Running To Places – Spring Showcase 2011

by imageguy

Each season Running To Places theatre company includes Spring Showcase at this time of year, a sampler of great numbers from various shows. As the title suggests, this is designed to “showcase” the many talents of all the Running To Places participants, and they are many and often exceptional. This year’s Showcase (the third) spotlighted a number of shining stars including the choreographic talents of Todd Peterson, R2P’s director of choreography, in the opening number Thriller. The entire cast came to life as dancing zombies under fabulous lighting and set design by Max Doolittle.

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Allie Young followed with great vocals and style as the cleaning woman from Urinetown doing Privilege to Pee. I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with this number or this play, but was very entertained by Allie’s wonderful performance. Sophie Potter starred with a number of the ensemble members in There’s No Business Like Show Business, followed by a fabulous duet by Lena Komreich and Emily Behrmann-Fowler doing In His Eyes from Jekyll and Hyde. Caroline Sendek dazzled the boys in Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, and Kelci Fargnoli-Peterson threw off the habit and belted out I Just Wanna Be a Star from Nunsense.

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Next up, Jewel Payne gave a touching performance of I Don’t Know How To Love Him. Following Jewel, Sari Koppel accompanied by a bevy of beauties, danced their way through Forget About The Boy from Thoroughly Modern Millie. The beautiful Pure sisters, Emma and Elissa, appropriately sang Sisters and Elaine Young did just about everything she could do to charm Anthony Nigro with By the Sea from Sweeny Todd.  Anthony would not be swayed. How could one resist a lovely like Elaine?

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Sophie Potter and Vanessa Anderson were up next with a marvelous duet, If Mama Were Married from Gypsy. I love these two girls. They are both so comfortable and expressive on stage. Great entertainers. Saia Meyerhoff came back with the full company to do a Katy Perry number, Firework, to leave the audience “up” for the end of the first act.

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Opening Act II, AJ Newman was left disappointed as he spruced up for a company of girls in Take A Chance On Me from Mama Mia only to be left behind as they changed their fickle minds and went for Michael Sloan instead. AJ was back with Vanessa Anderson and Lena Komreich and the full company next with I’ve Got Rhythm.  Bretana Turkon followed sensitively with another number from Crazy For You singing Someone to Watch Over Me. AJ and Emma Plotkin danced and sang a really fun routine next doing Love is Always Lovely from The Drowsy Chaperone.  Sophie Potter came back on stage again to perform I’m Not Afraid of Anything, one of my favorites of the entire show.

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A large group of the girls were back on stage next to do Move from Dream Girls, and move they did. The male contingent followed with Seize the Day, and Sari Koppel returned to belt out Don’t Rain On My Parade. What a voice! The entire cast closed the show with one of my favorite show tunes, Seasons of Love from Rent.

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Overall an amazing show presented again in the fabulous Hangar Theatre. Hats off to Joey Steinhagen, Todd Peterson, Gail Belokur, Richard Montgomery for the great music direction, Mary young for costumes, and Gregg Houck, Thorn Upton, Brianna Hulbert, and all the other amazing contributors for another spectacular Spring Showcase. A Broadway extravaganza right here in our little piece of Finger Lakes paradise. We are all the richer for your contribution to our community. Thank you all!

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