked out by the performance of James Potter who, with Anthony Nigro, did “Play With Your Food”, also from Honk. This young man is an amazing talent at his age with a great stage career ahead. Can’t wait to watch this kid grow.

The first act closed with a solo of “Adelaide’s Lament” from Guys and Dolls from the very expressive Erika Harrington, “Suddenly Seymour” done by Sophie Potter and the always wonderful Elias Spector-Zabusky from Little Shop of Horrors (scheduled for September performances), a fabulous routine from Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Time Warp”, and the full cast out for “Masquerade” from Phantom of the Opera.

In Act II I get to watch my wonderful kid do her thing at the opening of “Rich Man’s Frug” from Sweet Charity, a really fun performance. Another large cast group followed with “We Open in Venice”, then Ali Diemecke and Gera Goff with a dark and moving “The Dark I Know Well” from Spring Awakening.

A large cast group came back highly energized led by Adam Beckwith for “Footloose” with amazing dancing and choreography. Next young Michelle Peterson gave us a beautiful performance of “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas.

One of the highlight performances of each night came from Jeremy Pletter, with his deep rich voice, and again, Elias Spector-Zabusky in “Feed Me” from Litte Shop of Horrors. These two guys are fantastic performers and so amazingly entertaining.

“Elephant Love Medley” from Moulin Rouge featured several couples from the cast in wonderful vignettes. This was followed by “If I Told You” from The Wedding Singer. A very special performance for me since it featured my beautiful daughter, Tessa Cannon, dancing with her fabulous partner, Travis Jones in a piece Tessa choreographed for the Trumansburg Talent Show. They were accompanied this time by a splendid vocal duet from Geoff Peterson and Eliza Vann.

The full company came back on stage at the end for “If I Can Dream” from All Shook Up.

This wasn’t all, however. Inserted in between was a great performance from Anya Gibian, Assistant Director, Todd Peterson, Choreographer, and Joey Steinhagen, Artistic Director, doing “Die Vampire Die”, a delightful and comical number that let a few of the adult members of the company that work so hard to teach and train these young performers show off a bit of the talent they bring to the company. It’s one of the perks of the Showcase that you don’t get in the other productions of the season.

I can never say enough in praise of all these fabulous kids, both on stage, and behind the scenes, for the marvelous and entertaining job they do. It enriches our community and gives so many great kids a fabulous chance to learn, perform, and build incredible friendships. Also great praise to the staff who give so freely to these kids and to all the parents and community supporters that do their parts to help these kids be a part of Running To Places. We are all better for it.

Thanks R2P for another great performance!

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Photos from this performance are available for purchase at http://www.printroom/georgecannon.com and 20% goes back to Running To Places.