Friday, April 13, 2018

NEWS: 'Little Women' Comes to Nazareth

by Joseph Burke

Photo Credit: Sue Durner
Last weekend, the Nazareth High School Theater program opened the curtains on their production of Little Women. The show, directed by Mr. John Andreadis, has been in development since before winter break, with all the cast and crew working at their hardest to bring the musical to life. Now, the stage lights are on, and the cast is ready to carry on with the production through this second weekend of performances.

“Ticket sales seem to be ramping up since the first weekend,” said director Andreadis in an email interview. “It seems like there must be a buzz about the show!”

          Rehearsal for the musical started back in January, and the cast have frequently been meeting and practicing since then. “Every show has its difficulties, but Little Women stockpiled all of them at the beginning,” Andreadis remarked. “I took the role of director right before auditions, not knowing the show at all and having to read and re-read the script until I felt comfortable enough to cast the show.”

          Despite having some difficulties at the start of the show, things eventually started to fall into place. Andreadis explains, “Luckily, I had a wonderful vocal director, Pam Westphal, working with me to make sure everything went as planned.” He also said that Mrs. Durner, Mr. Moyer, and all of the parents stepped up to lend a hand and “[he’d] like to thank all of them for their support and hard work.”

In addition to the adult help, Mr. Andreadis also had the boost from his amazing cast. He says, “I have to say that I was really surprised and overly joyed that all my leads took on the challenge of learning all of their lines during winter break. I was expecting to hear gripes and moans about how hard it was going to be, but my cast proved me wrong.”

        It was feats like this that allowed Mr. Andreadis to go full steam ahead with the more fine details of the performance. He told us that he took special care to help the actors understand the motives and personalities of their characters. He would allow them to walk freely on the stage in the way that they would expect their characters to do.

        Andreadis says, “My favorite moments of working on this show were the moments I found myself in awe of the talent here at Nazareth- both onstage and offstage.”

All of these things and more have come together over the past few months to bring this musical to life. With all of the work of the actors, director, and the others who lent their time to the project, there is sure to be as much energy in the upcoming performances as there has been in the showings so far and in previous Nazareth shows.

         Performances this weekend are Friday 4/13 at 7:00, Saturday 4/14 at 2:00 and 7:00. Tickets will be available at the box office one hour prior to curtain, or via the web.

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