Friday, April 01, 2016

Musical Revue At Firehouse Theatre Tonight

LABELLE, FL. -- The Firehouse Theatre in LaBelle is featuring a 1960s Musical Revue April 1 through April 3 and again next weekend April 7 through the 10th.

Produced and directed by Nick Fidanza, the 20 Firehouse Singers perform well-known songs from the Age of Aquarius, with guitar, and piano accompaniment by John Wall and Sally Gillespie.

Thursday night was the final dress rehearsal with an audience of about 50 attending. Choreographer Jeni Dyess did an admirable job with her assistants in presenting entertaining dance movements by the cast. All went well during the two hour performance with a few minor glitches, including forgetting to sing an additional verse of one song.

We felt sorry for pianist and musical director John Wall having to turn his photocopied single-sided sheet  music every few bars of music with one hand while playing the music with the other, and even more uncomfortably turning the music backwards several pages for a new verse.

Best performance of the night: Watch for senior citizen and expert cookie master Julia Beals' appearance in Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, the 1960 Brian Hyland hit tune.

And speaking about Beals, we vote her for best "stage presence," thoroughly enjoying herself and putting her all into each minute of the entire show. Best "untrained" voice, listen for tall guy with glasses Jack Neitze in a brief solo.

Best missed comedic moment: Letting my imagination run rudely wild, during Strangers In The Night, picture in you mind the duet female/male singers in a squirrel and bear costume.

Lots of hard work by stage manager Terri Lazar and crew, lights, sound, curtain, painters, and set design folks led to an entertaining 120 minutes last night.

Corporate sponsor: Rotary Club of LaBelle.
Tickets: $14 in advance, $16 at door

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