Friday, April 25, 2008

My Choice for "Most Ambitious Project" in South Florida for 2008

One of the most ambitious theater projects in South Florida opens tonight at the Broward Center: Jekyll & Hyde, presented by People's Fair Productions. What makes it so ambitious? The cast consists of middle school and high school students. That's right, one of the most complex scores in musical theater is being sung by kids.

Beth Feinstein wrote an article about the project in Monday's Sun-Sentinel.

John Keenan, the director, has been working on the show since September. The crew at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center speaks of him with great respect; he's been presenting his plays there for six years.

Listening to the voices during their technical rehearsals, it's hard to believe that these are kids. Keenan has obviously worked hard with his students; the voices are well-supported, and the phrasing is perfect.

They've worked hard to get to this point; People's Fair is completely self-supported. Not one tax dollar will be seen onstage. Most of their funds come directly from ticket sales.

So come to the Broward Center and check it out: it will be $15 well spent.

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